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Anna Lisec wins her third consecutive European Non Pro Derby title aboard This Wimps So Fly

November 7, 2017

ANNA_LISECLyon, November 6 – The seventh edition of the National Reining Horse Assocation (NRHA) European Derby closed the 2017 Reining International de Lyon on Sunday afternoon. The historical French city of Lyon is host to one of Europe’s most prestigious equestrian events: Equita Lyon. High class reining was showcased during the Salon du Cheval de Lyon week which attracted over 130,000 visitors. The NRHA European Non Pro Derby did not disappoint and, for the third year running, Anna Lisec claimed the title.

Riding This Wimps So Fly, a 7-year-old gelding by NRHA Nine Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step out of Fly Flashy Jac, owned by Sabine Lisec and nominated by Melissa Vandorp, the talented Austrian rider scored a 222.5 to win the Level (L)4 Non Pro Derby adding $7,889.78 to her earnings. Lisec had taken the all four levels of the European Non Pro Derby in 2015 riding This Wimps So Fly and rode back to the highest step of the podium with Tari Whizin last year.

“Once again I really tried to win this title! On my first horse, Start A Revolution, things didn’t go quite as planned so I was a little frustrated, plus, I only had eight horses between him and ‘Fly’ so it was a little crazy,” said Anna. “This horse is simply wonderful. I will never have a horse like him again…he carries you through the show pen always trying to do his best and always wanting you to like him. The crowd was great and my coaches, Ann and Bernard [Fonck], were with me all the way. They’ve impacted my riding a lot, and credit goes to them for all the success I’ve had since I started training with them.” The young Austrian rider also qualified her second mount, Start A Revolution, to the finals. The pair closed tying for tenth place with a 214 score adding another $1,083.31 to their earnings.

Claiming reserve honors in the L4 division was multiple NRHA Non Pro World Champion Gina Schumacher aboard Wham Bam Gunner Man (Gunners Special Nite x Super Olena Chic), a 5-year-old stallion owned by CS Ranch and nominated by Robert Webb. The pair closed their performance with a 222 which earned them a check worth $5,820.50.

LIA_FRERIKSLea Freriks of the Netherlands and her own Ready For Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x Royal Paula Quixote), a 7-year-old stallion nominated by Tjeerd Elzinga, scored a 215.5 to take home the L3 Non Pro Derby championship along with $ 1,506.84. “This is a dream come true especially since I’ve have had this horse since he was three and I trained him myself,” said Freriks. “He’s a really sensitive horse but truly a special one and I am thrilled with this title that I was hoping to win.”

Bert Coeckelberghs took reserve honors by scoring a 214.5 on Spangled Heidi (Star Spangled Whiz x Heidi Sailor), a 5-year-old stallion owned by Steven Coeckelberghs and nominated by Angelucci Quarter Horses. The duo added $1,149 to their NRHA LTE.

AXEL_PESEK17-year-old Axel Pesek riding Uncle Sparky (Shining Spark x Cats Okey Dokey), a 7-year-old stallion owned and nominated by Yannick Pesek, earned his first NRHA major event on home ground. He clinched the European L2 Non Pro Derby championship with a 215.5 earning a paycheck worth $1,506.84. “I came here hoping to leave with a title even though I knew it would be tough considering the level of competition,” said the French rider. “My horse was amazing here, just as he has been all year, and I really look forward to the coming show season. My dream now is to qualify for the French team that will be competing at the FEI World Equestrian Games ™ Tryon 2018.” Pesek, riding Uncle Sparky, left his mark in FEI competition this past August by bringing home individual gold medal in the inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and was part of the French team that clinched the silver medal.

Angelika Gebert and her Charly Step N Cool (Wimpys Little Step x Charlys Cool Running), a 7-year-old mare nominated by Michael Junger-Schubert, won reserve honors in the L2 division with a 214 taking home $1,083.31.

