Together with his older sister, Victoria Gulliksen, Johan has been involved in the equestrian environment from an early age. Stall Gullik in Lier, Norway, has been the Gulliksen family’s base for the last 25 years.
To be based in Norway provides a great base for concentrating about the daily training and competing, as the distance to central Europe requires some really good planning and horses at top condition. Growing up on his father’s showjumping yard, close to the capital of Norway, has for sure played an important role in Johan’s choice of career. Already at the age of 7 Johan had his first pony named Royal Prince, and at the age of 15 the genes really started to kick in when Johan became Norwegian Champion as a pony rider riding Steps Coriwell. After that it all went fast.
At 14 years old Johan won his first national Grand Prix – jumping 1.50m.
In 2013, when Johan turned 18, he won the Nordic Championship as a Junior riding Zazou. Later that season he won a Grand Prix class home in Oslo.
Only one year later he became Norwegian Champion with Charleville.
As a 20-year old Johan had some good placing’s in international competitions, ending twice as number three in three-star ranking classes. He was also placed in a 1.55 Grand Prix class in his hometown Drammen this year.
As a 21-year old, Johan came second in a national Grand Prix competition in Kristiansand, in Norway, riding Chaloubet, and ended second best in a 1.50 class in the prestigious future champions class in Valkenswaard in the Netherlands riding Charleville.
This is the last year Johan competes on Young Rider level. So far, during last season of his career as a young rider, he has participated in more than 15 international shows around Europe. In addition to this he participated in the Wellington horse show, US. In 2017 he took his first medal as a senior, with a victory in the Norwegian Indoor Championship.
You can find all major accomplishments in his " Results " pages.
VISIONS & VALUES
“There’s no easy way to success. Neither in showjumping. I believe in spending enough hours in the saddle to be successful in this sport. There’s no such thing as quick solutions. Learning by doing and do it well. Good results are a result of doing the right things long-term. Hard work – steady goals – a good system. “