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2021 NRHA European Derby Non Pro Finals: De Iulio and RS Cronos Jac Soar to Top Honors

October 31, 2021

Fabio De Iulio

Lyon, October 21—The 2021 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby presented by Markel and sponsored by NRHA Corporate Partner Cardinal Reining closed the reining arena at Equita Lyon, Lyon, France, with a great Euro66,000-added Non Pro Finals. In a field of 29 finalists, Italian Fabio De Iulio rode his stallion RS Cronos Jac, a 2016 American Quarter Horse by RS Great Jac Feona out of RS Shadow Olena, to an impressive 218.5 to claim the Level (L) 4 Championship. 

“I really tried to do my best today, and with this horse it is always an indescribable emotion! I bought him as a foal from [NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee] Claudio Risso] and both my family and I are in love with him! He’s an atomic horse, with a big heart … as big as all of Lyon!” said De Iulio. “After a series of unlucky events that accompanied us in the last shows, today everything finally came our way! My biggest thanks go to my trainer, Pierluigi Chiodo. He is truly special to me, both as a person and as a trainer, and without him I wouldn’t be here.” 

Taking co-reserve honors with a 215.5 score in the L4 division was Belgian Dries Verschueren and his 2015 American Quarter Horse mare Smart Little Ruffle (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up) owned by Golden Paint Ranch, and Swiss Alex Kubli riding his own Gunna Ruf Ya, a 2013 American Quarter Horse stallion (NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya x Lil Ruf Lady). 

Sara Karasova

The two riders joined Czech youth rider Sara Karasova who, aboard her 2015 American Quarter Horse gelding KH Yankee Step (Rowdy Yankee x Step A Little Closer), performed earlier in the draw to a score of 215.5 which resulted in a three-way tie for the L3 Championship. After an exciting run off, it was the 18-year-old rider who scored an impressive 219 to take home the Championship.

“This means so much to me, because in the Czech Republic it is little hard, we don’t have very many trainers there, but our trainer, Jonas [Bujnoch], is amazing and he has done so much for us. I have always wanted to win a European event and we didn’t make it to the NRHA European Futurity because I had only had the horse for a short time then. I won the go round at the 2020 NRHA European Derby earlier this year, but then we made some mistakes in the Finals and had a zero score. So, I was very excited to come here and it worked out.,” said NRHA European Youth Historian Karasova. “In the run off I did not expect to get a 219, so I am really happy. I have gotten this score before at our local shows, but it is much more special to receive it at big European show. I was so excited for the result that in that moment I did not if we were first, second, or third; it just meant so much to me that we made it and my horse was with me for all three runs here. I’ve had the gelding for about three years now. He can be little shy, so I don’t think we can ever sell him, because he wouldn’t trust anyone else, he is so spoiled but so special! At home, he can sometimes have a bad day like all the horses, and at shows the important thing is to stay calm and keep everything same, which can get little challenging for me because I am naturally a stressed person and get really nervous at shows yet, he always stays the same with any kind of pressure. Now he really deserves some rest and next year I hope to be back for the NRHA European Derby and Italian Derby. We want to focus more on the shows abroad, because this year we also competed for the NRHA Czech Championship, so next year we want to show more internationally. I would like to thank everyone, who helped me get here: my family–my dad, who also comes to the shows and supports us—and my mom, who stays home to take care of things for us, and everyone who helped us along the way.”  

The young rider also claimed the L2 and 1 Championships with her original score of 215.5, as well as the Youth Non Pro Derby Championship. Thea Karasova, Sara’s sister, rode her 2016 American Quarter Horse gelding Playin For Big Guns (Tinseltownsmokingun x Playin For Big Chex) to a score of 213 to take the Reserve honors in the Youth Non Pro Derby. 

With a 214 score, it was another three-way tie for the L2 Reserve Championships: Austrian Jürgen Pritz and his own Rose Of Mercedes, a 2013 American Quarter Horse mare by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Cromed Out Mercedes out of Smooth Star Freckles, Belgian Bo Brutsaert with Koen Brutsaert’s KB CJ Gun, a 2016 American Quarter Horse mare by CJ Whiz out of KB Jenny Whiz A Gun, and George Sternberg Allen of Great Britain with his mother Francesca Sternberg’s 2013 American Quarter Horse gelding Colonel Chic Dream (NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream x Princess Colonel). The latter also claimed the Reserve Championship in L1 with his 214 score.  

Stephanie Blessing

Two riders tied to win the €1.750-added American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Derby Non Pro Level 4 Chrome Cash Incentive presented by APHA & Jinetes Del Cielo with a 213:

Swiss Stephanie Blessing and Dance Gotta Gun, 2016 American Quarter Horse mare (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x Dance Little Spook) owned by Grey Stone Ranch and Austrian Markus Spreitzhofer reached the top score aboard his 2013 APHA gelding Cant Hide A Gun (The Big Gun x Cattrena). 

