2014 NRHA EUROPEAN FUTURITY & NRHA SHOW ~ March 30 – April 5, Kreuth, Germany
By Simona Diale & Babara Liese – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity & NRHA Show showcases Europe’s best 4-year-old reining horses as well as a full-slate of NRHA approved ancillary classes. Thanks to our generous sponsors, our event gets better and bigger every year and in this 2014 edition we are proud to announce and introduce our Platinum Sponsors.
Our Platinum Sponsors
The Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck is a family operation and their goal, for the past 28 years, has been that of breeding the best horses. The ranch is home to the Baeck owned stallions Little Gump (Haidas Little Pep x Little Marmoset), Peek A Boom (Boomernic x The Great Escape) and Don Quixote Escapes (Okie Paul Quixote x The Great Escape). Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck is a European-approved freezing center and Eifel Gold Breeding Station manages the semen at the farm, cooled or frozen and ships throughout Europe. Running the facility are NRHA Professional and past Non Pro World Champion Cira Baeck, resident trainer who boasts over $567,000 in NRHA competition, and her sister Susy, an active and successful non pro reiner.
Owned by Ute and Gerd Willhelm, La Mesa Performance Horses is a lovely state of the art reining training, breeding and sales facility offering all-around top services. Home to seven head of top broodmares, including Smart Chiclet (Smart Chic Olena x Doc Jessica James) with produce earnings surpassing $150,000 in NRHA and NCHA competition. The ranch also stands two impressive stallions: Shiners Vintage (Shining Spark x Taris Vintage) a proven Superior Reining stallion and Sharp Dressed Shiner (Shining Spark x Smartly Dressed) a 2013 AQHA European Champion Reining, Open Futurity and Open Derby Finalist. La Mesa Performance Horses is specialized in breeding and training talented and good minded prospects. Gerd loves breeding and raising the young horses and Ute actively rides and shows their horses in NRHA competition. Ute and Gerd have been very much involved in the organization of the NRHA European Futurity since its inception and have been proud sponsors since its debut edition in 2009.
Set in the heart of Europe, beautiful Jac Point Quarter Horses facility is dedicated to the breeding and training of reining horses. Home of NRHA Non Pro World Reserve Champion, Heza Sure Whiz (Topsail Cody x Jeanie Whiz Bar), a stallion who boasts over $113,000 in lte, Jacpoint QH is run by one of Europe’s top NRHA non pro contenders Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and her husband Klaus. Head trainer for the Austrian facility is NRHA Profesisonal Cody Sapergia. The Canadian rider, with earnings close to the NRHA million dollar mark, closed the year 2013 by riding yet another Jac Point owned horse, Nu Chexomatic, to the NRHA Open World Championship.
Hans-Jurgen and Nicole Gomeier, owners of Gomeier’s World Of Saddles, have been actively supporting and sponsoring the NRHA European Futurity since the very first edition. Their western store, also available online, offers a wide variety of high-class western apparel and tack and is specialized in custom made grand quality saddles. Their son, Max, is an active and successful youth and non pro reiner who has been showing in NRHA competition since 2009. ‘Always there for you and on the road’ is the Gomeier team’s motto and once again this year Gomeier and their wide variety of products and saddles will be there for you in Kreuth.
For the third year running, one of Germany’s best western stores, Lope In, will be sponsoring the European Futurity. Owners Birgit and Markus Nuyken offer everything from show outfit to every day needs for both the horses and the riders. Reiners and reining enthusiasts will have a chance of viewing the wide variety offered by the highly equipped western store Lope In at their booth in Kreuth. Also offered by our Platinum Sponsor you will find specialized horse feed, stable equipment and pasture requirements. A solution for all your needs!
