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European Championships

The 2013 Federation of European Quarter Horse Associations European Championships kick off with go-rounds in Rieden-Kreuth, Germany.

By Ramona Billing
European Championships
August 14, 2013

Meradas Acre and Roel Breeur win the all ages cutting go-round at the 2013 FEQHA European Championships, Art & Light photo

Meradas Acre and Roel Breeur work their way to a 436 to win the all ages cutting go-round at the 2013 FEQHA European Championship. (Art & Light photo)

The 2013 Federation of European Quarter Horse Associations European Championship of American Quarter Horses started with halter and cattle go-rounds August 10.

In cutting, the Netherlands claimed two gold, as well as two bronze medals. The European Championship all-ages cutting title claimed by Meradas Acre (Master Merada-Not Quite An Acre by Bob Acre Doc) and Roel Breeur. The two scored a total of 436 points. Silver went to Dmac Termintior (Young Gun-Lenas Smart Missy by Smart Little Lena) and Rene Opitz, who scored a 425.5. The horse’s owner is Werner Strauss of Austria.

Lindy Star Light 218 (Alfana 194-Sugartime 691 by Doc's Hickory) and Rob Gerrits placed third, scoring a 425. This 13-year-old Grays Starlight mare also claimed the European Champion title in amateur cutting. The amateur cutting silver award was earned by Prettypinkstuff (Cats Red Feather-WJ Pretty In Pink by Peptoboonsmal) and Lars Christiansen of Denmark, followed by Meradas Acre and Ingrid Hendriks of the Netherlands.

In all ages working cow horse, the winner was Freckles Miss Olena (Show Time Freckle-Pretty Miss Lena by Zenolena) with Pattrick Sattler of Germany in the saddle, who scored 853.5 points altogether. The 1997 mare was the 2012 Deutsch Quarter Horse Association international senior working cow horse champion, FEQHA reserve European champion senior working cow horse and a AQHA World Championship Show qualifier in senior working cow horse.

Charleys Silent Star (As Smart As Charley-Silent Anny Lee by Sheiks Silent), owned by Franz Lermer, claimed the silver medal with rider Philipp Martin Haug (830 points), followed by Peppy Steppin Jac (Hes A Steppin Jac-Broadypeppy San by Broadway BH), owned by Jens Golz, again with Philipp Martin Haug in the saddle (826.5).  

In halter, the most successful horses were Aint It The Blues, shown and owned by Gesa Meier-Bidmon, Zippos Chocolatestar (owned by Silvia Kube, shown by Volker Laves), Marlanas Promotor (owned by Rüdiger Bartholatus, shown by Valerie Bartholatus) and CB Stormy O Badger (owned and shown by Christina Böhm), who earned two gold medals each.

Aint It The Blues (Zips Chocolate Chip-Aint She Hot) is a multiple European Champion and reserve champion both in halter and performance. The 2-year-old  Zippos Chocolate Star (Zippos Good Mr-Chocolate Principles) bred by Silvia Kube was the 2012 European Champion yearling colt, as well as DQHA Futurity and DQHA International champion. Marlanas Promotor (Undeniably Hint-Marlana Glow), bred by Horst and Elisabeth Müller, started his career as the 2005 FEQHA champion of champions. He is a multiple futurity champion, European champion and grand champion. CB Stormy O Badger (CL Silent Badger-Feet of Flames) was bred by Christina Böhm. The palomino gelding has stood grand champion several times.

August 12, Day 2

Monday saw the first go-rounds in 18 performance classes of the FEQHA European Championships. The snaffle bit/hackamore open reining was won by 4-year-old Jesses Major Affair (Major Vaquero-Jesses Affair by Jesses Impression) and Pavel Orel of the Czech Republic. The stallion was last year‘s Austrian Futurity open co-champion and Polish Futurity champion with Rudi Kronsteiner in the saddle. Pavel Orel, who was the 2006 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup reining reserve champion and later the AQHA rookie of the year, as well as Czech champion in senior reining, scored a 217.5 with his horse.

In youth reining, Gina Maria and  Spookin Right On (Smart Spook-Jessies Right On by Lenas Right On) took the championship. The gelding was bred by Corinna Schumacher, who rode him to a top-10 finish in the Level 1 non-pro at the 2012 Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and led after the go rounds of the  2013 NRHA European Futurity non-pro.

In junior reining, BMS Hickory Smoke (Friscote-Manuelita Gun Smoke by Cuttin Smoke) and  Markus Stricker won all three shows of the first go round, scoring a 209.5. The 5-year-old gelding also won the junior reining at the 2013 Bavarian Summer Show.

