25 July - 4 August, 2019 · Kreuth, Germany

2018 News



Ann Fonck takes it all at the 2018 NRHA European Open Derby finals!

July 29, 2018

For Immediate Release – July 28, 2018 – Kreuth – 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)

Photos by Thomas Hautmann Photography

NRHA European Derby Press Office contact:
Simona Diale
Cell: +39 340 535 46 29
sdiale@nrha.com

Schumacher and Gotta Nifty Gun are NRHA European Affiliate Non Pro Champions

For Immediate Release – July 28, 2018 – Kreuth – 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 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.

Photos by Thomas Hautmann Photography

NRHA European Derby Press Office contact:
Simona Diale
Cell: +39 340 535 46 29
sdiale@nrha.com

NRHA European Affiliate Youth are crowned in Kreuth

July 28, 2018

For Immediate Release – July 28, 2018 – 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 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

Make sure to follow the action live FREE on www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com!

Photos by Thomas Hautmann Photography

NRHA European Derby Press Office contact:
Simona Diale
Cell: +39 340 535 46 29
sdiale@nrha.com

Gina Schumacher and Snip O Lution dominate the score board and clinch the NRHA European Non Pro Derby

July 27, 2018

For Immediate Release – July 27, 2018 – Kreuth – 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, bred and nominated by Sandra Linnig-Foehl. 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 Moreno Furlan.

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.

Make sure to follow the action live FREE on www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com!

Photos by Thomas Hautmann Photography

NRHA European Derby Press Office contact:
Simona Diale
Cell: +39 340 535 46 29
sdiale@nrha.com

Italy dominates the NRHA European Affiliate Intermediate and Limited Open Championship classes

For Immediate Release – July 27, 2018 – Kreuth – 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!

Photos by Thomas Hautmann Photography

NRHA European Derby Press Office contact:
Simona Diale
Cell: +39 340 535 46 29
sdiale@nrha.com

 

 

European Affiliate Rookie Professional, Intermediate Non Pro and Limited Non Pro Champions are crowned in Kreuth

July 26, 2018

For Immediate Release – July 26, 2018 – 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.

Jonas Bujnoch

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

Francesca Ferrarol

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).

Friday Preview

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!

Photos by Thomas Hautmann Photography

NRHA European Derby Press Office contact:
Simona Diale
Cell: +39 340 535 46 29
sdiale@nrha.com

Rik Stoltennkamp and Jaylo Chic Olena are the 2018 NRHA European Affiliate Rookie Level 1 Champions

Rik Stoltennkamp and Jaylo Chic Olena are the 2018 NRHA European Affiliate Rookie Level 1 Champions

For Immediate Release – July 25, 2018 – Kreuth –  The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship offered a great show with rookie riders vying for the European Affiliate title. In a field of 36 qualifiers representing 13 nations, Dutch Rik Stoltennkamp and his Jaylo Chic Olena (Imchocolateiknowit x Broadaniac Twist) performed to a 211.5 and to the top step of the podium. “I really did not expect to have the winning run,” said an enthused Stoltennkamp who came to Kreuth specifically to show in this class. “This is my first time showing at such a big event and my mare is only 5-years-old so I would never have imagined that we could win this title. I’ve had her for three years and you need to be a team to do this — I guess we are!”

The champion received an NRHA Corporate Partner Silver Spurs Saddles saddle, an NRHA plaque, a pair of NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine splint boots and an NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silver Smiths buckle.

The German flag flew high on the second step of the podium as Julie Van Laer and her own Bucks N Jewels (Smart Starbuck x Jewels Freckalena) performed to a 209. The 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.

Half-a-point behind, Martina Lissova of the Czech Republic riding her HH Golden Shiner (Mia Shiner x Crona O Lon) and Isabeau Kiser of Sweden aboard Lil Gun Fire (Colonels Lil Gun x LZL Tuff Red Rasberi) shared the third step. They received a pair of stirrups offered by NRHA along with an NRHA plaque.

On Thursday, July 26, the NRHA European Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro and Rookie Professional Affiliate Champions will be crowned in one of the most successful European Affiliate Championships of all time.

NRHA Ancillary Rookie Action

Winning the NRHA Rookie Level 2 in a field of 42 entries with a 211 was Cornelia Wolf of Austria riding her Arc Mister Playgun (Topgun Whiz x Play Girl Enterprise) owned by Andreas Wolf. “I am thrilled with this win, especially because this horse belongs to my dad and I’ve never shown him before!” said Cornelia.

Amber Heidbuchel of Germany placed her Wimps Lil Prize (Wimpys Little Step x Jo Ell Enterprise) second after scoring a 210.5.

Taking the first place in the NRHA Rookie Level 1, which counted 35 entries, was Silke Hendrix of Germany riding Twisted Lil Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Chocolate N Sweet). “I am thrilled with this win because this is the very first time that I have had the chance to show in such a big arena,” said Hendrix. “I’ve had my mare for the past two years and I have to give credit to my trainer, [NRHA Professional] Tiara van Dongen, for coaching me all the way to this win.” The duo scored a 209.5.

