The horse show industry – while being a fun and exciting world on the one hand, it can turn into a quite intimidating field as well. Especially if you don’t know of those unwritten rules.
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.
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.
Ten things you should avoid doing at a horse show.
Just a little fun idea we had to explain terms we use in our sport to newcomers and laymen.
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.
Each team has that one person that always, always struggles with learning the pattern for their class. And for newcomers it can be hard as well – you are at your first show, you have practiced a lot and you are super nervous. No wonder many newcomers go out of pattern in their first classes – because their mind is filled with so many other things and they are just getting used to this whole new experience. In order to make it easier for them and all the people who struggle with learning the pattern, here is some advice on how to remember it.
It is a very popular class at the ApHC shows, but a little overlooked in other associations: Hunter in Hand. We have talked to three exhibitors who have explained the class, told us how they practice and what you should wear in the class.