NRHA Germany Easter Show

The National Reining Horse Association show in Kreuth named two bronze trophy and three CRI*** winners.

From the National Reining Horse Association

Fabienne Kraemer and Dual Tuck Tari won the CRI*** young riders category at the 2015 NRHA Germany Easter Show. (Credit: Art & Light Photography)

With more than 800 entries, the National Reining Horse Association Germany Easter Show was even more successful than last year. With jackpot classes with more than 100 entries and novice horse classes with almost 80 entries, it was the perfect start of the 2015 show season. Open and non-pro riders from all over Europe used the chance of testing their horses for the new season. The highlights of this event were the bronze trophies and the CRI***, a qualifier for the FEI European Championships.

Alexander Ripper and Revolutionary Affair claim NRHA-approved Easter Trophy Open 
What a fine start to 2015 for multiple FEI European champion Alexander Ripper. With Jurgen Maibaum’s Revolutionary Affair (Einsteins Revolution-Coronas Affair), Ripper claimed the first bronze trophy of the year in Germany, the NRHA-approved Easter Trophy Open, scoring a 143.5. Volker Schmitt and JSE Gunsnroses (owned by Alexandra Melchert) followed closely in second place (143).  It was not the first bronze trophy Alex Ripper and Revolutionary Affair, who also won the 2014 Swiss Derby.

Lena-Marie Maas claims Easter Trophy Non-Pro after run-off
The NRHA-approved Easter Trophy Non-Pro ended with a tie in first place between Lena-Marie Maas aboard MR Stun Gun (Gunner-Sohn-The Boss Kid) and Michelle Maibaum aboard Gunners Jem, who scored a 143.5 each. In the following run off, Lena-Marie Maas scored a 144.5, which was this event’s high score. Michelle Maibaum placed second, scoring a 140.5 and also rode Chics Lil Revolution to third place honors (141.5).

Grischa Ludwig and Sharp Dressed Shiner win CRI*** 
Grischa Ludwig did it again. Just like at last year‘s Easter Show, he once more managed to win the CRI*** in the senior division. He scored a 220.5 aboard the 7-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion Sharp Dressed Shiner for owner La Mesa Ranch. Austrian Klaus Lechner and Julia Gaupmann‘s Cody Rooster Delmaso placed second, scoring a 219.5. “I’m so happy,“ Grischa said afterwards. "This is a world-class horse, and I wanted so much to win this class, as it was the first CRI where they awarded Kay Wienrich’s new CRI bronze trophy. It is the most beautiful trophy in reining at the moment.”

Start enjoying American Quarter Horse competition news delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter at www.aqha.com/journalnewsletter.

Sharp Dressed Shiner might be a great horse for the FEI European Championships. The beautiful palomino is by Shining Spark out of Smartly Dressed, and has earned more than $17,000 NRHA LTE thus far. Altogether, Grischa had three fine horses in this CRI, placing fifth with Shine My Gun and 12th with Ruf Footwork.

For Klaus Lechner, it was a fine start into the season, as well, as he was one of the youngest riders of this division. Twenty-three-year-old Klaus started his reining career as a youth exhibitor (he was part of the Austrian team for the FEI EC Young Riders in 2011). Two years ago, he was Austrian Reining Horse Association Futurity Level 1 champion aboard his now 10-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion Cody Rooster Delmaso (Ricochet Rooster-Made Of Lacy) 

Fabienne Kramer dominates CRI *** Young Riders
The winner in the CRI*** young riders category was Fabienne Kramer and her Dual Tuck Tari, who scored a 215 in a field of five riders. Jennifer Luhmer and Peppys Lil Dreamer placed second, scoring a 210.5, with Nicole Hubner and Hollywood Step following on third place (207).

It was a great start into the 2015 season for 21-year-old Fabienne Kramer, for whom it is her last year as a Young Rider. Fabienne is a multiple German champion and reserve champion and claimed two gold medals at the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.

Lena-Marie Maas wins CRI*** Juniors
In the CRI*** junior category, the winner was Lena-Maria Maas, who scored a 218 aboard her MR Stun Gun. Gina Maria and Sparkin Tinsel placed second scoring a 215.5. Altogether, there were 11 entries from Germany in this class.