Markus Spreitzhofer

“I would like to congratulate the co-champion [Markus Spreitzhofer] and also thank the [APHA & Jinetes Del Cielo] for starting the [Chrome Cash] Incentive, because it is a nice chance for Paint horses, who have always been a little less valued,” said Blessing. “I registered my horse at the Euro Futurity this year, where I was approached by the representatives and presented this opportunity which I gladly took. There is more money in the program to earn, nice buckles and awards, so it is a great benefit.”

Prior to the Non Pro Derby Finals, the Grand Prix NRHA Youth 14-18 class saw French rider Adelie Blaise and Emy Cowgirls Whiz, a 2012 Quarter Horse mare by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz out of Dunnit All Right owned by Christine Van Hauw, score 203.5 to top the class. 

The successful 2021 edition of the Euro Derby came to a close today with an ‘au revoir’ to Equita Lyon 2022!

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2021 NRHA European Open Derby: It’s A Win for Czechowicz and Frozen Shining Gun

October 30, 2021

Lyon, October 30–Saturday at Equita Lyon, Lyon, France, provided thrills and excitement as the 114,000€-added*-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Derby Finalists vied for the titles in the four divisions in front of a full house.

Lukasz Czechowicz

With a 227 score to beat posted by Mirko Midili in the second section, and with only two finalists left to go, Lukasz Czechowicz of Poland rode Frozen Shining Gun, a 2016 American Quarter Horse gelding by Colonels Shining Gun out of Frozen Slide, owned by Katarzyna Roleska, to a great ride paid back by the judges with a 227.5 and the Level L(4) Open Championship presented by LL Tecnologie.

“He hasn’t been very fortunate at the shows,” said an enthused Czechowicz. “We participated in several big shows but something always happened…tonight, everything went according to plans and I am so happy for him; he has always been my best horse. This year we took him to the NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City and he had a really good run in the Finals, but unfortunately, after the last stop, we backed up, so we got a zero score. I really wanted to make up for this so that he could show off what he could do and tonight I am much happier for him than I am for myself.” When asked why the talented gelding was different, Czechowicz added that he is so unlike other horses to train. “I have had the opportunity to ride some great horses, but he is on another level; his mind is very special and it was that way from the day we started him. I am really happy that Lady Luck finally turned to his favor.”

Mirko Midili riding Maytheforcebewhizyou (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Jac Golden Faith) a 2014 stallion AQHA/APHA owned by Alberto Capello closed his run with a 227 settling for reserve honors. “This horse is really cool; the only thing is he was a little bit tired this time around,” said Midili. “I was in Germany for the Breeders Futurity last week and he stayed at home. When I got back, I had to work him a little more than usual so the program was a little different from all the other shows. I am very happy with him, and in my opinion he has yet to perform to the show of his life! I have been riding him for two years now and he just keeps getting better and better.”

Sebastiano Valtorta

Riding to the L3 and 2 Open Derby Championships with a 222 score was Sebastiano Valtorta of Italy riding Four Season Whiz, a 2013 American Quarter Horse gelding by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz out of Dun It Preciously owned by Luca Mauri.

“He’s 8 years old so this was the last special event for him,” said the Italian Professional. “We didn’t make the level 4 finals but he was really fantastic, especially considering that between one special event and the other we never did any schooling runs, only go rounds and finals. At every show, it seems that every time it’s like the first time for him. I am very happy to have managed to win this last one show! Now he deserves a winter of rest and maybe next year we’ll show him in some open classes.”

220.5 was the second highest score that was awarded to two riders who tied for the Reserve Championship in the L3: Belgian Matyas Gobert riding AJ Commander Dun Gun, 2015 American Quarter Horse stallion (Colonels Shining Gun x AJ Dunnit Lady), owned by Bruno Costantini and Markus Gebert of Germany, who rode Spooks Gotta Deal, 2015 American Quarter Horse mare (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x The Rio Deal) for owner Lisa Schlatter.

The Reserve Championship in the L2 went to Roberta Dubini of Italy and Magnum Chic N Chex, who scored 218.5. The 2014 American Quarter Horse mare (NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream x Buenonics Doughter) is owned by Lara Lorengo.

Lena-Marie Maas

Italian trainer Lena-Marie Maas and Gunnersbabe, a 2015 American Quarter Horse mare by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Shine Like A Babe took the L1 Open Championship, scoring a 217.5 for owner Bartolomeo Rubino.

“I’m really happy and so proud of this mare. She is so honest inside the show pen and she just gave me everything. I felt like she was a little bit tired, but she still tried her best, and I enjoyed the ride,” said Maas. “This season was really good for me: I had nice horses to show and they always gave me everything. Pietro Marseglia and the whole Quarter Dream team always stayed behind me. This show was a little different, not having the head trainer Nico Sicuro here as he is in the U.S. I was alone and had to manage everything, so it was even more pressure and I wanted to do well. I had the chance to go late in the draw between all the Level 4 riders, so it was an amazing feeling and I am really happy about it. ‘Barbie’—her nickname since she is so cute— will now have a well-deserved winter break and hopefully next year we can do some more derbies together.”

