European Championship

The European Championship of American Quarter Horses is slated for August 10-18 in Rieden-Kreuth, Germany.

Federation of European Quarter Horse Associations
July 8, 2013

Smooth Walkin Terms and Jennifer Schranz of Austria at the 2012 FEQHA European Championships.

Smooth Walkin Terms and Jennifer Schranz of Austria compete at the 2012 FEQHA European Championship of American Quarter Horses. (Art & Light Photography; used with permission)

The 24th Federation of European Quarter Horse Associations European Championship of American Quarter Horses is August 10-18 at the Gut Matheshof in Rieden-Kreuth, Germany.

The event features two go-rounds and a final in all classes, with the exception of the cattle and halter events. The event will be judged by Maik Bartmann of Germany; Ricky Bordignon of Italy; David Denniston of the United States; Sylvia Jackle of Germany;  Sandy Jirkovsky of the United States; Gretchen Mathes of the United States; Peter Morgan of the United States; and Karen Watters of the United States.

The European Championship purse and trophies are increased to € 50,000 this year, but entry fees remain the same as they were in 2011.

There will be Green classes once again. To accommodate younger horses, the junior western riding pattern will be the Green pattern. Paid trail warm-ups will be offered with renown trail designer Ann Dennis.

To support young Quarter Horse riders, FEQHA sponsors one box stall for every youth exhibitor at the FEQHA European Championship. Find details on the enrollment form.

The FEQHA European Championship will host the FEQHA European Team Cup Amateur and Youth this year. Each European affiliate can nominate a team of five riders for this event in showmanship, horsemanship, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, western riding, trail and reining. Please note that only two riders are entitled to start in each discipline.

Visitors can look forward to nine days of top-class sport in a great variety of AQHA disciplines. Admission is free each days.   

For information regarding entries, contact: Renate Gruber, Pfaffenöderstr. 23, 84137 Seyboldsdorf / Germany; phone +049-8741-949646, fax: +49-8741-949656, RenateGruber@online.de. Visit www.ecqh.eu to access entry materials.

About the European Championship

The first European Championship was featured in 1997. The event was founded by the Federation of European Quarter Horse Associations, which sought to organize a championship event for American Quarter Horses in Europe.

Today, the European Championship is Europe’s premier American Quarter Horse event and one of Europe’s major shows in general. It is the perfect platform for presenting the unique versatility of this great breed. In Kreuth, Europe’s best horses and riders meet to compete for prestigious championship titles.

For the sixth year in a row, Rainer Maierhofer will be show manager, and his wife, Renate Gruber, will organize the show office and show team.