With nine events in its first full year, it’s easy to see APHA’s Paint Horse Championship series is a hit. In late August, the program “crossed the pond” to Europe, bringing expanded recognition and new opportunities to Paint Horse exhibitors in Zone 12 at the EuroPaint Zone Championship, which took place August 23–29 in Kreuth, Germany.
The championship took place in conjunction with the European Paint Horse Championship, the largest international APHA-approved show outside of North America; in 2014, it was APHA’s No. 2 show in the world by entries.
Excited to offer the new program to its exhibitors, the show committee selected 15 classes in which to offer EuroPaint Zone Championship awards, in addition to European Championship titles. Exhibitors and horse owners had to meet specific eligibility requirements in order to win the EuroPaint Zone Championship awards. APHA provided awards for 15 classes—they included custom Gist Silversmiths buckles for the champions and medallions for second- through fifth-placed exhibitors.
Silke Trenz of Konigsbrunn, Germany, earned the first EuroPaint Zone Champion title with Clues Lucky Annie, her 2010 bay tobiano mare. The duo competed in Tobiano Color, taking home both the zone championship and overall European Championship titles; it was Silke’s first time to earn a medal at Europe’s premier Paint Horse show.
“She’s a great horse,” Silke said. “She’s 5 years old, mostly a reining and trail horse. She has a foal who is 4 months old, too. She’s super.”
Unofficial class winners from the EuroPaint Zone Championships include:
- Amateur Solid Paint-Bred Hunter Under Saddle: CBS Black Mio Wiz, exhibited and owned by Sofie Wedberg of Sweden
- Amateur Solid Paint-Bred Showmanship: Miss Chips Dandylion, exhibited and owned by Katrin Schaefer of Germany
- Amateur Senior Western Pleasure: Gamblers Mr Zip, exhibited by Jiri Orsag, owned by Renata Krenkova of Czech Republic
- Amateur Western Horsemanship: Happy Leo Chocolate, exhibited and owned by Jennifer Abroell of Germany
- Amateur Showmanship: Madam Blues Duffy, exhibited by Freja Aase Olsen, owned by Karsten Olsen and A. Nielsen of Denmark
- Solid Paint-Bred Junior Hunter Under Saddle: CBS Black Mio Wiz, exhibited by Pemilla Berndtsson, owned by Sofie Wedberg of Sweden
- Solid Paint-Bred Junior Western Pleasure: AM Theultimategideon, exhibited by Verena Hagan, owned by Marija Eberhardt of Germany
- Tobiano Color: Clues Lucky Annie, exhibitor and owned by Silke Trenz of Germany
- Junior Western Pleasure: Forever Valentine R, exhibited by Rudy Simeoni, owned by Pamela Peretto of Italy
- Senior Trail: Shot Girl, exhibited and owned by Anna-Alisa Samse of Germany
- Youth Solid Paint-Bred Showmanship: Leos Lucky Dixon, exhibited by Anna-Lena Osterrieder, owned by Ulrike Osterrieder of Germany
- Youth Solid Paint-Bred Hunter Under Saddle: One Lightning Krymsun, exhibited and leased by Angela Barroche of Austria
- Youth Western Pleasure: Kawohni Surprise, exhibited by Dylan Rijckmans, owned by Ingrid Segers of Belgium
- Youth Showmanship: Kawohni Surprise, exhibited by Dylan Rijckmans, owned by Ingrid Segers of Belgium Youth Western Horsemanship: Hints Tracy Technique, exhibited by Christina Einsiedler, owned by Karin Einsiedler of Germany
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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.