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.
Since it’s Sunday and Valentine’s Day, we had to publish another part of our series “#stallionsunday”. This time, we have featured N Somnia. Owners Meinou de Ruijter and Dolf Desmedt have shared some details about this stallion who is a full brother to the famous Get Some Sleep.
Oh, yes, the lockdown – the time of Zoom parties, home-office and many, many new hobbies. While normal people were learning macramé or baking banana bread, horse show people did their own thing – like creating new outfits. That is exactly what Sina, a successful EWU equestrian, and her Mom did. They told TSL how their “corona hobby” developed and shared their advice on making DIY outfits.
During the Corona pandemic, certain kinds of trends emerged: baking banana bread, doing Zoom parties and – when it comes to horses – competing in virtual horse shows. One advantage of those shows: They were open to anyone. And our sport should be in general – that is what Nadia Aslam thinks. She is not only a writer for the FEI and Show Horse Today, but has also founded a special project called Equestrians for Equality. She has told The Showlife all about it and the World Show they are planning.
On the map below, we have listed some equine photographers in Europe. If you click on the symbol, a little window will open up. You can find a name and a link to the photographer’s website, Facebook or Instagram page. Please note that many photographers are willing to travel longer distances, the map is just supposed to give you a basic idea on where the person comes from.
I just saw that great picture on Instagram and I’d really like to have something like that of me and my horse as well! That’s probably something many of us said or thought in the past. But to get that one picture that stands out, you need to hire a professional, need perfect conditions and be well prepared. In this article, four photographers explain, how you should prepare for a photo shooting.
Even though, we mostly cover topics that deal with our sport, we all know that there are many other things to do with horses. Plus, we all know how closely our emotions are tied to our horses’ behavior. This can be hard at times, but also lead to a learning process. The latter is the idea behind the concept of horse-assisted coaching. We have talked to Catharina Falch, who is not only an avid Western Rider, but also a coach for horse-assisted coaching. She told us all about it, the horses they use and why it is more than leading a horse and looking into a crystal ball.
Finding the perfect stallion for your mare can be a challenge – every breeder knows that. But what if there was a dating app for horses? Something that would make you choice easier? Stella Pfeffer has invented such an app: Stallionista. We talked to the young equestrian from Germany about her invention.
Here, we will post all the European 2021 foals.
Since breeding season is just around the corner, we will start 2021 on The Showlife with a new part of our series #stallionsunday. This time, we have talked to Leonie Fischer whose family owns the multiple European Champion Disavowed.