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Ferrarol and Wimpy Margarita Top the 2020 Smart Spook NRHA European Non Pro Derby Qualifier

June 30, 2021

Wiener Neustadt, June 30—The 2020 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) $48,000-added* Smart Spook European Non Pro Derby qualifier filled the day at Western Training Center H&D Schulz in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, with 79 horse-rider combinations making their way through the in-gate.

Francesca Ferrarol

Riding to the top spot with a 217.5 score in both the $19,200- added* Level (L)4 and the $14,400-added* L3— counting 23 and 30 entries respectively—was Italian Francesca Ferrarol riding Wimpy Margarita (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Custom Margarita x Custom Crome), a stallion nominated by her father Maurizio Ferrarol and bred by Judy Box. The duo had captured the Levels 3, 2, and 1 Championships in the last edition of the NRHA European Derby (in 2019)

“I’m really happy even though I must admit that last night I was a little worried, especially after the long break,” said Ferrarol.  “Today he was super and I already felt he was good in the warm up pen. Once again I have to stress the fact that he has a huge heart and always gives me everything. I started riding him in 2018—until then he was ‘the cool horse we had at home!’ My dad finally decided to let me ride him and I’m truly blessed.” The young rider was quick to give her trainer, Italian professional past NRHA Intermediate Open World Champion Guglielmo Fontana, credit for the work done with her and her horse. “Guglielmo is amazing,” she added. “He’s always reassuring, even in the most difficult moments, and that’s exceptional.”

Sara Karasova

Tying to win the $9,600-added* L2 and the $4,800-added* L1 Non Pro division—counting 23 and 27 entries respectively—were Sara Karasova of the Czech Republic and Nikolai Stiller of Germany.

Karasova rode her KH Yankee Step (Rowdy Yankee x Step A Little Closer x Wimpys Little Step), a 6-year-old gelding nominated by Franz Lechner, to a 214 score. The 17-year-old who started showing reining horses five years ago was thrilled with her horse and their performance. “We purchased this horse from Franz Lechner two years ago and fell in love with him immediately,” said Karasova who has been riding with Czech trainer Jonáš Bujnoch for the past four years. “I showed him at the Italian Futurity but unfortunately didn’t make the finals. In 2019 we were reserve champions in the Level 1 ARHA Futurity, our first international show, and it’s great to be able to make the finals here. My thanks go to Jonáš for always being so supportive, from the beginning when I didn’t have a clue. Huge thanks to my family who is amazing: My father Tomáš, my mother Iveta, and my sister Thea.”

Nikolai Stiller

Stiller reined his own Hollywood Gunrunner (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Gunner x Dun It For Missy), an American Paint Horse mare bred by James Frahm and nominated by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner, to the same score. “We purchased her when she was six months old,” said Stiller. “She’s always been very nice but has a really strong personality. I rode with [German professional] Jurgen Pouls for two years and after that, even though I ride her myself at home, I train with [NRHA Million Dollar Rider] Ann and [NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider] Bernard Fonck. Last year she was in training with them for a couple of months and since then, at least two weekends a year, I go ride at their place in Belgium.”

As Stiller states, the past two years have been very good for him and his mare. “We were Level 2 reserve champions at the Swiss Derby and last year took the IRHA Level 1 Derby Championship. The NRHA Breeders Derby was the cherry on the cake where we won all four levels in the qualifying go and also rode to the championship in all four levels.”

The Euro Derby Non Pro finals will be held on Friday, July 2. The L4 Non Pro Champion will take home a $12,150 guaranteed paycheck.

Smart Spook NRHA European Derby Non Pro Bubble score:

Level 4 – 211.5
Level 3 – 211
Level 2 – 210.5
Level 1 – 209.5

Thursday will welcome the NRHA $112,000-added* Colonels Shining Gun European Derby Open

Qualifier. 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.

(*subject to change in nominations)

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2020 NRHA European Derby Stage is Set

June 29, 2021

Wiener Neustadt, June 28—Europe’s best 6-7-8 and 9-year-old horses nominated in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Nomination Program have made their way to Wiener Neustadt, Austria, where the 2020 edition of the NRHA European Derby is being held.

On the first two days, riders vying for the (subject to change in nominations) €112.000-added Euro Derby Open and €48.000-added Non Pro titles have a chance to test the ground of the Western Training Center H&D Schulz arena in the Jackpot schooling classes.

