2. 8. 18 - WRWS/NRHA- Erste NRHA-Million-Dollar-Stute „Ebony Shines“.
- „Ebony Shines“ Makes NRHA History
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma –
Since its inception in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has seen thirty-eight stallions cross the coveted NRHA Million Dollar Sire mark. After the completion of several NRHA events this weekend, however, history was made when the offspring of 2016 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Ebony Shines earned her enough to unofficially become the first NRHA Million Dollar Dam.
The 19-year-old mare Ebony Shines is by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Shining Spark and out of Ebony Whiz (by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Topsail Whiz). Bred by Bob Loomis, the palomino is currently owned by Rosanne Sternberg and lives at Sterling Ranch in Aubrey, Texas.
Ebony Shines spent approximately one year in the show pen between 2004 and 2005. With NRHA Professional Jerry Fowler aboard, the mare earned more than $25,000 while exhibiting at shows such as the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and the South Country Derby. The pair’s most significant money earnings came during the 2004 NRHA Derby with a level (L)2 open championship, an L3 reserve championship, and an L4 top ten finish.
In 2004, Ebony Shines also began her career within the breeding shed where she found her true success. To date, the dam has produced 16 foals with NRHA earnings, including four with more than $100,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). These foals have earned top finishes at the NRHA Futurity and Derby as well as the NRBC.
When we asked Rosanne Sternberg about Ebony Shines and this historical achievement she had this to say, “I have owned ‘Ebony’ for 10 years and purchased her from Howard Mann (Manntana, LLC) when I bought her second foal, Shiners Chic, who was a 3-year-old at that time. I bought her because she seemed perfect to cross on my stallion, Smart Spook, and was out of Ebony Whiz, a good daughter of the legendary Ebony Chex. Apart from a couple of her foals, I have owned or raised all her offspring and have watched her produce great performance horses, one after the other. Her foals have gone to South America and Europe and several have become legends in reining, including Shiners Chic, the second highest money earning Smart Chic Olena offspring at $295,247, still showing after 10 years of competition; NRHA Open Futurity Co-Champion Shine N Spook; and several other remarkable show horses. The beautiful palomino has brought me much joy as a broodmare and many people happiness and success as a performance horse producer. I look forward to her offspring continuing to win and maybe reaching the second million with her!”
Before last weekend, Ebony was less than $2,000 shy of crossing the million dollar mark. Warwick Schiller and his Shine Spook Shine (by Smart Spook) earned more than $1,200 at Reining by the Bay to add to the mare’s offspring earnings. At One HOT Reining – One HOT Summer Slide, two horse and rider combinations added nearly $1,000 to Ebony’s total – Shauna Larcombe with Sternberg’s Smart Spook Shines (by Smart Spook) and Sean Pulley with his Spooks Shiner (by Smart Spook). In addition, Ebony’s Hang Ten And Shine (by Hang Ten Surprize) had a great performance in the NRHA European Open Derby finals with Rieky Young at the reins, helping push the elite mare over the NRHA Million Dollar Dam mark.
Her most notable offspring include:
- Shiners Chic (by Smart Chic Olena, owned by Rosanne Sternberg): NRHA LTE over $295,247
- Shine N Spook (by Smart Spook, owned by Ubere Agropecuaria Eireli): NRHA LTE over $219,826
- Shine Chic Shine (by Smart Chic Olena, owned by Amabile & Strusiner): NRHA LTE over $148,714
- Hang Ten And Shine (by Hang Ten Surprize, owned by Christine Brazeau): NRHA LTE over $108,515
31. 7. 18 - WRWS/NRHA - - Smart Spook Crosses the NRHA Five Million.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma –
After a successful weekend at a number of National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) approved events, another stallion has crossed a historic NRHA milestone. With offspring earning more than $22,000, Smart Spook is unofficially an NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire.
Smart Spook is a 17-year-old stallion by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Smart Chic Olena and out of Sugarplum Spook. Owned and bred by Rosanne Sternberg, the sorrel stallion stands at Sterling Ranch in Whitesboro, Texas and was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2015.
