The first two Americanas were organized in Munich.
In 1986, 26,000 visitors came to the Olympia riding facility.
There were traffics jams in the area all the time. For the first
time, there were high class Italian competitors (remember Ricky
Bordignon competing in the Barrel Race
astride his Quarter Horse-stallion ‘go Go’). Two years later the
event went to the Olympia facility in the centre of Munich. More
than 7500 visitors came to the evening show alone. For the first
time, there was a Bronze-Trophy-Reining there offering a purse
of DEM 12.000,-- added in Open. The audience was great and the
place as well, but not the conditions for the riders, So Americana
1990 went to the new fair ground at Augsburg – and immediately
attracted 28.000 visitors.
From then on, AMERICANA became better and bigger every time. There were
new classes like ERCHA Futurity or the Americana Reining Futurity.
A Western Forum was established and more and more show and entertainment:
The Westerntown, the Saloon
and the tent as well as Country Musik
live. The idea was obviously right: in 2000, there
were 50.000 visitors, two years later, the event attracted 240 exhibitors.
In 2004, Americana’s indoor arena was enlarged to international standard
of 30 m width to offer optimum possibilities for cutting and reining.
Also, cutters had the chance of using hall 2 as a „practice pen“.
„Masters“ in Pleasure
Besides the official European Championship of the European Cutting Horse
Association as well as the European Reined Cow Horse Association
and the NRHA-USA-approved Bronze Trophy Reining, Americana introduced
a Masters Pleasure and a EUR 6,000.-- Masters Trail
in 2004 (the Masters-Pleasure was won by Barbara Cumiolo
astride Hot As I Wanna Be and the Masters-Trail
by Iris Oplusstil (AUT) astride Masters
Mystique). 42,200 visitors came to the 2004
Americana. More than 130 journalists reported of the EUR
130,000.-- event with 410 competitors from 15 nations.
The absolute highlight of the 2004 show was Martin Larcombe
winning the Bronze Trophy Open Reining astride Arc Oak Enterprise.
Larcombe finished the season as NRHA World Champion.
„Americana is our Tour de France“
„Becoming an Americana Champion simply is the
coolest – you can’t compare it to anything else,“ says Grischa Ludwig,
two times NF German Reining Champion and European Champion. He
even compares this event to the „Tour de France“: Grischa
won both the Americana Reining-Futurity astride Great Red Whiz
as well as the Working Cowhorse Open
(astride FF Play My CD).
Markus Schöpfer dominated Reined Cow Horse Futurity
In 2004, Italian Markus Schöpfer won the Reined
Cow Horse Futurity with Remilore and
also placed second. But the cowhorse
was not the only spectacular cattle class during the last Americana.
The cutting show was won by Gianluca
Munarini astride MR Pepto Fletch
scoring a superb 150 in the final.
Americana promotes Western Riding in Europe
idea of an event open to all riders and breeds proved to be right.
All western breeds compete here – American Quarter Horse, Paint
Horse and Appaloosas – as well as other breeds. Becoming a finalist
of the Americana has become an important success.
Many famous trainers in the U.S.A. – like Tim and Mandy McQuay, Martin
Flarida, Carl McCuistion, Bozo Rogers,
Scott McCutcheon, Francois Gauthier,
John Hoyt, Don Boyd, Todd Arvidson, Dean Latimer, Jeff Kasten,
Andrea Fappani, Fred