Being a horse trainer is risky business. It is not a job that is well integrated and supported in the systems of our European States. It is a job you can easily lose – especially in times of a pandemic. Laura Weber has not only founded her own business last year – Laura Weber Western Performers – but has recently started to go to university as well. We have talked to the 21-year-old about why she did that, what she thinks about having a certain kind of training as a horse trainer and her goals.
Congratulations are in order for Alena Helmcke and Shes Doolins Nikita: The 2001 black tobiano mare is the first European horse to be induced into the APHA Hall of Fame. It is the climax of a great story of success given that “Niki” has won 32 medals at the Euro Paint during her career, making a total of 1053 APHA points. However, it is also a sad story, because in 2013 Niki passed away.
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.
“Queen of the show” – if anyone can be called that, it’s Lea Henzgen. She has had an unbelievably successful Bavarian Championship, taking home three Golden Series titles with her mare Under The Influence: in Western Horsemanship, Trail and Showmanship.
“Pics or it didn’t happen” – no one takes this saying as serious as the horse show industry. Whether it is a video of practice, a picture of the new boots or an article about blankets – we like, comment and share a lot. This has lead to the fact that social media has become an important marketing tool for trainers. We have talked to three young ladies about how they use social media for advertising and getting in contact with clients.
It’s something many riders dream of: having their horses living next to their house. Imagine waking up every day, looking at green pastures with your favorite horses on them. This dream is going to come true for Julia Pirkenseer and her husband Thomas: They are currently building a house next to the little barn Julia’s parents run. We have talked to the AQHA competitor about the project.
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.
Some hate it, some love it: the fact that our Western horses become more specialized year by year. While some enjoy the fact that they can have a top notch Western Pleasure or Reining horse, others prefer a Quarter Horse, Paint Horse or Appaloosa that can do it all, from Halter over Western Horsemanship to cattle classes. But how important is a specialized horse to win big at the big shows? Does it take certain bloodlines to win the trophy or will blood, sweat and tears do the job? We have talked to two young ladies, Robyn Barkey and Lena Reim, who have been successful in AQHA allround classes at the big shows – with horses that do not come from Western Pleasure/allround bloodlines.
The Showlife has exclusively learned that Fei Ehmann, owner of Only A Glamourgirl, has purchased Futurity Champion Heskeboshotmarlana.
It is not unusual to see a Western rider try out some jumps or participate in a dressage class. This article, however, is about a way of riding that usually doesn’t cross paths with the Western industry: polo. Ines Grund is the owner of the allround mares Glamourgirl, Best Of Glamourgirl and Loves To Lope, but she is also a passionate polo player. In fact, she loved polo before she became addicted to the allround classes. Together with her friend, Wolf Jage, she explained this fast and fascinating sport to us.