Derby action is set to start on Wednesday, June 30, with the Smart Spook Euro Derby Non Pro qualifier. On Thursday, the Colonels Shining Gun Euro Derby Open go-round will determine the finalists. As announced by show manager, Otto Ziehfreund, a guaranteed payout of €20.000 and of €10.000 will be assigned to the Open and Non Pro Champions respectively. Due to the pandemic, the finals draw will be computer-generated.

The event, originally scheduled to be held last at the Western Horse Show in Wels, Austria, was rescheduled multiple times. “We are very happy to finally bring the show together here in Wiener Neustadt thanks to Helmut Schulz’s collaboration,” said Ziehfreund. “We wish all the very best to all the riders who are competing and would like to thank all the generous sponsors who contributed in making this event happen. We also look forward to being able to offer an NRHA owned event in Wels next year.”

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2020 NRHA European Derby Entry Deadline

June 2, 2021

Wiener Neustadt, June 2—The 2020 edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby will be held at Western Training Center H&D Schulz Quarter Horses Wiener Neustadt, Austria, on June 28 – July 3, 2021.

Originally scheduled to be held in May during the Western Horse Show Fair in Wels, Austria,—and following cancellation of the same due to COVID restrictions—Austrian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) President Helmut Schulz of Western Training Center graciously offered his facility to host the €106,200-added* Colonels Shining Gun Open Derby and €45,510-added* Smart Spook Non Pro Derby (*subject to change in nominations).

The event presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Markel, Official Equine Insurance Partner of NRHA, is open to NRHA nominated horses that are 6 to 9 years old and will be held behind closed doors.
The entry deadline is June 10, 2021.

For online entries click here or email Show Secretary Andrea Papaianni: shows@ai-pap.com

The 2021 NRHA European Derby will be held in Lyon, France in conjunction with Longines Equita Lyon October 27–31, 2021. This event will be open to NRHA nominated horses that are 5 to 8 years old in 2021.

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Hat trick for Ann Fonck as she claims her third NRHA European Derby Open Championship!

August 4, 2019

Ann Fonck

Kreuth, August 3 –  Provided by Simona Diale —In the ninth edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Open Derby Finals, it was the first horse-rider-combination in the second section that held the top score all the way through the end of the 19 finalists. NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Rider Ann Fonck of Belgium rode Diego Dalla Gassa’s Gunners Specialolena (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Dolly Jac Olena) to a 222 score that clinched top honors in the €50.000-added * Level (L)4 Open. “I’m really really happy; it’s my third European Derby L4 Championship! My son, Justin, for the first time, drew for me and picked draw #1, so I told my husband that maybe next time would do it myself. In the end, it looks like it was a good draw! My horse was good, she is a really nice mare, but once again, I didn’t really expect to win, because when I was riding during the training sessions, I saw really great horses and such good riders competing…in the end, it all worked out and I’m really happy.“ The 5-year-old mare was bred and nominated by Luigi Parise and counts over $25,000 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE).

Nico Sicuro

Two NRHA Professional riders from Italy shared the L4 Open Reserve Championship: Nico Sicuro rode the 7-year-old stallion Sugar Little Step (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Ah Sugar Sugar) owned by Quarter Dream Srl to a 220.5 score, also claiming the €35.000-added* L3 Open Championship. “I started riding him in February this year. He is already known for his great achievements with Gennaro Lendi and Markus Gebert in the saddle,” says the 23-year-old,head trainer for Quarter Dream, a breeding and training facility based in the south of Italy. “Our first show together was the NRHA European Futurity where we won the NRHA Intermediate Open class. I then showed him at the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Derby where we won the L2 and L3 Open divisions, and placed third in the L4 with a 223 score. At this show, he was nice all week long; I always rode him trying all the maneuvers we had in the finals. Tonight he was super and did everything I asked him and he was always with me.” Sicuro was quick to thank the owner of Quarter Dream, Pietro and Helena Marseglia, as well as the whole team behind him both at home and during the show. Sugar Little Step was bred and nominated by Wolf Dieter Luft and boasts over $59,000 NRHA LTE.

Sharing the L4 Co-Reserve Championship was Italian Mirko Midili aboard Luigi Parise’s 5-year-old stallion Maytheforcebewhizyou (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Jac Golden Faith), bred and nominated by Claudia Hahn.