SEBASTIANO_SCARPATOFor Italian Sebastiano Scarpato, it was a last-minute decision to enter the Euro Derby…and it was a good one! Scoring a 215 riding his own Bet On A Step (Wimpys Little Step x A Classic Slide), a 7-year-old stallion nominated by Simona Cuomo, he left Lyon with the L1 Non Pro Derby championship under his belt along with a paycheck worth $1,203.52. “I am thrilled with this win. When I was told that I was the level 1 champion, I could not believe it,” said Scarpato. “A special thank you goes to [NRHA Professional] Gennaro Lendi for being there for me here in Lyon.”

Reserve honors in the L1 were claimed by Italian Verena Rigott aboard her own Lonesome Saturday (Saturdaynight Custom x Lonesome Sally Lena), a 6-year-old gelding nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses. The duo scored a 213 for the win and a check worth $958.20.

The Paint Reining Buckle Program makes its way to Europe

For the very first time, the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) offered custom awards to top Paint Horses at an international reining event. The Paint Reining Buckle Program was offered at four major reining events in the United States this year, as well as in the NRHA European Non Pro Derby. Presenting the award buckle to the highest-scoring Paint Horse in the European Level 3 Non Pro Derby, Wimpys Little Spook (Spooks Gotta Gun x Wimpys Lil Doll), ridden and owned by Stefan Jauer, was Executive Director Billy Smith of Fort worth Texas. Presenting the award buckle to the highest-scoring Paint Horse in the NRHA European Level 4 Non Pro Derby, Automatic Gun (Gunner x Scoot Lil Bo) ridden by Domenico Lomuto and owned by Slide & Die, was APHA resident Dr. Craig Wood of Owenton, Kentucky.

For complete results nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Communication: Martine Dolbeau
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Press: Daniel Koroloff
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NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale
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Photos by Andrea Bonaga

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Fonck and What A Wave are the Quarter Dream Reining International de Lyon Open Champions

November 5, 2017
Bernard Fonck & What A Wave

Bernard Fonck & What A Wave

Lyon, November 5 – An amazing $35,000-added Quarter Dream NRHA Reining International de Lyon Open thrilled the crowd on the Equita Lyon stands where reining was showcased to its best. Early in the draw, in a field of 17 entries, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck and What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jac x What A Sunrise) set the bar by posting a 226. Owned by Steve Vannietvelt and Gina de Pauw, the 10-year-old stallion won the 2015 and 2016 NRHA Open World Championship with Fonck in the saddle. Unofficially, the pair are on their way to clinching their consecutive third World Championship; a first in NRHA history!

“I cannot believe how talented and how good minded this horse is,” said Fonck. “He is incredible. Every time we enter the pen he shows off his athletic ability and keeps on bringing in first places. He’s a once in a lifetime horse!” During the awards presentation, Fonck was eager to announce, with heartfelt emotion, that the owners [Vannietvelt and De Pauw] confirmed they would give him the opportunity to show ‘Wave’ at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon.

Watch the winning run here:
https://www.facebook.com/equitalyon.westernhorseshow/videos/182243445662103/

Two points behind the winners of one of Europe’s most prestigious NRHA Open classes was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner aboard Jennifer Nixdorf’s AB Peppy Diamond (OT Taris San Peppy x Mare Made). “He is an amazing horse and we bought him for me as a non pro horse,” said owner, Jenny Nixdorf. “Rudi started showing him last year and it worked really well. Until the Americana this year he was leading the NRHA Top 10 Open rankings but things there didn’t go as planned. I am very proud of both him and Rudi, they make a great team!”

Third place honors, with a 223.5 was for NRHA Professional and past NRHA Open Reserve World Champion Cira Baeck riding Piet Mestdagh’s Gunner Snappy Chic (Gunner x Chics Miss Snap).

Ancillary Action

Markus Dunser & LMD Millhouse Jac

Markus Dunser & LMD Millhouse Jac

Austrian Markus Dunser won the $4,000-added Lambey NRHA Intermediate Non Pro with his horse LMD Millhouse Jac (Dolls Union Jac x She Whiz Rowdy) with a 220 score. Belgian Dries Vershueren and Smart N Sparkin (Smart Chic Olena x Setting Off Sparks), owned by Gold Paint Ranch, took second place honors with a 217.5.

