…exactly one year ago, we started this blog. And what a hell of a ride it has been so far: From technical difficulties over controversial topics and tons of time pressure, we experienced it all. But as we all know, good things do not happen within one day or one month or even one year – sometimes it takes ages until a project turns out to be a big success and it also takes a long time until equestrians become big champions. Which is why we decided to celebrate our anniversary by looking at the baby steps of some successful European riders: Their first shows, their first horses, their first outfits. And as you might notice, even Congress Champions like Hannah Friedl have started somewhere. As our good friend Tilman Wagner often says: Forward always, always forward. Or as Arne Kühn would say: “The only way is up!”. So let’s get inspired by looking at a picture of the talented Hannah Friedl, Congress Champion in Novice Amateur Horsemanship – which she would become many years after the following pictures were taken:
A few years later, in a country far away, one girl from Austria beat out 121 other competitors in the Novice Amateur Horsemanship at the All American Quarter Horse Congress:
But Hannah is not the only one with cute pictures from the past…Do you recognize those two competitors?
Later, Franca Bartke did not only become Golden Series winner, Int. DQHA Champion, FEQHA and NSBA European Champion and Highpoint winner, she apparently also found someone who would shape her hat…(not Arne Kühn, though).
Well, since we are talking about Arne Kühn already…So, went sent messages to everyone and asked whether they would send us funny or embarrassing old show pictures. Here is what Arne sent us:
Not even the slightest bit embarrassing… So, we added this picture from the Süd Futurity 2017, which is at least funny!
Okay, so some of the pictures were not that hard to guess, but how about this one? Any ideas? Hint: It is a Danish competitor, she has won multiple Trail classes, among them two Futurity Trail classes.
Rikke Benjaminsen has definitely grown up!
From Denmark back to Germany and to this young lady:
Franziska Hampf has turned into a well-known competitor on the AQHA circuit and a NSBA silver medalist.
How about some APHA competitors for a change? This young lady is pictured during her first Walk-Trot class – which she won by the way.
Needless to say this was the start to a great career: During her whole show career on the APHA circuit, Sarah Vorraber has taken home medals from every Euro Paint she attended; nine gold medals only from the 2017 Euro Paint.
Another competitor who has made herself a name from an early age on is depicted in the next pictures – it is easy to recognize her, since she hasn’t aged too much.
Unlike Laura Weber in the ultimate picture, you probably did not have do guess about those pictures. Laura has only aged a few years, has her last year of Youth ahead and is still true to sorrel horses.
You can find another Laura that has been true to sorrel horses – well, mostly – in the following picture:
After her favorite sorrel horse passed away, Laura was mostly seen with her loud colored overo mare Invest In A Shine:
Over the years, Laura has added another sorrel horse, Fashionable Irons (pictured above), and her big bay gelding Potentializing.
Unlike Laura Pfeifer, this lady stuck with the Paint Horses:
As you can see, Jennifer Abröll showed in Horsemanship classes from an early age on. By now, she is a European Res. Champion in Horsemanship and a European Champion in Showmanship and Equitation.
Last, but definitely not least: Our favorite picture!
Yes, this is our favorite picture. Not only in this article, but ever! Today, Moritz Stummer is not only a multiple Austrian Champion and ECQH Circuit Champion, but also a Showlife follower from day one! Needless to say, that made him a welcome person to be featured on the The Showlife candids (plus, he added some cool shades to his look!):
Oh, and yes, we were once little as well: