Results from AMERICANA

September 1 – 2013 Americana: “The best Americana ever!”

What a sensational success: 44.000 visitors / more than 280 exhibitors / world class sport with riders from 19 countries / for the first time, Americana hosted FEI European Reining Championship / 2015 Americana: September 2 to 6, 2015

Simply unique – this is Americana’s slogan, and the 2013 Americana proved this again. Even after 27 years, Americana is still setting records. More than 44,000 fans visited Europe’s premier western riding event watching high class western riding shows including the FEI European Reining Championship. Visitors came from as far as Australia to Augsburg. This also meant great business opportunities for the 281 exhibitors most of whom said they had never had so many buyers before. Americana also set records with their entertainment program which included a bigger Western Town with the legendary Red Grizzly Saloon, Americana-Forum and Parelli-Ring, the new Extreme Trail-Parcours in the open air area and a new show farrier’s place. From the first day on, Americana received more visitors than ever before. On Saturday, it was hard walking through the exhibition aisles crowded with people.

But Americana would be nothing without its staff of more than enthusiastic and horseloving people. Many of them have been in the crew for many years, some of them for more than 20 years even. After the huge success of 2013, the show management has already got new ideas for the 2015 edition which is scheduled for September 2 until 6, 2015.

Dominik Reminder & GR JFB Boy win Americana Bronze Trophy Open, Rudi Kronsteiner & Dr. Lee Hook Reserve

With a 226 Dominik Reminder (GER) and his GR JFB Boy claimed the prestigious Americana Bronze Trophy Open in a field of 12 finalists. Rudi Kronsteiner (AUT) and Dr Lee Hook earned Reserve Championship honours with only half a point behind (225.5). Winning this Trophy is another big step towards 25-year-old Dominik Reminder’s goal of becoming NRHA World Champion Open. Dominik, who started his career with this 9-year-old stallion by Solanoswarlee Boy out of JFB Glo by becoming NRHA Breeders Derby Champion Non Pro, is second in NRHA Open ranking at the moment. „It is simply unbelievable – I’m so happy,“ he said. „Americana is something very special, and my horse was simply fantastic.“ GR JFB Boy was bred by Georg Ripper and trained by Alex Ripper who rode him to the 2007 NRHA Breeders Futurity Co-Reserve Champion title. Dominik bought him shortly before the Futurity and trained him since then. Their achievements include: 2008 French Futurity Level 2 Open Champion, 2010 IRHA Derby Level 3 Non Pro Champion and 2012 NRHA European Derby Champions Level 3 and 2 Non Pro.

Rudi Kronsteiner and flashy Dr Lee Hook had been leading after the go round and did even better in the final presenting a technically perfect smooth ride on a loose rein. The 6-year-old stallion (Ray Gay Quixote x Chicadual Sha) was bred and is owned by Glis Ranch. Rudi trained the horse. With Jeannette Krähenbühl in the saddle, he was 2012 NRHA European Futurity Open Level 2 Champion and 2013 NRHA Breeders Derby Limited Open Champion. Rudi Kronsteiner won the French Futurity and the Polish Derby with him. “Dr Lee Hook is an exceptional horse and he was great again today as always,“ said Rudi Kronsteiner. „He would have deserved to win, but I’m also happy for Dominik.”

Manuel Bonzano & Great Sun Burst claim Non Pro Bronze Trophy

They had been the best of the go round, and they did even better in the final: scoring a 219.5, Manuel Bonzano (ITA) and his 9-year-old stallion Great Sun Burst won the Americana Bronze Trophy Non Pro with Edoardo Bernadelli aboard Arc Spark It Up placing second (217). Alex Nestelberger (AUT) aboard Shining Step and Tina Künstner (AUT) aboard Ruf And Lucky tied for third place scoring a 215.5. NRHA World Champion Non Pro Manuel Bonzano’s achievements include: NRHA Austrian Futurity Non Pro Champion, Non Pro Champion at the 23 Classic and the CS Classic as well as NRHA Breeders Futurity Champion Non Pro and NRHA European Champion Non Pro. His Great Sunburst (Great Resolve x Docs Sun Burst) was two times NRHA World Champion Open as well as NRHA European Affiliate Champion Open with Bernard Fonck in the saddle. His NRHA LTE exceed $ 300.000.

