A great sport outside, together with a four-legged partner and combined with a lot of knowledge about nature and agriculture. On the other hand: lots of plastic-wrapped products, lots of driving, consumerism at its best. Riding and the horse show industry have good and bad sides when it comes to protecting the environment. Horse shows are a place where a lot of waste is made, water and electricity are used to overflowing.
The variety – it’s what a lot of people love about our sport. It offers a wide range of events, from Western to English – and some rather exotic events such as Horse & Dog Trail: It’s an event that is offered at some shows hosted by German riding associations, but it is also part of playdays etc. We talked to Jutta Brinkhoff, who is an EWU German Champion and multiple medal winner in that event.
“She showed really well.” “Don’t just show up. Show.” “You could’ve shown better.” It’s a little word with a lot of impact in the horse show industry: showing. It’s like the icing on the cake, the thing that makes a performance flawless – or is it? We talked to two trainers and one Amateur rider about good showmanship and how to achieve that.
You’ve all watched and admired them – and you’ve always wondered what they’re like in real life. No, we’re not talking about movie stars or singers but about four-legged celebrities. In this series, we will give you an insight on the personalities of famous show horses. Part I is about KM Best Looking, an Int. DQHA Champion, NSBA European Reserve Champion and FEQHA Bronze medalist. Trainer Jadasa Jablonowski and owner Nina Müller told us five facts about “Demi”.
A few weeks ago, we did a Clubhouse talk on equality and accessibility in the riding industry. After that and our story on “Equestrians for Equality”, some readers pointed out that there is a viral video on Instagram that deals with sexual violence within the riding industry. We have talked to the initiator of the campaign, Lisa Marie Kreutz, who is a successful equestrian.
As if the Coronavirus wasn’t enough… for about a week, social media has been flooded with news of an EHV-1 outbreak at a big show in Valencia, Spain. Some horses had to be put down and vets were battling to save the lives of the horses remaining. The outbreak brought up a lot of questions – so we figured: Why not let a vet answer them? You were able to ask questions on Instagram – you can find responses given by Dr. Bernadette Bracher, a German vet, here.
Nina Michaelsen does it all – she is a mother, runs a business and has a horse. How does she manage her daily life? We talked to her about her routines with her horse Good Rascals Impulse.
In this part of our series on DIY amateurs, we talked to Hanna Heinz whose horse lived really close by for a long time. She told us how she juggles her training without an indoor arena while working in the home office.
The next part in this series is the “I study at university, have two horses and do most of the barn chores by myself”- version featuring Lea Peters who tells us about her daily routines at the barn.
Up next in our series on DIY Amateurs is NSBA and FEQHA European Reserve Champion Franziska Hampf. She has told […]