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Italy to host the 2016 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

June 13, 2016

For Immediate Release – At the May 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors meeting, the board was presented with a proposal brought forward by Gerd Wilhelm (Germany), Roberto Coughi (Italy) and Francois Zurcher (Switzerland/France) to create a platform organization – the European Federation of Reining Associations (EFRA) – for all NRHA European Affiliates.

The board approved to move forward in creating a Memo of Understanding followed by a contractual agreement to set the parameters and expectations of the arrangement with the European Federation of Reining Associations (EFRA). NRHA and the above listed ERFA representatives are working toward that end.

“Although NRHA is very hopeful and optimistic about the long-term results of this concept, unfortunately it has caused a sudden change in plans regarding the 2016 NRHA European Derby,” commented NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter. “We were excited about possibilities of working with the AMERICANA. They have been very gracious in working with us, and we appreciate their cooperation and professionalism.”

Considering the above changes, the 2016 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity will now be held at the Palasturla in Manerbio, Italy, on September 19 – 24, and will be managed by the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA).

“Following the agreement between the NRHA and the ERFA, moving forward, the NRHA European Derby will be held in Italy in conjunction with the IRHA Derby,” said Roberto Cuoghi. “For this reason, and because of the sudden changes in plans, we felt it was appropriate to try to host the European Derby in Italy this year as well and reached an agreement to host the event in Manerbio. We are working very hard to make this event as successful as it has always been and to further promoting the sport of Reining in Europe in years to come.”

Details and further information are coming soon and may be found on the official website of the NRHA European Derby: nrhaeuropeanderby.com

New location announced for 2016 NRHA European Derby & Pre-Futurity

March 3, 2016

Germany will be the new location for the next National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby and Pre-Futurity, scheduled for September 5 – 11, 2016.

Oklahoma City, Okla., March 1, 2016 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce a new location for the 2016 European Derby and Pre-Futurity offering more than €124,000-added money. The sixth edition of this prestigious event will take place at the Messezentum Fairgrounds in Augsburg, Germany, the venue where the renowned ‘Americana’ is hosted every two years.

The NRHA event will be held September 5-11, 2016 in conjunction with the European Reining Cow Horse Association (ERCHA) Futurity and Nations Cup, which is approved by the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA).

“We are so grateful for the support of the Italian reining horse community and the wonderful foundation they laid for this event,” offers Gary Carpenter, NRHA Commissioner. “Now we enter an exceptional new chapter at a more central location. The huge benefit here is that every other year we can showcase our sport in front of crowds the size of which we have only dreamed, and thereby promote reining to so many more people.”

A bonus to this location change comes with a connection to the ‘Americana’ event (to be held next in 2017), for this promises to bring even more recognition to the sport of reining in Europe in the future.  Held since 1986 – and thanks to the collaboration of the AFAG Team, organizers of the shows and exhibitions held in Augsburg, and the Ready Steady Show Management Team – ‘Americana’ has become the biggest show dedicated to western riding in Europe. Last year alone, the event attracted close to 55,000 visitors and more than 280 vendors, as well as media attention worldwide.

“We are very excited and honored to be able to collaborate with the National Reining Horse Association in the production of this great show in 2016,” state Sandra Quade and Joachim Bochmann, Ready Steady Show managers.  “We are certain that it will be a great success and that this will be a boost for the sport of reining in Europe, particularly considering that, in 2017, plans include that the European Derby & Pre-Futurity be held during the Americana where, on finals night alone, over 5,000 spectators pay their way to cheer their favorite reiners!”

Alfredo Ciabattoni and Dun It After The Rain win the Open Level 4, 3 and 2 European Open Derby!

September 19, 2015

2015 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

Alfredo Ciabattoni and Dun It After The Rain win the Open Level 4, 3 and 2 European Open Derby! 

Alfredo Ciabattoni & Dun It After The Rain

Alfredo Ciabattoni & Dun It After The Rain

Manerbio, September 19 – Provided by Simona Diale – It was truly an amazing night at the Palasturla facility in Manerbio! Winning the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Open Derby Levels 4, 3 and 2 championships, with an impressive score of 222.5, was Alfredo Ciabattoni and Dun It After The Rain (Frozen Sailor x Pap Little Sol x Sure Slide Solano). For the Italian NRHA professional, who has been promoting the sport of Reining for the past 30 years, winning three titles with the talented 6-year-old mare, owned by Florenzo Barbonetti and nominated by Fabrizio Bevilacqua, was ‘three times’ as special. “This is the most emotional night of my life,” said Alfredo. “I truly believed that we could do it, and we did! The crowd was impressive and thanks to this little mare, I can dedicate this victory to my dad…”

Cira Baeck & Shine N Whiz

Cira Baeck & Shine N Whiz

Earning the reserve championship in the Level 4, with a 221, was Cira Baeck.  It was thanks to Shine N Whiz, a 5-year-old stallion by Topsail Whiz and out of Spark N Pretty (by Shining Spark), owned by Chanay Sky Management, and nominated by Sandra Friesenbiller, that the Belgian professional made it to the second step of the podium. “I got this horse in training six weeks ago and I couldn’t be any happier,” she said. “He’s the sweetest horse ever, really nice, very good, and very quiet. It’s a great result for us!”

