At AMERICANA 2019, to be held in Augsburg, Germany, Sept. 4-8, there will not only be a $5,000-added World Cup Ranch Riding Open, but for the first time a Non-Pro as well – offering a purse of $3,000-added. In both classes, there will be a go-round and a finals. The Open finals will be part of the Friday evening show, so Ranch Riders will have the chance of riding in front of 5,000 visitors!
“We are very happy to present the 2019 World Cup Ranch Riding at our event, not only in [the] Open, but also in [the] Non-Pro,” said AMERICANA show manager Sandra Quade. “Ranch Riding reflects AMERICANA’s philosophy perfectly: the art of Western riding on great and well-trained horses as they are needed on the ranch.”
Ranch Riding became part of the AMERICANA in 2015. This American Quarter Horse Association discipline is still relatively young, but its entry numbers are booming everywhere.
Participants ride a pattern that includes the walk, trot and lope – the latter two both in collected and extended form. Riders must also demonstrate turnarounds, stops and back-ups. Judges look for smoothness, especially in transitions, as well as a forward-moving horse that responds to the slightest commands of the rider. Patterns typically include logs and poles, or a corral with cattle (as seen at AMERICANA 2017).
The discipline asks for a versatile and well-ridden horse regardless of breed. Horse and rider should be equipped and dressed to work, without fancy silver on the saddle.
AMERICANA is much more than only top class equestrian sport. Besides a world-class show, it is the biggest European fair for Western and leisure riding. Attendees can shop for horse and riding equipment, clothes, trailers – plus everything concerning the Western lifestyle.
AMERICANA is the No. 1 information platform for Western riding, breeding and horse management in general. During the five days in which the event is open to the public, experts will share their know how, from starting and training horses in various disciplines to feeding and veterinary medicine. The 2019 edition of the show will feature topics like horse health, riding tourism, innovative horse management and kids’ programs.
Ticket sales for the AMERICANA will start in November 2018 on www.americana.de. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening shows include entry during the day as well. There is also a whole show pass which includes all evening shows and entry to the fair during all days.
Video diaries from the 2017 event can be found on the AMERICANA homepage: www.americana.de
For further information, contact:
AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH
phone. +49 (0) 821 – 5 89 82 – 143 / fax +49 (0) 821 – 5 89 82– 243