AMERICANA Report 19

07. Sep 2019

- Melanie Falaster becomes first Ranch Horse Speed Trail Champion - Celine Bachleitner wins Youth 14-18 Final, Pius Birkenbach the Youth -13 - Rudi Kronsteiner becomes NRHA Maturity Champion Open 5 years & older

Melanie Falaster becomes first Ranch Horse Speed Trail Champion

A completely new discipline ensured full ranks on the Americana: The Speed Trail was a highlight for riders, horses (or mules) and spectators. Although it was a real competition, there was a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere, and the spectators were happy for each participant who he had completed a manoeuvre. And some of them had it in them - from branches lying across the path to roping a 'cow' to pulling a log or loading the horse into a trailer. Especially the ditch caused some horses to spook. Nevertheless, practically every team was able to cross it y. Melanie Falaster and her stallion I Know My Daddy were particularly successful in this discipline. The two were the only team to make it through the course without penalty points and in less than three minutes (169 seconds). Evelyn Honegger and Step N Whiz came second with 201 seconds and Lena Janssen third with 209 seconds.

„The ditch was no problem for me,“ said Melanie Falaster. „I board my horse at a facility with many jumpers, so we have a ditch. The Speed Trail is a great class. I know lots of people who want to participate next time.“

Celine Bachleitner wins Youth 14-18 Final, Pius Birkenbach the Youth -13

The Youth 14-18 final was won by Austrian Celina Bachleitner aboard Paintball Gun who scored a 214. Petra Federer and Jolly Spangled Whiz placed second scoring a 209. The Youth -13 final was claimed by Pius Birkenbach and Damon Playtime (194).

Rudi Kronsteiner becomes NRHA Maturity Champion Open 5 years & older

Scoring a 223, NRHA Million Dollar Rider and multiple past NRHA World Champion Open Rudi Kronsteiner and Jennifer Nixdorf’s AB Peppy Diamond (OT Taris San Peppy x Mare Made) won the NRHA Maturity Open 5 years & older. The 10-year-old stallion has got more than $80,000-added NRHA LTE. With Kronsteiner, he was 2017 NRHA World Reserve Champion Open and fourth in the team competition of the FEI WEG 2018 in Tryon.

NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck and QT Red N Run (Dun It On The QT x Moms Lil Ruffian) placed second scoring a 222 for owner Jan Tobias Kock. Two riders tied for third place scoring a 218 each: Niklas Ludwig aboard Mr Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Docs Oak Rosie) for owner Margot Van Soorne and Levin Ludwig aboard Walla Whiz Keen (Walla Walla Whiz x Keen Little Katie) for owner Olga Hofmann.

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