Emma Villa & Kidding Chicory

Emma Villa & Kidding Chicory

Italian Emma Villa rode Kidding Chicory (Mr Tori Kid x Genuine Chicory) to win the $500-added NRHA Limited Non Pro with a score of 214.5. Young French rider Paola Benoit-Cattin took second place with a score of 211 on her own Shining Step (Wimpys Little Step x Spark N Pretty).

Youth Action

Marie Baralon & Chicken Sandwich

Marie Baralon & Chicken Sandwich

Champions of the NRHA Youth 14-18 was French Marie Baralon riding her own Chicken Sandwich. The pair scored a 217.Second place was for Caroline Schmoll riding Whizin And Spookin. The duo scored a 209.

Nanina Staub & ARC Sangers Walla

Nanina Staub & ARC Sangers Walla

Winning the NRHA 13 & Under with a 209.5 were Nanina Staub and ARC Sangers Walla owned by Sabine Schmid. Jayson Henri and Mister Blue Einstein, owned by Henri Bertrand scored a 205 for second place honors.

NRHA France 3 & 4-year-old Non Pro Futurity

Fabienne Kuratli Suter & Whiz Shning Style

Fabienne Kuratli Suter & Whiz Shning Style

Level 4 Champions : Fabienne Kuratli Suter and Whiz ShningStyle / score 217.5

Level 4 Reserve Champions and Champions Level 2 Champions : Heike Strambach / Electric Storm Sg / score 215

Heike Strambach & Electric Storm Sg

Heike Strambach & Electric Storm Sg

Level 2 Reserve Champions : Peter Arnet / Whiz My Freckles / score 213,5

You will find complete results nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Communication: Martine Dolbeau
martine.dolbeau@gl-events.com
Press: Daniel Koroloff
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Muriel De Moubray
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NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale
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Photos by Andrea Bonaga

Lendi and Spatatino are the NRHA European Open Derby Champions

Lyon, November 4 – A total of 38 of Europe’s best horses and riders, qualified for the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Open Derby finals, left their mark in the Equita Lyon Hall 6 reining arena in front of a full house as they rode for the prestigious titles.

Gennaro_Lendi_SpatatinoWinning the Level (L)4 Open Championship with a 226 was Gennaro Lendi riding Spatatino (Spat O Lena x Topsail Cal Bar), a 7-year-old stallion owned, bred and nominated by Sara Fabbri. “Once again he performed for me,” said the Italian NRHA Professional. “It is almost as if he feels the competition; he always gives me more than I ask him for. He’s an outstanding athlete.”

The NRHA Professional from Italy took home the guaranteed pay check worth $15,000 for the win as well as a trailer sponsored by Cheval Liberté.

Watch the winning run here:
https://www.facebook.com/equitalyon.westernhorseshow/videos/182051059014675/

Earning the European Open L4 Derby reserve championship with a 224.5 score was multiple NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck aboard the past NRHA European Open Futurity Champion Made In Walla (Walla Walla Whiz x Hollywood Made), owned Chuck Klipfel and Sabine Lisec. With the 6-year-old gelding nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses between the reins, Fonck had earned the top score in the qualifier. The NRHA Professional from Belgium added $13,600 to her earnings for the reserve championship, $8,220 for third place riding Spook N Perla for Golden Paint Ranch, and $2,780 by tying for seventh place aboard Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw’s Gunnerlicious.

MARKUS_MORAWITZMarkus Morawitz and Gunners Chic Magnet (Gunner x Wind Her Up Chic), owned and nominated by Josef and Tamara Ahorner, claimed the European L3 Open Derby championship and a paycheck worth $ 4,125. With the 6-year-old stallion bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC., the NRHA Professional of Austria posted a 221.5.  “I cannot thank Josef and Tamara [Ahorner] enough for giving me the opportunity to ride this really special horse,” said Morawitz. “We won the NRHA European Affiliate Intermediate Open Championship this year and now this title. I could not be any happier!”

