European Championships Is Right Around the Corner

European members are gearing up for August 7-16 at the 26th annual FEQHA European Championship of American Quarter Horses.

From the Federation of European Quarter Horse Associations

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"Welcome to the show – that's our slogan for this championship and we will do anything to let participants feel that way. We work hard so both riders and horses feel at home and are able to focus on giving their best in the show pen," says Markus Rensing, one of the co-organizers for the 2015 Federation of European Quarter Horse Associations European Championship of American Quarter Horses.

Beginning Friday, August 7, all eyes will focus on Kreuth, Germany, home to the 26th annual FEQHA European Championship of American Quarter Horses. The show will take place at the exquisite Ostbayernhalle equestrian venue in the Bavarian region of Germany. For 10 days, riders and horse teams will be expecting peak performances after hours of hard work, dedication and practice all in pursuit of a flawless ride! On hand to experience the championship will be newly appointed international committee chair, Lori Bucholz. Lori is no stranger to AQHA world championship show competitions, a multiple amateur world champion herself, and she will be looking forward to meeting European members during the exhibitor celebration on the first Friday of the show. 

Markus and teammate Michaela Kayser, show manager are expecting around 5,000 entries from 500 horse/rider teams. 

Riders from almost all European nations will compete in 12 disciplines and try to win one of 60 European Championship titles, 20 circuit champion titles and countless cups and ribbons. Each European champion will receive a big bronce trophy designed by Ellen Welten. The circuit champions in Level 1 amateur, Level 1 youth and Level 1 (Green) open classes, as well as the all-around champions, will receive a champion buckle. All class winners will receive a European Championship cooler, sponsored by Jagfeld Quarter Horses, Karin & Ruggero Prevedel, Matteo Sala Performance Horses and Dasi Show Horses.  Hand tooled leather brief cases and portfolios will also be awarded to five champions. These awards are being sponsored by AQHA's trophy company, Awards Recognition Concept, also known as ARC.  

For the first time, all classes will be taking place in the main arena in the Ostbayernhalle. No classes will be held outside simultaneously. Like last year, the Level 1 (formerly known as Novice) riders will be starting on the first weekend. Most reining classes will take place until Tuesday, so competitors can leave for the FEI Reining Championship August 14-16 in Aachen, Germany. Therefore, the halter classes will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. Cow horse and cutting competitions will be taking place at the second weekend.

"I’m looking forward to seeing the excellent riders and horses and to the special and very international atmosphere," says show manager Michaela Kayser.  

Paid warm ups and “Ride the pattern” 

For those who would like to show their horse the arena at the European Championship of American Quarter Horses without getting too serious at first, we offer paid warm ups in different classes. Riders can show their horses under fake show conditions to practice for the big day. The paid warm ups will take place on Thursday, August 8, one day before the show starts. Additional paid warm ups might be offered during the show if the schedule allows for it.

Another great way of preparing their horses for novice, youth and amateur competitors is the Ride the Pattern concept. Here, a seasoned rider shows a pattern and AQHA steward and judge Butch Carse will be explaining what the judge likes to see in a performance. "Ride The Pattern" will be offered for Western Horsemanship, Showmanship, and Huntseat Equitation. Participation is free and exact times and dates will be provided by show management.

World Show Feeling in Bavaria

"With five judges in the ring, the European Championship will have real world show feeling! Just like in Oklahoma City, competitors will be showing to five judges in the preliminaries. Plus, they will be able to win AQHA points for their placements. This makes the European Championship the first and only opportunity worldwide to win points under five judges with just one ride. After the preliminaries, finalists will be determined according to the AQHA World Show rules, with the best and the worst scores being scratched and the three other scores being added. There will be no points for the final runs. This way, the high demands for the horses are scaled down a bit," explains Andrew Dren, FEQHA president.    

Share the Experience From Home

If you can’t make it to the show, then watch your favorite classes and live interviews from the comfort of your home with our popular live stream. AK-Video will supply you with each and every ride on their website.  

Welcome to the show!