Two riders split the Reserve Championship scoring a 213.5: German Julia Staedele and Sweet Big Gun, a 2016 American Paint Horse (Big Chic Gun x Perfectly Sweet) owned by Simone Quaeck, and Italian Andrea Visigalli with Missing Spook, a 2014 American Quarter Horse Stallion (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Missin The Whiz), owned by Mayla Sollima.

The €1.750-added APHA Derby L4 Open Chrome Cash Incentive Champion presented by APHA & Volker Schmitt Reining Horses—with a 227 score—was for Mirko Midili riding the double registered AQHA/APHA 2014 stallion Maytheforcebewhizyou.

Taking second place was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Cira Baeck riding Phantom Face, a 2013 stallion by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit out of Gorgeous Like A Star owned by Maria Cecilia Fiorucci. The pair closed with a 224.5 score.

Following the Finals, NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter was pleased with the outcome of the NRHA European Derby so far. “Equita Lyon is an ideal venue for our event: I think it is wonderful for our sport to be exposed to the other disciplines and for them to see what we do at a very high level. It’s all happening here, I love that and I hope that we will be here for many years to come. I also hope that if our European members haven’t been here yet, they will come and see what this is about. There is not much more you can do to improve this event. The spectators are going crazy and the riders are really bringing it on: They are giving it all they have and we are proud to be NRHA, especially here.”

 

SATURDAY ANCILLARY ACTION:

Saturday action started with the ancillary Non Pro classes before the Open Finalists stepped in the arena in the afternoon.

It took a 216.5 for German Nikolai Stiller and his 2012 AQHA/APHA mare Hollywood Gunrunner (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Gunner x Dun It For Missy) to win the $6,075-added NRHA Equita Lyon Grand Prix Non Pro. As the mare is double registered, the pair also claimed the $3,770-added American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Amateur Chrome Cash Incentive Amateur class presented by Phantom Face Dunnit.

Second place honors in the Non Pro went to Belgian Dries Verschueren riding Missedouttinseltown, a 2013 American Quarter Horse gelding by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown out of Miss Sliding Peppy owned by Golden Paint Ranch. The duo scored a 215.

German 8-year-old Emanuel Gebert took second place aboard Angelika Gebert’s Whiz A Lot, a 2013 APHA stallion by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Lotti Vom Letter Berg, scoring 210.

Italian Gerardo Ponzio rode his stallion Big Code, a 2015 American Quarter Horse by Electric Code out of Roosterina, to a 213.5 score to top the $498-added NRHA Limited Non Pro.

French rider Paola Benoit-Cattin de Longueil and her 2005 American Quarter Horse gelding Shining Step (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Spark N Pretty) placed second with a 212.

Reining action will close the day on Sunday with the Grand Prix Youth 13&Under and Youth 14-18 followed by the €66,000€-added* Non Pro Derby (*subject to change in nominations), presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Markel Insurance with the support of gold sponsor NRHA Corporate Partner Cardinal Reining Horses.

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NRHA European Derby Ancillary Action in Lyon

October 29, 2021

Ann Fonck

Lyon, October 29–Following the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby Open and Non Pro Qualifiers, horses and riders who made the Finals took a day off in sunny Lyon, France, where the event presented by Markel Insurance and sponsored by NRHA Corporate Partner Cardinal Reining Horses is taking place.

Tiara Van Dongen

Friday at Equita Lyon offered the first NRHA ancillary classes. A thrilling $12,150-added NRHA Equita Lyon Grand Prix Open saw NRHA Million Dollar Rider Ann Fonck take the win riding Shines Like Spook, a 2016 American Quarter Horse gelding by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook out of NRHA Million Dollar Dam Ebony Shines, owned by NRHA Two Million Dollar Owner and Hall of Famer Rosanne Sternberg. The pair performed to a 223.5.

Tiara Van Dongen

With a 222 score reserve spot went to 2019 NRHA Intermediate Open World Champions Klaus Lechner and 16-year-old stallion Cody Rooster Delmaso (Ricochet Rooster x Made Of Lacy) owned by Julia Gaupmann Lechner.

Belgian Tiara Van Dongen and Mr Gun WR San Jo, a 2009 American Quarter Horse stallion by San Jo Freckles out of Smokes Covergirl, rode to a 221.5 for owner Marleen Suttels. The duo claimed first place honors in the $6,075-added Equita Lyon Grand Prix NRHA Intermediate Open presented by Elementa and $498-added Limited Open presented by Nice Horse Fashion.

Adrienne Speidel

Van Dongen also clinched the $3,770-added American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Open Chrome Cash Incentive Program presented by Arcese Quarter Horses & Gunnatrashya, aboard her second mount, Wimpy Special Gun, a 2014 double registered AQHA/APHA mare (One Gun x Ruff And Tuff Wimpy), owned by Sandra Smetsers.

Ingrid Vermeiren

Adrienne Speidel and her own ARC Walla Smart (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz x Please Pass The Chic) scored a 213.5 to win the $2,430-added Grand Prix NRHA Intermediate Non Pro presented by Elementa.