Watch the winning run here:
https://www.facebook.com/equitalyon.westernhorseshow/videos/182053975681050/

With a performance worth a 220.5, the L3 Open reserve championship went to NRHA Professional Sylvia Rzepka and USS Nu Spook, a 5-year-old stallion by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook out of USS Nu Chex owned and nominated by Guenter Fellinger. Aboard the Markel Insurance Sale Graduate, Rzepka earned $2,780.

LORENZO_DE_SIMONEIt was a special night for Lorenzo De Simone of Italy as he posted a 220.5 to win the European L2 Open championship riding Smoking Dun It (Gunner x Dun Its Déjà vu), owned and nominated by Azienda Agricola 23. “This win is very special for me because this is the first horse I rode when I started working for 23 QH,” said the NRHA Professional about the 6-year-old gelding bred by McQuay Stables. “He was very good for me tonight and I would like to thank Ann and Bernard Fonck for all their help and Manuel Bonzano for trusting me with this horse.” The Italian professional won $2,780 and added $2,003 for riding NRHA Hall of Famer Rosanne Sternberg’s Spook Shine Spook to the finals. De Simone was the only Level 2 rider who qualified for the Level 4 and Level 3 finals.

With a 217.5, NRHA Professional Verena Klein rode ND Gun Sawyer (Gunner x Codys Diamond Dun It), owned by Dragan Milenkovic and nominated by Nathalie Derua, to the L2 reserve championship. With the 7-year-old stallion, Klein added $2,366 to her earnings.

JEFFREY_TOUROUTE_THOMAS_STAR_SHINING_LADYWinning the European L1 Open Derby championship with a 217.5 score was NRHA Professional Jeffrey Touroute-Thomas riding Star Shining Lady. The 5-year-old mare is owned, bred and nominated by Hannes Kirchberger and the duo brought home $2,366 for the win. The French rider also earned the L1 co-reserve championship riding Whiz For Ever (Topsail Whiz x Jacs Little Columbia). The 5-year-old stallion is owned bred and nominated by David Roux.

Tying for the L1 co-reseserve championship was French NRHA Professional Marinne Benais aboard Saturday Whiz. The 7-year-old mare by Saturdaynight Custom out of Anjolena Whiz
is owned by Marinne Benais, was bred by Franco Mari and was nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses. Both riders posted a 216.5 adding $2,189 to their earnings.

Yet to be determined in this year’s successful edition of the Reining Internationale de Lyon are the 2017 NRHA Europea Non Pro Derby Champions and the winner of the $35,000-added NRHA Open to be held on Sunday 5.

Follow the action live on nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Communication: Martine Dolbeau
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Press: Daniel Koroloff
daniel@blizko-communication.com
Muriel De Moubray
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NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale
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Photos by Andrea Bonaga

The Guidolin Wafer Fioc NRHA $15,000-added Reining International de Lyon Non Pro – Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Nu Chexomatic are the champions!

November 4, 2017

Lyon, November 3 –  Europe’s best non professionals and their mounts provided great action in the $15,000-added Guidolin Wafer Fioc NRHA Reining International de Lyon Non Pro held on Friday afternoon in Equita Lyon’s Hall 6 arena. Competition was intense and scores were high keeping the public glued to their seats until the very last horse-rider combination. It wasn’t until the very end that who would win the prestigious non pro competition was determined; the last duo was made up of Austria’s Tina Kuenstner Mantl and Nu Chexomatic (Nu Chex To Cash x Tejons Texie Lena).

Tina Kuenstner Mantl & Nu Chexomatic

Tina Kuenstner Mantl & Nu Chexomatic

With the flashy palomino between the reins, Kuenstner Mantl performed a great NRHA pattern #10 winning the competition in Lyon for the third time. “He was simply great and I had a lot of fun,” said the past NRHA Non Pro World Champion. “This is our third win together here and I am thrilled. He is always so consistent and always gives back what you ask for.” The 10-year-old stallion boasts over $155,000 NRHA LTE, and is a past NRHA Open World Champion.

