17th to 19th the 3rd European Championships for Sport
Arabians took place in Stadl-Paura, Austria. Horses
and riders from 10 different nations were competing for the
coveted titles. Even one pair from Spain came all the way to
Austria to show their skills (and everything was worth the effort,
because they went back home with one championship title –
but more about that later).
Due to the versatility of the arabian horse championship-titles
were offered in the western disciplines reining, pleasure, trail
& allround-western, as well as in the classic disciplines
dressage, show jumping, eventing and allround-classic. Furthermore
an allround-title for driving was given.
to the western classes:
The reining was with 12 entries the biggest and toughest
class amongst the western disciplines. And it was, as expected,
dominated clearly by Baikal, a 7yr old stallion by Balaton and
out of Kashmir by Mirok Monpelou. This eye-catching chestnut
already gained numerous victories and top placings in tough
reining shows under his rider and owner Markus Dünser (AUT).
The pair won the gold medal with a score of 142,5 – showing
a very spectacular performance with breathtaking sliding stops.
European Reserve Champion became Christian Mantler (AUT) with
the 5yr old black stallion Mahdan by BR Black Flag out of Marina
III (score 138). Christian Mantler was already named European
Champion Reining in 2002, riding the mare Manavka then.
The bronze medal was achieved by Andre Reitermayr (AUT) with
DA Caruso. The grey stallion by Koronec out of the Mre Riva
scored a 137,5.
The other ones that made it into the ribbons were: on the 4th
place Dr Martin Pauli (GER) with his stallion Zid Ibn El Zahim
by El Zahim, on the 5th place Martina Hable (AUT) with the 4yr
old mare Moldavia by TR Viktor and out of Pjatakova –
the by far youngest horse in this class who was already named
Austrian National Champion Reining 2004. Last but not least,
on the 6th place Manuela Kirsteuer (AUT) with the stallion Effendi
by Baran and out of Ebeya.
(Balaton x Kashmir by Mirok Monpelou), stallion
breeder: Stark Arabians, Austria / owner: Markus Dünser,
One of todays most successful arabian reining horses ! He combines
extreme athelticism with extraordinary arabian beauty !
European Champion Reining 04 / Europeean Res. Champion
Reining 03 / Multiple Austrian National Champion Reining
/ NRHA money-earner
(TR Viktor x Pjatakova by Balaton), mare
breeder: Hans Trummer, Breitenau Arabians, Austria / owner:
Christine Steindler, Austria
One of the hottest upcoming arabian reining horses, already
showing tons of skills with extreme powerful sliding stops and
a great mind. A beauty, out of a dynasty of halter champions
Austrian National Champion Reining 04 / 5th place European
Championships Reining 04 / Vienna Regionla Champion Western
Champion western pleasure became Zid Ibn El Zahim, shown by
his owner Dr. Martin Pauli (GER). The 7yr old grey stallion,
originally a reiner, convinced the judges with his very rhythmic
and round gaits and so he could come out on top against 11 other
competitors that all showed performances of very good quality.
The Reserve-title was won by Andre Reitermayr (AUT) riding DA
Caruso. The bronze medal went to the bay stallion Effendi mounted
by Manuela Kirsteuer (AUT).
The others in the ranking were: Pernilla Sjöström
(SWE) showing her 14yr old gelding Audi(Fynd x Alladina) –
a pair that already has been very successfully at last years
European championships, Gaby Büchler (CH) with her 18yr
old gelding Bafran El Sharak (El Sarai x Shakla) and Armin Gräf
(GER) riding El Chasar (Assiut x Chanah II).
BAFRAN EL SHARAK
(Bafran El Sharai x Shakla by Shaker El Masri), gelding
breeder & owner: Gaby Büchler, Switzerland
An 18yr old gelding looking back at a long performance career
with a long list of accomplishments.
In the trail
the European Championship went to the best allround horse of
the show, DA Caruso under his rider Andre Reitermayr (AUT).
This 6yr old grey stallion by Koronec already gained multiple
championships in the different western disciplines, showing
that he’s a true allround-talent.
Effendi, ridden by Manuela Kirsteuer (AUT) was named European
Reserve Champion with a very nice and eye-appealing performance
through the whole pattern. The bronze medal went to Zid Ibn
El Zahim, showed by Dr. Martin Pauli (GER). Unfortunately this
class was with only 5 entries very small filled, so just one
pair more made it to the ribbons (with another one getting a
0 score due to failure in the pattern) – on the 4th place
was Pernilla Sjöström (SWE) riding her gelding Audi.
