Since it’s Sunday and Valentine’s Day, we had to publish another part of our series “#stallionsunday”. This time, we have featured N Somnia. Owners Meinou de Ruijter and Dolf Desmedt have shared some details about this stallion who is a full brother to the famous Get Some Sleep.
In our series, #stallionsunday, we introduce several European Western Pleasure and All-round stallions. Today’s star of the article is Whatta Hit. We talked to owner Manuela Both about the roan stallion.
Our series “A Day in the Life of…” gives you an insight on the lives of famous show horses. The next one does not need an introduction, but we will do one anyway: She is a multiple Golden Series Champion, European Champion and International DQHA Champion. Power In The Canyon is known in the industry as the Showmanship Queen. We have talked to owner Sophie Gillioz about the 18-year-old AQHA mare.
Since breeding season is just around the corner, we will start 2021 on The Showlife with a new part of our series #stallionsunday. This time, we have talked to Leonie Fischer whose family owns the multiple European Champion Disavowed.
One thing that separates the European horse show industry from the one in the States is the fact that Europe actually has an off-season. While that is sad in a way – not showing for a few months? Ugh – it also has its perks. Plus, it would be too cold for showing anyway. We talked to three young trainers who told us how they make use of the off-season.
Maybe it’s still warm where you live – or it’s getting colder day by day. Winter is coming and with that there are a lot of questions regarding horses: Which blanket? How to train? And: Should I clip my horse? We have talked to Sara Dippold who some might know as the awards presenter at the VWB shows, but: Sara also clips horses professionally and has a lot of experience.
Precision, flow, skill – those are only three terms one could use to describe Western Riding. The event is – for most riders – the ultimate event they teach their all-round horses. Mastering a pattern with approximately eight lead changes can be quite a challenge. We have talked two three trainers who have mastered this challenge multiple times and have become champions in several classes.
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.