Before entering his career in the breeding shed, Smart Spook enjoyed a successful career within the show pen, earning more than $403,149 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). The stallion’s top finishes include:
- 2004 NRHA Level (L)4 Open Futurity Champion ridden by Shawn Flarida
- 2005 NRHA L4 Open Derby Champion ridden by Flarida
- 2005 AQHA Junior Reining World Champion ridden by Flarida
- 2007-2009 FEI World Reining Masters Gold Medalist ridden by Rudi Kronsteiner
The stallion’s first class of money earning offspring was foaled in 2006. Since then, the sire has produced eight foals with more than $100,000 in NRHA LTE in addition to five NRHA Futurity Champions and one NRHA Derby Champion. Helping the notable sire cross the five million dollar mark were great performances by his offspring at the 2018 NRHA European Futurity, the 2018 One HOT Reining – One HOT Summer Slide, and the 2018 Reining by the Bay, where Luca Fappani rode Spooks N Jewels (out of Whiz Jewels, owned by Andrea and Tish Fappani) to more than $22,500 in earnings.
Smart Spooks’ most notable offspring include:
- Custom Spook (out of Custom Spinderella, owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC): NRHA LTE over $222,114
- Shine N Spook (out of Ebony Shines, owned by Ubere Agropecuraria Eireli): NRHA LTE over $219,826
- Red Stripe Spook (out of Ms Red Capri, owned by Laurie Boaz): NRHA LTE over $179,766
- Ebony Spook (out of Ebony Whiz, owned by Rosanne Sternberg): NRHA LTE over $160,634
- Spook Off Sparks (out of Setting Off Sparks, owned by Silver Spurs Equine): NRHA LTE over $142,339
31. 7. 18 - WRWS (rb) - $ 80.000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2018 wird bestens angenommen – Vorbereitungen in vollem Gange.
Letzter Nennschluss: 14. August 2018.
Die „AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2018“ dürfte wieder ein voller Erfolg werden. Jedenfalls ist die Nachfrage sowohl nach den Futurity-Klassen als auch der Ancillary-Show sehr groß. Offensichtlich fühlen sich die Top-Profis aus ganz Europa auf der Anlage von Helmut Schulz in Wiener Neustadt ebenso wohl wie Non-Pros und Jugendliche. Entsprechend groß ist das Nennergebnis nach dem zweiten Nennschluss, und täglich treffen neue Anfragen ein. Endgültiger Nennschluss für die Austrian-Futurity-Klassen ist der 14. August. Nur so besteht noch die Chance, in das beliebte Turniermagazin „The Score Nummer 1“ aufgenommen zu werden. Die Nennungen können auch online über showmanager.info erfolgen.
Die Vorbereitungen sind derweil in vollem Gange. Die Teilnehmer können sich schon jetzt auf die gewohnt hervorragenden Bedingungen für ein Turnier dieser Klasse freuen. Genauso wie auf die ganz besondere Atmosphäre in Wiener Neustadt. Und natürlich auf jede Menge Service rund drumherum. Wie immer wird es eine Welcome-Party geben. und zum Abschluß die beliebte „Country Night“. Der Event wird per Video in HD-Qualität aufgenommen. Für die Show-Fotos steht wie immer Christian Kellner zur Verfügung, als Gastgeschenk gibt es gratis für jeden Teilnehmer ein Turnierfoto, gesponsert von H&D Schulz QH.
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31. 7. 18 - WRWS (rb) - Die AMERICANA 2019 geht an den Start – und erstmals wirbt eine Reiterin für den Top-Event der Westernreiter.
Martina Annovazzi heißt das Gesicht der AMERICANA 2019, und wir werden ihr in den kommenden Monaten noch öfter begegnen. Auf Anzeigen, Plakaten, Prospekten oder im Internet sehen wir die Italienerin, die 2017 mit Bravour den „World Cup Cutting Open“ für sich entschieden hat. Mit dem American-Quarter-Horse-Hengst „Highbrow Time“ riss sie die 6.000 Zuschauer im Finale zu Begeisterungs-stürmen hin und siegte überlegen mit einer 154.
„Die AMERICANA 2017 war für mich der aufregendste und emotionalste Erfolg, den ich je hatte”, so Annovazzi. „Es ist eine so großartige Show! Ich werde niemals das Gefühl vergessen, vor so vielen Zuschauern zu reiten! Es war fast wie in einem Traum, und ich konnte es kaum glauben: Ich ritt in Augsburg die erste 77 meines Lebens – auf diesem fantastischen Pferd, das unter seinem Besitzer Damiano Avigni auch noch das Non-Pro-Cutting gewann. Einen großen Dank an das AMERICANA-Show-Team, dass Ihr all das möglich gemacht habt –, wir kommen in jedem Fall 2019 wieder.“
Die heute 33-jährige Italienerin ritt mit 13 Jahren ihr erstes Cutting-Pferd und startete bald auch auf den ersten Shows. Sie trainierte zunächst bei Sheri Mason und dann bei Gianluca Munarini. Bei ihm begann sie, mit 19 Jahren als Assistant Trainer zu arbeiten. Mehrfach war sie in den USA, unter anderem bei Lindy Burch und Russell Harrison. Drei Jahre später ging sie nach Ongaresca im Norden Italiens und machte sich später selbstständig. Mit 30 wechselte sie zu Rosy O'Grady's Cutting Horses, einer Anlage, die sie selbst als eine der besten Europas bezeichnet:
„Es ist eine der wenigen europäischen Ranches, wo nicht nur trainiert, sondern auch ernsthaft gezüchtet wird.“ Hier arbeitet Martina zusammen mit ihrem Lebensgefährten Pietro Valeri. Auf Rosy O'Grady's findet unter anderem auch eine NCHA-Show statt, auf die jeweils eine Clinic mit einem Top-US-Trainer folgt. So waren hier Bubba Matlock, Matt Gaines, Michael Cooper und gerade erst in diesem Juni Phil Hanson zu Gast auf der Ranch.
Martina Annovazzi kann auf eine lange Reihe von Erfolgen zurückblicken: unter anderem gewann sie das italienische NCHA-Derby-Open zweimal (2010 und 2012), war „Challenge Futurity Open Champion 2012“, „Italian NCHA Futurity Reserve Champion“ 2014 und 2017. Neben der AMERICANA gewann sie letztes Jahr das Open Finale der „Airone Trophy“ in Cremona mit einem ihrer besten Pferde: „Iminent Cat“. Mit ihm war sie auch Zweite im „AMERICANA World Cup“.
„Ich könnte mit unserer Anlage nicht glücklicher sein”, sagt sie. „Ich bin unheimlich stolz auf unser Team. Die Besitzer Marco Salvatori und seine Frau Rosanna Bazzani sind ganz besondere Menschen, mit denen man hervorragend zusammenarbeiten kann. Und wir haben das Glück, wirklich gute Kunden zu haben.“
Und sie fährt fort: „ Was ich in all den Jahren gelernt habe ist, dass der einzige Weg, um wirklich weiterzukommen, der ist, niemals mit dem Lernen aufzuhören – jeden Tag und von jedermann. Und man sollte alles, was man weiß, mit so vielen Leuten wie möglich teilen. Pietro und ich leben das jeden Tag.“
Ausbau der Messe Augsburg: Halle 2 steht 2019 nicht zur Verfügung
Bei der kommenden AMERICANA 2019 könnte es durchaus sein, dass nicht alle Firmen, die gerne dabei wären, auch einen entsprechenden Platz bekommen: Wegen des Neubaus der Halle 2 – mit 8.000 m² wird sie die größte Halle in der Messe Augsburg; leider wird sie aber erst nach der AMERICANA fertig werden. Projektleiter Knöbl empfiehlt daher allen Interessenten, sich mit der Anmeldung nicht allzuviel Zeit zu lassen. Er erwartet angesichts der hervorragenden Ergebnisse, die die Aussteller 2017 erzielt hatten, einen regelrechten Run auf die Ausstellungsflächen.
Die Beteiligungsunterlagen der AMERICANA 2019 (4. bis 8. September) stehen ab kommenden Oktober auf der Webseite als Download zur Verfügung. Aussteller der vergangenen Veranstaltungen erhalten die Papiere in diesen Tagen per E-Mail zugesandt.
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31. 7. 18 - WRWS/NRHA - Gina Maria Schumacher and „Snip O Lution“ dominate the score board and clinch the NRHA European Non Pro Derby.
An amazing group of non pro reiners lit up the stage in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby Non Pro finals in Kreuth, Germany.
Draw 16 in the second section of the finals, Gina Schumacher and Snip O Lution laid down an impressive run, paid back by the judges with an impressive score: 224.5. The 7-year-old stallion by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Einsteins Revolution out of Snip O Chex, owned by CS Ranch Management SA, was bred and nominated by Cinder Lakes Ranch LLC. He came to Kreuth with over $ 83,700 NRHA Lifetime (LTE) and made it to the NRHA European $23,256-added* Level (L)4 Non Pro Derby Championship with a run to be remembered. Schumacher, who made the finals with all three of her mounts, was thrilled with the win. “This horse is very sensitive and you have to ride him very little before showing him. That’s what we did tonight and it worked!” she said. “I could not do all this without my parents and my coach [NRHA Professional] Cira Baeck. It’s been a super show.”
