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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How To: Do the Back-Up In Showmanship

With all the shows being cancelled, many equestrians have time to practice which is why we have published another part of our series “How Too…”. This article deals with one of the most important elements of a Showmanship class: the back-up. A perfect back-up can be a deal-breaker in a strong Showmanship class. We have asked three top-notch exhibitors and trainers for their advice.

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A Challenge: Finding Foal Names

Everything in the horse industry is full of challenges. Some are harder or annoying, some are fun. The one we are going to deal with in this article definitely one of the latter: finding the perfect name for a newborn foal. You want it to sound good, be creative or funny, bear meaning and – ideally – match the horse’s looks or personality. While some people tend to create a mix out of the sire’s and dam’s names, other breeders are more free and creative. We have talked to three breeders who have each told us how they choose show and barn names for the newborns.

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The TSL Packing List

As promised, we created a packing list for the shows. We made two versions: one for Amateur riders who travel to a show by themselves and one for entire show teams. We do know that some things might be missing – because each team is different and every rider needs different things at a show. After all, we and our horses are individuals. We do hope, however, to have covered all the important basics and we have left some margins, spaces and check boxes empty so you can individualize the packing list and add whatever you need.

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EXCLUSIVE: APHA European Champion Sabrina Hoppert Purchases New Horse

Horse people do rarely share the same opinion, but there is one thing we can all agree on: One can never have enough horses. That might have been one reason why multiple APHA European Champion Sabrina Hoppert has purchased a new horse. Sabrina is known as the rider of Hes A Hollywood Cody and Hot In My Heart as well as one of the founders of the show clothing brand Mama Mia. She has told us about the newest addition to their family and why they bought a horse in crazy times like these.

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