Just like in the years before, we will list everyone who offers banding and braiding at European Western shows in 2022.
In our series “Coping With Loss”, we tell stories of well-known show horses that passed away. We let their owners tell everything about the horse’s life and what is left after the pain of losing them. This part is about a horse that was known in the EWU industry: the Haflinger mare Nora. Her owner Bente Nürge tells the story of this true all-round horse.
Starting a youngster, introducing a young horse to the show circuit, that is an exciting process – one that comes with many decisions. Owner and trainer have to decide which association and which futurity program they want to show the horse in. We have talked to Linda Leckebuch-Stark and Carolin Lenz about that decision and looked at two of the largest programs in Europe.
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.
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.
Trying allround events with a Haflinger horse, a Gypsy Vanner … we have published some stories like this. But a pony? Shown by an 18-year-old? We have talked to Sina Bender, an accomplished EWU equestrian, who has won multiple medals at the German Open, about her German Riding Pony Nara, about the fear of being too tall, about the things she gets to hear when she shows up with her pony.
A gift from us to you.
In our articles, we mainly focus on Quarter Horses, Paint Horses and Appaloosa – not only, because they are great breeds, but also because they make up the majority of horses shown in our sport. In Germany, however, there is an association that offers Western events for all sorts of breeds – and there, still, usually dominate the “classic” Western horses. If you can win with a different breed of horse, this horse must be really broke, willing to give its best – just like Fiona. This Gypsy Vanner Horse has been successfully shown in EWU classes by owner Ruth Böhm. We have talked to Ruth about her special mare and their career.
It’s something we all have said to non-equestrians: Riding is a sport! Yes, it is and that also means that being fit and throwing in a work-out from time to time is essential in order to be able to control your body when riding. However, many equestrians are not sure what kind of exercises can be helpful in order to improve their body position. Laura Pfeifer and Jacqueline Korioth are both award-winning equestrians and physiotherapists and know just the right workout for anyone who wants to get fit for this season. Thank you for the great tips, girls!
Frauen sind stark und unabhängig – und dazu noch multitaskingfähig. Das beweist auch Carolin Lenz. Die mehrfache Europameisterin und Deutsche Meisterin meistert souverän Job und Baby in einem.