German Sylvia Rzepka took reserve honors in the L3 Open riding Winnie The Boo (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Jac Golden Faith), a 7-year-old gelding owned by Florian Aubruner scoring a 220. Claudia Hahn is the breeder and nominator of the gelding.

Clémence Neveux

Tying for the €20.000-added* L2 Open Co-Reserve Championship were the €10.000-added* L1 Champions: Clémence Neveux of France and Mona Doerr of Germany who closed their performances with a 219 score. Neveux, riding Thomas Soutric’s 8-year-old gelding Frankiegoestoholywod (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown x CN Missilenium), exited the arena after her run with a full-house cheering on for her suggesting the highest score of the first section of the finals. “My horse was really good during the whole run tonight. Our circles were really great, the turns could have been better, but I was happy with them,” said an emotional Neveux. “He was a little fast in the rundowns but stopped really great. I want to thank Thomas [Soutric] and also the owners of CM Quarter Horses who have trusted me for more than ten years now with my program.” Frankiegoestoholywod was bred by Angelo Capitelli and nominated by Edoardo Bernardelli.

Mona Doerr

Second to last to enter the pen in the first section of the Open Finals was Doerr with Martin Bachmann’s G Whiz Gus. “I’m really happy because this is my first NRHA European Derby and I won it. My horse is a really lovely gelding with a big heart. He is always listening and tonight he gave me everything,” said the NRHA Professional of Germany. “I want to thank all the people behind me, and of course a special thank you goes to the owner Martin [Bachmann] and to my trainer Dominik Reminder; he helped me a lot here at the show and at home.” The 5-year-old gelding was bred and nominated by Heike Melanie Ebler.

The €164.000-added * NRHA European Derby, open to 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-old horses closed in style with the Open Derby finals. (*subject to change in nominations)

The week in Kreuth also offered the $5,000-added NRHA European 3-year-old Pre Futurity, the €12.000-added NRHA Mid Summer 4-year-old Futurity as well as a full-slate of NRHA Ancillary classes and was managed by IRHA in collaboration with NRHA Germany. Over 320 horses made their way to the Ostabayernhalle and contributed in the success of the NRHA European owned event.

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Saturday Ancillary Action in Kreuth!

August 3, 2019

Sophia Staub

Kreuth, August 3 — Provided by Simona Diale — The last day of competition of the 2019 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby started with a great bunch of youth riders, followed by the NRHA Non Pro ancillary class.

Winning the NRHA Youth 13 & Under with a 205.5 score was Sophia Staub riding Gunslinger Lil Step (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Playguns Rose) owned her mother, renowned non professional rider and breeder Sabine Schmid. “My horse’s barn name is Bob and my run today was really good —all his maneuvers were good!” said the 13-year-old from Switzerland. “I didn’t have any best maneuver, because everything was really good. My next show is the Swiss Derby in Mooselargue, France, where I will show Bob in the youth classes and I am really looking forward to it.” In second place, with a 201.5, was Lynn Baten riding Kathrin Baten’s Dunit Money Penny (Lil Peppy Dunit Right x Boemil Topitasail).

Celine Beisel

Riding to first place in the NRHA Youth 14-18 aboard her own PM Jackson Olena (Spat Olena x ND Jazzy Step On It), after performing to a 211.5, was Celine Beisel. “My horse’s barn name is Jackson and my run today was very nice,” said the German 18-year-old. “Yesterday I was in the Non Pro Derby Finals and today I just wanted to ride him without pressure and it worked out. Our next stop will be the NRHA Germany Futurity.” In second place with a 208.5 was the duo made up of Lisa Auer and Whizagun (Laredo Whiz X Princess Golden Gun).

Tina Künstner-Mantl

Past NRHA Non Pro World Champion Tina Künstner-Mantl went on to win the €1.500-NRHA Non Pro with a 216.5 aboard Jacpoint QH’s Mizzfire. “My horse is 8-years-old and I’ve had him for about two years,” said the Austrian rider about her mount. “I purchased him through Arno Honstetter and right after that I showed him at the High Roller Reining Classic Non Pro Derby in Las Vegas. Last year I won the Italian Derby and NRHA Germany Breeders Derby on him. Today he was pretty lazy, but after all it’s the last day! I showed him in the Derby here, but he kicked out in the lead change, so we were out of the finals. I entered him today for and he was nice; he can really stop nice, even though he is not the best turner. I now hope to be showing him again this year at the Americana.” With a 214, Anna Lisec tied for second place honors aboard This Wimps So Fly (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Fly Flashy Jac), owned by Sabine Lisec, along with Florian Koehler riding his own Betta Be Toughenough (Hesa San Jo X HC Whos My Dad).

