Americana Celebrates Breeders, Top Horses

More than 50,000 spectactors watched American Quarter Horses shine at Americana in Augsburg, Germany.

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2015 Americana Reining Bronze Trophy champions Nu Chexomatic and Cody Sapergia (Credit: Art & Light Photography)

Every two years in September, the Augsburg fairground in Germany hosts Europe’s premier western event: the Americana. This year, the unique combination of fair, top sport and entertainment broke all records. All said, 52,400 visitors came to see the western event, which was bigger and better in a lot of ways. The two AFAG CEOs, Heiko and Hermann Könicke even celebrated the event as "the biggest Americana ever."

Three hundred-sixty vendors presented their goods – 78 more than two years before. There was a veterinary convention, the renowned Americana Forum, a farriers‘ area, the Parelli-Ring and a new riding pen. Sixteen associations presented themselves, and there was a special kids’ section.

The evening shows, with 4,800 seats each, were booked out for weeks before the event.

"The whole Augsburghe area profits from Americana," said the organizer. The hotel rooms had been booked for almost half a year. The average visitor came from 200 km away.

Longterm Breeders Honored

This year, the German Quarter Horse Association (DQHA) celebrated their 40th anniversary together with AQHA, celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2015. A special DQHA Breeders Award had been created for all those breeders who have been breeding American Quarter Horses for more than 25 years.

"Altogether, 216 breeders have been dedicated to the American Quarter Horses for more than 25 years – thank you for being pioneers of this wonderful breed in Germany," said Ulrich Vey, DQHA international director.

Fourteen breeders came to Augsburg to receive their awards, among them  "Mr Americana" Horst Geier, a breeder for 34 years who founded Americana in 1986. Awards were given to Gunther Schleiermacher, Reinhold Bartmann, Katrin Dreyer-Süchting, Horst Geier, Manfred Riemann, Volker Laves, Gesa Meier-Bidmon, Markus Rensing, Carola Vey, Harald Joos, Jürgen Stuba, Jan Roelof Zweers, Andreas Marx and Graziella Ammirati.

A lot was changed to optimize conditions for the riders. The warm-up area was located close to the barns, and the separation of horses and the 540 cattle was optimized. There was also a new concept for the cattle entrance at the main arena, which proved to be very good.

350 Riders from 21 Nations Compete for $180,000 Added

New classes were added to the 2015 Americana. Among the more than 40 classes, there were four news ones: horse and dog trail, ranch riding, as well as two cutting shows. About 350 horse-rider-combinations from 21 nations participated, totaling 750 entries. For the first time, there were riders from Russia, Finland and Hungary. Alex Quinte had created a new software for Americana which allowed following live score even on smartphones. Also, the quality of the sport was better than ever ever – just look at the World Cup Bronze Trophy Open with eight world champions.

Cody Sapergia and Nu Chexomatic Claim Bronze Trophy Open

The World Cup Reining Bronze Trophy Open Final was one of the most fascinating in the history of the Americana – and one of the most emotional ones as well. This was world-class reining, and it ended with the retirement of one of the best reining horses of the last years: Great Sun Burst.

Sixteen top horses and riders had made it into the final with NRHA $1 million rider Bernard Fonck aboard What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jack-What A Sunrise) leading after the go-round and with Sail On Top Whizard (Whizard Jac-Miss N Sis) following close behind on second place. NRHA $1 million rider Cody Sapergia aboard Nu Chexomatic (Nu Chex To Cash-Tejons Texie Lena) and Gotta Gold Chain (Jacs Electric Spark-Snip O Chex) placed third and fourth in the go-round.

As the fifth rider, Cody Sapergia rode Gotta Gold Chain for Jacpoint QH to a 224, earning plus points in every maneuver, especially in the right turns and stops. In spite of their great runs, none of the following riders could come close – not even Bernard Fonck aboard Sail On Top Whizard, one of the hot favorites. The stallion, owned by Danny Cerato, started with great left turns left, but had a half-point penalty with each judge on the right turns, resulting in a total of 220.

