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Alexandra Stork: "Keep calm and farm on!"

Tuesday, 31 March 2020
When at home...

While Max Kühner's show groom Alexandra Stork is missing the shows, she has used the sudden break from an otherwise busy lifestyle to connect with her inner farmer. 

“Hi everyone,

I'm doing okay in the current situation and have come to terms with it. Of course, I am sad that there are no shows at the moment and although I never thought I would say this I miss driving the truck! 

Even though there are no shows, there is still a lot to do. The horses get a lot of physiotherapy from me at the moment with the Equitron, massage equipment and with stretching exercises. At our stables the horses always get to go in the paddocks to relax as much as possible and they also get to go grazing and hacking. With the current show break, they enjoy even more extra time in the fields and paddocks than usual. It is fun to see how the horses deal with their new spare time. For example, when the sun shines and Elektric Blue is in the paddock he lies down immediately and relaxes – but ONLY if the sun is out. He loves it and stays down no matter what happens ;)

There are also a few new horses at the stable. They are currently in training and enjoy the extra attention and time a lot – just like the young horses that returned from the Sunshine Tour. The horses also get to be a little fluffier than usual, because the clipping machines are on a break too! :)

I also get to do a lot of farm work, like leveling the fields and meadows as well as some construction work in our open stable. I get to manage a lot of these things which I really like because I'm a little farmer at heart ;) Before I got into the horse business professionally, I went to agricultural school, so it is fun for me. Also, I always have my personal assistant Emmy by my side who is watching veeery carefully that everything is in order!

Otherwise, the stable is pretty much sealed off from the outside world and only left for the absolute necessary grocery shopping trips. They include apples for the horses of course and I have to admit that yes, I do hoard them a little ;) Disinfecting everything has become part of the daily life too and there are bottles of disinfectant at every door. The only people allowed in are those who have really important things to do, to minimize contact and risk.

Of course I am sad that the World Cup Final, this season’s big goal, was cancelled and that other great shows like Aachen are postponed or cancelled too. It is a pity, but that is something you just have to deal with in the current situation – nothing anyone can do about it. I really hope, that we get to go to shows again soon. It would be really though to go on without shows for a few more months...

But hey, as long as I don't run out of apples for the horses (and people - sharing is caring ;)) and there is enough "soul-food", I will get through it!

Alexandra"

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