Exploring the Backroads

We spent the night in Cologne, and were planning to get to drive to Baden-Baden in the morning, but when we were describing our plans to our new German friend, he told us to take a detour. He lives in the Rhineland area of Germany, and he encouraged us to get off the highways to see […]

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The 3rd Inspection

The second day was the free jumping. The dressage horses went first, followed by the jumpers, although the format was the same. First, they were run around the arena in a figure 8 to show those lead changes, then they were sent down the chute. Sadly my battery wasn’t charged (dang confusing foreign outlets!) so […]

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Hotel Schloss Wilkinghege

We decided that it would be ideal to stay in a castle for at least part of our stay in Germany. For our time in Muenster for the Stallion inspection, we decided it was the right time. We stayed at Hotel Schloss Wilkinghede.   Once upon a time (1311), it was an old moated castle. After […]

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Heidelberg Castle

Sick of pictures of castles yet? I know I’m not! I think I’ve found a new obsession… I love exploring castles. It’s fascinating to walk through them and think about the people that used to live there. It’s incredible that these structures are still standing today. Who knew that piling a bunch of rocks up would […]

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Füssen, Germany

Upon arrival to Germany, we immediately made a 4 hour drive from Frankfurt Airport down to Füssen. It’s located on the southern border, on the northern edge of the Alps.  It was a bit tiring, especially as I had almost no sleep on the plane, and instead felt super groggy from sleeping pills that didn’t […]

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Fairytale Land

I’m back from Germany! Happy to be home, but sad to leave such an amazing place of castles and fabulous horses, definitely two of my favorite things.  It was an incredible learning experience. On the horse side, I learned so much about the stallions, the breeding, the inspection process, training, and handling. It is a […]

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