One thing that separates the European horse show industry from the one in the States is the fact that Europe actually has an off-season. While that is sad in a way – not showing for a few months? Ugh – it also has its perks. Plus, it would be too cold for showing anyway. We talked to three young trainers who told us how they make use of the off-season.
Maybe it’s still warm where you live – or it’s getting colder day by day. Winter is coming and with that there are a lot of questions regarding horses: Which blanket? How to train? And: Should I clip my horse? We have talked to Sara Dippold who some might know as the awards presenter at the VWB shows, but: Sara also clips horses professionally and has a lot of experience.
It is a very popular class at the ApHC shows, but a little overlooked in other associations: Hunter in Hand. We have talked to three exhibitors who have explained the class, told us how they practice and what you should wear in the class.
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.
We publish a lot of articles on The Showlife: serious articles, interviews, funny and emotional stories. Our series “Coping With Loss” covers the sad part of our lives as horse people: Competitors tell us about their late champions and how they coped with their loss. That’s the first intention of this series, the second intention is to memorize these four-legged stars. The next part in this series is the story of Vanessa Zarcone and Feel The Difference aka Mogli. It is a sad story, sometimes even heart-breaking, but beautiful as well and the best thing about it – it is honest.
It’s #stallionsunday again and this time, we are introducing a stallion that is not only living in Europe, but was born and raised in Europe: TFR A Wisely Dream. We talked to owners Ria Vikum Weitz and André Weitz about their stallion, his daily routine and his offspring.
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.
Up next in our series “Introducing Designers” is a show clothing brand from Hungary. We talked to the team of Equus Caballus Sport about their family business.
Physiotherapy, APM, Bemer – in the other three parts of this series, we have introduced different forms of therapy. Now we focus on the places where all those kinds of therapy are combined: equine rehabilitation centres. We have picked out two examples to show you where and how horse get fit and healthy again and what kind of treatments and forms of therapy are used.
In part one of our series “Horse Show Hacks” we gathered some advice on how to get a grey horse or Paint Horse clean and spotless. This time, we have some advice on how to turn everyday items into useful little helpers at the show.