In the Prime Time Non Pro, first place honors were for Ingrid Vermeiren riding Spook N Ruff, a 2009 American Quarter Horse stallion by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook out of Shine On Ruff owned by CODAN NV. The duo also placed second in the Intermediate Non Pro.

Reining action will continue on Saturday, October 30, with the $6,075-added Equita Lyon Grand Prix NRHA Non Pro run concurrently with the  APHA Chrome Cash Amateur and the $498-added NRHA Limited Non Pro.

Closing the day will be the $114,000-added NRHA European Derby Open Finals presented by LL Tecnologie where the first 2021 Derby Champions will be crowned. The Non Pro Derby Finals will close the event on Sunday afternoon.

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Verschueren and Smart Little Ruffle Lead the 2021 NRHA European Derby Non Pro Qualifier

Dries Verschueren

Lyon, October 28—The 2021 edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby held during Equita Lyon, Lyon, France, welcomed the €66,000€-added* Non Pro Derby (*subject to change in nominations), presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Markel Insurance with the support of gold sponsor NRHA Corporate Partner Cardinal Reining Horses.

Bo Brutsaert

Performing to a great ride, Dries Verschueren of Belgium rode Smart Little Ruffle (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up) to a 217, enough to lead the Level (L)4 and L3 qualifiers. The 6-year-old American Quarter Horse mare is owned by Golden Paint Ranch.

Pauline Engel

Topping the L2 division, a half-point behind, was fellow countrywoman Bo Brutsaert riding KB CJ Gun (CJ Whiz x KB Jenny Whiz A Gun). With the 2016 American Quarter Horse mare owned by Bo’s father, Koen, between the reins, the Belgian rider also rode to the second-highest score in the L4 and 3 divisions along with Italy’s Roberta Gianformaggio aboard her own One Shot One Nic (Rooster Nic x Smart Jakalope).

Stephanie Blessing

Young Pauline Engel of Germany and Bernice Engel’s 7-year-old mare Gumpatrashya (NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya x Bubblicious Gump BB), scored a 214.5 to lead the L1 as well as the Youth Non Pro divisions.

Leading the qualifier of the €1.750-added American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Chrome Cash Incentive Program L4 Non Pro division presented by APHA & Jinetes Del Cielo, are Stephanie Blessing and Grey Stone Ranch’s Dance Gotta Gun. The 5-year-old AQHA/APHA double registered mare is by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x Dance Little Spook.

The NRHA European Derby Non Pro finals will be held on Sunday, 31 October.

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Cira Baeck and Phantom Face Lead the NRHA European Open Derby Qualifier

October 27, 2021

Cira Baeck

Lyon, October 27—The National Reining Horse Asociation (NRHA) European Derby presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Markel—Official Insurance Partner of NRHA— officially opened the doors to competition in Equita Lyon, Lyon, France, today. Open riders vying for the $114,000*-added Euro Derby titles showed in the qualifier which counted 80 horse-rider combinations entered in the four levels.

Markus Gebert

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Cira Baeck of Belgium riding Phantom Face, a 2013 stallion by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit out of Gorgeous Like A Star, scored a 223 for owner by Maria Cecilia Fiorucci to top the Level (L)4.

It took a 220.5 to top the L3 division. Performing to the score was Markus Gebert of Austria aboard Spooks Gotta Deal, a 2015 American Quarter Horse mare by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun out of The Rio Deal, owned by Lisa Schlatter.

Roberta Dubini

Topping the L2 division was Italian Roberta Dubini riding Magnum Chic N Chex, a 2014 American Quarter Horse mare owned by Lara Lorengo by NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream out Buenonics Doughter.

Lena-Marie Maas, assistant trainer at Italian Quarter Dream, rode Gunnersbabe, a
2015 American Quarter Horse mare by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Shine Like A Babe owned by Bartolomeo Rubino.

Lena-Marie Maas

Held concurrent with the NRHA European Derby Open Qualifier was the inaugural European €1.750-ADDED American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Derby Level 4 Open Chrome Cash Incentive presented by APHA and Volker Schmitt Reining Horses.

Thursday will feature the 66,000€-added*  NRHA European Non Pro Derby Qualifier. To follow the action live, click below:

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2021 NRHA European Derby

Lyon, October 26—Open to 5, 6, 7, and 8-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA European Nomination Program, the 2021 National Reining Horse Association(NRHA) 114,000€-added* Open and 66,000€-added* Non Pro Derby (*subject to change in nominations), presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Markel Insurance with the support of gold sponsor NRHA Corporate Partner Cardinal Reining Horses, will be taking place at Equita Lyon in Lyon, France.

Celebrating its eleventh anniversary, the prestigious NRHA owned event will feature the Open Euro Derby qualifier— counting 80 horse-rider combinations entered across the four levels— on Wednesday, October 26. Finalists will then make their way to the finals on Saturday, October 30.

Officially opening to the public on Thursday, October 28, Equita Lyon will welcome 55 Non Professional riders entered in the four levels competing to qualify for a spot in the finals which will take place on the final day of the internationally renowned horse fair on Sunday, October 31.