Last to draw were the $17,393-added* L3 and $9,939-added* L2 Non Pro Derby go-round leaders, Ulrike Krueger and her 6-year-old mare SL Shesgotmeparklin, an own daughter of NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Jacs Electric Spark out of Shes Customized. With a 224.5 to beat the pressure was on but the Austrian rider and her mount gave it all they had. They performed NRHA pattern #12 to a 221 score which earned them the L4 Non Pro Derby Reserve Championship as well as the L3 and L2 Championships. “It’s been an incredible week and it’s great to have been able to achieve this result with this mare who I’ve had ever since she was a 2-year-old. Being able to work her from the round pen to this incredible result is great,” said Krueger who was quick to credit her mentors NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck and his wife NRHA Professional Ann Fonck.
With a 219.5 score, Italian Carlo Ambrosini riding MF Over The Rainbow (Shortys Buck A Roo x Jodies Nice Rainbow) took the reserve championship in the L3 division and claimed third place in the L4. The 5-year-old stallion is owned by his family breeding and training facility, Ambrosini Quarter Horses ASD, and was nominated by Andrea Cappelletti.
Making her way to the highest spot of the $4,969-added * L1 division with a 217.5 score, as well as the co-reserve championship in the L2, was Susanna Sodi of Italy riding her own Saturdaynigh Mizzen. The 6-year-old stallion, by Saturdaynight Custom out of Westcoast Mizzen, was bred and nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses ASD and has an impressive curriculum to his name having won the 2015 Italian Reining Horse (IRHA) L4 Open Futurity and is fresh off his 2018 IRHA L4 Open Derby win with NRHA Professional Pierluigi Chioldo in the saddle.
“Considering this horse’s talent and his great show record which has earned him over $71,000, I certainly felt the pressure here,” said Sodi. “He was great for me from the day one all the way to the finals and I could not be any happier.”
Sharing the second step of the podium in the L2 division was Adrienne Spiedel of Switzerland riding her own Electric Mercedes. The 7-year-old mare by Jacs Electric Spark out of Best By Benz was bred and nominated by CDJ Performance Horses.
Taking reserve honors in the L1 division with a 217.5 was Olga Hoffman of Germany riding her own Walla Whiz Keen. The 8-year-old gelding by NRHA Million Dollar Walla Walla Whiz out of Keen Little Katie is bred and nominated by her owner.
The NRHA European Derby is open to 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program. Since 2009 foals have been required to nominate to the program to be eligible to enter NRHA European Derby and Futurity. The nominator receives 5% of the money earned by the nominated horse at the two events, even if the horse is sold. There has been overwhelming support of the NRHA Nomination Program since its inception. In 2017, the program’s eighth year, 1,589 weanlings were European-nominated, the most in the program’s history.
The NRHA European Derby counted the highest number of entries since the first edition which was held in 2011:
European Derby Level 4 Non Pro: (Entries: 49)
European Derby Level 3 Non Pro: (Entries: 69)
European Derby Level 2 Non Pro: (Entries: 119)
European Derby Level 1 Non Pro: (Entries: 105)
The NRHA European Open Derby finals will close the eighth edition of the prestigious event on Saturday, July 28 following the NRHA European Affiliate Youth and Non Pro Championship classes.
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30. 7. 18 - WRWS/NRHA - - NRHA European Affiliate Youth are crowned in Kreuth.
A youthful morning made the start of the day special at the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship held concurrently with the NRHA European Derby.
High scores and great rides thrilled the crowd in the stands as the young riders performed in the Ostbayernhalle. It took a 216 to win the EA Youth 14-18 Championship and that is what Nimroid Vannietvelt of Belgium posted riding Wimpys Snow Step in a field of 32 entries. The 10-year-old gelding is by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step out of Snow Gun and is owned by his mother, Gina De Pauw. “I’ve been showing my horse for almost three years and he’s really nice,” said the young rider. “I’ve taken part in quite a few European Affiliate Championships and this edition has been great. I am really happy to have won here for the first time and I have to give credit to my trainer, [NRHA Million Dollar Rider] Bernard Fonck who is an amazing coach.”
Tying for reserve honors were Tabitha Sternberg Allen of Great Britain and Estelle Sole of France. Sternberg Allen rode FS Gunner Got Lucky (Gunner x My Lucky Moonstone), a 7-year-old gelding owned by her mother, Francesca Sternberg. Sole rode her own RS Bloody Mary Spat (Spat Olena x RS Hollywood Hglo), a 2010 stallion. Both riders scored a 213.
