Gerhard Ziegler was also part of the workshop in March 2021. The Leonberg horse market is inextricably linked with the name Ziegler. The father of the now 70-year-old had already played a decisive role in developing the traditional event in its current form. What used to be the Rossmarkt has now become a folk festival. When his father suddenly died in 1970, Gerhard Ziegler was just 18 and followed in his footsteps. Since then he has been moderator of the awards, at the specialist seminars and at exhibition events. The Honorary President of the Baden-Württemberg Equestrian Sports Association – he was President of this body for 15 years – also establishes contacts when it comes to the selection of top-class speakers at the seminar for riding instructors and at the hippological specialist conference. As financial curator at the German Equestrian Federation in Warendorf (FN), he has the relevant networks. This time it is particularly difficult to find a top-class athlete for the seminar for riding instructors – dressage is the turn of the rotation. “They are all extremely hesitant or already planned. We’re late too, just a few days ago we got the information that the horse market was taking place,” says Ziegler.
Lack of contact with those involved
The workshop was a good idea for him. “A lot of ideas were collected, unfortunately we didn’t get a keyword protocol afterwards and there hasn’t been any contact since then,” regrets Ziegler. An important finding for him: “We have to ask ourselves how we can win over newcomers to the horse market and still preserve tradition. “Before I can change anything, I have to understand what the horse market is,” says Jonas Pirzer. At least once he will get to know him. Then he leaves Leonberg again. This week he informed the local council that he had resigned.