Following the NRHA ancillary action, the NRHA European Open Derby Finals will close the day and the ninth edition of the prestigious event.

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Bernardelli and Hammer tie to win the NRHA European Non Pro Derby; Francesca Ferrarol sweeps the L3, 2 and 1 Championships

August 2, 2019

Edoardo Bernardelli

Kreuth, August 2 — Provided by Simona Diale — The 2019 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby offered competition for all with 4-year-old horses performing in the NRHA Mid Summer Futurity and 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-old horses roding for the €20,000-added* European Level 4 Non Pro Derby. Once the sun went down on the Ostbayernhalle arena, Edoardo Bernardelli of Italy and Wolfgang Hammer of Austria opted to tie for the European Level (L)4 Non Pro Championship and a young Francesca Ferrarol left the arena with three Non Pro Derby Championships to her name.

Wolfgang Hammer

Ferrarol and her father’s [Maurizio Ferrarol] Wimpy Margarita, a 6-year-old stallion by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step out of Custom Margarita laid down an impressive NRHA pattern #9 with only two horses left to go in the first section of the Non Pro Finals. The judges paid her back with a 217.5 and her score held until the very last combination putting her firmly in the lead in the levels she had qualified for: the €15.000-added* L3, €9.000-added* L2 and €5.000-added* L1.

The win was, of course, three-times as special for 15-year-old Ferrarol. “I still cannot believe all this is happening,” she said. “I didn’t really feel comfortable with my horse in the go round, plus we made the Level 3 finals through the Consolation. Tonight, before entering the pen, I thought to myself: ‘If I am here, there must be a reason, so I should give my best no matter what the final outcome will be.’ It went really well and I’m extremely happy – this horse has a heart of gold and tonight he knew I was hoping he could give me all he had …and he did!”

Francesca Ferrarol

Draw 2 in the second section of the Finals, Wolfgang Hammer and his Mr Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Docs Oak Rosy), a 6-year-old stallion bred and nominated by 23 QH Az. Agr. SS, performed to a 217. The duo — leaders of the L2 Non Pro Derby qualifier — set the bar in the L4 division until Edoardo Bernardelli and his Whiz Wild West came back to match their score. The Italian rider and his 6-year-old gelding bred and nominated by Mattia Camisi, already leaders of the L4 and L3 in the qualifier, settled for the L4 Non Pro Derby Co-Championship and also took the L3 Reserve Championship along with Hammer and his mount who also claimed reserve honors in the L2 division. “I’m really happy with the way my horse performed tonight,” said Bernardelli. “Everything I asked for he did well. We missed one stop, but that’s ok; he topped the qualifier and tonight he repeated his performance in the finals. I would like to thank my family, who is always there to support me, and my girlfriend. A big thank you to Andrea Napolitano and Andrea Grazi for helping me before the finals.” Just as thrilled was Hammer: “Sometimes you feel like your run is bad but in reality, it’s good. This time around, he felt super and it was so much fun to show him. He did everything we trained for and everything I know he can do… He was amazing today and I could not be any happier.”

Closing with the L1 Non Pro Derby Reserve Championship, as well as third place in the L3 division, was Marie Guensner and her Hot Spark Olena, a 6-year-old gelding by Shiner Olena out of Roosters Hot Piq, bred and nominated by Katarzyna Roleska.

(*subject to change in nominations)

Saturday, August 3 Action: will include the NRHA Youth 13 & Under, Youth 13-14, €1.500-added Non Pro and the much anticipated European Open Derby Finals starting at 3 p.m. with the first section and at 7 p.m. with the second section.