Making its debut in Europe this year is the inaugural NRHA Alliance Partner APHA (American Paint Horse Association) Chrome Cash Incentive Program rewards—an innovative incentive program for registered Paints offered as a class in class at select NRHA, NCHA, NRCHA, ACHA, WCHA and APHA events. During the European Derby, Chrome Cash will pay out €10.000 in added prize money exclusively to registered Paint Horses in four classes: €3.250 APHA Open Chrome Cash Incentive presented by Arcese Quarter Horses & Gunnatrasha (run concurrent with the €10,000-added NRHA Open); €3.250 APHA Amateur Chrome Cash Incentive presented by Phantom Face Dunnit (run concurrent with the €5,000-added NRHA Non Pro); €1.750 APHA Derby Open Level 4 Chrome Cash Incentive resented by APHA & Volker Schmitt Reining Horses (run concurrent with the €45,000-added Level (L)4 Open Derby go-round); and the €1.750 APHA Derby Non-Pro Level 4 Chrome Cash Incentive presented by APHA & Jinetes Del Cielo (run concurrent with the €26,000 L4 Non Pro Derby go-round). Horses may be entered until the day before the show.

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As horses and riders prepare for the 2021 edition of the European Derby, APHA’s Chrome Cash Incentive Program makes its European debut in Lyon

October 12, 2021

2021 NRHA European Derby:

As horses and riders prepare for the 2021 edition of the European Derby, APHA’s Chrome Cash Incentive Program makes its European debut in Lyon

Lyon, October 12—This year the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby returns to one of Europe’s biggest international horse trade fairs: Equita Lyon.

The renowned horse exhibition held in Lyon, France—which generally brings together over 170,000 visitors over the four days—was cancelled due to COVID in 2019. This year, the motto is “bringing people together again,” and reiners are joining in!

Open to 5, 6, 7, and 8-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA European Nomination Program, reiners will be vying for the 114,000€-added* Open and 66,000€-added* Non Pro Derby Championships (*subject to change in nominations) presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Markel Insurance with the support of gold sponsor, NRHA Corporate Partner Cardinal Reining Horses. NRHA representatives will be present in Lyon at the NRHA booth.

Making its debut in Europe this year is the inaugural NRHA Alliance Partner APHA (American Paint Horse Association) Chrome Cash Incentive Program rewards—an innovative incentive program for registered Paints offered as a class in class at select NRHA, NCHA, NRCHA, ACHA, WCHA and APHA events. During the European Derby, Chrome Cash will pay out €10.000 in added prize money exclusively to registered Paint Horses in four classes:

€3.250 APHA Open Chrome Cash Incentive presented by Arcese Quarter Horses & Gunnatrasha (run concurrent with the €10,000-added NRHA Open); €3.250 APHA Amateur Chrome Cash Incentive presented by Phantom Face Dunnit (run concurrent with the €5,000-added NRHA Non Pro); €1.750 APHA Derby Open Level 4 Chrome Cash Incentive resented by APHA & Volker Schmitt Reining Horses (run concurrent with the €45,000-added Level (L)4 Open Derby go-round); and the €1.750 APHA Derby Non-Pro Level 4 Chrome Cash Incentive presented by APHA & Jinetes Del Cielo (run concurrent with the €26,000 L4 Non Pro Derby go-round). Horses may be entered until the day before the show. APHA representatives will be at the APHA booth in the Western Hall at Equita Lyon for on-site memberships, transfers, duplicate certificates and more.

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2020 Colonels Shining Gun NRHA European Derby Open Finals: Sicuro and Colonels Dancing Gun Do It Again!

July 3, 2021

Wiener Neustadt, July 3–The $112,700-added Colonels Shining Gun NRHA European Open Derby finals closed the 2020 edition of the European event.

Nico Sicuro

Draw #4 in the second section, Nico Sicuro and Quarter Dream’s Colonels Dancing Gun set the bar by scoring a 221.5. Twenty horses later, their score held, securing the $45,000-added Level (L)4 European Derby Open Championship as well as the $24.300 paycheck for first place.

The talented 7-year-old stallion sired by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Dance Little Spook, owned and nominated by Quarter Dream SRL, was in the breeding shed at Frozen Partners in Germany and then made his way to Puglia, Italy, where Sicuro is head trainer for Quarter Dream. As the Italian professional had mentioned following his top score in the qualifier, the Euro Derby was the first ‘real’ show together. “I am thrilled and won’t hide the fact that waiting for 20 horses to go after me was not easy,” said a smiling Sicuro. “There were quite a few strong horses and riders after us and there were a couple of maneuvers today that weren’t perfect and our score wasn’t that high. He’s a great horse and was great today, I guess I didn’t communicate too well with him and once again he proved how special he is!”

Taking reserve honors a half a point behind were 2019 NRHA European Derby L4 Open Champions NRHA Million Dollar Rider Ann Fonck and Diego Dalla Gassa’s Gunners Specialolena (NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Dolly Jac Olena), a 2014 American Quarter Horse mare bred and nominated by Luigi Parise.

