FEQHA European Championships 2014
Posted: 02. Jul 2014, category: General, by: Susanne Ziegelmueller
„Welcome to the Show!“ – 25th anniversary of the European Championships 2014
It has not even started but already looks like it’s going to be a big success. A couple of days after the announcement was published 180 stalls were booked (two months before the entry deadline) for the European Championships of American Quarter Horses 2014. FEQHA is expecting more than 400 horses and participants from all over the 16 affiliated countries. Johnny Trotter, AQHA President, and David Avery, AQHA Director of International Affairs, will support this show with their commitment.
25 years of European Championships of American Quarter Horses
The European Championships have been held annually since 1990. Located in Aachen/Germany for the first couple of years, the event was moved to Kreuth in 1997. Apart from one time in 2003, when the European Championships took place in Italy, the show remained in Kreuth ever since.
The show grounds offer excellent condition for even the most ambitioned riders. Participants can choose between four inside and seven outside arenas to show and prepare their horses in. Between classes, a wonderful recreational riding area stretches out around the premises for horse and rider to relax in.
Show to six judges to reach the finals!
This year, the preliminaries will again be judged by six judges. Exhibitors can qualify for the finals which will take place at the second weekend. Each European Champion will be awarded an exclusive bronze trophy designed by Ellen Welten and a European Champion cooler sponsored by Jagfeld Quarter Horses, Karin & Ruggero Prevedel and Matteo Sala Show Horses.
EC Warm Up: Novice Circuit Championship at first weekend
Novice Riders will compete in all kinds of disciplines on the first weekend and will be able to enjoy the typical European Championships atmosphere. Each Novice Circuit Champion from Ranch Pleasure to Showmanship will receive a Novice Circuit Champion buckle and a champion cooler sponsored by DASI Showhorses.
What’s new at the Europeans?
Bargain flat rates
We want our All Around participants to be extra, extra happy. So flat rate fees were introduced for all divisions. Plus, the All Around champions will receive a € 100 shopping voucher at the All Around champion award presentation.
For the first time, Ranch Pleasure classes will be held for exhibitors of all divisions from Novice Youth to Open and Amateur Select.
New event „2 Yr Old Longe Line Celebration“ – powered by Aint It The Blues
This year, a Two Year Old Longe Line jackpot class will be offered. This class is sponsored by Gesa and Thomas Bidmon with € 500 in prize money. For each participant, € 80 will be added. For this longe line class, the rules and regulations of NSBA will apply.
Permanent trail course in outside arena
As the Trail classes get more and more popular and the entry numbers are especially high, the management decided to buy a second set of poles so we will be able to offer you a permanent trail course in one of the outside arenas. The course will be the same that exhibitors will have to show in their next class so everybody can prepare their horse even better.
Cut in rail classes with more than 20 exhibitors
Western Pleasure or Hunter Under Saddle classes with more than 20 entries will be cut into two go-rounds. We want each and every horse and rider team to be able to perform the best way they can.
If you put your e-mail-address on the entry form and tick the right box you will receive all information you need during the EC. Every night you will be sent the current timetable for the next day to your mobile devices.
Late arrival hay service
For our visitors who have to travel a long way, we have a new late arrival hay service, so you can get hay for your horses outside the regular hours.
WELCOME? – We’re looking forward to the EC!
The European Championships are a highlight of the show season for every western rider on the continent. Seasoned horse trainer or novice youth – everybody is looking forward to show off at the Europeans!
First time participant Lea Peters from northern Germany is happy to bring her Quarter Horse „Jerry“ to Kreuth. She wants to enjoy the special atmosphere and great showgrounds at the European Championships and meet some old friends. Martin Oswald also participates for the first time and will fight for the blue ribbons in the novice classes.
His wife Johanna Oswald will help him to keep his cool. She’ll also compete in the All Around classes. Her first start at the Europeans was back in 1995, and she really is a fan of the show. She says she enjoys the atmosphere and the happy faces of those who make it to the finals.
From seasoned riders to seasoned showhorses: 19-year-old „Sujo“ (picture by A. Klee), who went for a swim in the Baltic Sea recently, will be at the European Championships and is looking forward to move to his free stall that his owner Alexandra Klee won for him in our Facebook contest! Also, Alisa Maier and her 21-year-old “Cash” will show their talent before he is retired.
Julia Orth, Charline Klahr and Tom Reulecke say they love the Europeans‘ friendly atmosphere and the fact that they always meet nice people in Kreuth. They are looking forward to the fantastic conditions and organisation for their horses and Europe’s best riders.
They all say: „Welcome To The Show!“
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Stall fees at the EC:
Barn I 170.00 € per stall
Barn H+S 240.00 € per stall
Luxury stalls with window and waterer
Barn A+B 350.00 € per stall Barn C 320.00 € per stall
(Barns A-C booked full)
Luxury stalls with waterer
Barn D-G 280.00 € per stall
EC flat rates:
Novice Youth flat rate 120.00 Euro
Novice Amateur flat rate 135.00 Euro
Youth flat rate 135.00 Euro
Amateur flat rate 165.00 Euro
Open flat rate 180.00 Euro