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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Showing Alongside Your Mom: Wanja and Kirsten Waltenspühl

Riding is a family affair for many people in our industry. Many Youth kids are lucky to have horse show moms and dads to guide them along the way. Usually, however, these horse show parents are not showing anymore. It is not often you see a grown-up exhibitor and their parent showing together: AQHA exhibitors Kirsten and Wanja Waltenspühl are one of the few who still enjoy the sport together. The mother-daughter-duo even shows in the same classes.

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We Will be Back

We work. We sweat. We cry. We, fail, one time, another time and still try. We criticise, yet never doubt ourselves, we push forward. We get up early, we ignore our sore legs, we put on a neat shirt and show. We fight against all odds. And we win. We are European Champions, Futurity Champions, National Champions and sometimes the queens and kings of hearts. We are equestrians. We know how to defeat a crisis, even Corona. We know how to push through. We will be back. 🤎

This is not the most professional video as it features many clips that were taken with a phone. But those are your clips and we wanted to share them. Did you spot yourself or your friends?
Those clips that do look professional, however, were taken by Horsepaparazzi. Thank you very much! 🤎
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Wir arbeiten hart. Wir schwitzen. Wir weinen. Wir machen Fehler, einmal, zweimal und probieren es doch immer wieder. Wir hinterfragen, aber zweifeln nie. Wir stehen in aller Herrgottsfrühe auf, ignorieren den Muskelkater und ziehen unser Showoutfit an, reiten los und gewinnen. Wir sind Europameister, Futurity Champions, Deutsche Meister und manchmal Sieger der Herzen. Wir als Reiter wissen, wie man mit Krisen umgeht, wie man aus ihnen gestärkt hervorgeht, auch Corona kann uns nichts anhaben. Wir sehen uns wieder. 🤎

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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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Never Give Up: The Story of Lea and Jerry

Riding is a great sport and has many positive sides to it: victories, going for a trail ride, spending a day at barn with friends. If you’re honest, however, many of us experience a lot of negative moments during our riding career as well – some more, some less. It’s all about how you deal with such experiences. In this article, we tell the story of Lea Peters and her horse Cooldressedinvester aka Jerry. Lea says their story is full of positive and negative “I don’t believe that“-moments.

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