(Koronec x Riva by Narew), stallion
breeder & owner: Ursula Schlatter, Austria
A true allround-horse, competing sucessfully in all different
European Champion Trail 04 / European Res. Champion
Western Pleasure 04 / Austrian National Champion Trail &
Western Pleasure 04
Championship title in western-allround couldn’t be given
this year, because it would have needed entries from at least
5 different nations, and just 4 nations wanted to compete for
So there was just a normal allround scoring, which was won by
Manuela Kirsteuer (AUT) and Effendi, The reserve allround went
to Pernilla Sjöström (SWE) with the bay gelding Audi.
(Fynd x Alladina by Alrex), gelding
breeder & owner: Pernilla Sjöström, Sweden
Also a great allrounder, making a long trip from Sweden to Autria
for the second time !
European Allround Res. Champion Western 03
The classic disciplines:
class had a total of 11 entries with very good performances
of all competitors. The European Championship title was won
by Sarid, a 15yr old bay stallion by Sawlagan out of Shahbanu.
He was ridden by Cornelia Schreiber (GER) scoring 72.05 %points.
European Reserve Champion became Alexandra Bachman (SUI) and
her 12yr old stallion Sharif III by Gips out of Shamila, with
71.88 %points. The bronze medal went to last years European
champion Period. The 10yr old bay stallion by Drug and out of
Progulka already gained numerous victories and top placings
under his rider Denise Reichenwallner (GER), mostly showing
his skills against warmbloods..
The other rankings were: on the 4th place Outhuyse Kelly (NED)
and the 6yr old bay mare Sinai Al Ray by Pernod (70.94 %), on
the 5th place Bernhard Rauch riding the 9yr old stallion Padrons
Khen Saabi by Padrons Kadar (67.69 %) and on the 6th place Linda
Carlsson (SWE) showing her gelding Chocco by Chock (64.02 %).
Photo: Manfred Grebler
(Drug x Progulka by Gvizd), stallion
breeder: Carmen Bresien-Leute, Germany / owner: Denise Reichenwallner,
One of european's most successful dressage horses ! Competing
successfully even against warmblood up to the highest levels.
European Champion Dressage 03 / Bronze medal European
Championships Dressage 04 / Multiple Champion Dressage
(Drug x Progulka by Gvizd), stallion
Photo Monika Pehr
(Drug x Progulka by Gvizd), stallion
In the show
jumping the pair that came all the way from Spain – Estel
and his rider Albert Hermoso (ESP) – went back home with
the victory and the European Championship title. The 9yr old
grey stallion by Abha Xarif out of Yamama had a clear round
showing a very pleasing style which made them to one of the
Michael Slezák (CZ) place both of his horses in the medals:
he was riding the 8yr old chestnut stallion Ainhoa Ninja by
Titjani to the reserve-champion title and Shamir Ibn Ansata
by Ansata Sinan to win the bronze medal. Both had 4 points but
Ainhoa Ninja had the faster round.
The other one’s in the ribbons were: on the 4th place
Mansur by Abha Xarif under Albert Hermoso (ESP), on the 5th
place Vanessa Zöchling (AUT) riding Ben Ali by Madour and
on the 6th place Segersten Marielle showing the 15yr old gelding
Zymin DE (SWE). The class had a total entry of 13.
For eventing no title was given due to a limited number of entries.
The European Champion Allround-Classic was named Shamir Ibn
Ansata by Ansata Sinan out of Harima, he was presented by Michael
Slezàk (CZE). Reserve Champion became Estel by Abha Xarif
out of Yamama, shown by Albert Hermoso (ESP), and the bronze
medal went to Sinai Al Ray and Outhuysen Kelly (NED). On the
4th was Ainhoa Ninja / Michael Slezàk, and on the 5th
Mansur / Albert Hermoso. All horses had to be shown in type
& conformation (halter) and in the different classic disciplines.
To mention is as well, that a total price money of 20.000 euros
was given - for each European Championship title a price money
of 300 euro was awarded, for the Allround-Champion were even
500 euro given (and to the other rankings some price money was
The whole event showed with a very high level of sport and lots
of excellent performances that all of the old prejudices - arabian
horses are “just” pretty and not useful for tough
sport competitions – can be finally put to an end.
2005 the European Championships for Sport Arabians will again
be held in Stadl-Paura, and we all hope for an active international
participation – so, get into the saddle and be part of
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