Second place honors, a point behind, went to Martina Lissova of the Czech Republic and her HH Golden Shiner (Mia Shiner x Crona O Lon).

Ancillary action in Kreuth will continue on Thursday, July 26 with the $960-added NRHA Intermediate Non Pro and $480-added Limited Non Pro classes.

Make sure to follow the action live on www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Photos by Thomas Hautmann Photography

NRHA European Derby Press Office contact:
Simona Diale
Cell: +39 340 535 46 29
sdiale@nrha.com

NRHA European Derby Open action fills the Ostbayernhalle in Kreuth

July 24, 2018

For Immediate Release – July 23, 2018 – Kreuth – Over 35 countries worldwide watched the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby Open qualifier thanks to the live stream offered by MP-Video Westernsport TV. They had the chance to see Shiners Voodoo (Shiners Voodoo Dr x BR China Rose) post the highest score in the $56,665-added* Level (L)4 division with multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck in the saddle.

The duo set the bar early in the draw by posting a 222.5 and held on to the lead until the last of the 114 entries performed. Fonck, who has had the 5-year-old stallion in training since he was a 3-year-old, once again praised his talent. “We’ve come a long way together and he’s been great to show,” she said. “He was really good for me here, in particular considering that we came here straight from the CS Classic where we showed in the [SVAG CS Classic] Maturity. What makes me even happier is that I managed to qualify all three of my mounts in the finals.”

Owned by Kimberly Wegner, the flashy American Quarter Horse stallion was bred by Patricia Blakeney Creson and was nominated by Reto Erdin. To date, he has won over $46,700 in NRHA competition together with his only rider, Ann Fonck.

NRHA Professional Massimiliano Ruggeri rode Mister Little Uno (Mister Uno x Bonita Bahia) to a 220.5, the top score in the $40,585-added* L3 Open division. Owned, bred and nominated by Paolo Morandotti, the 8-year-old stallion has over $51,000 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE), all won between the reins of the Italian Professional. “I broke and trained this great little horse and brought home quite a few titles on him, so making the finals after a great qualifier here fills me with joy,” he said.

NRHA Professional of Israel Yoav Sugar reined Heidigun (Gunnatrashya x Heidi Sailor), owned by Eyal Carmon, to a 218, tying for the top score of the qualifier in the $23,191-added* L2 Open division. The 5-year-old mare by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya was bred and nominated by Angelucci Quarter Horses. NRHA Professional Markus Morawitz also scored a 218 riding Gunners Chic Magnet, a 7-year-old stallion by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Wind Her Up Chic, owned by Joseph and Tamara Ahorner, bred and nominated by Oldenburg Farm LLC.

In the $11,595-added* L1 division, two NRHA Professionals scored a 215.5 to lead the qualifier: Petra van Ede riding Whizzin Wimp (Wimpys Little Tejano x Alicias Conquistador), a 5-year-old gelding owned by RS Reining Horses, bred and nominated by Roel van Dijk and Josefin Lintner aboard NRHA Markel Graduate Gunners Western Star, a 6-year-old mare by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya out of West Coast Princess owned by Anaïs Gasser, bred and nominated by Steve Tyner.

Riders that did not make it to the finals will have a chance to make their way to the closing night finals on Saturday, July 28 through the Open Consolation held on Wednesday, July 25.

Make sure to follow the action live on www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Photos by Thomas Hautmann Photography

NRHA European Derby Press Office contact:
Simona Diale
Cell: +39 340 535 46 29
sdiale@nrha.com

European Derby Non Pro finalists are set; Ann Fonck and Shiners Voodoo top the first section of the Open Derby

July 23, 2018

 

Ann Fonck

Ann Fonck

Kreuth, July 23 – Provided by Simona Diale – National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open World Champion Ann Fonck and Shiners Voodoo boast, among others, the 2017 NRHA European Level (L)4 Open Futurity Championship. Fourth to enter in the pen in the first go, first section of the $56.665-added* NRHA Level (L)4 European Open Derby, the duo posted a 222.5 score which stayed on top until the last horse-rider-combination of the first section 75 horses later. The 5-year-old stallion by Shiners Voodoo Dr out of BR China Rose, owned by Kimberly Wegner, was bred by Patricia Blakeney Creson and was nominated by Reto Erdin.

Italian NRHA Professional Lorenzo De Simone rode Azienda Agricola 23 SS’ Smoking Dun It (Gunner x Dun Its Deja vu) to a 220, the highest score in the first section of the $40,585-added* L3 European Open Derby qualifier. The 7-year-old gelding was bred and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. In the 2017 edition of the NRHA European Derby, the duo took the L2 Open Championship.

