Anna Lisec and Tari Whizin are the 2016 NRHA Derby Non Pro Level 4 Champions!
The 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Non Pro Derby finals held in Manerbio, Italy, lit the Palasturla Equestrian Center arena from the very first competitor that went through the in gate. A young group of up-and-coming riders performed to the best of their ability making the sixth edition of the event one to remember.
Draw 1 in the second section of the finals was Anna Lisec riding her Tari Whizin (Topsail Whiz x Tari Badgekin). With the 7-year-old stallion between the reins, the talented Austrian rider did not hesitate to show off her mount’s athletic ability. Once the duo closed their run, a 224 appeared on the score board and remained unbeaten and for the second year running, Anna Lisec took home the L4 Non Pro championship.
“Like I said last year following the finals, I did not expect to win. My horse was amazing, and I am so happy. The whole week I had a little trouble with him but we solved the problems and he was great,” said Lisec. “Last year, with This Wimps So Fly, I just wanted to do the best I could. This year I wanted to win! It was a tough final, and a tough go-round. Having won is the best feeling ever and I cannot thank my parents, my trainers Ann and Bernard Fonck, my team and my horses for helping me achieve this result.” Only a half-a-point behind the winners was 20-year-old Clemens Hefel riding his Rio Juice (Smart Like Juice x Tari What). Also from Austria and also riding a 7-year-old stallion, Clemens was quick to praise his mount and his trainer, NRHA Professional Grischa Ludwig. “Rio Juice has always a solid and awesome horse…he is simple incredible. I came back from the States last week after spending some time riding with Martin Muehlstaetter. Grischa did a fantastic job with my horse when I was away and I cannot thank both these great trainers enough!” said Clemens who also claimed the L3 championship.
Winning the L2 Non Pro Derby title was 17-year-old Carlo Ambrosini with Saturday Pepper (Saturdaynight Custom x Miss Snapper Lena), owned by Ambrosini Quarter Horses ASD. With the 6-year-old stallion between the reins, Ambrosini scored a 221. “My horse was bred by us and this makes the win twice as sweet. He’s a very talented horse but I must admit that this evening in the warm up pen I wasn’t quite sure that we would do well. Once we went in the pen I was confident that we could run hard and I’m very very happy!” said Carlo who also left Manerbio with the L3 reserve championship.
It took a run-off between Italian Enrico Sciulli and German Alina Janoush to determine who would take the L1 Non Pro championship. 19-year-old Sciulli and his mare, Snips Gotta Bud (Nic It In The Bud x Snip O Chex), were determined to bring home the title and the duo closed their run with a 221.5. They also took the L2 reserve championship. Janoush and her mare, Ace Got It Dun (Spooks Gotta Gun x Good Lookin Dun It) posted a 219 in the run-off and settled for the L1 reserve championship.