2013 FEI European Championship Reining: Team Gold for Germany following on second and Austria on third place – Rudi Kronsteiner rides High score

Nine nations had sent teams to the 2013 European Championship Reining plus several individual riders including one from Spain. In the end, it was Germany who claimed team gold for the fourth time in the history of the European Championship with a total score of . : 659 points. Silver was earned by Italy, who had won team gold at the 2011 EC and now scored a total of 655.5. Austria followed closely with only half a point behind (655) earning bronze.

Volker Schmitt and Smokin Mifilena (owner Sonja Lubas) started with a 215 for team Germany. Sylvia Rzepka and Hot Smokin Chex (owner Curtis Hof) followed next, but it was obvious that horse and rider had not grown into a team yet. Finally a kick in the second lead change ended in a score of 194, which was tough for the German team as the Austrian and Italian team had already had great runs.

Rudi Kronsteiner and Whizoom (owner Jennifer Nixdorf) had had a brilliant run for Austria earning highscore 223. Tina Künstner-Mantl and Heza Sure Whiz followed with a 216.5 and Martin Mühlstätter aboard Chic N Roost (owner Andrea Castrucci) added a 215.5 for team Austria, resulting in a total of 655.

As the first rider for Italy Mirko Piazzo and Cody Gio Phoebes (owner Giovanni Grenzi) had bad luck. The stallion crossfired once and in the end the score was 211.5. So the following Italian riders risked everything – and were not always lucky. Massimiliano Ruggeri and Spat Split And White (owner Le Colomare QH) had a penalty in their right spin and came out of the arena with a 218.5 – as did the following two Italian riders. Pierluigi Fabbri and Malerba Fiednora‘s Rooster Nic had penalties in their first circle, and Giuseppe Prevosti‘s great Chic Magnetic (owner Equus QH) obviously had trouble with the ground and could not show his normal superb stops. This added to a total score of 655.5 for Italy.

In the meantime, Alexander Ripper and Wolfgang Müller‘s Wild At The Bar had presented a fine run with great stops scoring a 221.5 for Germany. So everything depended on the last rider Grischa Ludwig – and he did it! Grischa who had been 5th in the 2010 WEG in Kentucky and Custom Del Cielo (owner Fabian Strebel) gave a superb performance ending with three great stops and a score of 221.5. This was a total score of 659 points which was gold for Germany.

“I’m so happy,“ said German Chef d’Equipe Nico Hörmann. “It was a tough competition, but we made it, and the way in which that was achieved shows the spirit of our team.”

The Italian team which had earned gold twice before, was obviously a bit disappointed, but Trainer Filipo Masi said: “That’s what  competition is like – sometimes you are luckier than other times. Our riders did their best, and I’m very proud of them!!“

As was the Austrian Chef d’Equipe Gerold Dautzenberg, whose team of only three riders had missed silver be only half a point. „We did not have a fourth result which might have been scratched,” he said. “But our riders gave everything for the team. Tina and Martin were great especially if you consider that Martin and Chic N Roost did not have much time to get accustomed to each other, And then of course Rudi who rode high score.”

The Belgian team followed on fourth place scoring a 652 with NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck and his great Rooster Spurs (owner Wolfgang Wagner) scoring a 220.5 – the best result of his team, with Cira Baeck and Colonels Shining Gun  following (220). The French team placed fifth with a total score of 646.5 Punkten, with Cedric Guerreiro aboard his 8-year-old Smart Furys Remedy scoring a 219 and Bastien Bourgeois aboard Franck Parret’s AHR Lucky Whiz Dunit scoring a 218. With a score of 636, Great Britain placed sixth with young Josh Collins aboard Corinna Schumacher’s Sparkin Tinsel having the best result (216). For Finland, this EC was a huge success as it was the first time they sent a whole team. All their members did great and the team finally placed 7th scoring a 627. Maria Mustonen and her Shezdunitthehardway scored the best result of her team:  210.5 which also was a place in the individual final. The Netherlands followed on 8th place scoring a 624.5, with Rieky Young and her flashy Brady Chex earning top score of their team (216). The very young Swiss team placed 9th scoring a 604.5. Adrienne Speidel and her As Tuff Stuff scored the best result of their team: 210.5 which was a place in the individual final.

