Shes Doolins Nikita: First European Horse in the APHA Hall of Fame

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.

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A Day in the Life of… Batt Ur Lashez

In our series, “A Day in the Life of…” we try to give our readers a chance to sneak a peek behind the scenes of the lives of decorated show horses. Two years ago, we did an article about Batt Ur Lashez, a top ten Congress horse, that moved to the Czech Republic. By now, the mare and her owner Nikol Pavlicova have become European Champion in Performance Halter Open, Youth Western Pleasure, Youth Western Showmanship and NSBA European Champion. But what is “Cassie” like behind the scenes? We have talked to her owner Niki to find out.

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How To: Work on Your Body Position for the Pattern Classes

One great thing about our sport is diversity: There are classes that focus on the horse’s talent more than the riders and some were being an excellent equestrian is a must. There are two classes in which the rider’s body position is very important: Western Horsemanship and Hunt Seat Equitation. This article is about advice on how to improve your body position on the horse. Congress Champion Jadasa “Dasi” Jablonowski and her clients Mirja Bassing and Daniela Wagner are talking about their daily routines when it comes to practicing Western Horsemanship and Equitation. Furthermore, physiotherapist Laura Pfeifer will introduce some exercises that are helpful when working on that right body position.

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From Western Events to Jumping

About 15 to 20 years ago, most people who showed at Western horse shows, were people who “switched”. People who started riding dressage horses or hunter jumpers and then got involved with the Western riding industry. Julia Schlömp, however, did it the other way round. She quit the allround events and is now showing at show jumping events.

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Showing Alongside Your Mom: Wanja and Kirsten Waltenspühl

Riding is a family affair for many people in our industry. Many Youth kids are lucky to have horse show moms and dads to guide them along the way. Usually, however, these horse show parents are not showing anymore. It is not often you see a grown-up exhibitor and their parent showing together: AQHA exhibitors Kirsten and Wanja Waltenspühl are one of the few who still enjoy the sport together. The mother-daughter-duo even shows in the same classes.

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