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Girinon takes the NRHA Mid Summer Futurity Open Championship, Kuenstner-Mantl wins the Non Pro title

Arnaud Girinon

Kreuth, August 2 — Provided by Simona Diale —Opening the day in Kreuth was the NRHA Midsummer Futurity open to 4-year-old horses. Taking the Championship in both the €5.000-added Level (L)4 and €2.500-added L3 was French professional Arnaud Girinon riding Valerie Fontaine’s BHB Wimpy Choco Gun, a mare by BHB Mr Wimpys Royal out of BHB Kateberry Stargun. “I’ve had this mare in training since she was 2 and I’m pretty satisfied with my run today,” said Girinon. “I had no bobbles and she had nice circles and stops, particularly on the left lead. In two weeks, we are going to the Austrian Futurity and then Belgian Futurity at the end of September. Sadly, she is not enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program — which is also one of the reasons why I showed her here today — and future plans may also include showing her in Cremona, Italy, at the end of the year.”

Stefano Ferri

It was reserve honors for German Grischa Ludwig who showed Gunnanicya (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya x The Knick Nic) owned by Alexandra Schmmitz to a 215 score.

Head trainer for BO Ranch France, Stefano Ferri, clinched the €500-added L2 Open Championship with a 208.5 aboard MD Black Whizard (Sail On Top Whizard x ND Kyowa Star) owned by BO Ranch. Tiara van Dongen of the Netherlands left the pen with the Reserve Championship and a 206.5 score riding Francesca Sternberg’s Pops To Tinseltown (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown x Custom Sugar Pop).

Mid Summer Non Pro Futurity

Tina Kuenstner-Mantle

With a 211 score, Austrian Tina Kuenstner-Mantle rode JP Vickie Barcelona (Hang Ten Surprize x Fancy Bingo Star) owned by Jacpoint Quarter Horses to the €2.100-added L4 Non Pro Championship. “We bred this mare and her dam, Fancy Bingo Star, is in California,” said the multiple past NRHA Non Pro Champion. “[NRHA Professional] Martin Muehlstaetter started her as a 2-year-old and I have been riding her since the middle of her 3-year-old year. She was nice for me today, even though from the fast to the slow circle she fell out of lead. The score could have been a lot higher, but she was nice to show as she is a really big stopper. I’m not sure whether I will be competing with her again this season since I have a futurity horse in the U.S. that I would really like to bring to the NRHA Futurity.”

Katharina Skalnik

With a 208 score, Ewald Rifeser placed second in the L4 division riding Rooduster (Rickory Rooster x Miss Little Alejos) owned by Petra Burger. The Italian rider also settled for reserve honors in the €1.500-added L3 behind Katharina Skalnik who claimed the Championship with her own Slim Jim Whiz (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Spark N Whizzen). The duo also went on to win the €400-added L2 Championship where Janine Ketterer rode her Roadgunner ( Gunwork x My Diamond Dunnit) to a 204.5 and the Reserve Championship.

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It’s NRHA Ancillary Action and Girl Power Wednesday in Kreuth

July 31, 2019

Kreuth, July 31 — Provided by Simona Diale — The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby welcomed the NRHA Intermediate Open, Limited Open, Intermediate Non Pro, and Limited Non Pro ancillary classes today with a truly international group of riders performing.

Tal Paz

It was all about Israel and Switzerland in the €800-added Intermediate Open and €400-added Limited Open classes with Tal Paz of Israel riding One Shining Dream (NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream x Shining Sienna) for owner Swiss Larissa Rizzi riding to top honors with a 212. “I showed my horse at the NRHA Germany Breeders Derby but we didn’t make the finals and the same happened here in the Euro Derby Open,” said the Israeli professional. “My run today was way better and managed to fix the bobbles we had in the go round. Our circles were the best maneuvers, where he really looked good, and the spins were also pretty good. In two weeks’ time, I plan to show him in the Swiss Derby in Mooslargue, and after that, we will see, after all he is still young… I would like to thank the owner Larissa [Rizzi] for trusting me with this horse and the whole team behind me back home.”

French Adeline Caron rode her own Ruff Gun (NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire Gunner x A Ruf Mistress) to reserve honors with a 210.5. Taking the second spot in the Limited Open with a 211.5 was Germany’s Niklas Ludwig atop Shine N Step (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Shiney Sparks) owned by Oliver Schliesser.