Watch the winning run here: https://www.facebook.com/equitalyon.westernhorseshow/videos/181794022373712/

In second place, with a 221.5, was past NRHA Non Pro World Champion Gina Schumacher riding Gunstep (Wimpys Little Step x Snowgun), owned by CS Ranch Management SA. A half-a-point behind, claiming third place honors, was Italian Enrico Sciulli riding Snips Gotta Bud (Nic It In The Bud x Snip O Chex). Sciulli and his mount are unofficially leading the NRHA Top Ten Non Pro Rankings!

With the non pro action in the books, yet another highlight of Equita Lyon will be the $35,000-added NRHA Reining International de Lyon Open offered on Sunday November 3. Fifteen of Europe’s top professionals will be riding for first place honors. In the past editions of the renowned French show, the two classes have determined more than one NRHA World Champion.

Ancillary Action

NRHA Professional Arnaud Girinon won the $5,000-added Churros NRHA Intermediate Open riding DC Masterspecialnite (Gunners Special Nite x Master Enterprise), for owner Stephanie Bénetière, with a great ride worth 221.5. “My horse did a really good job today,” said the French rider. “He was born in Argentina and was shipped to France when he was 3 years old. I’ve had him in training since the beginning of this year and have always gotten along well with him. We were entered in the European Open Derby but, for an unfortunate series of events. we did not make the finals. He really deserves this win and I am thrilled for him and his owners.”

NRHA Professional Tiara Van Dongen of the Netherlands took second place riding Stefy Meesen’s Don Quintanas Whiz (Don Quintana x Belles Miss Abby) with a 217.5 score.

Morgane Bohu & Whizdom Shines

Morgane Bohu & Whizdom Shines

Morgane Bohu won the $500-added Palettes Andries NRHA Limited Open with a 216 riding Whizdom Shines (Topsail Whiz x Settin Off Sparks) for owner by Grégory Morat. The French NRHA Professional took first place honors with a score of 216. NRHA Professional Giuseppe di Lonardo of Italy rode Whizn On A Star for owner Alice Winkler to second place with a score of 212.5.

The NRHA France 3 & 4-year-old Futurity

Ann Fonck & Colonel Chic Dream

Ann Fonck & Colonel Chic Dream

Claiming the championship in the CA Ranch NR French 3 & 4-year-old Level 4 Open Futurity with a 217 score was NRHA Professional Ann Fonck aboard Sabine Schmid’s Colonel Chic Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Princess Colonel).

With a 215.5 score, Anders Josefsson and Gotta Shiney Whiz (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Cee Bee Shine), owned by Annemanna AB, took the Level 4 reserve championship as well as the Level 2 championship. In the Level 2 division of the Futurity, NRHA Professional Bastien Bourgeois took reserve honors, riding Malin Mellin’s Whiz Little Star (Topsail Whiz x Seven S Belle Starr) with a 214.

The NRHA France 3-year-old Non Pro Futurity

Fabienne Kuratli-Suter & RB Lil Ruf Two

Fabienne Kuratli-Suter & RB Lil Ruf Two

Winning the NRHA France Non Pro 3-year-old Level 4 Futurity with a 215.5 was Fabienne Kuratli-Suter riding her own RB Lil Ruf Two (Lil Ruf Poco Peppy x GP Amelia Pocodo). Nimroid Vannietvelt and GP Colonels Chic Gun (Gunner x Sugars Chic Dunnit), owned by Steve Vannietvelt and Gina de Pauw, won the NRHA France Non Pro 3-year-old Level 2 Futurity with a 212.5.

The NRHA European Derby:  
Equita Lyon is host to the seventh edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby. Open to 4, 5, 6 and 7-year-old horses enrolled in the NRHA European Nomination Program, the Open and Non Pro Derby is run in a qualifier and clean slate finals and follows the single purse system. The NRHA European Open Derby finals will light the stage in Lyon on Saturday, November 6. The NRHA European Non Pro Derby finals will see 35 horse-rider combinations perform in the Equita Lyon reining arena vying for the title on Sunday, November 5. Admission is free.

