5 Strides With: Rashinga

Brianne Beerbaum and Rashinga at WEF. Photo by SportFot

An “interview” with the hunter and jumper pony (via his rider, Brianne Beerbaum!)

Rashinga and Beerbaum, champions of the Large Pony Hunter Division at WEF 11, split their time between the hunter and jumper ring. The pair shows in the jumpers when they are in Germany for most of the year, and compete in the hunters at WEF. 

1. What do you like about showing in two rings?

I have many favorite things from each division. In the jumper ring, I love going fast and being allowed to do whatever I want as long as it is speedy! In the hunters, I think it’s great when I have a great round and everyone claps really loud for me and I get a fancy ribbon.

2. What’s the best part about showing?

First of all, I love the fact that I am the center of attention and everyone is watching what I do. The other thing I like is teaching my rider new things and getting lots of pats and treats when I get out of the ring, no matter what.

3. What’s life like at home when you are not competing?

To be quite honest, life at home in Germany is super entertaining. I get to go in a paddock with two of my pony friends, which is right next to another paddock with lots of other horses. There is always tons of drama around there, which is great!

4. How did it feel being champion of the Large Pony Hunter division at WEF?

It was really amazing to be champion in the large ponies at WEF. Brianne didn’t mess anything up for me that weekend! I loved being in my much-deserved spotlight.

Brianne Beerbaum and Rashinga in jumper tack. Photo Courtesy Brianne Beerbaum and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum

5. What might readers be surprised to learn about you?

Don’t tell anyone, but my mom is a horse. Yeah, you heard me: A horse! Of course, my dad is a pony, otherwise I’d be a horse, too. Keep my secret safe…  

*This story was originally published in the August 2022 issue of The Plaid Horse. Click here to read it now and subscribe for issues delivered straight to your door!

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