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.
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.
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.
Ranch Riding is one of the events that has become wildly popular within the past few years: Whether it is the fast turns, the elements that contain poles or the diversity of it all, people seem to love it. One element that is characteristic for Ranch Riding is the extended trot – most people do have a certain picture in mind while reading this. We have talked to two successful equestrians who explained what this element is all about.
Long mane in all-round events – yes or no? This topic is discussed quite frequently and people either love or hate it. We have talked to professional Sandra Görtz who offers banding and braiding at shows and asked for her opinion and advice.
Progress is key, learning is a process of life – that is true for anything, especially when it comes to riding and horse. Many people in our industry have benefitted from internships at the facilities of well-known trainers. But how does one find the perfect internship – or how does a trainer find a qualified intern? We are here to help! We want to create a platform where people can search for internships and interns.
It is often underestimated, yet one of the classes that requires a lot of skill: Showmanship is far more than just walking next to a horse. Executing a good inspection and running in a natural yet athletic way is a challenge. We have asked three champions how they mastered that challenge.
In this video, Sophie Gotthold will show you how to band a short mane for Western Pleasure and Allround classes.