Winning her first NRHA European Affiliate Championship title was Anna Dombrowska of Poland riding Tarigenetics (Lean With Hollywood x Tarilena Oky Doc). Aboard the 2012 gelding, the 14-year-old scored a 214.5. “I went to see the Affiliate Championships in Poland last year at Roleski Ranch for the first time last year and I still cannot believe that I actually won,” said an emotional Anna. “My horse is truly special; he gave me all he had and I would like to thank my trainer [NRHA Professional] Adrian Motyka for being there for me all the time and all the Roleski team … my second family.”
Francesca Ferrarol of Italy slid to the second step of the podium riding Let Dry Peppy (Let Me Out Please x Dry Peppy King), owned by her father Maurizio Ferrarol. The pair scored a 210 and the young Italian rider was thrilled with her companion in the arena that she has been showing successfully since the beginning of last year.
Tying for third place with a 208 were Selina Pernsteiner of Austria and Silke Hendrix of Belgium. The Austrian rider rode her own SSL Golden Mercury (Smart Slide Lena x Soda Nic Miss). Hendrix guided Twisted Lil Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Chocolate N Sweet) owned by Jan Hendrix to the third step of the podium.
The Youth Team Tournament
The NRHA Affiliate Youth Team Tournament, with 16 participating teams, took place during the NRHA EAC Youth 13 & Under and NRHA EAC Youth 14-18 classes. Three teams shared the spotlight with 628 points each! Congratulations to our champions:
Duane Latimer's Group
Selina Pernsteiner on SSL Golden Mercury AUT
Bert Coeckelberghs on Spangled Heidi BEL
Ainna Herencia on Twister Jac ESP
Anna Dowbrowska on Tarigenetics POL
Jordan Larson's Team
Sophia Lukacikova on Steppin With Class CZE
Nimroid Vannietvelt on Wimpys Snow Step BEL
Isabeau Keiser on Gumps Hummer BB SWE
Nanina Staub on Golden Jac N Win SUI
Andrea Fappani's Kids
Carina Machacek on Solo Del Cielo AUT
Elena Wuorimaa on Haidachino Hollywood FIN
Anna Dombrowska on Tarigenetics POL
Szonja Pankotai on Hes A Frozen Breeze HUN
The winning teams received NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths buckles and the top ten teams were awarded with NRHA medals.
NRHA Youth Ancillary Action
NRHA Youth 14-18
1. Nimroid Vannietvelt /BEL / Wimpys Snow Step (Wimpy Little Step x Snow Gun) / Owned by Gina De Pauw/ score 216
2. Marie Baralon / FRA / Chicken Sandwich (Ricochet Rooster x MS Sanditch Whiz) / Owned by Marie Baralon / score 211.5
NRHA Youth 13 & Under
1. Nanina Staub / SUI / Golden Jac N Win (Jac O Rima x Peppys Dry Creek) / Owner Sabine Schmid / score 206.5
2T. Szonja Pankotai / HUN / Hes A Frozen Breeze (Sir Jac Frost x Isle Berry Breeze) / Owner Agnes Csolle / score 202
2T. Marcel Dabrowski / POL / A Lot O Rima (Jac O Rima x Lizbeth) / Owner Marcel Dabrowski / score 202
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30. 7. 18 - WRWS/NRHA - - Gina Maria Schumacher and Gotta Nifty Gun are NRHA European Affiliate Non Pro Champions.
It was truly a special show for Gina Schumacher in Kreuth, Germany, where the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby and European Affiliate Championship were being held.
The past NRHA Non Pro World Champion clinched the 2018 NRHA Level 4 Non Pro European Derby title on Friday riding Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution x Snip O Chex) owned by CS Ranch Management SA. During the last day of competition, the pair went on to take the $5,700-added NRHA European Affiliate Non Pro Reserve Championship with a score of 216.
The cherry on the cake for Schumacher was the top step of the podium with her Non Pro World title companion, Gotta Nifty Gun. Riding the 8-year-old stallion by Dun It Gotta Gun out of Custom Nifty Nic, also owned by CS Ranch Management SA, the German rider rode to a 218 and the top step of the podium. Schumacher also took first and second place with her two horses in the $1,800-added NRHA Non Pro ancillary class.
Sharing third place honors with a 215 was French Marie Baralon riding Chicken Sandwich and Tina Kuenstner-Mantl with Nu Chexomatic between the reins. With Baralon in the saddle, Chicken Sandwich, a 10-year-old mare by Ricochet Rooster out of MS Sanditch Whiz, rode to many NRHA and FEI titles in Europe
Kuenstner’s past NRHA Open World Champion Nu Chexomatic, an 11-year-old gelding by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Nu Chex To Cash out of Tejons Texi Lena, owned by Jacpoint Quarter Horses, boasts over $173,600 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE).