Sebastiano Valtorta

The $33,800-added L3 and $22,533-added L2 Open Derby Championships were all about Italian Sebastiano Valtorta riding Four Season Whiz (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz x Dun It Preciously), a 2013 AQHA gelding bred and nominated by Luga Quarter Horses and owned by Luca Mauri. “Everything went according to plans even though I didn’t trust him enough in the stops and I should have!” said Valtorta. “This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime horse. He’s eight years old now, I’ve had him for the past four years and every time I’ve shown him, we placed. He’s made the difference in my career and I can’t thank him and his owner enough for all that they’ve given me.”

The L3 and L2 Reserve Championship was for Dutch Petra Van Ede riding Cee U In Tinseltown (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown x Miss Wimpy Hollywood), a 2014 American Quarter Horse mare bred and owned by Gisela Haas and
nominated by Paulus Beurskens.

Lars Suechting

The $11,267-added L1 Championship went to Lars Suechting riding JF What A Ruf Juice (Ruf Dun It x What A Juicy Chic), a 9-year-old stallion owned by Markus Suechting, bred and nominated by Frank Huchzermeier. “I would describe my ride as being very solid, not over paced and my horse gave me exactly what was needed for this show,” said the German professional. “I started him as a 2-year-old, have had him in training ever since, and he’s been good-minded and honest all the way. Every single year I earned a title with him.”

Suechting shared that a fundamental part of his and his brother’s [Markus] training program is that they try to keep their horses as fresh-minded and as well trained as they can so as to get solid scores.

Tying for the L1 Reserve Championship with a 210.5 score was Swiss Philipp Kueng riding Shine On Pretty Whiz (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shine A Belle), a 2015 gelding owned by Romina Kueng, bred by Carluccio Orsi, and nominated by Greenway Stables, and Italian Alessandro Roasio riding NRHA/Markel Sale Grad Il Be Automatic (NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream x Hickadora). The 2015 AQHA gelding was bred by David Pratt, nominated by Quarter Dream SRL, and is owned by Norbert Juhász.

Once the curtain fell on the 2020 NRHA Euro Derby, organizer Otto Ziefreund was pleased with the outcome. “The 2020 event was supposed to be held in the renowned fairgrounds in Wels, Austria. Due to the pandemic, the show was postponed to 2021 and at the very last minute was canceled,” he said. “We were very fortunate to have Helmut and Dennis Schulz offer their facility as host, and I would personally like to thank them. I never lost faith in the fact that this event could successfully be held this year; the numbers and the support of all our sponsors speak for themselves and a big thank you goes to all. I truly hope that our bid to host the 2022 NRHA European Futurity in Wels will be accepted.”

NRHA European Open Derby Finalists / Markel Sale Graduates: 

Bugs At Nite (NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Scats Ebony Shiner) ridden by Czech Jonas Bujnoch, owned by Renata Rudolecka, bred and nominated by Sheryl Kaefer.

(2016 Marketplace Sale; Gary Putman, Agent; Filippo Masi, Buyer)

Wrapped In Tinsel (Hollywoodstinseltown x Smart Shiney Lena) ridden by German Oliver Stein, owned by Kathrin Schuette, bred by Butch Coggins, nominated by Elizabeth Weston.

(2016 NRHA/Markel Select Yearling Sale; Consigner Kyle Ranch; Sylivia Rzepka, Agent for Buyer)

Hey Joe (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Best Stop) ridden by Belgian Nimroid Vannietvelt, owned by Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw, bred and nominated by Wagman Ranc Inc.

(2014 NRHA/Markel Select Yearling; Consigner Wagman Ranch, Inc.; 4V Livestock LLC, Buyer)

II Be Automatic (Magnum Chic Dream x Hickadora) ridden by Alessandro Roasio of Italy, owned by Norbetrt Juház, bred by David Pratt, nominated by Quarter Dream SRL.

(2017 NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospect Sale; Bobby Avila Jr., Agent for David Pratt; Quarter Dream SRL, Buyer)

Spooks Gotta Deal (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x The Rio Deal) ridden by Markus Gebert, owned by Lisa Schlatter an nominated by Bur Oak LLC.

(2016 NRHA/Markel Marketplace Sale; Cinder Lakes Ranch, Agent; Iris Petchening, Buyer)

All American Vintage (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up) ridden by Italy’s Gennaro Lendi owned by Eyal Carmon, bred by Petra Zeitler and nominated by Gennaro Lendi.

(2016 NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospect Sale; Withdrawn; Tallone Reining Horses Consignor)

Walla Whiz A Dun It (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz x The Bun Is Dun) ridden and nominated by Gal Grahelj of Slovakia owned by Katja Zrimsek, bred by Susan Jones.

