2022 APHA European Paint Championships Highlights

August 27, 2022

For the 22nd edition of the APHA European Championship 330 horses arrived in Kreuth. With 1500 entries the Euro Paint is the biggest American Paint Horse Association Show outside the USA.

Provided by International Horse Press - When asked about the show Dr. Billy Smith, APHA Executive Director said “Well, actually this is the second largest APHA show in the world second only to our World Championship show in Fort Worth, so it’s a very important show for us” Dr. Smith went on to say his impression on the progress made in Europe by saying, “I can tell you that in the ten years that I’ve been Executive Director, the quality of the horses in Europe has improved dramatically. They are much higher quality horses, they move better, the exhibitors are more talented, they are more seasoned so the improvement has been dramatic. And when you look at the APHA Youth World Games they are much closer than they have ever been, for teams that were really in contention and I think the future is very bright for Europe and Paint Horses.”
Not only has there been an improvement in the horses. According to Dr. Smith, progress has been made by youth riders as well, “The youth riders improve every year, they get significantly better, so I think  some of that is tied to the commitment of people in Europe to want to improve, and to learn more. I think that that is related to the education and training that we have done in Europe. That has helped to improve what the exhibitors know and what their trainers are able to convey to them, so the quality has improved because people have committed themselves to being better.”
Commenting on the connection there is between the European shows Dr. Smith also said “I think that one of the most significant distinctions in the European Shows is how much joy you see here from the exhibitors, they enjoy themselves, they enjoy each other, they are competitive but not to a fault and they look for ways of elevating each other and that is a refreshing thing. It’s very refreshing!” –he said– “And they have fun together. I think the other thing that we have begun doing, for example, is that we have started using some of the staff in our World Championship shows in the United States, and I think you will see more of that, more ring stewards, possibly more judges at some point in the future. We are going to bring the Awards Girls in the United States next year to give awards in our shows, so we are going to try to marry the shows a little more closely. That is an important step we are going to take.”

Dr. Billy Smith, APHA Executive Director and Irene Stamatelakys, APHA Director of International Membership


“Personally, I am super excited about this show” –said Irene Stamatelakys, Director of International Membership at American Paint Horse Association– “The numbers are up, the atmosphere is friendly and exciting and I believe the exhibitors had a great time this week and also, I was thrilled with the Youth World Games, the horse owners were generous, the horses we got this year were really good and the sponsors really helped us support this game. I think the kids had an unforgettable experience, which is what this is all about.” When asked about what the key to the fun and enjoyment one feels when walking about the show Irene said “I think it grows every year and I believe it all started with the Nations Cup and the Paint People Party on Thursday. And every year the atmosphere grew and grew, and we are constantly thinking of new ideas, events and activities we can add to this show to make it even better. We have some ideas for next year and I am super excited.”
The Youth World Games was a success and it has been noted that the level of the youth in Europe has improved a lot in the last years and to this Irene reacted positively saying “I think Europeans are really doing their homework, they watch videos, they are learning more about training their horses and getting professional help” – she concluded by affirming – “They are importing horses, breeding better horses and I just think that every year, we see the level get better, so….we are on the right path!”

On Thursday, August 25 the Nations Cup Champions and the APHA Youth World Games Champions were crowned.

Five Nations entered in the Nations Cup Championship with one representative competing in Trail, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Showmanship and Reining.

With 51 points the Czech Republic stole the show in the Nations Cup Championships, followed by Austria (49 points), Germany (44 points), Netherlands (30 points) and Belgium (25 points).

Team Czech Republic
Western Pleasure - N Sonia Fancy, Alena Kralikova
Western Horsemanship - Bella Forever R, Nicole Macakova
Showmanship - Blue Heaven Zipi, Nikol Pavlicova
Reining - Tidalgun, Irena Machalikova

Team Austria
Western Pleasure - Like Smoking Gun,  Sarah Maria Cividino
Western Horsemanship - Like Smoking Gun, Felix Freiss
Showmanship - Invest In Victory, Christina Mayr
Reining - Gunners Goldmine, Silvia Zoetsch

Team Germany
Western Pleasure - Gimmie A Sensation, Tanja Klink
Western Horsemanship - Zippo Magnum Phil, Julia Roedel
Showmanship - Unzipping The Assets, Dominik Schuster
Reining - Could You Be The One, Petra Weber

Team Netherlands
Western Pleasure - Amazing Hot N Rich, Saskia Moeskops
Western Horsemanship - Docs Flaming Frost, Ivana Palmister
Showmanship - Amazing Hot Sizzy, Janice Remmers
Reining - Diggers Double San, Michelle Dierx

Team Belgium
Western Pleasure - Felicia Simon, Davidee Desoil
Western Horsemanship - RS Renior Olena, Jessy Goossens
Showmanship - Ultimately Invited, Alessia Meyen
Reining - Smalt Is Sensational, Mara Benita Von Skopnik

APHA Youth World Games 2022 overall results
Offered biannually, APHA’s Youth World Games is the ultimate test of horsemanship skills in a fun, friendly, and international competition. Each country can enter one team with four exhibitors and an alternate. Exhibitors randomly draw a borrowed horse to show in one of four classes—showmanship, western horsemanship, hunt-seat equitation, and ranch riding—with only 30 minutes to practice. Awards are presented in each class as well as to top teams overall.
With solid performances in each class and red ribbons across the board, Team USA successfully defended their title and won the APHA Youth World Games.
Second place overall goes to Team Germany with 32 points, making them the Youth World Games Reserve Champions, while Team France with 31 points finishes in third place overall.
APHA President Melanie Cox-Dayhuff presented custom award buckles from APHA made in the USA by Gist Silversmiths to members of each of the top three teams
The Czech Republic, with 30 points, finishes in 4th place overall, Team United with 28 points placed fifth and Team Slovakia with 18 points obtained 6th place overall.