Following the last class offered in the 2018 NRHA European Affiliate Championship, counting 19 participating nations, the final Nation Standings were determined: Austria took the lead with 404 points followed by Belgium (389.5) and Great Britain (343). The Austrian Reining Horse Association received $500 for topping the rankings.
30. 7. 18 - WRWS/NRHA - - Ann Fonck takes it all at the 2018 NRHA European Open Derby finals!
Multiple past NRHA Open Champion Ann Fonck has been showing in NRHA competition since 2001 when she won her first paycheck worth $276. During her successful career, prior to making her way to Kreuth, her NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) surpassed $871,700. Tonight, the NRHA Professional once again proved her talent in the pen by sweeping the top three spots of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Derby.
Riding Shiners Voodoo for owner Kimberly Wegner, Ann Fonck performed an outstanding NRHA pattern #10 worth a 226.5 score which slid her straight to Level (L)4 Open Championship. The flashy 5-year-old stallion by Shiners Voodoo Dr out of BR China Rose, bred by Patricia Blakeney Creson and nominated by Reto Erdin, has always been shown by Fonck and has over $46,700 NRHA LTE to his name.
Nine horses after having shown Shiners Voodoo, Fonck rode her second mount, Made In Walla. With the 7-year-old gelding by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz out of Hollywood Made owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel — bred by Leonardo Arcese and nominated by Ambrosini QH — she laid down another great ride, worth a 225, which placed her second in the L4 division.
They say good things come in threes; the saying was definitely true for Fonck who also tied her third mount, Gunnerlicious (Gunner x Mifs Doll), to third place for owner Gina De Pauw after scoring a 222.5. The 8-year-old double registered APHA/AQHA stallion was bred and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc.
“I am super thrilled with these results and I cannot thank the owners of these three horses for giving me the opportunity to train and show them,” said Fonck. “Voodoo was good for me from the go round we won straight to the finals. Made In Walla is the sweetest horse ever with a huge heart and Gunnerlicious is a super athletic horse with a personality you have to work around! Once again I have to repeat myself: there is no way I could have done all this without my husband Bernard.”
Winning the L3 Open Division was French NRHA Professional Arnaud Girinon who reined DC Masterspecialnite to a 222. The 6-year-old stallion by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite out of Master Enterprise is owned and nominated by Stephanie Benetierre who purchased him in Argentina from his breeder Haras Don Carlos. “This is one of the best horses I have ever shown and I love him,” said the French professional. “I’ve had him in training for the past two years and he’s always been good to me. He truly deserves this win and I am thrilled for his owners who have placed complete trust in me.”
Tying for reserve honors in the L3 Open division with a 221.5 score was Austrian NRHA Professional Markus Gebert riding Claudia Nimmerrichter’s Spark N Step (Wimpys Little Step x Spark N Pretty), a 5-year-old stallion bred and nominated by Sandra Friesenbiller, along with NRHA Professional Max Ruggeri. The Italian NRHA Professional rode Paolo Morandotti’s Mister Little Uno (Mister Uno x Bonita Bahia), an 8-year-old stallion bred and nominated by his owner.
NRHA Professional Markus Morawitz of Austria once again rode Josef and Tamara Ahorner’s Gunners Chic Magnet to yet another title after posting a 220.5; the European L2 Open Derby Championship. The 7-year-old stallion by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Wind Her Up Chic was bred and nominated by Oldenburg Farm LLC. “This horse gets better all the time and I am really happy for this title especially considering the high number of entries and the incredible level of competition here,” said Morawitz.
Taking reserve honors in the L2 division and claiming top honors in the L1 division after posting a 218.5 was NRHA Professional of Germany Lena Felder riding Gunther Klose’s Lil Dunit Smart (Lil Peppy Dun It Right x Smart Katy Rio), a 7-year-old stallion bred by Christine Bayer and nominated by Julia Giacalone. “This win is particularity sweet since I got this horse in training only six weeks ago,” she said. “The level of competition here tonight was really high and I could not be any happier.”
The L1 co-reserve champions with a 217 were NRHA Professional Alessandro Roasio and his Jupiter Of Sun (Wimpys Little Step x Flirtin A Little), an 8-year-old stallion bred and nominated by Franco Rosso and NRHA Professional Nico Sicuro riding Spooks Midnight (Spooks Gotta Gun x Smart Dottie), an 8-year-old mare owned, bred and nominated by Francesco Mazza.