To purchase tickets for the NRHA European Open Derby finals: http://www.equitalyon.com/billetterie-equita-lyon-2017
If you cannot be in Lyon, France, on Saturday November 4, follow the live score and the livestream online at nrhaeuropeanderby.com.
Communication: Martine Dolbeau
martine.dolbeau@gl-events.com
Press: Daniel Koroloff
daniel@blizko-communication.com
Muriel De Moubray
murieldemoubray@gmail.com
NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale
sdiale@nrha.com
Photos by Andrea Bonaga

Anna Lisec and This Wimps So Fly lead the NRHA European Derby Non Pro Qualifier

November 3, 2017

Lyon, November 2 – Equita Lyon is host to the seventh edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby. Open to 4, 5, 6 and 7-year-old horses enrolled in the NRHA European Nomination Program, the Open and Non Pro Derby is run in a qualifier and clean slate finals and follows the single purse system.

Today, the NRHA European Non Pro Derby go round, counting 75 entries, saw Anna Lisec and This Wimps So Fly (Wimpys Little Step x Fly Flashy Jac), owned by Sabine Lisec, claim a 218.5 to lead the go round. “Fly is Fly and he is simply amazing,” said the young rider from Austria who has been riding the flashy palomino – who boasts over $51,000 LTE – since 2014 and has won multiple titles on him.

Watch the run here: https://www.facebook.com/equitalyon.westernhorseshow/videos/181513765735071/

“I am really happy to have also qualified my other horse, Start A Revolution, for the finals, even though we had a couple of bobbles,” Lisec added about her mount by Einsteins Revolution out of Plenty Of Rest owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel.

A half a point behind, Edoardo Bernardelli of Italy rode his Wimpys Little Chees (Wimpys Little Step x Tuck Oak Enterprise) to the second highest score of the day.

The NRHA European Non Pro Derby finals will see 35 horse-rider combinations perform in the Equita Lyon reining arena vying for the title on Sunday, November 5. Admission is free.

The NRHA France 3-year-old Futurity

NRHA Professional Tomas Martinek and Colonels J Lo (Colonels Shining Gun x One Way Away), owned by Wolfgang Hammer, took the NRHA French Futurity Level 4 Open Championship today with a score of 218. NRHA Professional Cira Baeck and Gunna Spark N Shine (Gunnatrashya x Trash Me If U Can), owned by CS Ranch Management SA, took reserve honors with a 216.5 score.

Earning the NRHA France Level 2 Open Futurity title was NRHA Professional Stefano Ferri of Italy riding Gun N Enterprise (Pale Face Dunnit x Poco Lena Enterprise) for owner Sabine Ehrenreich. NRHA Professional Bastien Bourgeois and ND Montenisa Spat (Spat O Lena x Lil Ruf Cee Blair), owned by Aude Gruber, took the reserve championship with a 214.

Reining Action: The 2017 Reining International de Lyon

On Friday November 3, Europe’s best non professionals and their mounts will take the stage in the $15,000-added NRHA Reining International de Lyon Non Pro. Once again, Equita Lyon will be fundamental in determining who will take home the 2017 NRHA Non Pro World Championship.

Fifteen of Europe’s top professionals will be riding for first place honors in the $35,000-added NRHA Reining International de Lyon Open which will entertain the public on Sunday November 3. The fight is on for the 2017 NRHA Open World Championship between the Europe’s only two NRHA Million Dollar Riders: Bernard Fonck of Belgium and Rudi Kronsteiner of Germany. In the past editions, the two classes have determined more than one NRHA World Champion.

If you cannot be in Lyon, France, on Saturday November 4, follow the live score and the livestream online at nrhaeuropeanderby.com.

To purchase tickets for the NRHA European Open Derby finals: http://www.equitalyon.com/billetterie-equita-lyon-2017

A VIP lounge located above the warm up arena will also be open on Saturday and Sunday. Renowned French chef, Mathieu Vionnay, will prepare two delicious meals for lunch on both days. For further informations and reservations, please contact Christine Rigollet christine.rigollet@gl-events.com
Communication: Martine Dolbeau
martine.dolbeau@gl-events.com
Press: Daniel Koroloff
daniel@blizko-communication.com
Muriel De Moubray
murieldemoubray@gmail.com
NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale
sdiale@nrha.com

Ann Fonck and Made In Walla lead the NRHA European Open Derby qualifier

November 2, 2017

Lyon, November 1 – Equita Lyon is host to the seventh edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby. Open to 4, 5, 6 and 7-year-old horses enrolled in the NRHA European Nomination Program, the Open and Non Pro Derby is run in a qualifier and clean slate finals.

