One great thing about our sport is diversity: There are classes that focus on the horse’s talent more than the riders and some were being an excellent equestrian is a must. There are two classes in which the rider’s body position is very important: Western Horsemanship and Hunt Seat Equitation. This article is about advice on how to improve your body position on the horse. Congress Champion Jadasa “Dasi” Jablonowski and her clients Mirja Bassing and Daniela Wagner are talking about their daily routines when it comes to practicing Western Horsemanship and Equitation. Furthermore, physiotherapist Laura Pfeifer will introduce some exercises that are helpful when working on that right body position.
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.