The NRHA European Derby is open to 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program. Since 2009 foals have been required to be nominated to the program to be eligible to enter NRHA European Derby and Futurity. The nominator receives 5% of the money earned by the nominated horse at the two events, even if the horse is sold. There has been overwhelming support of the NRHA Nomination Program since its inception. In 2017, the program’s eighth year, 1,589 weanlings were European-nominated, the most in the program’s history.
The NRHA European Derby counted the highest number of entries since the first edition which was held in 2011.
The 2018 numbers:
European Derby Open L4 (Entries: 65)
European Derby Open L3 (Entries: 68)
European Derby Open L2 (Entries: 62)
European Derby Open L1 (Entries: 37)
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30. 7. 18 - WRWS/NRHA - - Italy dominates the NRHA European Affiliate Intermediate and Limited Open Championship classes.
Reiners in Kreuth, Germany, provided exciting competition as they performed vying for the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Intermediate Open and Limited Open Championships.
NRHA Professional Giovanni Masi de Vargas and Majestic Okie (Okie Dun It Too x Majestic Ice), owned by Katharina Dejori, topped the $4,560-added EA Intermediate Open Championship class. The Italian Professional hit a winning run with the 10-year-old stallion between the reins paid back by the judges with a 220 score. “I’ve been riding this horse since 2014 and he has always been great for me and his owner!” said Masi who boasts multiple FEI and AQHA gold medals. “This is my first Euro Affiliate title and I am thrilled. It’s a great show and achieving this goal has been great, especially considering the fact that the horse owner’s son qualified this horse for the upcoming FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders.” The champion received a saddle presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Silver Spurs Saddles, an NRHA Lawson trophy, a pair of NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine splint boots and an NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths buckle.
Taking co-reserve honors with a 219.5 score were NRHA Professionals Markus Morawitz of Austria riding Gunners Chic Magnet, a 2011 American Quarter Horse gelding by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Wind Her Up Chic owned by Josef and Tamara Ahorner, and Nico Sicuro of Italy aboard Iam Sailors Brother.
Sicuro also stepped on the highest step of the podium of the NRHA European Affiliate Limited Open class with the 13-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion Iam Sailors Brother (Sir Jac Frost x Sail On Sweetness), owned by Fabio Merola, between the reins. “This horse has left his mark in European arenas more than once and for me to be able to ride him to the championship in Europe’s most prestigious NRHA event is a dream come true,” said the 22-year-old who also received an NRHA Corporate Partner Silver Spurs Saddles saddle, an NRHA Morgan trophy, a pair of NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine splint boots and an NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths buckle. He also received a pair of bell boots offered by NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine, a pair of spurs offered by NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths and an NRHA plaque for the Reserve Championship. NRHA Professional Barbara Bayer of Austria rode CC Ima Cashgun, a 2011 American Quarter Horse gelding by Gunner out of CC Ima Cash Surprise, owned by Alexandra Widholm, to a 216 score which earned her the reserve championship in the European Affiliate Limited Open Championship.
The third step of the podium with a 215 was taken by Rafal Dolata of Poland riding Arcwood Jac (Arc King Cody x Broadywood Jac), a 2013 American Quarter Horse gelding owned by Irena Grygiel. They received a pair of stirrups offered by NRHA along with an NRHA plaque.
Thursday NRHA Ancillary
Sweeping both the $960-added NRHA Intermediate Open and the $480-added Limited Open with a 216 was Anne Grether riding Wimpys Little Tejano (Wimpys Little Step x Tejana Chic) owned by Nancy Schmidt. Reserve honors with 214.5 went to NRHA Professional Paolo Fabbri of Italy riding Little Spook Wicked (Spooks Gotta Gun x Topsail Little Missy) owned by Salvatore Patti.
Taking second place in the Limited Open with a 215 was NRHA Professional Rafal Dolata of Poland aboard Arcwood Jac.
NRHA European Affiliate Championship Youth Competition highlights
Riders who will be competing in the NRHA European Affiliate Youth Championship 13 & Under and 14-18 had tons of fun this morning during the meeting sponsored by NRHA Germany. Riders representing 14 countries enjoyed their time together and got to know each other better in view of the NRHA European Affiliate Youth Team Tournament.
Each team will consist of four members; two competing in the Youth 13 & Under and two in the Youth 14-18. The three highest scores will be added and the lowest score will be dropped. First to tenth placed teams will receive NRHA medals and the winning team will be awarded NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths buckles.
The 2018 NRHA European Derby Non Pro Finals will close the day in Kreuth. Make sure to follow the action live FREE on www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com!
