2012 NRHA European Affiliate Championship Show Recap

Unofficial Results – Provided by Ramona Billing – Wiener Neustadt, Austria

Open – Rudi Kronsteiner & Hollywood Yankee Kid

An unbelievably high-scoring class, the Open class closed out the 2012 NRHA European Affiliate Championship (EAC). 15 great horse-rider-combinations had qualified for this class – which was reining at its best for the visitors. Just fancy: in the end a 221, earned 8th place.


As the second rider, Bernard Fonck (BEL) and BH Most Wanted (owner Marjon Nieuwenhuijs) scored a 226.5 which was the score to beat. And it was the fourth but last rider who did it: Rudi Kronsteiner (AUT) aboard Hollywood Yankee Kid (owner Heike Mario Karner). Incredible spins, and the result was a 230.5!


Watch the run!


“Tonight everything worked out fine with the two of us,” said Rudi Kronsteiner. “The horse did a wonderful job. I’m very happy about the title – it’s something very special. Thank you to Helmut and his crew. It is always a pleasure to be here. You feel very welcome here.”

Intermediate Open – Cira Baeck & Peek A Boom

Cira Baeck (BEL) aboard the 10-year-old flashy Palomino stallion Peek A Boom (Boomernic x The Great Escape) owned by Eifel Gold Ranch, claimed the Intermediate Open European Affiliate Championship and was the co-reserve champion aboard Gump Wasa Gambler BB (Little Gump x Ir Country Storm, owner Zoey Kant).


As the first rider, Cira scored a 219 with Gump Wasa Gambler BB. The fourth rider Aldo Lorenzoni (ITA) and Hispanico (Spanish Snapper x Jody Frecles Bar, owner Silvia Frigeri) earned the same score. None of the following riders could beat that, so that a run off seemed possible. But Cira had two more horses in this class, and with her last horse Peek A Boom she risked everything. Fine spins (especially the one to the right which received +1), circles and stops earned her a 220.5. With Peek A Boom, Cira Baeck was 2008 Non Pro World Champion and earned team silver at the WEG in Kentucky.


“I’m really happy with him,” said Cira. “We bought him as a 2-year-old from Bill Horn. I showed him in the States first and then here in Europe in many major events. This show was the first time I showed him this year, as he is breeding. Peek A Boom was really sweet in the pen. We needed this success to earn the last missing dollars to surpass his $ 100,000 LTE. And we did it!”


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Non Pro – Manuel Bonzano & Great Sun Burst

Great Sun Burst did it again: after winning the Non Pro Bronze class at the NRHA European Championship with his owner Manuel Bonzano (ITA), the sorrel stallion by Einstein earned Manuel the NRHA European Champion title Non Pro scoring a 222.5. In fact, it was the third EAC title for this wonderful stallion. With Bernard Fonck in the saddle, Great Sun Burst was NRHA European Champion Open in 2010 and 2011. Here in Wiener Neustadt, he once more impressed with his exceptional maneuvers – the judges gave up to +1 ½ on his spins.


Watch the interview!


“I still can’t believe it nor can I find the right words for this,” said Manuel Bonzano happily. “You cannot ask for more. Great Sun Burst is an incredible horse. He is so strong – both in his mind and in his body, and yet such a sweet horse and easy to ride. I’d like to thank my trainer Bernard Fock and his wife Ann. They are very professional and seem to think about everything. For me, they are the best. I’d also like to thank Helmut Schulz and his team for this wonderful event. I know how difficult it is to organize such a big show so perfectly and take care that everybody is happy.”


Limited Open – Klaus Lechner & KH Hes A Smart Jac

In a field of 19, Klaus Lechner and KH Hes A Smart Jac (Smart Spook x DD Playin Jacky) claimed the European Affiliate Champion title with 4.5 points more than the second place entry with a 218.5. The 5-year-old stallion KH Hes A Smart Jac was bred by his owner Franz Lechner. Before the show, the horse’s NRHA LTE were $1,500. For Klaus Lechner, the Champion title was another milestone in his career. In 2011, he was NRHA Germany SBH Open Champion in Weikersdorf, fourth at the FEI European Reining Championship Young Riders and at the Austrian Futurity Ltd. Open. During the 2011 NRHA European Championship, he placed 9th in Ltd. Open aboard Cody Rooster Delmaso.


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Intermediate Non Pro – Gina-Maria & Gunners Enterprise

Last year they were Reserve Champion in Intermediate Non Pro – this year Gunners Enterprise and 15-year-old Gina-Maria claimed the NRHA European Affiliate Champion title in this division for Switzerland. In a field of 27, the two scored a 219 earning plus points in almost every maneuver. Gunners Enterprise is an 8-year-old bay overo American Quarter Horse / American Paint Horse stallion by Colonels Smokin Gun out of My Royal Enterprise.


