So you will never hear anybody brag about the weather in Alberta! Its unpredictable and its constantly changing! So living in Alberta all of my life there is one thing that I have learned, and that’s to seize the day. If you’re given a good day, then you better get outside and enjoy it. There are a few horse related moments that I remember when it comes to Alberta weather and I thought it would share them with you. Plus I needed an article to go with these great pictures! [Read more...]
Hendrik Gabel is a German master rider from the small town of Nesselröden Germany. There he spends his time training horses and riders, his barn specializes in getting young quality bred horses ready for the inspection ring for the various breed associations (Hanoverians, Oldenburg’s, ext). [Read more...]
The future of show jumping in Alberta looks very bright! With Spruce Meadows growing in popularity and other shows emerging quickly, Alberta has become a destination for all levels of competition.
One of the best examples is Rocky Mountain Show Jumping. RMSJ holds shows on the beautiful grounds of Anderson Ranch, situated in the tranquil setting of the rocky mountain foothills.
So I will get to riding stories but it may take me some time … One reason is because it took me a while to get to the riding part of my first trip to Germany.
First impression of meeting Hendrik came down to two words; tall and German. We got into his Mercedes and drove from the train station in Gottingen to his village of Nesselroden. On the way I told him about my travel adventures to this point and he shared some information about himself and his barn. [Read more...]
Germany! It’s the place to go places for horse jumpers. With so many top quality horses and trainers it’s no surprise that young North American riders dream of either riding or buying a horse there. I was no exception. After starting my jumping training at age 11 with a trainer originally from Switzerland (Beda Wachter) I knew that Europe was where I wanted to go.