The 5th annual €200,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity & NRHA Show is not only the biggest NRHA show outside the U.S.A., it also offers the biggest purse. The prestigious event will be held in Kreuth, Germany, in the beautiful Ostbayernhalle and visitors (admission is free during the whole show) will have the chance of seeing more than just great reining.
Only the Best
The NRHA European Futurity will not only showcase the best 4-year-old reining horses in Europe. In their pedigrees you will find the bloodlines of sires and dams that have made history. These will be mounted by the best riders, those who have written the history book of the sport. Competitors include NRHA Milion Dollar Riders and past NRHA Open World Champions Bernard Fonck (BEL) and Rudi Kronsteiner (AUT); past NRHA Open World Champion, Ann Poels-Fonck (BEL); past Open Reserve World Champion Gennaro Lendi (ITA); past Intermediate Open World Champion Doug Allen (GB); past NRHA Non Pro World Champions Cira Baeck (BEL), Manuel Bonzano (ITA) and Claudio Risso (ITA); past Non Pro Reserve World Champions, Andrea Castrucci (ITA) and Tina Kuenstner-Mantl (AUT). Along with these, past Champions of major events held worldwide.
But the European Futurity is not only about those ‘elite’ riders – it’s also about the grassroots and about those who are making their way up. In Kreuth, you will have the chance of seeing past NRHA European Affiliate Youth, Rookie, Intermediate Open and Intermediate Non Pro Champions – the future of our sport! In addition, the NRHA Show offers a full-slate of approved classes which also include the €10.000-added NRHA Roleski Open Trophy.
If shopping is a priority, in Kreuth you will find all you need for everything that is equine-related. Take a look at who will be there for you:
Caprice Design –Avantis Chaps, Cayuse, Gomeier’s World of Saddles, Hübner Lee – Reitplatzbau, Kebo Show Apparel, Nice Horse Tec, OS Western Sports Apparel, Roleski Ranch & Roleski, Siering Bits, St. Hippolyt, Stegmann Saddlery, Tom Winter Saddlery, Westernweltm A.H.P Horse Care Products, California Ranch, Fun & Fancy, Hackl Show Tack, Lope In, Ruis Lema Jose, American Trailer Company.
Initially the purse offered was €138,000 added in the Open Futurity and €50,000 added in the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity, but thanks to the NRHA European Foal Nomination Program these numbers have gone up. Horses foaled in 2009 or later, in order to enter the European Futurity when they are 4-year-olds, they must be nominated into the NRHA Program and, thanks to the success of the program itself, the added in these divisions has gone up. In the Level 2 Open, from €7,500 added it is now €10.500 or more, in the Level 1 Open, from €3,500 it is now €5,300 or more. In the Level 2 and Level 1 Non Pro divisions, the added money has increased slightly, and until the amount is finally determined, riders will find that the added is now €4,500 (or more) in the Level 2 division and €2,200 (or more) in the Level 1. The reason for this increase is that foals may be nominated from their weanling year until they are four-year-olds. “The intention of the European Nomination program was to create a solid base of added money for all levels of the European Futurity and Derby,” says Nick Cornelissens, NRHA European Programs Advisor. “It is wonderful to see that with the support of both the smaller and larger European and American breeders, this goal is being accomplished. Thanks to the increase of the added money for the levels 1 and 2, and the European eligibility system, the years’ edition of the European Futurity is not only a great event for top Reiners, it has also become very attractive for riders competing in every level. They too will have a chance to ride for the prize money.”
Fun, Food and Nature
The Gut Matheshof Equestrian facility is Europe’s largest equestrian center. Set in the beautiful Bavarian landscape, not only will you be able to enjoy the forest and the rolling green fields, during the Show enjoy the typical cuisine that is offered in the restaurants, the caffetteria and in the exhibitor hall. Join the action on Thursday evening at the Draw Party and on Saturday, don’t miss out on the action packed day! The highlight is the final of the NRHA Open Futurity, but before, enjoy the Surprise Reining and afterwards, celebrate the 2013 Champions at the Champions Party!
On Sunday April 14th, the event will open with the first section of the first go-round of the Open Futurity. On Monday, the second section of the preliminary go-round of the Open will be followed by the first go-round of the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity.
Roleski 350€ Added Limited Open / Roleski 3500€ Added Intermediate Open
Arcese 350€ Added Limited Non Pro / Arcese 2500€ Added Intermediate Non Pro
Consolation run Level 1/2/3 & 4 KL Performance Horses European Futurity Non Pro
Consolation run Level 1/2/3 & 4 NRHA European Futurity Open
Arcese 800€-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2
Roleki 5.000€ Added Open 7 & up
Roleski 800€ Added Novice Horse Open Level 2
Arcese 2.000€- added Non Pro 7 & up
Town talk / riders meeting
Draw party European Futurity Open & Non Pro finals Level
NRHA Rookie Level 2
Roleski 10.000€ Added Open
KL Performance Horses European Futurity Non Pro finals Section 1 (Level 1-3)
KL Performance Horses European Futurity Non Pro finals Section 2 (Level 4)
Celebration of Champions
NRHA Youth 13 & Under / Youth 14/18
Arcese 5000€-added Non Pro
NRHA European Futurity Open finals Section 1 (Level 1-3)
NRHA European Futurity Open finals Section 2 (Level 4)
Celebration of Champions
If you can’t be in Kreuth, you’ll have a chance of following the live-stream and live-scores from home. Log on to the official website www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com and find out all you need to know.
“We’re looking forward to this fifth edition which is bound to be one to remember,” says Eric Obrecht, Show Manager. “Every year we try to make our event better for everyone – the competitors, the owners and the reining fans. Our online entry, a novelty for our sport, was a success and I am confident that the 2013 edition of the NRHA European Futurity will be one to be remembered. Our thankyou go to all our Sponsors which have made it possible to make this event bigger and better.”