A European Experience
The Region 11 Championship promotes the American Quarter Horse across the Atlantic.
By Ramona Billing in The American Quarter Horse Journal | June 8, 2010
The German Quarter Horse Association brought AQHA’s popular Regional Championship event to Europe for a second time in 2009.
The Region Eleven Championship was part of the western-themed Texana Riding and Country Show at Paaren, Germany, close to Berlin. More than 7,000 visitors saw the American Quarter Horse compete in a variety of disciplines, and they learned from many clinics or even tried riding during the test rides. Besides the typical classes for novice riders, the event also offered several attractive top-quality shows like a Federation Equestre Internationale reining CRI and a National Cutting Horse Association competition, which was organized by NCHA Germany.
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Although entries were slightly down from 2008 (523 in 2009 and 608 in 2008), the purpose of the Championship is to attract new riders to showing, and this is exactly what it did.
About 80 percent of the competitors were novice riders – not only from Germany, but from across Europe.
“We saw a lot of fine rides,” said Michaela Kayser, who judged the event along with Doug Allen and Janette Steffel. “I liked, especially, how the novice competitors handled their young and inexpensive horses. A real sight to see.”
Due to the combination with a big fair dedicated to the American West, the event attracted many people who had never seen an American Quarter Horse. And the horses did their best to show their versatility and great mind.