She came and she conquered: On her first trip to the 2022 VWB Summer Show, Eliška Doležalová did not only win the VWB Einsteiger Western Horsemanship, but the deep Amateur class as well with her gelding RPV Genuine Mr Zip. We talked to the Czech native about her career, training and plans for the upcoming season.
Sie ist mehrfache Deutsche Meisterin, Europameisterin, Congress Champion – und seit Kurzem auch Autorin. Jadasa Jablonowski, genannt Dasi, und ich sprechen in der neuesten Folge über Dasis Buch „Sprechen wir mal Pferd“. Es geht um den Inhalt, den Schreibprozess, die Idee dahinter, aber nicht nur: Wir reden über Frustration, über Vorurteile, über die immense Leistung, die Pferde für uns vollbringen und vieles mehr. Außerdem beantwortet Dasi die Fragen, die die TSL-Community vorab eingeschickt hat.
Winning the first title at a big show sure is something special – and Franziska Götz’s win in the Amateur Showmanship at the Q22 with her mare Kings Finest Joy was no exception. What makes this win even more special is the fact that a few weeks prior to the show it wasn’t even clear whether Franziska could ride or show at all.
Many people dream of visiting the Congress or World Show at some point, some consider doing so while working for one of the high-class training barns that go to these shows. For Anna Lejvell from Sweden that dream has come true: She has been working in the States for a while now and was at the AQHA World Show when we sent over some questions.
With the AQHA World Show in full swing and other big shows in the past weeks, I have come to once again think about trends. As in other areas of life, trends in the horse show industry come and go – that’s only natural and in a way, it’s part of the fun, because change is good.
A two-day trip, lots of paperwork and a totally unknown venue – Avril Wilson and Georgina Allsopp risked a lot when they planned their trip to Q22 for Avril to show her gelding Zips Last Encore. In the end, however, it was the kind of stuff that good stories are made of: All the hard work and effort paid off and Avril was the last one standing in the line-up of the Amateur Western Horsemanship finals. We asked the newly-crowned Int. DQHA Champion about her exciting journey.
Since it’s World Mental Health Day, we decided to feature a guest contribution by Dóra Göcze who is not only a horse trainer and multiple APHA European Champion but also a mental trainer.
Since so many people like our Amateur portraits on the podcast so much, we’d figured: Why not start a series of articles as well? Our first interview partner is Daniela Haberlandt who has not only been a part of this industry for a long time, but is also an eager DIY Amateur. She told us about the most irresponsible decision of her life and why TSL was a crucial factor in finding a new four-legged friend.
Recently, a follower asked us how Amateur riders prepare for the Q22, the International DQHA Championship. We asked seven Amateur riders who are in different stages of their Amateur career – some are showing L1 and L3, one shows EWD, some show young horses – and those are their answers.
Bareback Horsemanship or Hunter in Hand – never heard of that? Well, now you might get a chance to try out these new classes: They are offered at the European Championship of Appaloosa – and not only as ApHC classes but NSBA classes as well. Furthermore, the show offers all the „traditional classes“, a great facility and amazing prizes. We talked to Marie Bentley of the European Appaloosa Foundation to find out more about this show that’s not only interesting for ApHC riders. Make sure to also check out the statements of longtime ApHC exhibitors on why they look forward to this show each year.