Winning the Level 3 reserve championship, with a 218, was Pierluigi Chioldo aboard Spook O Lena (Spooks Gotta Gun x Lonesome Sally Lena x Doc O Lena). The talented 6-year-old Quarter Horse mare is owned and was nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses ASD and Davide Rossi. “This is a once in a lifetime mare and I could not be any happier. She deserves to be in the limelight!”

The Level 2 reserve championship, with a  216, went to Francesco Barbagli aboard Smart Whiz Delmaso (Easy Otie Whiz x Playin Dress Up x Smart Chic Olena). The 7-year-old Quarter Horse stallion is owned by Stefano Scardina and boasts $21,900 LTE.

Francesco Fabbri and Junior Nics are the Level 1 Champions

Francesco Fabbri & Junior Nics

Francesco Fabbri & Junior Nics

With a 213.5 Francesco Fabbri and Junior Nics (Einsteins Revolution x Nics Whiz x Topsail Whiz),  a 5-year-old Quarter Horse gelding owned by Francesca Simi and nominated by Prospect Breeder, took home the Level 1 championship of the NRHA European Open Derby.  “This is all pretty amazing, especially considering the fact that this gelding has always been shown by his 12-year-old owner!” said Francesco who placed both of his mounts in the finals. “This is the third time that I’ve shown her and I finally made it to the winners circle. I cannot thank the owners enough for trusting me with their horse and giving me the opportunity to achieve this result.2

Earning the Level 1 co-reserve championship, a half a point behind the winner, was Sebastiano Valtorta and LTA One Chich Melody (OT Taris Melody x Keteer Sugar Chic x Sonitas Sugar Chic), a 7-year-old gelding owned by Giorgio Romanotto, and Nicola Sergio riding Ruf Little Chex (Lil Ruf Trouble x Nu Dynamite Chex x Nu Chex To Cash). Nicola’s 5-year-old Quarter Horse gelding is owned by Ferruccio Bucci and was nominated by Luigi Parise.

“This was truly a great event,” said NRHA President, Rick Clark. “It’s my first time in Italy and I cannot but compliment the team that put this event together. It’s been a great experience and I look forward to coming back to Europe to assist this great NRHA owned event.”

For more information and complete results, please visit:  www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Sevenchextocash and Bernard Fonck win the European Open Pre Futurity

2015 NRHA EUROPEAN DERBY & PRE FUTURITY

Sevenchextocash and Bernard Fonck win the European Open Pre Futurity

Bernard Fonck & Sevenchextocash

Bernard Fonck & Sevenchextocash

Manerbio, Saturday 19 – Provided by Simona Diale – The 2015 NRHA(National Reining Horse Association) European Open Pre Futurity was held on Friday morning prior to the much awaited for European Non Pro Derby finals. Draw 9 in a field of 45 horse-rider combinations, Bernard Fonck riding Sevenchextocash for owners 7 Heaven Horses set the pace with a 218. His score held until the very end and along with the gelding by Big Chex To Cash and out of Lil Chic Peppy (Lil Ruf Peppy), he was crowned 2015 NRHA European €1.125-added Pre Futurity Open Level 4 champion.

“I’ve always really liked this horse and today he was simply great,” said the NRHA Million Dollar Rider and multiple NRHA Open World Champion about his mount. “It’s wonderful to see them turn from babies to show horses, and he is truly a show horse!”

The reserve championship went to Pierluigi Fabbri. Riding GFC Surprise For Me (Dualin For Me x ARC Surprise Onstage x Surprise Enterprise), a stallion owned by Piero Pollarini, the Italian professional posted a 216. “I’ve only been riding this horse for a month and he’s always been easy, even though a little green,” he said. “I can’t wait to show him in the IRHA (Italian Reining Horse Association) Futurity, especially after he did so well for me here.”

Andrea Bonadomane & Please Have A King

Andrea Bonadomane & Please Have A King

Winning the €750-added Level 2 championship was Andrea Bonadomane aboard Maurizio Ferrarol’s Please Have A King. The stallion by Let Me Out Please and out of Dry Peppy King (by Salvatus), rode the Italian professional to a 210. “I’ve had this horse in training since January and he truly is an amazing horse and really kind. Because he is so gentle he will probably be shown by Maurizio’s young daughter.”

