03. Sep 2019
You can feel it everywhere that Americana is about to really start. The exhibitors' stands are filling up quickly, the hustle and bustle is at level 10 everywhere. And from tomorrow onwards, visitors will be flocking to Augsburg. The press conference was well attended. The two AFAG managing directors Henning Könicke and Thilo Könicke welcomed the media representatives in the Red Grizzly Saloon. "Henning Könicke enthused about the fair, which was a bit different for AFAG as well. "Because", says Thilo Könicke, "the Americana is something very special for us. We burn for trade fairs anyway. But here we don't just offer the network and the touching of goods, we also transport atmosphere, even lifestyle".
Here are some figures:
327 exhibitors from 14 countries,
1,500 bales of straw,
1,350 metres of panels Gatter
5,300 squaremetres for riding.
„Here in Augsburg the Western family of Europe comes together. Augsburg will be the western capital of Europe for the next few days," says Knöbl, "and in two years I will certainly be able to speak of the greatest Americana of all time.”
The Americana is reaching more and more visitors from over 300 kilometers away. "Some of the evening shows have been sold out for months and advance ticket sales have never been as good as this year," says Knöbl. Americana's offer has also grown in breadth. The project manager: "Never before have we had as many exhibitors on the subject of stable logistics as now. Visitors can now see and buy everything from hats and boots to complete stables from us".
And, of course, good inventions also find direct practical application at Americana. For example the mobile water stalls, the horse stalls. They make life easier for riders, as they no longer have to carry buckets of water for buckets of water, but also offer the horses a familiar environment that contributes to the horses' relaxation. "This is just one example of how much we attach importance to the well-being of the horses," said the two sports directors Sandra Quade and Joachim Bochmann unanimously..
Sonja Zietlow presents Pattern during the Friday Evening Show "We have grown significantly in the sporting field," said Bochmann, who cited two examples: "This year we have around 60 percent more starters in the Cow Horse as well as in the Ranch Riding. In addition, some competitions such as the Ranch Horse Speed Trail are taking place for the first time.” He also announced a celebrity visit. On Friday evening in the evening show, Dschungel Camp presenter Sonja Zietlow - herself an enthusiastic western rider - will be riding the patterns for the visitors before the actual start of the Bronze Trophy Reining.
"The Wednesday and Thursday evening are rather under the slogan Infotainment,” said Sandra Quade. “Wednesday evening will be dominated by Kenzie Dysli, known from film (“Ostwind`”) and radio. The daughter of Western riding legend Jean-Claude Dysli was moved at the press conference: "Americana has played a very important role in our family for decades and is a matter close to the heart. It is a special privilege for me to be part of the Americana." The spectators can look forward to a presentation that combines the old Californian riding style with freedom dressage. On Thursday evening the Nations Cup will take place in the cattle work. Six teams qualified for it. Before these competitions start, the visitors can look forward to a very special experience: Bobby Ingersoll, co-founder of the American cow horse scene, will give an insight into the history and today's status of the cow horse scene. The 80-year-old is also one of the judges of this year's Americana.
What a great go round for the NCHA European Championship Open! 34 top-class horse-rider-combinations were at the start, which showed excellent performances throughout. But as always, when it comes to working with cattle, luck and bad luck were very close. In the end, eleven horses made it to the final, for which they had to achieve at least 142. Martina Annovazzi rode high score of the Go round with Highbrow Time (High Brow CD x One Time Soon): 150! With the 9-year-old gelding owned by Marco Salvatori, Annovazzi had already won the World Cup Cutting Open at AMERICANA 2017. Highbrow Time and his owner are currently 4th in the NCHA of Europe Open Ranking and 2nd in the Non Pro Ranking.
The 33-year-old Italian, who trains at Rosy O'Grady's Cutting Horses, can look back on a long series of successes: among others she won the Italian NCHA Derby Open twice (2010 and 2012), was Challenge Futurity Open Champion 2012, Italian NCHA Futurity Reserve Champion 2014 and 2017. In the AMERICANA Masters Cutting 2019 she was Reserve Champion with Iminent Cat.
“We were looking forward to come back here,” says Martina Annovazzi. “AMERICANA is a great show, and one of those where Cutting has a great importance. This year the show conditions were even better than two years ago, for sure we found a very good ground, which plays an important role in the show arena, and cattle were better too. I had a really good run on Sunday, in the Master Open, where I ended second on Iminent Cat, with a score of 146! In the go round of the NCHA Open, I had an amazing run(150) on Highbrow Time. Cattle were tough and we put all our effort, and finally made it! Iminent Cat was having an amazing run, but we lost a cow at 3 seconds to the end. I ride two special horses, and I'm very proud of them. Even Pietro (my boyfriend) made it to the final with one horse, and something we both are proud of is that all 5 our Non Pros , are finalists. Thank you very much to Marco Salvatori who owns Highbrow Time now, and to all our Non Pros who are part of the team, and who put their trust in me and Pietro! "
Karel Spacil came second in the Go round with the 7-year-old mare Rumer Haz it, who came out of the arena with a 147. The horse is owned by Pawel Paliwoda. Spacil, who runs a cutting facility in Lochovice, Czech Republic, has been a multiple FEQHA European Champion, NCHA of Germany Futurity Reserve Champion as well as Limited Open Champion and Open Reserve Champion at the Salone de Cavallo.
Three riders tied for third place scoring a 144 each: Federico Fanti aboard Hansruedi Baumann’s Highbrowcd Is Playin, Gildo Minichiello aboard Imre Katona’s Zen And Tonic and Rim van Ewijk aboard Rob van der Elzen’s Love A Cat Fight.
Best German of the go round was Ute Holm with the 11-year-old stallion One Smooth Time, with whom she scored 142 and finished 8th. With this horse, owned by Yvonne Bonda, Ute recently won the Deuber Cup. "I love this horse," she beamed after her ride. "He has a lot of heart and is a real fighter. And he takes care of me. When I misjudge a cow, he does everything to stay in control. The first bunch of cattle today was quite difficult. With my second horse Cat Garrett, with whom I was fourth in the Masters Cutting Open, I was unlucky and unfortunately didn't make it to the final."
The other finalists are: Denis Pini with Stop Ur Hot (143), Santino Hegenbeck with Freckled Lil Indian (143) and with Whats Up Doc Boon (142), Pietro Valeri with Cat Rey Lou (142) and Federico Fanti with Metallic D Nero (142).
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