Road to ApHC Youth World: Lilly Görgen & Zoe Long

picture: Stefan Roy

They are two among hundreds of Americans: Zoe Long and Lilly Görgen will compete at the 2018 ApHC Youth World Show. Zoe has competed at this show in 2017 (find our article here), Lilly will be part of the Exchange Program that is organized by the ApHC. This will be her first time at the World Show. The Showlife will follow their journey by constantly updating this article. First of all, we will introduce the girls:

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My First Time in Kreuth: A Report

picture: Maxi Koch

What is it like to come to one of the largest shows in Europe, the VWB Bavarian Championship? What is it like to be in Kreuth for the first time? Compete in the Ostbayernhalle? While some of us might vividly remember their first time in the big arena, others have never competed there. Maybe because they never got the chance, maybe because they were afraid. In order to diminish the fear of competing in Kreuth, we have talked to someone who has just recently shown there for the first time:

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Coping With Loss Part III: TECHNOLOGY

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He was one of the most decorated Hunter under saddle horses in Europe and yet his story is also characterized by many setbacks and hard fights: The brown gelding with the short but memorable name Technology was bred by Alexandra Jagfeld – then a teenager – and owned by the Jagfeld family until his death. From causing some arguments within the Jagfeld family to conquering the Hunter under saddle classes in Europe, “Jerry” has lived a short but adventurous show life. Alexandra Jagfeld has told us the story of this exceptional gelding that passed away last year.

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Coping With Loss, Part II: CENTRISITY

picture: Sandra Görtz

She was something special in Europe because of her breeding: Centrisity (CK Kid x Everything) was one of the few halter horses in Europe. She has been undefeated in most of the classes she entered and took home 73 wins in 81 Open classes, 71 wins in 76 Amateur classes, stood Grand Champion 61 times in each division. The sorrel mare, born in 2009, was third at the AQHA World Show in Weanling mares with Erin Bradshaw and fifth at the AQHYA World Show in Yearling mares with Leonie Fischer. “Panzi”, as she was called by the Fischer family, was named European Champion six times and German Champion six times. Leonie and Centrisity won every class they entered with one exception, which made 57 wins in total. Furthermore, Centrisity was named Grand Champion in the Youth division 49 times. It is hard to talk about the sudden passing of the mare for the Fischer family – until today – as Centrisity was “very special to us”, Leonie stresses. However, Leonie thinks that “Panzi” deserves a tribute which why she told us the story of this outstanding halter mare.

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Why NSBA is Taking Over Scandinavia

AQHA and APHA are by far the most popular breeding associations in Europe. And while the NSBA Futurity and the NSBA European Championship are held in Germany, there are hardly any other NSBA-approved classes offered in the country with the highest population of Quarter Horses outside North America. Germany’s northern neighbours, however, seem to love the NSBA. We have asked two competitors from Denmark on their opinion why that is the case: AQHA competitor Natasha Møller and APHA competitor Dóra Gözce.

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