Use Your Voice Equestrian: A Campaign Against Sexual Violence

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.

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Horse-Assisted Coaching – what’s that?

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.

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Where the Influencers Go: BBQH

We have all known for a long time that our sport is the sport, that it is totally en vogue. Recently, however, it has gained some new fans: Austrian influencer Tanja Trutschnig and German podcaster Ariana Baborie both wanted to try western riding and who did they visit in order to do so? None other than Berlin Brandenburg Quarter Horses, not only known for their successful show horses but also their stallion Disavowed. Tanja Trutschnig is one of the creators at Blogger Bazaar, a blog that has 150 k followers on Instagram and is one of the most well-known German fashion blogs. Ariana Baborie runs the successful German podcast “Herrengedeck”, together with her friend Laura. They have recently won a big German Comedy Award and Ariana is also nominated for the People’s Choice Award. We have talked to Leonie Fischer of BBQH about the fact that two well-known German influencers visited BBQH in such a short time.

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Self Care at Horse Shows feat. Judith Wagner

Show season is just around the corner. And one thing is for sure: Things will be different during the pandemic, maybe even more stressful. This seemed to be the perfect opportunity to address a topic that is sometimes overlooked in our industry: self-care at horse shows. We have talked to Judith Wagner who is not only a horse trainer, but runs her own podcast and is frequently including topics such as self-care and psychotherapy into her posts on social media.

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Beyond Silence: Talking to Those Who Can’t Hear

Imagine this: You really want to talk to someone, but they can’t hear you or understand you. Most riders have experienced situations like this with their horses. However, we all know that if we are willing to learn their language, we can understand them. The same goes for communicating with deaf people. They might not hear you, but they can understand you and you can have great conversations. Angela Tuscher is a multiple EWU German Champion, an Americana Champion and she is also a sign language interpreter. We have talked to her about the similarities between riding and sign language, she told us why deaf people can sense horses’ moods easier and how to respectfully communicate with deaf people.

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European Championship of Appaloosa still planned for September

While most European shows, including the Euro Paint and the ECQH, have already been cancelled, the European Championship of Appaloosa is still on. The show is planned to be held in in Grathem, Netherlands, in September. We have talked to Marie Bentley who is part of the show team about organizing a show in times of Corona. She also told us about a new initiative and why this show could be interesting for everyone, not just Appaloosa riders.

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