The reserve championship in the Level 2 went to Italian Alberto Villani riding GD Jacs Remedy 86 (Remins Remedy x Jacs Doceta x International Jac) owned by Nicola Zambaldi. “I broke this gelding last year and this is our second show together,” said the Italian Professional who also broke Bonadomane’s mount. “He’s a really good horse and was very easy to train. I couldn’t be any happier.”

Anna Lisec and This Wimps So Fly win the Non Pro Derby

September 18, 2015

2015 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

Anna Lisec and This Wimps So Fly win the Non Pro Derby

 Manerbio, September 18 – Provided by Simona Diale

Anna Lisec & This Wimps So Fly

Anna Lisec & This Wimps So Fly

It was truly a special night for Anna Lisec of Austria in Manerbio. The talented young rider took home all four levels of the 2015 edition of the NRHA European Non Pro Derby riding the 5-year-old palomino gelding by Wimpys Little Step and out of Fly Flashy Jac owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel.

Draw 4 in the second section, Lisec set the bar by scoring a 219 and her score remained unbeat until the end: “It was so cool… I can’t tell you how happy I am right now,” she said. “He was just amazing, he was so nice and he listened to me all the way. Not everything perfect, but he was really nice and I’m so thankful to have him.”

This Wimps So Fly, nominated by Melissa Vandorp, has close to $31,400 LTE.

Thanks to the NRHA European Nomination program, the total purse in the 2015 edition of the European Derby increased immensely and paid off €19,000 in the Level 4, €14,220 in the Level 3, €10,000 in the Level 2 and €4,640 in the Level 1.

Susy Baeck & Pop Gun Cash BB

Susy Baeck & Pop Gun Cash BB

Taking the reserve championship in the Level 4 division was Susy Baeck of Belgium and Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck’s Pop Gun Cash BB. Aboard the 7-year-old palomino gelding by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Sugar Pop Gun, Susy scored a 218. The pair had already claimed the European Derby Level 4 Non Pro championship in 2013. “I’m really happy with the way this show went especially because this will be my last run with Popgun Cash,” said Baeck. “I’m little bit disappointed with myself cause I didn’t ride him well to the last stop and that definitely lowered my score. In any case, I am happy with the reserve championship!”

Pop Gun Cash BB boasts close to $47,500 in NRHA competition and was nominated by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck.

Earning the reserve championship in the Level 3, with a 212, was Tullio Mascarello with his Remin Lilly Whiz between the reins. “My horse was great for me tonight and did everything I asked her to,” said the Italian rider about the 4-year-old mare by Remin Whiz and out of Precocious Lil Chic, nominated by Daniele Mascarello. “I’ve had her ever since she was a yearling and my trainer, Beppe Prevosti, prepared her really well for me!”

In the Level 2 and Level 1 divisions, reserve honors went to Marie Baralon and her Chicken Sandwich. The duo scored a 214.5. The young French rider had left her mark at the NRHA European Affiliate Championship, where they took the championship in the Youth 13 & Under title, and represented France at the 2014 WEG in Caen with Ann Sophie Guerriero. The talented 7-year-old mare by Ricochet Rooster and out of Ms Sanditch Whiz was thrilled with her two titles: “I just love my mare who I’ve had since the beginning of this year,” said Marie. “This evening she felt really good and I knew that we could do well, even though you cannot afford to ever be distracted when you’re showing!   I would like to thank my parents for giving me this opportunity and my trainer, Ann Sophie Guerriero, who has always believed in me and my mare.”

The fifth edition of the NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity will come to a close tomorrow. Europe’s most successful Derby, open to 4-5-6 and 7-year-old horses, will offer the NRHA Youth, Limited and Intermediate Open classes as well as the NRHA Non Pro class.

Closing the day will be the NRHA European Open Derby. Log on to www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com for any information you may require. You will also be able to follow the event livestream.

 

Anna Lisec and Gotalotta Cash sweep the European Non Pro Pre Futurity

September 16, 2015

2015 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

Anna Lisec & Gotalotta Cash

Anna Lisec & Gotalotta Cash

Anna Lisec and Gotalotta Cash sweep the European Non Pro Pre Futurity

September 16, Manerbio – Provided by Simona Diale – The first champions were crowned today in Manerbio, Italy, following the NRHA European Non Pro Pre Futurity.

