How did Mikaela Fabricius-Bjerre aka Mikaela Lindh die? Finnish Olympic medallist cause of death explained

Mikaela Fabricious-Bjerre
Mikaela Fabricious-Bjerre aka Fia


Finnish Olympian Mikaela Fabricious-Bjerre passed away on February 13, 2023, at the age of 53. Let’s see, how did the dressage rider die and her cause of death in detail.

How did Mikaela Fabricious-Bjerre die?

The professional dressage rider, Mikaela Lindh, aka Mikaela Fabricious-Bjerre died. Mikaela “Fia” Fabricius-Bjerre (née Lindh) died of a long-term illness at home in Denmark. 

Mikaela’s husband Poul and daughter Ida Laminnen shared this sad news on social media yesterday.

The statement reads,

“We are heartbroken to report that Fia went away peacefully after a protracted battle with cancer.

Fia never had taken no for an answer, and despite her critical illness, she never had any doubts about surviving.

She put up a valiant struggle and served as the family’s focal point throughout. 

Fia never once voiced complaints about her severe illness or felt sorry for herself. A true giant with an incredible mindset.

A loving, funny, and beautiful girl with lots of power and an incredible love for her family, our animals, and her beloved horses. We will miss you so much.”

Tributes flooded social media after her demise news broke out.

Who was Mikaela Fabricious-Bjerre?

Mikaela Fabricious-Bjerre aka Mikaela Lindh or Fia was a Finnish professional dressage rider, trainer, stable keeper, and Horse breeder.

Fia was born on 17 December 1969 in TurkuFinland. She represented Finland in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London finishing 30th.

In Denmark in 2002, she participated in her first national competition on Trophy (by Aron x Port Royal xx). 

Her first international horse was the youngster Hagels Malachit (by Midt-West Ibi Light x Perlkönig) which she competed at the 2002 World Championships for young dressage horses in Verden. 

She went back to Verden in 2003 with Feramo K. (By Fidermark x Damenstolz). Her first international Grand Prix horse was the Finnish warm blood Königs Kronos KS (by Konigin’s Son x Waidmanndank x Lago) which she competed in the 2005 Nordic Baltic Championships. 

Fia also briefly displayed Jorgen Olsen’s Milan (by Michellino x Manstein), which was later purchased by Nora Motwurf of Austria. 

In 2008, she participated in the international Grand Prix level with Golden Dancer (by Jazz x Pershing).

Mikaela Fabricius-Bjerre
Mikaela Fabricius-Bjerre, dressage rider


Solyst Dressage

Fabricius-Bjerre moved to Denmark in 2001 and with her husband, dressage rider Poul Fabricius-Bjerre, ran a training center called Sølyst in Karlebo near Copenhagen.

Mikaela has been raising dressage horses in Kokkedal, Denmark, with her husband Poul Fabricius-Bjerre since 2004. Poul is the son of renowned film composer Bent Fabricius-Bjerre. 

Her mentor was Jon D. Pedersen. Between 2010 and 2020, horses like Gorklintgards Domello, Alpha de Jeu, Gorklintgards Domello, Fyrst-Quist, and Versace (by Flemmingh x Goodtimes) were produced by Lindh, amongst many others.

Skovlunds Mas Guapo

Skovlunds Mas Guapo, a Danish warmblood by Master out of Ramshojs Gambling, was Mikaela’s dressage horse who launched her professional career (by Cannon Row xx).

The black entered Mikaela’s barn in 2009 with the intention of being sold; York Stutteri had previously owned it. Mikaela and her husband Poul, however, bought the horse on their own.

At the 2011 and 2012 World Cup Finals in Leipzig as well as the 2011 and 2013 European Championships, the duo competed, twice making it to the Special. 

They competed for Finland in the London 2012 Olympic Games, finishing 30th in the Special. 

At the 2014 World Equestrian Games, Lindh and Mas Guapo, a 16-year-old horse, put an end to their combined show career. They placed 50th in the Grand Prix.

Skovlunds Gamin G

After the retirement of Mas Guapo, her next international horses were Skovlunds Gamin G (by Gagarin x St. Cloud) and Bellissimo L (by Samba Hit II x Jazz).

With Gamin G she returned to the Finnish team one last time, at the 2019 European Championships in Rotterdam, where she was 47th in the Grand Prix with 67.702%. This was her last international show.

Up until January 2022, Mikaela competed against Dam’s Duchess (by Zack x De Noir) and Aqua Marin (by Ampere) at the national level. 

In January 2022, Bellissimo L’s young stallion Hesselhj Darwin (by Hesselhj Donkey Boy x Solos Landtinus), who had been delivered to Henri Ruoste to be sold, went in for training with Cathrine Dufour.

Mikaela Fabricious-Bjerre cause of death

Mikaela Fabricious-Bjerre cause of death was cancer. Fia will be buried in Karlebo Church, Denmark on Saturday at 13:00.

Later, her memorial service will be held in Turku for her Finnish family as well as friends and acquaintances from Finland.

The positive, smiling and strong dressage professional will be missed not only by family and loved ones, but also by a large number of trainees and colleagues.


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