Non Pro Action

NRHA Intermediate Non Pro

Tabitha Sternberg Allen

Riding to the winner’s circle in the Intermediate Non Pro with a 211.5 score was Tabitha Sternberg Allen aboard FS Gunner Got Lucky (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner x My Lucky Moonstone) owned by her mother, Francesca Sternberg. “My horse is 8-years old and I’ve had him for the past two years. I bought him in the States, showed him there, and when I started university, we brought him over to England and I’ve shown him in Europe since then,” said the talented young rider from Great Britain. “In the States, I showed him at the NRBC where we made the Level 2 and 1 finals and also in Las Vegas at the High Roller Reining Classic Derby where we won the Limited Non Pro. In Europe, this is our third show in a row now: I showed him at the FEI Young Riders World Reining Championship and made the Individual Finals. We then went to Denmark to show in the NRHA European Affiliate Championship and we just cruised around there. I showed him in the Derby here where we had a really good run, but we had one stop where we crossed the middle line — which was not expected — and so we got a zero which is why I’m in this class. At least we redeemed ourselves! He was really good during my run today, stayed with me the whole way and we didn’t have any bobbles, so I was really happy. What makes me even happier is that he really struggled with his lead changes from small slow to fast circles when we first got him and today he did both of them perfect and that was an achievement. I ride with my dad, Doug Allen and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my parents, my brother [George] for being supportive, and our groom, Jolie, who has been fantastic this week.” Future plans for FS Gunner Got Lucky include a well-deserved rest to get ready for either Equita Lyon or Verona later in the year.

Julia Gaupmann-Lechner of Austria rode Guns Still Smokin (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Gunner x Scoot Lil Bo) to second place, after performing to a 210, for owner LG Quarter Horses.

Limited Non Pro

Nadja Hammer

With a 211 score, Nadja Hammer of Austria rode Starlit Spook (NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Gay Light Star) owned by her husband Wolfgang Hammer to first place honors in the Limited Non Pro. “My husband and I purchased this horse as a 2-year-old, he’s now 8 and has been with us since we got him,” said Nadja following her win. My husband showed him successfully until last year and then I took over the reins. I feel good about my run today, especially our left circles which were really good for me and probably our best maneuver. I’m not sure about future shows with ‘Starlit,’ since he is out of aged classes, but maybe we will show in some ancillary classes. I am really happy with how things went today and I would like to thank my husband, our trainer Tomas Martinek, and, of course, the whole Hammerhoff team!”

Tying for second place honors with a 208.5 was Germany’s Manuela Blechinger riding MS Sesolita Fury (Linas Little Fury x Nu Rum To Smoke), owned by Thomas Blechinger, and Florian Köhler aboard his own (Betta Be Toughenough x Hesa San Jo x HC Whos My Dad).

Horses in Kreuth will take a day off on Thursday. Make sure you mark your calendar:
NRHA European Non Pro Derby Finals will be held on Friday, August 2
NRHA European Open Finals will be held on Saturday, August 3
Admission is free.

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Ann Fonck takes the NRHA Open Pre Futurity title, Wolfgang Hammer sweeps the Non Pro Pre Futurity 

Kreuth, July 30 — Provided by Simona Diale —All finalists of the ninth edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby — open to 5-6-7-8-year-old horses enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program — were determined following the Open Derby Consolation held on the third day of great reining in Kreuth.

Ann Fonck

Along with a full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes, this year’s edition of the Euro Derby also offers the €12.000-added NRHA 4-year-old Mid Summer Futurity and the €5.000-added NRHA 3-year-old Pre Futurity. The latter was held following the Open Consolation and, taking the title in the Open Level (L)4 Championship was NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Rider Ann Fonck of Belgium with Lil Trouble Spook owned by Ingrid Vermeiren/Codan NV between the reins. “It’s really special for me to ride this horse and see him do so well here because we own his mama, we bred him and we started him ourselves,” said Fonck about her mount by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook out of Lil Trouble Miss. “Ingrid [Vermeiren] purchased him at the beginning of this year and I am very grateful to her for trusting our program and leaving him in training with us.”

Bastien Bourgeois

Taking the Pre Futurity L2 Open Championship was French Bastien Bourgeois aboard Colonel Barbee Dream (Colonels Shining Gun x Barbee Top Dream) owned by Manuela Masson. “We purchased this horse as a weanling and he’s been with me since,” said an enthused Bourgois. “He’s always been really nice to train, today was his first time in the show arena and I could not be any more pleased with him — he was easy and thought he was at home!”