As the Salon du Cheval de Lyon opened the doors to the public, the reining arena in Hall 6 opened the gate to 75 professional riders taking part in the € 93,647.90-added European Derby Open qualifier. Vying for a spot in the finals, and show casing reining at its best, NRHA professionals representing nine European nations left their mark in the show pen. Multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck led the rankings riding Chuck Klipfel and Sabine Lisec’s Made In Walla to a 221.5, the top score of the qualifying go round. By Walla Walla Whiz and out of Hollywood Made (by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It), Made In Walla boasts close to $70,000 LTE and is a past NRHA European Futurity Open Champion. “He is simply a fantastic horse and I love him to death,” said Fonck about the 6-year-old gelding.

Watch the run here: https://www.facebook.com/equitalyon.westernhorseshow/videos/181283635758084/

The Belgian professional also posted the second-highest score of the day – a 221 – riding Golden Paint Ranch’s Spook N Perla (Smart Spook x Shine On Ruff). The pair had already left their mark in Lyon in 2015 when they took the NRHA France 3 & 4-year-old Futurity Open Championship.

Once the last competitor left the arena, 38 open riders had secured a spot in the NRHA European Open Derby finals which will be held on Saturday 4.

The NRHA European Non Pro Derby qualifier will be held Thursday 2. The finals will be held on Sunday, November 5.

Reining Action: The 2017 Reining International de Lyon
Adding prestige to the event is the $35,000-added NRHA Reining International de Lyon and the $15,000-added NRHA Reining International de Lyon Non Pro. In the past editions, the two classes have determined more than one NRHA World Champion. The show schedule also includes the NRHA France Futurity with 4 classes open to 3 and 4-year-old horses which has attracted 36 entries.

For NRHA Open Derby finalists, livescore and livestream, visit nrhaeuropeanderby.com

To purchase tickets: http://www.equitalyon.com/billetterie-equita-lyon-2017

A VIP lounge located above the warm up arena will also be open on Saturday and Sunday. Renowned French chef, Mathieu Vionnay, will prepare two delicious meals for lunch on both days. For further informations and reservations, please contact Christine Rigollet christine.rigollet@gl-events.com
Communication: Martine Dolbeau
martine.dolbeau@gl-events.com
Press: Daniel Koroloff
daniel@blizko-communication.com
Muriel De Moubray
murieldemoubray@gmail.com
NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale
sdiale@nrha.com

2017 European Derby Conditions update regarding qualifiers to the Finals

October 23, 2017

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, October 23 – The NRHA European Council (EAC) has met and discussed the 2017 European Derby conditions and the process for determining the qualifiers for the finals. The European Executive Board (EEB) and Council felt that the qualification and tier distribution numbers were not proportionate to the entry numbers. They also felt that the hard cap on ties and finalists (maximum number of finalists) was not ideal. In response, they have made the following changes to the conditions for the 2017 NRHA European Derby:

– CORRECTION: The total number of finalists will be determined by how many entries are in the first go. 50% of the total entries will be divided amongst the four tiers advance to the finals.

– They also removed the hard cap on the number of finalists. This signifies that if there is a tie involving a large number of horses – or there are multiple ties – the hard cap would have resulted in certain horses not advancing to the finals. Now, the hard cap is removed and they will advance to the finals and there will not be a restriction on the number of finalists. The Council understands that the payout will be spread across more finalists, resulting in a decrease in each payout. However, they firmly believe it is more important to members to qualify for the finals for the chance at a paycheck than it is to limit the number of finalists to preserve a higher paycheck for those that do qualify.

230 Horses Expected to Make Their Way to Lyon’s EuroExpo on November 1-5 for the 2017 Reining International de Lyon & NRHA European Derby

October 20, 2017

For Immediate Release

Equita Lyon, the renowned equestrian event in Lyon, France, is getting close to opening its doors. For the sport of reining – the only Western discipline approved by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) – and the heart of the Western Hall (Hall 6), it is going to be a special year.