Gennaro Lendi aboard Marilyn Monwhoa (owned byRabboni Vittorno), NRHA world champion Ann Fonck aboard Ebony Spook (owned by Rosanne Sternberg) and Cira Beck aboard Whizasunnysailor BB (owned by Rüdiger Diedenhofen) presented three fine, risky runs earning a 222 each (resp. 222.5 for Ann Fonck).

Then came Cody Sapergia once more – this time aboard Nu Chexomatic. The 8-year-old palomino gelding earned plus points in each maneuver and plus one for the right turns by each of the judges. A run full of style and finesse ended with three spectacular stops which was a total of 227. This was to be highscore, the championship, trophy and $12,000 prize money.

This could not be topped any more – neither by NRHA $1 million rider Rudi Kronsteiner and Dr Lee Hook (owned by Glis Ranch) who scored a 223.5, nor by Bernard Fonck aboard What A Wave owned by Steve and Gina Vannietvelt, who risked everything, had a beautiful run but ended with a 225.5.

So, this was the Bronze Trophy open championship for Cody Sapergia and Nu Chexomatic, with Bernard Fonck and What A Wave placing second and Cody Sapergia and Gotta Gold Chain placing third. 

“In am very happy with our two horses,” Cody said. “They were great at home and even better here in the show arena. Nu Chexomatic and Gotta Gold Chain are very special horses both. Nu Chexomatic was not even impressed by the crowd. We were really lucky and I am grateful for this chance!“

Tina Kunstner-Mantl and her husband Klaus bought Nu Chexomatic as a 4-year-old. Tina became NRHA European Futurity non-pro reserve champion with the gelding and won the Italian Reining Horse Association Derby with him twice. With Cody Sapergia, the gelding won the 23 Classic, the SVAG CS Classic open and the NRHA Bronze Trophy open at the NRHA European Championship and the Italian Futurity and were Bronze Trophy reserve champions at the Belgian and the NRHA Breeders Futurity. They finished 2013 as NRHA open world champion.

After the Bronze Trophy, Manuel Bonzano’s great stallion Great Sun Burst retired from the arena in front of 4,800 visitors, The four-time NRHA world champion was Bernard Fonck’s third horse in the final. The impressing son of Great Resolve, whose NRHA LTHE are close to $600,000, scored a 219.5. After his final ride, Bernard took off the stallion’s saddle and left the arena for the last time with him.



Cody Sapergia and Nu Chexomatic


Top Score 152 for Denis Pini and All About Pep in Bio S.I. World Cup NCHA Cutting Open Final

The winner of the BIO S.I. World Cup Cutting Open final was Denis Pini aboard his 7-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion All About Pep, who scored a 152 in front of 4,800 visitors at Americana. The flashy blue roan, owned by Dirk Fransen, showed what cutting should be like. Denis Pini had already won the prestigious cutting in 2013 aboard Playlite (owner: Michal Popov), whom he rode to  third place in this final scoring a 148. The reserve championship was claimed by Martina Annovazzi (ITA) aboard the roan gelding Shining Boonstar for owner Giancarlo Ruocco scoring a 150. Scoring a 147, Lorenzo Antonini and Counting Cats owned by Silvia Viaggi placed fourth, Sven Oser and Blue Boons Choice (owner: Markus Wolf) finished fifth with a 146.

The other finalists were Markus Schöpfer aboard Jewels Rey (144), Karel Spacil aboard Dual Rey TR for owner  Silver Stone Ranch (143), Malte Döring aboard Kiss My Cat and Santino Hagenbeck aboard HS Sonitas Smart Lena (owner: Tanya Akin). Bad luck found for three-time Americana cutting champion Gianluca Munarini, who had been leading the go round aboard Bearly A CD Light. The Congress cutting open champion lost two cows, which resulted in a 120.