(2016 NRHA/Markel Marketplace Sale; Heritage Farms, Agent; Gal Grahecj, Buyer)

Saturday Ancillary Action 

$1,200-added NRHA Non Pro
Tina Kuenstner-Mantl riding Mizzfire (Gunner x West Coast Mizzen)
2011 AQHA stallion owned by Jacpoint QH – score 214

$600-added NRHA Intermediate Non Pro

$400-added NRHA Limited Non Pro

Rudolf Maurer riding his own 2015 gelding Tinseltownconnection (Hollywoodstinseltown x Smart Connection) – score 212.5

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Ferrarol and Wimpy Margarita Are 2020 Smart Spook NRHA European Derby Non Pro Champions

July 2, 2021

Wiener Neustadt, July 2— The 2020 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) $48,000-added* Smart Spook European Non Pro Derby held at Western Training Center H&D Schulz in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, provided thrills and excitement. 

Francesca Ferrarol

Until Francesca Ferrarol and her Wimpy Margarita, owned and nominated by her father Maurizio Ferrarol, rode in the pen with one horse left to go in the Finals, two riders had posted a 214.5 for the lead: Gina Schumacher with Little Joe Rush and Wolfgang Hammer aboard Call Me Lil Josie.

The 18-year-old Italian rider and her stallion by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step out of Custom Margarita (by Custom Crome) had won both the $19,200- added* Level (L)4 and $14,400-added* L3 qualifier. Determined to take the title, the duo came back strong, riding to the Championship and to the $12,150 guaranteed paycheck. “All I can say is ‘thank you Wimpys Margarita,’” said an emotional Ferrarol about her NRHA/Markel Sales Graduate. “I couldn’t be more blessed and, as I said after the go round, he was the coolest horse at our place and I never thought I would ever be able to show him. Thanks to my dad, who believed in us, we managed to win the L3, 2, and 1 Non Pro divisions at the 2019 edition of the NRHA European Derby. We would have won the level 4 division had we entered and now, his performance today made up for that.” Once again Ferrarol thanked her trainer past NRHA Intermediate Open World Champion Guglielmo Fontana who, in turn, had three words to say: “They deserve it!”

Nikolai Stiller

Schumacher and her NRHA/Markel Sales Graduate Lil Joe Rush (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Lil Joe Cash x Rush N Cat), a 2015 American Quarter Horse gelding bred by Lorenzo Lotti, nominated by Prospects Unlimited, LLC, owned by CS Ranch Management SA, and Hammer riding his own Call Me Lil Josie (NRHA Million Dollar sire Lil Joe Cash x Call Me N Hollywood), a 2015 American Quarter Horse mare bred by Sergio Elia and nominated by Wolfgang Hammer tied for the L4 Non Pro Reserve Championship.

Tying for the L3 Non Pro Reserve Championship with a 214 score was Enrico Sciulli of Italy riding his own SH Spooksgottabadger (Que Peseta x Shot Gun Shea), a 2015 American Quarter Horse stallion, nominated by Staffoli Horses SNC, and Dutch Suzanne Scharroo riding her own Shortyslittlestep BB (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Short Rooster), a 2014 American Quarter Horse gelding bred and nominated by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck.

Markus Spreitzhofer

Three riders decided to run off for the $9,600-added* L2 after posting a 213.5: Nikolai Stiller riding his own Hollywood Gunrunner (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Gunner x Dun It For Missy), a 2012 double-registered AQHA and APHA mare bred by James Frahm, nominated by Rudi Kronsteiner; Markus Spreitzhofer riding his own Cant Hide A Gun (The Big Gun x Cattrena), a 2013 APHA gelding bred by Robert Windisch and nominated by Spreitzhofer; and Jürgen Pritz riding his own Rose of Mercedes (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Cromed Out Mercedes x Smooth Star Freckles), a 2013 AQHA mare nominated by Pritz.

Following the run off, the latter took the win with a run paid back by the judges with a 215.5. “This is simply amazing. Winning this title is unbelievable,” said Pritz who has had his mare since she was a yearling. “She’s 8-year-old now and has always been great to show. The best thing about her is that she is always calm and always perfect!”

Jürgen Pritz

Spreitzhofer and Stiller settled for the Reserve Championship after scoring a 213 and 212 respectively and also agreed to tie for the $4,800-added* L1. “We decided to tie for the level 1 and run for the level 2 because it was fair on the horses to do so,” said Stiller who also tied to win the L1 and 2 qualifier with his mount. “This mare who I’ve had since she was a yearling has been so good in the past two years and I am thrilled with these results tonight.”

Spreithofer was also happy with his rides and the Championships. “He’s an 8-year-old gelding who I paid in last year and he was so good,” he said. “He did well in the go round and tonight. He’s so easy to ride and has a huge heart.”

NRHA $112,000-added* Colonels Shining Gun European Derby Open finals will conclude the tenth edition of the Euro Derby on Saturday, July 3. The riders will be vying for the Championship titles as well as a guaranteed $24.300 paycheck for the L4 Open Champion. The 2020 European Derby is open to 6-7-8 and 9-year old horses.

