Being a horse trainer is risky business. It is not a job that is well integrated and supported in the systems of our European States. It is a job you can easily lose – especially in times of a pandemic. Laura Weber has not only founded her own business last year – Laura Weber Western Performers – but has recently started to go to university as well. We have talked to the 21-year-old about why she did that, what she thinks about having a certain kind of training as a horse trainer and her goals.
… but this year it will be slightly different than the years before. We don’t know about you, but this whole pandemic situation has cast a dark shadow on the upcoming holidays for us. But because of that, we want to cheer all of you up and give you a little “present” – or 24, to be precise.
Who run the world? Girls! It’s an introduction we frequently use on posts or articles about mares. Why? Stallions in our industry receive a lot of advertising whereas the mares usually are overlooked a bit. People tend to forget that a good mare is just as crucial in getting a nice foal – if not even more as she is the one who raises the baby, the character will reflect on it. Responsible breeders however, have cherished their broodmare bands for a long time, knowing what they add to a future champion. We have talked to two German breeders about how they choose their broodmares.
One thing that separates the European horse show industry from the one in the States is the fact that Europe actually has an off-season. While that is sad in a way – not showing for a few months? Ugh – it also has its perks. Plus, it would be too cold for showing anyway. We talked to three young trainers who told us how they make use of the off-season.
Maybe it’s still warm where you live – or it’s getting colder day by day. Winter is coming and with that there are a lot of questions regarding horses: Which blanket? How to train? And: Should I clip my horse? We have talked to Sara Dippold who some might know as the awards presenter at the VWB shows, but: Sara also clips horses professionally and has a lot of experience.
Usually, riders in Europe use the winter to teach their horses new events, work on their stamina and prepare them for the next season. Somehow, by doing that, they tend to forget about their own fitness. But hey, no problem: The Showlife is here to help you out. Within the upcoming weeks, we will present different exercises that will turn into a great workout if you combine them. The good thing about it: Each exercise is presented by one physiotherapist who is an equestrian as well.
Precision, flow, skill – those are only three terms one could use to describe Western Riding. The event is – for most riders – the ultimate event they teach their all-round horses. Mastering a pattern with approximately eight lead changes can be quite a challenge. We have talked two three trainers who have mastered this challenge multiple times and have become champions in several classes.
Around ten years ago, the European show circuit witnessed a new trend: black saddles and tack. While some claimed that this was only a short-time trend, others realized that it was here to stay. Some ordered black saddles, others let theirs dye. We have talked to Lisa-Marie Arndt who does this professionally about the trends and the craft that is behind dyeing saddles.
Here you will find ads from people who are looking for a horse.
Starting a youngster, introducing a young horse to the show circuit, that is an exciting process – one that comes with many decisions. Owner and trainer have to decide which association and which futurity program they want to show the horse in. We have talked to Linda Leckebuch-Stark and Carolin Lenz about that decision and looked at two of the largest programs in Europe.