Meet the Team!
Wiebke Wagner - Co-Founder
I was infected with the horse virus at an early age - when I went pony riding in a German attraction park. Of course, I wouldn't approve “using” horses in that way today, but that’s the way it was in those days. This was followed by hacking out on ponies, riding lessons and finally my own horse. While my friends were putting their feet up between A-levels and university, I was busy working in an old people's home so that I could finally fulfil my dream of having my own horse.
And so Mira came into my life, an Arabian mix mare who (I know it sounds like a cliché ) taught me so very, very much about horses. About what they want and especially about what they don't want! And Mira had pretty precise ideas about that, which she also enforced vehemently .
Our path led us to Belgium for eight years and to England for nine years, during which time I studied, among other things, undergratuate agricultural- and biotechnology and postgraduate equine science and management consultancy.
In 2015 we came to Austria, where in 2016 I was finally able to fulfil my dream of owning my own livery yard, which meets Mira's ideas of keeping horses. Unfortunately, Mira had to be put down in autumn 2016 due to a severe colic, but coldblood Oszkar, Appaloosa Flying Elias and Trotter Arista continue their work and keep teaching me every day - about myself and about horses.
And because this is still not enough learning for me (I know, I’m a bit of a learning junkie ), Tom and I founded the German platform “Pferdegewieher” in 2018, through which we offer learning through 100+ podcast episodes, webinars and offering online courses and programs created by various horse experts.
This is now followed by our international platform The Equine Voice. And because that still leaves some spare time, I also support horse experts in marketing their services successfully online and offline.
Tom Dautz - Co-Founder
"I will never become a horse person". That's what I told Wiebke when we visited her Mira together for the first time.
The reason for this was that I was shaped in childhood with regard to horses. First of all, I was once invited to an elementary school colleague's house. This farmer boy showed me his pride and joy - his Haflinger, which unfortunately was standing knee-deep in its own mud. Sport on television was also something I enjoyed. Towards the end of the program at that time gallop races, jumping or trotting races were shown. The procedure was quite similar in the 70s - early 80s - the horses were driven from start to finish with the crop.
So that's what horse keeping looked like - standing in the dirt and hitting it - so nothing for an animal lover, which I am.
...but sometimes things turn out completely different than expected ...
I have discovered different ways to treat horses, thanks to Wiebke and Mira. I quickly realized that horses no longer have to stand in their own dirt and be worked on constantly with the crop.
They can just be a horse. Sure, you should train them fit to give them a long, beautiful life, but they can then have fun again with their buddies in the pasture and fill their bellies.
That's more my thing - herd animals in the herd, animals made for movement out in the pasture 24 hrs a day. We have this sort of horse keeping implemented in our livery yard. And my cool Appaloosa friend Flying Elias, aka Ellie, certainly doesn't mind this kind of life.
Whether the website needs a makeover, a podcast needs editing or set up everything regarding courses and affiliates - I just love this and I love to master new programs and software.
But the learning effect in regard to horses doesn't come up short. Over a time span of now more than 10 years, I was allowed to learn a lot about horses, and not just from hearsay, but from the many experts, we have met on- and offline. But above all, through my daily contact with the horses, I learn the most - namely from them.
What about the future? I live the vision of The Equine Voice - if we, yes you and I, Wiebke and all other great people we are honored to meet in the equine world manage to change the live horses for the better, my life mattered. Also, I believe in cooperation instead of competition - only this way, we are able to achieve our goals.
Lisa Hofmann - Affiliate Manager
Hello dear horse person,
I would also like to introduce myself. My name is Lisa and I am in charge of email correspondence at "The Equine Voice".
What I particularly like about "The Equine Voice" is that the horse is seen as a partner with whom we stick - rain or shine. I have a 20-year-old warmblood gelding with whom I do dressage.
Besides keeping the horse healthy and fit, enjoying our time together is the most important thing for us. Through "The Equine Voice" I get valuable tips that really help us.
I am delighted to be part of the team behind "The Equine Voice".