2004, reining is going to enter a new area after receiving
official F.E.I.-status and the inauguration of C.R.I.O. events,
international reining competition will take on another dimension
due to the sheer price money offered in European reinings. No longer
can anyone who is running for the NRHA World Championship afford
not to travel to Europe - if he or she wants to retain his or her
chances to win the title!
Challenge", scheduled for July 8 through 18, will offer the
hitherto unheard-of sum of Euro120,000 guarenteed price money (approx.
$150,000). With $60,000 added money for the Open Lawson Bronze Trophy
and another $60,000 added money for the Open Pullman Bronze Trophy
(approved by the German NRHA), a price money of Euro 120,000 is
guaranteed! These two contests are run separately, so everybody
has a second chance at 60,000 Euros (approx. $75,000).
money is of course awarded according to the NRHA payback schedule,
so each of these reinings' winner will take home close to 14,000
Euros - between $16,500 and $17,000. Theoretically, both reinings
could be won by the same rider, of course, who then would drive
home with total earnings of around Euro 28,000,000 (ca. $35,000)!
as if that were not enough, one of the reinings is also an AQHA
Special Event, so participants riding a Quarter Horse will be earning
points as well.
mega-event was initiated by Hans-Peter Reiss, known as "H.P.".
The native Swiss has in the past excelled at organizing the European
Quarter Horse Championships. He found a main sponsor in Hotel Matheshof,
situated at the by now world-famos riding and show facilities in
Kreuth/Germany. It was here where in 2001 the USET team, consisting
of Clint Haverty, Dell Hendricks, Craig Johnson, and Scott McCutcheon,
enjoyed the super arena conditions, the hospitality of Gut Matheshof,
and the great atmosphere among European reining enthusiasts.
first motivation was to reward with a high- dollar reining all those
reiners from Germany and surrounding states who regularly travel
to Kreuth for the many shows put on here", says H. P. Reiss.
"But then the idea expanded, and we managed to put together
a concept that is bound to attract reiners from all over the world.
This is going to be a one-of-a-kind international reining show,
and we are proud to be able to offer it. We expect it to go a long
way in the international promotion of the sport of reining."
the Open Lawson and Open Pullman Bronze Trophy reining, a Non-Pro
Lawson Bronze Trophy with a guaranteed price money of Euro 30,000,
and a Euro 30,000 Non-Pro Pullman Bronze Trophy are offered (Euro
30,000 = ca. $37,000). These are also run separately, given all
non-pro contestants two gos at it!
rooster of contests is completed by an 8,000 Euro Intermediate Open
reining, a 7,000 Euro Intermediate Non-Pro reining, a 7,000 Euro
Limited Open reining, a 6,000 Euro Limited Non-pro reining, a 5,000
Euro Rookie class, and two Youth Reinings worth a total of 3,000
Euros - what an occasion for reining enthusiasts!
cuttings and working cow horse events, a total of Euro 251,000 in
price money (ca. $310,000) is going to be awarded at The Challenge!
ensure perfect preparation conditions, we will also include jackpot
reinings and paid warm-ups", informs H.P. Reiss. "The
cattle classes are scheduled for July 9 through 11, the reinings
for July 13 through 18."
way you look at it - The Challenge is the place to be in July 2004!
more information, please visit www.gut-matheshof.de, or write to
the show management at firstname.lastname@example.org