Grossenhain: Kalkreuth: Anna Lottie and John Lennon brave the heat

Calcroth: Anna Lottie and John Lennon brave the heat

As the first major event after the Corona lull, Calcrowth Riding and Driving Club organized a popular sports tournament over the weekend.

Written by Manfred Muller

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Recreational contestant Anna Lottie Metzler, 18, competed in a dressage competition with her 11-year-old son, John Lennon, on Saturday at Paulsmühle in Calcrowth.
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Calcrowth. Anna Lottie says that John Lennon is basically a little bunny. But also the most loyal horse I have ever handled. The 18-year-old has passed her final exam and is now starting to compete in the popular Sports Club Riding and Driving Championship in Calcruz.

Ultimately she will take third place in dressage, but that is a secondary matter for the young lady from Grossenhain. Engaged in competition for fun, John Lennon is more of a recreational horse. It’s not the property of Anna Lotti either, but it belongs to the riding stables adjacent to Kerstin Hirsch. “But if you ever buy a horse, then only John Lennon,” says the young rider.

Anna Lottie Metzler is one of 33 members of the Calcrowth Equestrian and Driving Club. She first sat on horseback at the age of five and has been fascinated with horseback riding ever since. “It’s simply a great leisure activity that takes you away from the stress of everyday life,” says the high school graduate. “Your horse is looking at you and the bad mood is gone.”

Horses are friends, not sports equipment

Her dream was actually to become a vet, but the barriers to entry were very high. So it must now be more of a management cycle. But Calcrowth should definitely stay on hand so that Anna Lottie doesn’t have to give up her hobby and John Lennon altogether. The young woman does not aim at a sports career. In addition to dressage, I’ve also tried show jumping, but not really seriously. Off-road driving is more fun for her. Or go swimming with your castrated in the Nauleiser Reservoir.

“We don’t view our horses as sporting equipment, but as friends and companions,” explains Kirsten Hirsch, a board member of the Calcrowth Riding and Driving Club who has also managed them for several years. Your riding school and club, which does not own any horses, forms a kind of symbiosis that benefits both sides.

The equestrian facility in Paulmühle has the basic requirements for holding national championships. There is a large jumping yard and two clay playgrounds, high quality materials and pole hamper as well. The association, founded in 1976 as the equestrian division of BSG “Traktor” Kalkreuth, has already held such events, but has lost the ability to do so in recent years.

“Today, a four-day tournament is causing costs that are no longer affordable,” says Kirsten Hirsch. Hardly any larger companies are willing to sponsor, and the small hair salon next door doesn’t have the financial means to offer cash prizes. That is why Calcroth residents are now making smaller rosters – clubs from the region took part in the team sports championships at the weekend: from Moritzburg, Wilsdorf, Glaubitz/Rhoda.

The focus of Calcrowth Riding and Driving Club is now on family friendship. There are a number of events throughout the year designed especially for their youngest, their parents and grandparents. This year, for example, a family walking day will be organized in Saxon Switzerland. The Court Tournament is planned with the Court Festival in the fall, where the champions will appear in costumes. And tournaments like the one this weekend would hardly be conceivable without the mums and dads of the younger entertainers. “I am so proud of my young riders and their families,” says Kirsten Hirsch.

By the way, the Sahara desert heat last weekend affected the horses one would not like to think about. “We don’t have any sport horses here,” explains Kirsten Hirsch. “The animals are outside day and night and are adapted to the weather conditions.” With two to three hours of daily riding lessons, she is also used to the physical stress.

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