Denis Pini and All About Pep


Giovanni Campanaro and RH Hesa Pepto Diamond claim ERCHA Open Cow Horse Futurity Championship

The fence-work final of the European Reined Cow Horse Association Open Futurity was one of the two highlights of the Saturday-night show of Americana. In front of 4,800 visitors, Giovanni Campanaro from Italy and his 3-year-old Paint Horse gelding, RH Hesa Pepto Diamond (Spoonful of Merada-Marriah Diamond) won the fence work and the futurity open championship for owner Azenda Agricola Tenuta Comba. The two had a brilliant fence work, scoring a 144. Together with the second best reined work (142.5) and a solid herd work (141), this was a total of  427.5. Campanaro is a multiple working cow horse and team penning champion, who won more than $ 12,000 at ERCHA shows during the last three years.

With only half a point behind (427), multiple cow horse champion Robert Lagergren from Sweden and his 3-year-old American Quarter Horse gelding, HH One Piece of Gun (Steady Big Chex-Masterpiece 2000), placed second for owner Cinda Henriksson. The two had excelled in their  herd work (146) and had the second best run in fence work, scoring a 142. Scoring a total of 423, Giovanni Campanaro rode RH Tremor in Style to third place place honors and also placed fourth aboard Sweety Smart Baby (420.5). 

Samuele Poli and  Bossin Ann placed fifth (417.5), with Markus Schöpfer aboard Dual Chic SQVR (413), non-pro champion Adelmo Vannini aboard Girls Got Dual (412), Christoph Seiler aboard Mr Major (394,5) and Daniele Francescato aboard AB Kalyoak Enterprise (255.5) following.

Angela Koser wins World Cup Trail Open All-Ages Final

The $ 6,000 World Cup Trail Open final ended with a tie for first place between multiple  Americana trail champion Carolin Lenz aboard her Lil Freckles Playboy and Angela Koser aboard 17-year-old Peppa Bar Delmaso, who scored a 151.5 each. The tie-breaker judge decided in favor of Angela Koser, a multiple EWU German champion in trail, horsemanship and Superhorse. Carolin Lenz placed second and also rode Marina Loebrich's A Western Melody to third-place honours (150). Alan Vincent and his A New Intrigo placed fourth, scoring a 148.5, with Jessy Goossens aboard Freckles Onthe Range (145), Karin Prevedel aboard A Good Invite (143.5), Cathrin Dostal aboard Smart Cayenne Pepper (141.5), Ewa Turkowska aboard Bohun, Satu Olkkonen aboard Heza Cool Charm and Gesa Meier-Bidmon aboard Aint It The Blues following.



Angela Koser and Peppa Bar Delmaso


Pleasure in Front of Almost 5,000 Spectators: Karin Prevedel and A Good Invite Win World Cup Pleasure Open

It is rare in Europe to see a big western pleasure show in front of such a huge audience as here in Augsburg. The winner of the World Cup Pleasure Open was Karin Prevedel aboard her American Quarter stallion A Good Invite. Jadasa Jablonowski and 3-year-old What Iwant Wheniwant placed second with Barbara Ceusters and Xtreme Asset following in third place. The other finalists were Johanna Oswald aboard Not Dun Being Lazy, Jessy Goossens aboard Freckles onthe Range, Gesa Meier-Bidmon aboard Bet Me A Cookie, Sabine Maussner aboard A Pleasure Always, Martina Stemmler aboard Zippos Mighty Bud, Mari Valkonen aboard Chocos Buck N Bambi and Thomas Kladek aboard Hints Newcomer Billy.



Karin Prevedel and A Good Invite


Thomas Posch and Budhas Little Jac Win First Way Out West Ranch Riding Open

It was the first time, that ranch riding was part of Americana, and 30 riders answered the call. The class was won by Thomas Posch (AUT) aboard his Budhas Little Jac, who presented a fine, smooth run, scoring a 148. Two top riders tied for second place scoring a 147.5 each: Kay Wienrich aboard his San Badger Andaure and Katharina Götz aboard her Appaloosa stallion Signed By Chex. Elisabeth Kaiser and Oh Yeah Lena placed fourth scoring a 147.



Thomas Posch and Budhas Little Jac