Coming Soon: Euro Summit Circuit in The Netherlands

Change is just around the corner: After having organized AQHA and double-pointed AQHA shows for years now, the board of the Netherlands Quarter Horse Association (NQHA) is planning a new show that will be judged by four AQHA judged. The event is to take place from Mai 4th until 8th. And it’s supposed to be a highlight in everyone’s show schedule, the team is convinced.

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From L1 to L3 – How to Step Up Your Game

Being a newcomer at a show can be confusing at times, but just as exciting – however, once you might have gotten the feeling that you got the hang of this showing things, you are not Novice eligible anymore and face a whole lot of different challenges. In this article, we will discuss stepping up your game as you step from the L1 classes into the L3 classes – which means that you might have to face harder pattern and a tougher crowd of competitors. We talked to three exhibitors who told us how they handled that change.

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New Faces: Nadine Baumgärtel

In our series “New Faces“, we introduce people who are fairly new to the horse show industry. Nadine Baumgärtel was the 2021 APHA European Champion in Novice Amateur Hunter under Saddle and told us everything about her horse RR Hot N Special, her training and what advice she has for newcomers.

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Neue Podcast-Folge feat. Sophie Schonauer

Rekordverdächtig: Diese Podcast-Folge ist tatsächlich die längste, die es bisher von „No Life Like Showlife“ gibt und es sind – zumindest meiner Meinung nach – zwei sehr spannende Stunden. Sophie Schonauer und ich sprechen im Amateur-Porträt nicht nur über ihr Erfolgspferd Gentle Invitation, sondern auch über Sophies Anfänge im Westernsport und ihre aktuellen Pläne. Ein Gespräch über Erfolge, Druck und vor allem die Liebe zum Partner Pferd.

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Foaling Season: Advice from Breeders

Life with horses is exciting 365 days a year, but most breeders might agree that things get really exciting by the beginning of the year as soon as breeding and foaling season starts. Each breeder might have a certain vision of the perfect foal in mind, but at the end of the day, most people agree that the most important thing is a healthy baby. Giving birth is a hard and risky process for a mare and in order to avoid complications, preparation is key. We talked to three experienced breeders and asked for their advice on how to prepare a mare for birth.

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Franca Bartke Returns to Bavaria

European and German Champion Franca Bartke has moved back to Bavaria and will be operating her training business at the Newstone Köhl Ranch, formerly known as King Stables, in Schlüsselfeld, starting in April. The European and German Champion has left Cologne where she had studied at Germany’s most renowned sports university during the past years.

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Online Westernreiten lernen – mit der Allaround Academy

Unbezahlte Werbung.

Eine gute Sache, die uns aus der Pandemie geblieben ist: der Online-Unterricht. Schon einige Trainerinnen und Reiterinnen haben diesen Punkt schon bei uns in Podcast-Folgen oder Interviews angesprochen. Seit 2021 gibt es neben dem „normalen“ Online-Unterricht noch eine weitere Möglichkeit, sich im Internet mehr Wissen zum Westernreiten anzueignen: die Allaround Academy. Larissa Weber hat die E-Learning-Plattform gegründet und uns erzählt, wie das Ganze funktioniert und was die Allaround Academy bietet.

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