Every two years, The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Germany hosts a Reining Cup during the World Horse Fair Equitana in Essen, Germany. The fair, which attracts thousands of visitors, is an ideal platform for presenting reining to new people.
This year, 11 riders and horses were invited to show their horses in the Reining Cup, which was sponsored by Bockmann Horse Trailers, Voss Reitsport and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), which sponsored a beautiful trophy for the Champion. Several thousand visitors followed the Reining Cup, which was part of the “Western Day” evening show this year.
The winner was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner aboard Jenny Nixdorf’s Whizoom. The two scored a 144, winning their share of the € 9,000 purse as well as the bronze trophy. Whizoom is a 10-year-old AQHA stallion bred by Charlotte Decoster. He is by Topsail Whiz and out of the Hollywood Dun It daughter Dun It The Hard Way. With Kronsteiner, the horse was 2011 Americana Maturity Champion and won the CRI*** at the 2013 EquitaLyon. Whizoom has also claimed numerous titles and Non-Pro trophies with his owner in the saddle.
Grischa Ludwig and Custom Del Cielo (Custom Crome x Lena Del Cielo x Gallo Del Cielo [Rooster]) followed on second place scoring a 143.5. The stallion is owned by Fabian Strebel. The complete results are as follows:
1. Kronsteiner, Rudi / WHIZOOM (owner Jenny Nixdorf) -Score: 144.0
2. Ludwig, Grischa / CUSTOM DEL CIELO (owner Fabian Strebel) – Score: 143.5
3. Lill, Nina / SERGEANT CHEX (owner Birgit Schäfer) – Score: 141.0
4. Ernst, Elias / USS N DUN IT (owner Christine Wilinski) – Score: 140.0
4. Young, Rieky / CUSTOM SABRA OF SUN (owner Jan Macharis) – Score: 140.0
6. Ripper, Alexander / AWESOME PALE BOY (owner Sabrina Zangerle) – Score: 138.5
7. Klein, Daniel / KISS MY GUNS (owner Birgit Pott) – Score: 137.5
8. Stein, Oliver / TIMBERS WHIZZER (owner Norbert Wilting) – Score: 135.5
9. Ernst, Emanuel / SAILIN PLAYBOY (owner Anita Ernst) – Score: 134.0
10. Dörr, Mona / WIMPYS PLAYIN SMART (owner Yves Scholtes) – Score: 132.0
11. Pieper, Jürgen / CHIC TRAIN (owner Jürgen Pieper) – Score: 0