NRHA Professional of Israel Yoav Sugar reined Heidigun (Gunnatrashya x Heidi Sailor), owned by Eyal Carmon, to a 218, tying for the top score of the day in the $23,191-added* L2 division of the first section of the European Open Derby qualifier. The 5-year-old mare by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya was bred and nominated by Angelucci Quarter Horses. NRHA Professional Markus Morawitz also scored a 218 riding Gunners Chic Magnet, a 7-year-old stallion by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Wind Her Up Chic, owned by Mag. Joseph and Tamara Ahorner and nominated by Oldenburg Farm LLC.

In the $11,595-added* L1 division, two NRHA Professionals scored a 213.5 to lead the first section: Jonas Bujnoch of the Czech Republic riding his own Mercedes Rooster (Cromed Out Mercedes x Rooster Ata Party), a 6-year-old stallion bred and nominated by Werner Filler, and Italian Nico Sicuro aboard Francesco Mazza’s 8-year-old mare Spooks Midnight (Spooks Gotta Gun x Smart Dottie), bred and nominated by his owner.

Following the second section of the Open Derby qualifier, which will take place on Tuesday, July 25, the Open Derby finalists will be determined. The following day, those that did not make it to the finals will have a chance to make their way to the closing night finals on Saturday through the Open Consolation.

The 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)

Krueger and SL Shesgotmesparklin lead the Level 4 European Non Pro Derby qualifier

Taking the lead early in the draw in the first section of the NRHA European $23,256-added* Level (L)4, $17,393-added* L3 and $9,939-added* L2 Non Pro Derby was Ulrike Krueger who posted a 218.5 riding her SL Shesgotmesparklin, a 6-year-old mare by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Jacs Electric Spark out of Shes Customized. Following the second section, the Austrian rider held on to the lead aboard her mount bred and nominated by Sandra Linnig-Foehl. “I’ve had my mare ever since she was 18 months old and it’s been great to grow up with her, get to know her and better my riding skills,” said Krueger. “Along with my ‘reining dad’ [NRHA Professional] Chuck Klipfel, I have to give credit to [NRHA Million Dollar Rider] Bernard Fonck and his wife Ann, who always help me at shows, and to my companion of 13 years who has always lived my reining journey with me.”

Leading the $4,969-added *L1 division with a 215.5 score is Christian Orth of Germany riding SR Holly Whiza Dream, owned by Stefani Orth, to a 215.5 score. The 6-year-old mare, bred and nominated by Reinhard Orth, is by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream out of Holly Dun Conquista.
The European Derby Non Pro Consolation will be held on Tuesday, July 24. Riders who did not qualify for the finals will have a chance to earn a ticket to the Friday finals through the Consolation itself.

The numbers:

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)

*(subject to change based on nominations)

Make sure to follow the action live on www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Photos by Thomas Hautmann Photography

NRHA European Derby Press Office contact:

Simona Diale

Cell: +39 340 535 46 29

sdiale@nrha.com

 

The NRHA European Derby opens with Non Pro Derby Competition

Ulrike Krueger

Ulrike Krueger

Kreuth, July 22 – Provided by Simona Diale – Close to 480 horses made their way to Kreuth, Germany, where the 2018 NRHA European Derby, open to 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-old horses, alongside the NRHA European Affiliate Championship, is being held. Since 2009, foals have been required to nominate to the NRHA Nomination Program to be eligible to enter both the NRHA European Derby and Futurity to win added money created by the program and to earn nominator incentives.

There has been overwhelming support of the NRHA Nomination Program since its inception and, in 2017, the program’s eighth year, 1,589 weanlings were European-nominated. The most in the program’s history.

In the first day of competition, the first go, first section of the NRHA European Non Pro Derby was held along with the $11,400-added NRHA European Open Affiliate Championship and $2,250 NRHA Open ancillary class.

Taking the lead in the first section of the NRHA European $23,256-added* Level (L)4, $17,393-added* L3 and $9,939-added* L2 Non Pro Derby was Austria’s Ulrike Krueger who posted a 218.5 riding her 6-year-old mare SL Shesgotmesparklin (Jacs Electric Spark x Shes Customized) for the lead.

In the $4,969-added * L1 division, Lena Alberti of Germany rode her own 8-year-old gelding Asso Del Cielo (Ricochet Rooster x Jackie Cody Pine) to the lead after scoring a 213.

The second day of competition will welcome back non pro riders with the second section of the NRHA European Non Pro Derby qualifier, counting 127 entries, followed by the first section of the NRHA European Open Derby first go, first section.

*(subject to change based on nominations)

Make sure to follow the action live on www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com

If you would like to see Day 1 runs in Kreuth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOZREAu78Fs

Photo by Thomas Hautmann Photography

 

NRHA European Derby Press Office contact:

Simona Diale

Cell: +39 340 535 46 29

sdiale@nrha.com