This important international event is bigger than ever this year as it includes the NRHA European Derby which will take place for the first time in France and will attract the best horses between the ages of 4 and 7 enrolled in the NRHA European Nomination Program. The Derby is run in a go round and final which is always a real spectacle. The show has a total purse of $180.000 with $120.000 for the NRHA European Derby alone. For all French and world wide reining fans, it is a unique opportunity to watch a reining competition at its best.

European reiners, who appreciate the organization and Equita Lyon venue, have responded enthusiastically to this new challenge as close to 230 horses are expected to arrive on Monday October 30; almost 20% more than last year. 71 horses and riders will take part in the NRHA European Open Derby – open to professional riders – and another 71 in the European Non Pro Derby, open to non professionals. Of these, 36 will qualify for the Open final which will take place on Saturday November 4 in the afternoon, and the same number in the Non Pro final which will close the event on the afternoon of Sunday November 5.

Tickets for the European Open Derby final may be purchased at https://equita.fnacspectacles.com/

2017 Reining International de Lyon

15 horses and riders are entered in the $35,000-added NRHA Open Trophy, yet another highlight of the 2017 Reining International de Lyon, a competition which in the past has determined the NRHA Open World Champions. The same is true for the $15,000-added NRHA Grand Prix Non Pro which to date counts 18 entries.

The show schedule also includes the NRHA France Futurity with 4 classes open to 3 and 4-year-old horses which has attracted 36 entries.

No fewer than 13 nations will be represented in Lyon this year: France of course with some 30 entries but also England, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Austria, Sweden, Poland Mexico and Canada.

This year, Equita Lyon has built a 30m x 60m arena to enable riders and their horses to warm up in a relaxed atmosphere. Vendors will be present with their booths adjacent to the main arena and the inside stalls and, for the first time, this year drinks and snacks will be offered near the warm up arena.

A VIP lounge located above the warm up arena will also be open on Saturday and Sunday. Renowned French chef, Mathieu Vionnay, will prepare two delicious meals for lunch on both days. For further informations and reservations, please contact Christine Rigollet christine.rigollet@gl-events.com

Communication: Martine Dolbeau
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NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale
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2017 NRHA European Derby & Reining International de Lyon Entry Deadline is Today!

October 3, 2017

Once again Equita Lyon – a major event in the equestrian world – will be showcasing reining at its best. For the very first time the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby will be hosted during the prestigious event alongside the Reining International de Lyon.

The seventh edition of the NRHA European Derby will offer the €85,000-added* single purse Open and €31,000-added* single purse Non Pro divisions (*subject to change based on nominations). The Derby is open to 4,5,6 and 7-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program and, for the first time, the payout system will be based on a single purse which means that one purse is available for everyone to compete for (independently of eligibility division). For further clarification, view the video explanation

http://nrhaeuropeanderby.com/news/2017-european-derby-conditions-video-explanation/

A full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes will be offered during the Reining International de Lyon. Highlighting the competition are the $35,000-added Reining International de Lyon Grand Prix Open and the $15,000-added Reining International de Lyon Grand Prix Non Pro. In the past years, the Grand Prix open and non pro competitions have had a huge impact in determining the NRHA World Champions!

Adding further excitement will be the French Futurity.

Make sure you enter your horse and book your stalls today by following the links below:

http://www.nrha.fr/images/ENTRY_FORM_EQUITA_2017_b3787.pdf

http://www.nrha.fr/images/BOXES_EQUITA_2017_GB_6ccab.pdf

To book a seat or a table in the VIP area, please contact Christine Rigollet (christine.rigollet@gl-events.com)

Buy tickets online: https://equita.fnacspectacles.com/

Follow the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/equitalyon.westernhorseshow/?notif_t=page_fan&notif_id=1506357291655897

For further information visit nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Media Contact:

Simona Diale

sdiale@nrha.com

2017 European Derby Conditions – Video Explanation

September 19, 2017