2022 Youth World Games Teams members

Team United States, coached by Sandi Morgan
Riley Francis, Nyeah Krasnow-Osorio, Abigail Zawisza, Cody Dulin

Team Germany, coached by Jasmin Schuster
Clara Maurer, Lea Klink, Mia Lehmann, Chiana Koehler, Larissa Hahn

Team France, coached by Elodie Pley-Dumonçay
Fleurine Maras, Camille Brisard, Sixtine Toubon, Alicia Kalakun, Jade Pen

Team Czech Republic, coached by Monika Jancik Brunova
Ema Zajacova, Nikol Pavlicova, Katerina Bruniva, Anna Palasoeva, Martina Svecova

Team United (Austria, Italy and the Netherlands), coached by Sandy Morgan
Riley Francis, Nyeah Kkrasnow-Osorio, Abigail Zawisza, Cody Dulin

Team Slovakia, coached by Tamara Hámorová and Managed by Laura Árestová
Eva Vantoortelboom, Marcata Franeková, Anna Šaryová, Valentina Pellerová

PHCG Futurity and Maturity
With €28.000 in prize money (the highest of the last 5 years) also the PHCG Futurity and Maturity took place in Kreuth during the European Paint Horse Championship.

German Fabienne Scharf showed her own PPR Royals Skip Sulu to win the PHCG Stallions/Geldings Yearling Maturity, reserve honors went to Heza Scenic Star, owned by Angelika Gallitzendoerfer and shown by Mareike Schilling also of Germany.

In the PHCG Stallions/Geldings 2-year-old Maturity saw Special Heaven Dream owned and shown by Lena Hofmann of Germany took the gold medal, while Klara Sallegger of Austria took the silver with her own Music Is In My Life.

Austrian Katja Altenstrasser and her own New York Pretty won the PHCG Weanling Mares Futurity over 8 entries, Mara Benita Von Skopnik of Germany took reserve honors with her own Sensamazing Valley.

Winning the PHCG Weanling Stallions Futurity was Janice Remmers of Netherlands showing Stefan Schrievers’ horse (APHA Pending), Austrian Franz Vorraber placed second with Sophies Big Gun.

Marija Eberhardt’s AM Ambrosia shown by Anna Guerlich of Germany was crowned 2022 PHCG Yearling Mares Maturity Champion, LX Shes Tuf Enuf owned by Katharina Sturm and shown by German Benny Sturm placed second overall.

French Elodie Pley-Dumoncay and her own Milliondollarbaby VVS stepped on the highest step of the podium of the PHCG 2-year-old Mares Maturity, followed by Ivan Simeoni of Italy and Lorenza Mel’s French Kissed VVS.

Egon Wolf of Austria rode E Gun to win the PHCG 5 & 6-year-old Trail Maturity, reserve honors went to Johanna Grabner also of Austria who rode Brigitte Mayr’s Whata Smart Asset. Grabner also took the PHCG 5 & 6-year-old Hunter Under Saddle Maturity Championship aboard Whata Smart Asset owned also by Mayr, followed by German Carmen Hoepfl who rode her own SQ The Ultimate Cash to reserve honors.

Freja Aase Olsen of Denmark with her One N Only Cowgirl under the saddle was crowned 2022 PHCG 5 & 6-year-old Western Pleasure Maturity Champion, second place was for Ben Fisher of Switzerland riding By Noticed Only owned by Nicole Walch.

Nikol Pavlicova of Czech Republic aboard Original Fantasy owned by Miroslava Skanderova was gold in the PHCG 3 & 4-year-old Western Pleasure Futurity followed by Sarah Maria Cividino of Austria who rode Johanna & Franz Vorraber’s Guns Amazing Grace.

Sandra Grella won the PHCG 6 & 7-year-old Reining Maturity Championship riding Hollywood Gun Flash.
“I bought him when he was 1-year-old, now he’s 7. I ride by myself and I have not shown him very often yet, I think this is probably the seventh or eighth time he goes into a show pen. I really love him, he’s a really good horse and I love this show, it’s well organized and everything here is perfect.”  

PHCG 4 & 5-year-old Reining Futurity Champions were Maria-Katharina Fichtel of Germany and Guns N Revolution (Gunners Revolution x Diamonds N Guns), owned by Ricarda Hucke.
“My mare, Gunners Revolution, is a 4-year-old. It’s her first show, her first time here in Kreuth and I showed only in the Reining classes. My future with her is to ride her! In two weeks time we will be going to the NRHA Futurity in Belgium and then the show season for is over until next year.”
Tatjana Gruber took Reserve Championship riding her own Legendary Goldgun (Gunnersaurus Rex x Jacs Dry Miss).

For PHCG Futurity & Maturity info  https://phcg.info/futurity-2/

After a full week the 2022 APHA European Championship will come to a close tomorrow, where all the competitors had a great time, and as Andreas Barrenberg – Show Manager of the Euro Paint for the last eleven years – highlighted “This 2022 edition was the biggest and the greatest so far.”

For APHA Euro Paint full results: https://www.horseshowtracker.com
For APHA Euro Paint show videos: https://horseshow.video/


Photos by International Horse Press