Show Time in Stuttgart

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Ring of fire. Stuttgart police and their mounts performed an array of stunts for the sellout crowd of 8,000 at the German Masters that would send most dressage horses to the next county at full gallop. Someone in the audience asked,"but can they piaffe?" That brought to mind Klaus Balkenhol's police horse Goldstern that between duties at soccer stadiums and street parades earned the partnership team gold medals at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
A new twist to playing with fire as these Stuttgart police horses trotted through blazing straw in an exhibition at the German Masters. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Spinning sparklers, firecrackers, police sirens, waving flags and popping balloons didn't phase these Stuttgart police horses. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Twelve pairs of Bavarian Oberlander draught horses "ridden" by Hungarians standing with one foot on each horse performed for the audience. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Proving how gentle they are, these Oberlander draught horses didn't stir as their "riders" played music while a whip was cracked over them. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Eight draught horses pulling this carriage being handled easily by the cew from the Marbach stud near Stuttgart. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
A herd of Arabian horses from the Bavarian state stud roaming free on the desert that was the indoor arena with its sand footing at the German Masters. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Archery from horseback as practised in Mongolia. Yes, those are humans behind the targets. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com