The job of a folk festival child is much more than just grinning and leading a pageant. There is a lot of training on the agenda in advance, even if you already have experience. Our newspaper visited Emily Ehrig practicing riding.
Wartenberg – The Wartenberger Volksfest will take place from 15 to 19 June, Ehrig will give the Kindl for the second time. This time, the lively eleven-year-old reports, she presents herself in a new dirndl that no one has seen before and should be a real surprise.
And she's going to ride another horse: it's called Pia, a Percheron coldblood. The mare is the largest horse in Werner Kalinetz's stable in Furthmühle with a height of 1.87 meters. It just had to be her, says the student of the Marie Pettenbeck School, "so that everyone can see me really nicely".
By the way, Pia is only a little older than Emily. "Then we can talk together about boys' problems," says her rider with a grin, while mother Sandy bursts out suppressed and Kalinetz has to laugh. What the three of them are doing here on the farm is quite important, the training has to be. Goal: "To have confidence in the horse, and that it trusts me," says the eleven-year-old. As agile as she usually is, on the horse she is calm herself: "You have to have great respect, but you can't be afraid either. When you're afraid, it transmits."
Magnificent crockery, saddle, bouquet of flowers in one hand, while she needs the other to wave: "Always waving to people and laughing all the time" is important. Despite all the effort, the Wartenberger Kindl can also enjoy this: "The feeling that everyone is looking at you and everyone is running after you" – that's what makes it so appealing. She also knows this from elsewhere, as she is always on stage as a dancer at Dance United.
To get on the big horse, a climbing tour is the order of the day: from a stack of pallets to a railing, from there to the horse. But first it sets a loving rebuke for the big mare: "You're all dirty! Did you toss and turn?" Seemingly.
In any case, the animals should be fine with Kalinetz. So the brush is used from the stack of pallets, which the black lady patiently, perhaps even enjoyably, endures. The mare stands still as her rider swings onto her back.
However, the preparation does not only concern the horse. Emily must also have all her sayings and speeches on it. It's all a piece of cake: "I can already say most of the things. It's the same as last year."
When Emily and Pia, then led by two people, lead the procession to the folk festival, the main work is done. And next year there will be a new Volksfest-Kindl. For Emily, however, one thing will remain: the love for horses.