2013 FEI European Championship Reining: Alex Ripper claims Individual Gold for Germany, Cira Baeck Silver

More than 3000 visitors watched an exciting FEI European Championship final at Americana in Augsburg. The top 20 of the team competition had made it to the individual final which was won by Alexander Ripper aboard his stallion Wild At the Bar. The two showed a brilliant run scoring a 225 which was individual gold for Germany. Cira Baeck (BEL) and Colonels Shining Gun earned silver with only half a point behind (224,5). Bronze went to Grischa Ludwig (GER) who scored a 223 aboard Custom Del Cielo.

“This is the best moment of my life,“ said Alexander Ripper happily. „I knew that my horse could do it. He is strong in every maneuvre and a real showhorse.“

Cira Baeck commented: „Of course I would have preferred gold, but I’m happy anyway. I’ve got this wonderful horse a month ago only, and he was fantastic. We will be a great team!”

Grischa was tired, but very happy: „I’m so glad about bronze – but I would have beeng lad anyway, as Custom Del Cielo gas been better than ever. This horse gave all he had for me today.”

Pierlugi Fabbri and Rooster Nic placed fourth (221). Volker Schmitt and Smokin Mifilena placed fith (219,5) with Bernard Fonck aboard Roosters Spurs (219), Rudi Kronsteiner aboard Whizoom (217) and Massimiliano Ruggeri aboard Spat Split And White (216,5) following. Josh Collins and Sparkin Tinsel placed ninth (216) , Tina Künstner-Mantl and Heza Sure Whiz tenth (214).

 

2013 FEI European Championship Reining: Alex Ripper claims Individual Gold for Germany, Cira Baeck Silver

More than 3000 visitors watched an exciting FEI European Championship final at Americana in Augsburg. The top 20 of the team competition had made it to the individual final which was won by Alexander Ripper aboard his stallion Wild At the Bar. The two showed a brilliant run scoring a 225 which was individual gold for Germany. Cira Baeck (BEL) and Colonels Shining Gun earned silver with only half a point behind (224,5). Bronze went to Grischa Ludwig (GER) who scored a 223 aboard Custom Del Cielo.

“This is the best moment of my life,“ said Alexander Ripper happily. „I knew that my horse could do it. He is strong in every maneuvre and a real showhorse.“

Cira Baeck commented: “Of course I would have preferred gold, but I’m happy anyway. I’ve got this wonderful horse a month ago only, and he was fantastic. We will be a great team!”

Grischa was tired, but very happy: “I’m so glad about bronze – but I would have beeng lad anyway, as Custom Del Cielo gas been better than ever. This horse gave all he had for me today.”

Pierlugi Fabbri and Rooster Nic placed fourth (221). Volker Schmitt and Smokin Mifilena placed fith (219,5) with Bernard Fonck aboard Roosters Spurs (219), Rudi Kronsteiner aboard Whizoom (217) and Massimiliano Ruggeri aboard Spat Split And White (216,5) following. Josh Collins and Sparkin Tinsel placed ninth (216) , Tina Künstner-Mantl and Heza Sure Whiz tenth (214).

 

Americana NRHA Futurity Open 4-year-old horses: Co-Champions Cody Sapergia & Gotta Gold Chain and Grischa Ludwig & Gwhiz Im Smart

From Ramona Billing – The Americana NRHA Futurity Open 4-year-old Horses ended with a tie on first place between Cody Sapergia aboard Gotta Gold Chain (Jacs Electric Spark x Snip O Chex ) and Grischa Ludwig aboard Gwhiz Im Smart (Smart Spook x Whizards Baby Do). Both scored a 218.5 becoming Co-Champions.