(*subject to change in nominations)

FRIDAY ANCILLARY ACTION

NRHA Youth 13 & Under – Tie with a 206 score
Sophie-Marie Muendl riding Star Miss Dunitwhiz (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz x Gk Hollywoodshowtime), owned by Sonja Muendl

Emanuel Gebert riding his own Gunnalittlestep (NRHA Four Million Dollar sire Gunnatrashya x Gay Jays Little Step)

NRHA Youth 13 & Under – 208 score
Alice Baldazzi riding Holly Jolly Whiz (Whiz Ruf Peppy x Smart Dolly Hickory)
owned by Ettore Baldazzi

$1,600-added NRHA Open – 217.5 score
Klaus Lechner riding Cody Rooster Delmaso (Ricochet Rooster x Made Of Lacy)
owned by Julia Gaupmann-Lechner

$700-added NRHA Intermediate Open – 214 score
Patryk Peszke riding HA Handsome Harry (NRHA Two Million Dollar sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chick Peas) owned by Bernice Engel

$500-added NRHA Limited Open – 209.5
Morgane Bohu riding MLC Whiz On Top (Sail On Top Whizard x CDS Frozzy Sail Spat)
owned by Danielle Dhinaut

Photos by NRHA Euro Derby Official Photographer Tom Hautmann

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The NRHA European Open Derby Qualifier: Sicuro and Colonels Dancing Gun Top the Leaderboard

July 1, 2021

Wiener Neustadt, July 1—The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) $112,000-added* Colonels Shining Gun Open Derby, held in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, counted 90 horse-rider combinations across the four levels.

Nico Sicuro

In the first section of the $44,800-added* L4 Open Derby qualifier, Italian Nico Sicuro and Colonels Dancing Gun performed to a 223: Their score held to lead the Level (L)4 Open qualifier securing them a place in the Finals. Until February, the talented 7-year-old stallion sired by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Dance Little Spook, owned and nominated by Quarter Dream SRL, was in the breeding shed at Frozen Partners in Germany and then made his way to Puglia, Italy, where Sicuro is head trainer for Quarter Dream. “It’s my first ‘serious’ show with him,” said the 25-year-old about his mount who was shown by Franco Bertolani and Andrea Fappani in the U.S., by Gennaro Lendi both in the U.S. and in Europe, and by Markus Gebert in Europe. “I rode him at a regional show to get the feel of how he would be in the arena and I will not hide the fact that I was a little concerned. He proved me wrong! He’s a super cool horse and I must admit that I’ve never ridden a horse like him. He’s so aggressive in the show pen, wants to do well, and I just have a lot of fun riding him.”

Gal Grahelj

On top of the $33,600-added*L3 and $22,400-added*L2 was Gal Grahelj riding Walla Whiz A Dun It (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz x The Bun Is Dun), a 6-year-old stallion owned by Katja Zrimsek, bred by Susan Jones and nominated by Grahelj. The pair closed their run with a 219 score. “Today’s a wonderful day: Our stallion did it again!” said Grahelj about his mount purchased as a 2-year-old in the Markel Prospect Sale. “He was with me all the way, was really relaxed, and once again proved how great he is. Not only did we top levels 3 and 2, we also made the level 4 finals.” The Slovenian professional trained the horse and went on to win the 2018 Italian Reining Horse Association L2 and L1 Open Futurity. “Since his Italian Futurity win, he’s become more and more solid and now I can say that I am the one learning from him and not vice-versa.”

Tying to lead the $11,200-added*L1 European Derby Open qualifier with a 215.5 score was Gisela Denk of Austria and Alessandro Roasio of Italy, now based in Hungary, near Budapest, at BL Farm.

Gisela Denk

Denk rode Shinedeninger (NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya x Shining Whiz), a 7-year-old mare owned by Gernot Kuttner, bred and nominated by Katarzyna Roleska. “My boyfriend [Gerot Kuttner] and I actually purchased this amazing mare for him. They didn’t get on very well together—he only rode her three times— so the reins passed on to me,” shared Denk who has been showing Shinedeninger successfully in European arenas. “She’s been in training with me since and always tries to do her best. Today we had an underscore penalty, but that was totally my fault. I’m really looking forward to the finals now.”

Alessandro Roasio

Roasio piloted Il Be Automatic (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream x Hickadora), a 6-year-old gelding owned Norbert Juhász, bred by David Pratt and nominated by Quarter Dream SRL. “I’m really happy also because I never thought he would do so well,” said Roasio. “It’s our first show together and he was really honest. The cool thing about this horse is that one of our clients, who was looking for a trail horse, purchased him on the net. They didn’t get on very well together and that’s when we decided to give reining a chance…and chance was on our side!”

Colonels Shining Gun NRHA European Derby Open Bubble score:

Level 4 – (entries 24) – 216

Level 3 – (entries 29) – 215

Level 2 – (entries 31) – 213

Level 1 – (entries 15) – 208

Open finalists will make their way to the show arena on Saturday, July 3, vying for the Championship titles as well as a guaranteed $24.300 paycheck for the L4 Open Champion.

The Smart Spook NRHA European Derby Non Pro Finals will take place on Friday, July 2, at 3 p.m. Non Pro finalists will battle their way to earn the prestigious titles in the Western Training Center H&D Schulz arena where the Level 4 Non Pro Champion will also take home the $12,150 guaranteed paycheck.

(*subject to change in nominations)

Photos by NRHA Euro Derby Official Photographer Tom Hautmann

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