- Roleski Ranch (www.roleskiranch.com)
Roleski Company, well known for its products internationally, is the owner of the Roleski Ranch. Located approximately 90 km East of Cracow, the Ranch was founded and built by owner Marek Roleski and gained international recognition by hosting prestigious events such as the Roleski 4 Spin circuit and the Polish NRHA Futurity. Today the Ranch is a full-time first class breeding and training facility run with passion by Katarzyna Roleska and is home of the stallions Colonels Shining Gun (Gunner x Shining Little Peach) , Lean With Hollywood (Lean With Me x Cee Miss Hollywood) and Miles O Rima (Jac O Rima x WH Jills Peppy). Along side these Sires is a select group of brood mares.
Bob’s Custom Saddles is the “Official Saddle of NRHA.” Bob’s Custom Saddles are made from the highest-quality materials available to provide a top of the line saddle that lasts for years. Bob’s has proudly been making Trophy Saddles and other trophy tack for associations and clubs for years. ‘Reward your winners with a great saddle — one they will enjoy and use for years to come’ is Bob’s Saddles motto. Each NRHA European Futurity Open and Non Pro Champion, in all four levels, will be awarded with one of the western world’s best saddle ever!
Located in Princeton, Kentucky, Darling 888 Ranch has undergone significant renovations and upgrades since being purchased by Rick and Cheri Darling in September 2010. An NRHA Corporate Partner, the ranch is a full-service reining facility offering training, breeding, sales and equine sports medicine.
Trainers and staff are from the top of the industry and have relocated to Western Kentucky to help build a world class reining operation. The ranch assists in finding the highest caliber horses for the ranch and their clients and is specialized in NRHA Category 2 horses. Located on over 220 acres of plush pastures it includes a state-of-the-art training barn, indoor arena, outdoor track, heated foaling stalls, mare motel, stallion barn and a brand new equine sports medicine clinic.
Supporting the NRHA European Futurity since 2009, as well as many other events, is proof of the extraordinary popularity of Old Sorrel products. In 1999 the name of the exceptional stallion “OLD SORREL”, one of the most important sires of today’s modern Quarter horses, became the eponym for the clothing brand for western riders “OS – Western Sports Apparel” – which stands for superior quality, modern colors and trendy design from skilled experts “Made in Europe.” The founders of this label are grounded in the western riding sport, grew up with horses and are today still deeply rooted in the riding and breeding of quarter horses. The love and passion for the quarter horse were the base for this authentic clothing brand for western riders which has become known and valued for its originality far beyond Europe. Today, nearing its fourteenth birthday, the “OS – Western Sports Apparel” (OSWSA) brand has become a constant in the western riding sport and is now also shipped to the great homeland of cowboying, the USA and Canada.
Dreams And Prizes (Smart Chic O Lena x Sailin Barbee by Topsail Cody) is an 8-year-old stallion owned by Ulrike and Manfred Frey. As a 2-year-old, carefully chosen and purchased for his pedigree and conformation by the Frey’s – both active NRHA non pro competitors – he was shipped to Germany where he was broke and trained by Sylvia Rzepka and Vern Sapergia. Vern and Sylvia went on to showing him successfully bringing his lifetime earnings close to the $40,000 mark. The husband and wife team own the beautiful Kingsmoor QH ranch set on the outskirts of Augsburg. Once again ‘Frey Landmetzgerei’ and catering are proud sponsors of the NRHA European Futurity Draw Party.
Helena and Pietro Marseglia worked hard in getting together the horse power behind Quarter Dream Ranch. Located in Ostuni, Italy, Quarter Dream specializes in reining, cutting and working cow horses. The goal of Helena and Pietro is that of producing champions and the quality of broodmares that reside in the beautiful ranch is truly second to none and lists: Solanos Starlight (by Solanos Starlight), Whiz N Feet (by Topsail Whiz), Shine Like A Babe (by Shining Spark), One Gun Chick (by One Gun), Arc Miss Marty Pants (full sister to Smart Chic Olena), Gunna Be Majestic (by Gunner), Dance Little Spook (by Smart Spook), Harry Little Quarry (by Surprise Enterprise) and Miss Tori Snap (by Snapper Cal Bar).
For information, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.