The flashy palomino stallion Gotta Gold Chain, who is owned by Jacpoint Quarter Horses, was 10th at the NRHA Futurity Open in OK City and 4th at the NRHA European Futurity Open with Cody in the saddle. For the Canadian who trains in Austria, it was another success in an already great season which included the NRHA Breeders Derby Champion Open and Austrian Futurity Champion 4–year-old horses.

Two Times German Champion Reining Grischa Ludwig and Gwhiz Im Smart (owner Antonia Geisendorf) were second at the 2013 LQH Reining Masters. Grischa, who is a member of the German team of the 2013 FEI European Championship, was 5th at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.  Bernard Fonck and Rio Juice, an AQHA gelding owned by 23 Quarter Horses placed third scoring a 216.5.

Americana NRHA Futurity Non Pro: Co-Champions Francesca Sternberg und Susy Baeck

The Americana NRHA Reining Futurity Non Pro ended with a tie on first place between Francesca Sternberg (GBR) aboard Chic Chic Hoorah and Susy Baeck (BEL) aboard Little Twisted Gun who scored a 213 each. The two became Co-Champions. Tina Künstler-Mantl (AUT) and Justa Twisted Gun placed third scoring a 209.

Chic Chic Hoorah is an American Quarter Horse mare by Smart Spook out of Chuca Chic – the mare Francesca rode at the WEG. With Chic Chic Hoorah, Francesca placed 9th at the 2012 NRHA Futurity Level 3 Non Pro. Francesca Sternberg is among the top Non Pros of Europe her NRHA LTE exceeding $ 300,000 – as is Susy Baeck who won the NRHA European Futurity Level 4 Non Pro. Susy manages the renowned Eifel Gold Ranch in Belgium – one of Europe’s premier breeding facilities for reining horses.

Dominik Reminder & GR JFB Boy win Americana Bronze Trophy Open, Rudi Kronsteiner & Dr. Lee Hook Reserve

 

With a 226 Dominik Reminder (GER) and his GR JFB Boy claimed the prestigious Americana Bronze Trophy Open in a field of 12 finalists. Rudi Kronsteiner (AUT) and Dr Lee Hook earned Reserve Championship honours with only half a point behind (225.5).

Winning this Trophy is another big step towards 25-year-old Dominik Reminder’s goal of becoming NRHA World Champion Open. Dominik, who started his career with this 9-year-old stallion by Solanoswarlee Boy out of JFB Glo by becoming NRHA Breeders Derby Champion Non Pro, is second in NRHA Open ranking at the moment. „It is simply unbelievable – I’m so happy,“ he said. „Americana is something very special, and my horse was simply fantastic.“ GR JFB Boy was bred by Georg Ripper and trained by Alex Ripper who rode him to the 2007 NRHA Breeders Futurity Co-Reserve Champion title. Dominik bought him shortly before the Futurity and trained him since then. Their achievements include: 2008 French Futurity Level 2 Open Champion, 2010 IRHA Derby Level 3 Non Pro Champion and 2012 NRHA European Derby Champions Level 3 and 2 Non Pro.
Rudi Kronsteiner and flashy Dr Lee Hook had been leading after the go round and did even better in the final presenting a technically perfect smooth ride at a loose rein. The 6-year-old stallion (Ray Gay Quixote x Chicadual Sha) was bred and is owned by Glis Ranch. Rudi trained the horse. With Jeannette Krähenbühl in the saddle, he was 2012 NRHA European Futurity Open Level 2 Champion and 2013 NRHA Breeders Derby Limited Open Champion. Rudi Kronsteiner won the French Futurity and the Polish Derby with him. “Dr Lee Hook is an exceptional horse and he was great again today as always,“ said Rudi Kronsteiner. „He would have deserved to win, but I’m also happy for Dominik.”

 

Grischa Ludwig and Shine My Gun placed third scoring a 222.5, with Bernard Fonck and Cattlemans Cash  following on fourth place (221,5).

 

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