European Championship 2009


Welcome to the 20th European Championship of American Quater Horses

The 2009 European Chamionship will run from August 15-23, 2009, at the beautiful facility in Kreuth, Germany. Check back soon for news and information around the show.

Browse this area of the European Championship web site during the event to view the show schedule with enty lists and results, pictures and watch the classes on our live stream!

Europe's most important American Quarter Horse Show celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year: The European Championship of American Quarter Horses. The 4 AQHA Show plus finals for the European Champions is scheduled for August 15 to 23, 2009. For nine days, the best European horses and competitors meet at the beauitiful Kreuth facility (near Nuremberg).

The star: the American Quarter Horse The major star of this huge event attracting about 400 horses from 18 nations each year, is the American Quarter HorseIn Kreuth, they prove their unique versatility and great mind in various disciplines - from halter to western pleasure, from reining to cutting and cowhorse. Nowhere in Europe, will you find such a huge number of top qualitiy Quarter Horses in so many different disciplines.

The European Championship truly celebrates 'America's Horse'. There are two go rounds plus final for the European Champion titles, with the exception of the halter and catlle shows. Here, there will bew only the go rounds, no finals. The show is judged by six international judges: Joe Carter, Lyle Jackson, Sylvia Katschker, Ricky Bordignon, Clay Macleod and Robin Frid. Deadline of nomination is July 20, 2009.

4-AQHA Shows plus Nations Cup The halter and cattle shows are scheduled for the first week-end (August 15 and 16, 2009). The go rounds in the other disciplines will follow from Monday till Thursday. On Friday, August 21, the finals will start. The EC ends on August 23. There will also be the second Nations Cup during the second week-end with teams of various European countries competing in several disciplines. The event will be open to any Quarter Horse fan or visitor - entry is free.

2009 Judges

Joe Carter
Hometown: St. George, Ontario, Canada
Occupation: Professional Horseman
AQHA-approved judge since: 1981
Experience: Judged 2001 AQHYA World Show; 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002 AQHA World Shows; 2002 World Cup Reining in Spain; Paint World and Appaloosa World shows
Activities/Accomplishments: AQHA Director, Hall of Fame member, Judges Committee member

Sylvia Katschker
Hometown: Feldkirchen, Austria
Occupation: Horse Trainer
AQHA-approved judge since: 2003
Activities/Accomplishments: Member - Austrian QHA, Vice-President of APHA

Lyle Jackson
Hometown: Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
Occupation: Trainer
AQHA-approved judge since: 1988
Experience: Judged 2008 APHA World Championship, NRHA Derby and NRHA Futurity; has judged various shows throughout the world
Activities/Accomplishments: won international championships and national championships in reining, working cow horse, western pleasure, western riding and halter.

Ricky Bordignon
Hometown: Castelnuovo Vomano, Italy
Occupation: Trainer
AQHA-approved judge since: 2007
Activities/Accomplishments: Ten times European Champion in various classes, Twice Futurity Ltd Champion - Italy, Derby Ltd Open Champion, Twice AQHA Junior and Senior Reining Champion for Italy

Robin Frid
Hometown: Denton, Texas
Occupation: Trainer
AQHA-approved judge since: 2007
Experience: Judged the Canadian Nationals, The Reichert Celebration and the Australian Championship Show
Activities/Accomplishments: Executive Committee Member for the Texas Quarter Horse Association

Clay Macleod
Hometown: Rancho Santa Fe, California
Occupation: Trainer
AQHA-approved judge since: 1984
Experience: Judged 1996 AQHYA World; 1991, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2004 AQHA World Shows, 2003 Bayer Select Activities/Accomplishments: AQHA Show Committee member, Past President PCQHA, 1985 Senior Trail World Champion, 1985 High Point Pleasure Driving, 1994 Reserve World Champion Working Hunter