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 House Next to the Barn

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.

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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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The Talk: How Important are Bloodlines to Succeed?

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.

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Fast and Fascinating: The Polo Sport

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.

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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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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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