With Gina-Maria in the saddle, the horse won the Intermediate Non Pro at the 2011 NRHA European Futurity and the 2012 23 Classic. “I’m so happy,” Gina-Maria said afterwards. “We worked very hard for the last three months, and Gunners Enterprise got better and better. He was simply great. But without my Mom and our trainer Shauna Larcombe we would not have come so far.”


Rookie Co-Champions – Julia Gaupmann & Zoey Kant

In the NRHA EAC Rookie there was a tie on first place: Julia Gaupmann (AUT) aboard LV One Smart Lady and Zoey Kant (NED) aboard Its Dun Time (pictured above) scoring a 211.5 in a field of 30 riders. They decided to share the title and toss a coin for the trophy. (Watch their interview now.) So both the Dutch and the Austrian national anthem could be heard during the award presentation. There was also a tie on 3rd place between Judith Ernst (AUT) aboard Jac That Out and Teija E Pietila (FIN) aboard Remidoc.


Zoey Kant and Its Dun Time had become NRHA European Champion Youth 14-18 right before the Rookie. Julia Gaupmann, who first rode with Terence Schultz and is now trained by Markus Morawitz, in one of the most successful Austrian youth riders. LV One Smart Lady, 7-year-old mare is a daughter of One Smart Pepolena out of Lady Catalyst and was bred by Longview Ranch.


Julia Gaupmann Claims Second European Title!

For the second time at this NRHA European Affiliate Championship, Julia Gaupmann (AUT) claimed a European Champion title. After becoming co-champion in the EAC Rookie aboard LV Smart Lady, she now earned the NRHA EAC title in Limited Non Pro. Aboard her 7-year-old stallion Cody Rooster Delmaso (Ricochet Rooster x Made Of Lacy) she scored a 213.5 in a field of 33 winning this class.


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The 18-year-old who just finished high school was so happy about her success: “This is the biggest success I had so far. I still cannot believe it. Rooster is a great horse – I love him. It was my first big show with this stallion and he was fantastic. Klaus Lechner and his father trained him. A special thanks to my trainer Markus Morawitz – he is he best trainer form me, as he adapted his program especially for me.”


Julia started riding western in 2006 and already earned ten Austrian Champion titles in Allaround. Since this year, she only concentrates on reining. She’s been riding with Markus Morawitz for three years now whom she got to know when she bought LV Smart Lady.” Julia did an excellent job,” Markus said afterwards. “She rode her mare perfectly in the rookie, and also did well with Rooster.” Julia’s next goals now are the Euroflex Maturity in Weikersdorf and the NRHA European Derby.


Youth 13 & Under – Zoey Kant & Gump Wasa Gambler BB

As the second rider in a field of 15, 14-year-old Zoey Kant (NED) and her Gump Wasa Gambler BB scored a 212 in the Youth 13 & under, which seemed to be the Champion title for a long time. In the end, she could only beat herself: Aboard her 13-year-old gelding Its Dun Time (Hesa Sonofa Doc x Miss Sin San) she presented a fine ride with especially good spins scoring a 214.5 and winning this class. Also, she became Reserve European Champion with Gump Wasa Gambler BB, followed by Shawn Wagner (GER) and his Oakendokie, who had scored a 208.5.


Zoey, who rides with Cira Baeck since last year, got her Its Dun Time four years ago and has been successful in Youth shows ever since. Her achievements include the Dutch Champion Youth title at the Dutch Western Riding Festival in Den Haag.


Watch Zoey’s interview.


“She is simply amazing,” said her trainer Cira Baeck. “She is not only an excellent rider with a lot of potential for the future, but really horse minded. She is a real horse girl.” The Baeck family was also very happy about the success of Gump Wasa Gambler BB. With the 8-year-old gelding by Little Gump out of Ir Country Storm Cira Baeck was Res. European Champion in Intermediate Open the day before.


Youth 14-18 – Alissa Leloux & Little Smart Jameen

In the NRHA EAC Youth 14 -18, last year’s EAC Champion Alissa Leloux (NED) and Little Smart Jameen claimed the title once more. The two had a ½ penalty in the left spin, but were able to earn several + ½ in about all the other maneuvers, so that they finished their run with a 214. With the 11-year-old gelding by Smart Little Egger out of Miss Rojo San, Alissa earned team bronze at the 2011 FEI European Championship. During the NRHA EAC this year, the 17-year-old who trains with Cira Baeck, won the SBH 5 & under Non Pro.


Watch Alissa’s interview following her championship run.


Pre-show Welcome Interview with Helmut Schulz.


Pre-show Multi-Lingual Comments from the Participants and Organizers.


Interview with NRHA Executive Director Dan Wall


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Photos by Christian Kellner


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