Wolfgang Hammer

Wolfgang Hammer’s winning streak this year moves on as he went on to claim both the Pre Futurity L4 and L2 Non Pro titles, this time riding his own Baddestchicintown (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown x Smart Chicody Sue). “I purchased this mare as a yearling from Tanya Jenkins in the U.S. and brought her to our place in Austria immediately after,” said Hammer. “Our trainer Tomas Martinek started and trained her and did a really good job with her…that’s the reason she is easy to ride! We wanted to try her out in the show pen, this is her first time being shown ever and she showed us that she is very talented and very good minded.”

Anna Lisec

Closing the day in Kreuth was the €1.875-added NRHA Open won by Austrian Anna Lisec riding her This Wimps So Fly (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Fly Flashy Jac) owned by her mother Sabine Lisec. The flashy palomino boasts close to $67,000 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) as well as many prestigious titles with Anna in the saddle including the 2015 NRHA European Derby Levels 4-3-2-1 Non Pro Championships and 2017 NRHA European Derby L4 Non Pro title.

NRHA Ancillary action will fill the day on Wednesday with the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Intermediate Open and Limited Open riders vying for the winner’s circle.

Mark your calendar:
NRHA European Non Pro Derby Finals will be held on Friday, August 2
NRHA European Open Finals will be held on Saturday, August 3

For full results:  http://www.showmanager.info/Eventliste.aspx?turnierID=860

To follow the event live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tG7Hr9kh1U

Photos by Tom Hautmann Photo & Design

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It’s all about NRHA European Derby Finals in Kreuth!

July 30, 2019

Kreuth, July 29 — Provided by Simona Diale, IHP — The third day at the Ostbayernhalle in Kreuth, where the 2019 edition of the National Reining Horse Association Derby is being held, hosted a fierce battle in the show arena. The second section of the €115.000-added Open Derby, counting 84 entries, determined the finalists which make their way directly to the finals. A second chance will be offered to those eligible for the Open Consolation which will be held on Tuesday, July 30. The complete list of Non Pro Derby finalists was also determined today as riders eligible for the Non Pro Consolation performed for a ticket to the finals which will be held on Friday, August 2.

Nico Sicuro

Holding on to the lead in the Level (L)4 Open was Mirko Midili of Italy riding Asia Vimercati’s Angelina Shining Gun (Colonels Shining Gun x Miss Alex Cody), nominated by Fabio Polesel; NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Rider Ann Fonck aboard Spook N Ruffles (NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up), owned by Brigitte Steiner and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg; and NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck riding Shiners Voodoo (Shiners Voodoo Dr x BR China Rose), owned by Kimberly Wegner and nominated by Reto Erdin. Italian Giuseppe Prevosti rode Magnum Chic N Chex (NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream x Buenonics Doughter) owned by PL Reining Horses and nominated by Lara Maiocchi to a 218.5 score in the first section topping the L3 Open — his score also held through the second section of the qualifier.

Clemence Neveux

Sliding to the top score in the L2 Open qualifier with a 218 was Italian Nico Sicuro aboard Quarter Dream Srl’s Sugar Little Step (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Ah Sugar Sugar), a 7-year-old stallion bred and nominated by Wolf Dieter Luft. In the L1, Clemence Neveux of France reined Thomas Soutric’s Frankiegoestoholywod (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown x CN Missilenium) to a 216.5, the top score of this division. The 8-year-old gelding was bred by Angelo Capitelli and nominated by Edoardo Bernardelli.

Over 320 horses made their way to Kreuth to take part in the ninth edition of the European Derby (open to 5-6-7-8-year-old horses enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program), the €12.000-added NRHA 4-year-old Mid Summer Futurity, €5.000-added NRHA 3-year-old Pre Futurity, and the NRHA Show.

Tuesday action will include the NRHA Open Derby Consolation followed by the €5.000 NRHA L4-L2 Open & L4-L2 Non Pro Pre Futurity open to 3-year-old horses.

For full results:  http://www.showmanager.info/Eventliste.aspx?turnierID=860

To follow the event live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tG7Hr9kh1U

Photos by Tom Hautmann Photo & Design

MEDIA CONTACT:
Simona Diale, International Horse Press
Cell: +39 340 5354629
Email: internationalhorsepress@gmail.com