In senior western pleasure, AQHA judge Peter Morgan saw AQHA champion and reserve European champion Green With Invy (Invitation Only-Bold Vanessa (TB) by Jungle Blade) and Alexandra Jagfeld in first place, while the two other judges preferred A Cruise With Me (A Good Machine-Shes A Deuce Coupe by Zippo Pine Bar) and Mark Shaffer. This mare also won the youth western pleasure with her owner, Katerina Bastova, in the saddle. The two received their AQHA Superior a few weeks ago. A Cruise With Me earned three gold medals at the Q12 with Mark Shaffer gold in senior western pleasure and with her owner in youth western pleasure and horsemanship.

In senior western riding, the classes were won by A New Intrigo (A New Perspective-Katies Zipper by Zippo Jack Bar) and Karin Prevedel, Grey Asset (Blaze Em On-Bonnified Asset by Investment Asset) and Matteo Sala, as well as Secondary Asset (Investment Asset-Butterscotch Time by Scotch Bar Time) and Peggy de Kraa.

The 11-year-old A New Intrigo also won the senior hunter under saddle with all three judges, as well as one show in amateur with his owner Alan Vincent of France. The 8-year-old gelding Grey Asset, owned by Stefano Giacomazzi, was the 2012 European champion in junior trail with Karin Prevedel. The 14-year-old mare Secondary Asset is a multiple high-point horse, DQHA all-around champion and has earned silver in National Snaffle Bit Association open western riding.

In junior trail, IOnlyWannaBeWithYou (Invitation Only-Due It Vested by The Invester) and Natasha Kronil Haukrog-Moller won two shows, and High Quality Version (A Vintage Version-Sheza Hot Machine by A Good Machine) and Stefanie Bubenzer finished third. IOnlyWannaBeWithYou already earned bronze this year at the Q12. High Quality Version and Stefanie Bubenzer won the Green trail as well.

In Select amateur trail, Dont Skip It Up (Dont Skip Zip-Love On Impulse by Impulsions) nd Thomas Kümmerling of Sweden won two shows, with Smart Little Brenda (Swappin Ends Doc-Eddie Canudo by Eddie One Hundred) and Karin Lamprecht taking third.

In amateur western riding, Cocky Tabuluga and Jessica Bartholatus placed first with two judges, and Technical Nat Image and Philipp Roos placed under one. The 14-year-old gelding Cocky Tabuluga has been shown successfully by Valerie Bartholatus. The 13-year-old Technical Nat Image claimed many gold medals for Switzerland already, and won the first go-round in amateur trail at the 2013 European Championship, while Miss Okie Carla (Docs Okie Lena-Shesa Big Fix) and Thomas Kladek, as well as Simply Perfected (by A New Perspective) and Laura Kraak won the other two.

The Green western riding, sporting 10 entries, was won by GC Dressed In Gold (Dont Dress Me-Bronze Lamae) and Giulia Fasani of Italy, Grey Asset under Matteo Sala and Oh So Potential (by Certain Potential; owned by Marie-Paule Majerus) under Alexandra Jagfeld.

As always, the hunter classes were a sight to be seen at the European Championship. In junior hunter under saddle, Hoo Let The Dogz Out and Jadasa Jablonowsky won two of the three classes. The beautiful 3-year-old mare by Hot Ones Only also won two shows in amateur hunter under sadlde with her owner, Johanna Oswald. The third show in junior hunter under saddle was claimed by A Natural Sensation (Coats N Tails-Sure Natural, owned by Cathrin Gutmann of Austria) and Karin Prevedel, and amateur hunter under saddle was won by A New Intrigo and Alan Vincent.

The winner of two shows in the youth hunter unter saddle, with 15 entries, was Good Rythum Tonite (Nite Chip-Wins Cookie Cutter) with Hannah Friedl of Austria in the saddle. The third show was won by Flashy All The Time and Cora Kümmerling of Sweden. Good Rythum Tonite, who was bred by Jagfeld Quarter Horses, was the 2008 DQHA champion of champions. With his owner Hannah Friedl, who trains with Iris Petschenig, the gelding was the 2012 DQHA Trail Futurity champion and NSBA Hunter Under Saddle Futurity champion. Flashy All The Time clamed silver at the NSBA European Championships with Asa Kümmerling.

The Green hunter under saddle was won by My Final Say (My Final Notice-Designed In The Dark) and Alexandra Jagfeld, who recently claimed gold at the NSBA European Championships in hunter under saddle.

The youth hunt seat equitation go-round was claimed by CPR Diabolic Zip and Melina Hugelshofer (SUI). The 10-year-old mare by Red Sonny Rider and out of Completely Unzipped, bred by Antonio Giraudini, already won three youth classes as well as the 2011 Americana.

In amateur hunt seat equitatoi, Investin Thewildcard and Pia Lipps claimed first place under two judges, and Invy My Principles (Green With Invy-Chip N Hot Principle) and Leonie Behrens took the third.

The performance go-rounds will end on Thursday night, with finals beginning on Friday.

To view full results from the 2013 European Championship, visit www.ecqh.eu.