30. 7. 18 - WRWS/NRHA - - European Affiliate Rookie Professional, Intermediate Non Pro and Limited Non Pro Champions are crowned in Kreuth.
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship filled the day in Kreuth, Germany, where three 2018 Champions were crowned.
It was a first for the Czech Republic as NRHA Professional Jonas Bujnoch claimed the highest step of the podium in the $570-added NRHA EA Rookie Professional Championship. In a field of 17 riders, Bujnoch rode his own 6-year-old stallion, Mercedes Rooster (Cromed Out Mercedes x Rooster Ata Party), to a 212. “I expected to earn a higher score but I never imagined I would go home with the European title,” said the young professional who runs his own facility in the Czech Republic. “He’s an amazing horse with great looks, talent and is super minded.” Bujnoch also qualified his mount in the NRHA European Derby Level (L)2 and L1 Open finals. The champion received a saddle presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Silver Spurs Saddles, an NRHA Lawson trophy, a pair of NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine splint boots and an NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths buckle.
The reserve championship went to NRHA Professional Barbara Bayer of Austria and Brigitte Polly’s Where Does Rosy Go (Dancing On Diamonds x Sugar Bay Miss). The Austrian professional and her 7-year-old mare closed their run with a 210.5.
Taking third place honors half-a-point behind was NRHA Professional Alicja Kula of Poland riding Shining Whiz Olena (Shiner Olena x Shining Whiz), a 4-year-old mare owned by Katarzyna Roleska.
Winning the $3,520-added NRHA EA Intermediate Non Pro Championship with a 216 was Dries Verschueren riding Smart N Sparkin, a 10-year-old stallion by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena out of Setting Off Sparks owned by Golden Paint Ranch. “This is a great horse that I have the honor of owning and riding. He has won over $106,000 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) with [NRHA Million Dollar Rider] Bernard Fonck in the saddle,” said an enthused Verschueren. “I am thrilled with this Championship and am very fortunate to have the best coach ever; Fonck!” The champion received an NRHA Corporate Partner Silver Spurs Saddles saddle, an NRHA Lawson trophy, a pair of NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine splint boots and an NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths buckle.
The reserve championship, with a 215.5, was claimed by the $570-added NRHA EA Limited Non Pro Champion Emma Villa of Italy and her Kidding Chicory, a 13-year-old stallion by Mr Tori Kid out of Genuine Chicory. “I have owned this horse since last year after one of [NRHA Professional] Davide Brighenti’s clients sold him to me. He’s an incredibly talented and sweet stallion and I love him to death,” said Villa. “Earning the Championship as well as a Reserve Championship, on top of second place in the NRHA Limited and Intermediate Non Pro ancillary classes is simply incredible and he truly deserves to be on the podium.” The duo received a saddle presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Silver Spurs Saddles, an NRHA Morgan trophy, a pair of NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine splint boots and an NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths buckle for the win.
Conquering the third place of the podium in the Intermediate Non Pro with a 213 was Luke Phillimore of Great Britain riding Tin Whizin (Tinsel Nic x Whizin Off Sparks) owned by Roma Phillimore.
Reserve honors, with a 212.5 score in the Limited Non Pro were Paula Siekanska of Poland and her Sugars Smart Player (Honky Tonk Player x Sugars Doc Tari). Third place, with a half-point difference, went to Belgian Sharon De Groot aboard her 13-year-old mare Conquistador Sis (Conquistador Whiz x Sisters Twisted).
Reserve champions received a pair of bell boots offered by NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine, a pair of spurs offered by NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths and an NRHA plaque. Third place received a pair of stirrups offered by NRHA along with an NRHA plaque.
Thursday NRHA Ancillary
Sweeping both the $960-added NRHA Intermediate Non Pro and the $480-added Limited Non Pro with a 216 was Francesca Ferrarol and her Tarisnap (Snapper Cal Bar x Tari Badgeskin, a 2001 American Quarter Horse owned by Maurizio Ferrarol.
Taking reserve honors in both classes with a 215.5 was Emma Villa riding her Kidding Chicory (Mr Tori Kid x Genuine Chicory).
The Ostbayernhalle in Kreuth will open the day on Friday, July 27 with the $4,560-added NRHA European Affiliate Intermediate Open and $570-added European Affiliate Limited Open Championships run class-in-class with the NRHA ancillary $960-added Intermediate and $480-adde Limited Open classes. The 2018 NRHA European Derby Non Pro Finals will close the day in Kreuth! Make sure to follow the action live FREE on www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com!
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