Held during the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Derby, the Non Pro Pre Futurity, open to 3-year-old horses, saw Anna Lisec and Gotalotta Cash, owned by Sabine Lisec, take top honors in both the Level 4 and Level 2 divisions. Aboard the pretty mare by Big Chex To Cash and out of Gotta Lotta Grace (by Topsail Whiz), the young Austrian rider posted a 210. “I truly and honestly did not expect to win so this is twice as special,” said Anna. “Especially sweet is the fact that we’ve had her ever since she was 2. My step-father, Chuck Klipfel, rode her and the reins passed on to me in June this year. I’ve been riding and training her since, so I’m pretty proud of her!”

Manuel Bonzano & Dealin The Cash

Manuel Bonzano & Dealin The Cash

The reserve championship in the Level 4, a half a point behind the winners, went to Italy’s Manuel Bonzano and Dealin The Cash – yet another mare by Big Chex To Cash, but out of Raise The Dealer (by Dealin Dirty), owned by 23 QH Azienda Agricola S.S and bred by Manuel Bonzano. “This is the very first show for my mare and I’m really happy with the way she went and with the result,” said the past NRHA Non Pro World Champion.

In the Level 2 division taking the co-reserve championship was Fabio Colantoni with BF Feona In Whiz (RS Great Jac Feona x Pretty Bubbles Whiz x Topsail Whiz) and Davina Perini riding her Dualina Hope (Dualin For Me x Hope And Surprise x ARC Sparkle Surprise). Both scored a 208.


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Fabio Colantoni & BF Feona In Whiz (left), Davina Perini & Dualina Hope (right)

The NRHA European Level 4 & 2 Open Pre Futurity will be held on Friday18.

 

Open & Non Pro Derby Finalists are determined

Opening the third day of competition were the Non Pro and Open Consolation runs. The following horse-rider combinations will join the Open finalists following the Consolation run:

Consolation Derby Ltd Open Level 1

1 345 DF FIRE FOX PRIDE ANTONIO FIORENTINO ITA DOMENICO FIORENTINO S QH 7 206.0

2 257 JUNIOR NICS FRANCESCO FABBRI ITA FRANCESCA SIMI G QH 5 202.5

Consolation Derby Ltd Open Level 2

1 347 SPAT SAILOR LENA MARKUS SCHOPFER ITA JEANNETTE KRAEHENBUEHL S QH 6 212.5

2 276 LTA ONE CHICH MELODY SEBASTIANO VALTORTA ITA GIORGIO ROMANOTTO G QH 7 208.0

Consolation Derby Int Open Level 3

1 330 ULTRA SPOOKIN MANUEL CORTESI ITA KATE SZUMANSKA M QH 5 218.5

2 110 SMART WHIZ DELMASO FRANCESCO BARBAGLI ITA STEFANO SCARDINA S QH 7 216.5

Consolation Derby Open Level 4

 1 189 WHIZASUNNYSAILOR BB CIRA BAECK BEL RUEDIGER DIEDENHOFEN S QH 7 221.5

2 210 MADE IN WALLA CODY SAPERGIA CAN SABINE LISEC CHUCK KLIPFEL G QH 4 219.0

3 160 JAC WHIZ FABIEN BOIRON FRA PHILIPPE CASTEL G QH 6 218.0

 

The following horse-rider combinations will join the Non Pro finalists following the Consolation run:

Consolation Derby Ltd Non Pro Level 1

1 187 CJ WHIZ BO BRUTSAERT BEL KOEN BRUTSAERT S QH 6 215.0

2 282 READY TO SPOOK ALESSIA SIMONCINI ITA ALESSIA SIMONCINI M QH 6 213.5

3 206 REMIN LILLY WHIZ TULLIO MASCARELLO ITA TULLIO MASCARELLO S QH 4 212.5

3 115 FROZEN TROPICAL MINOU GEURTS NED MINOU GEURTS G QH 7 212.5

Consolation Derby Ltd Non Pro Level 2

1 187 CJ WHIZ BO BRUTSAERT BEL KOEN BRUTSAERT S QH 6 215.0

2 206 REMIN LILLY WHIZ TULLIO MASCARELLO ITA TULLIO MASCARELLO S QH 4 212.5

2 115 FROZEN TROPICAL MINOU GEURTS NED MINOU GEURTS G QH 7 212.5

Consolation Derby Int Non Pro Level 3

1 187 CJ WHIZ BO BRUTSAERT BEL KOEN BRUTSAERT S QH 6 215.0

2 206 REMIN LILLY WHIZ TULLIO MASCARELLO ITA TULLIO MASCARELLO S QH 4 212.5

2 115 FROZEN TROPICAL MINOU GEURTS NED MINOU GEURTS G QH 7 212.5

Consolation Derby Non Pro Level 4

1 187 CJ WHIZ BO BRUTSAERT BEL KOEN BRUTSAERT S QH 6 215.0

2 228 JAC LITTLE STEP ANDREA BIANCHINI ITA ANDREA BIANCHINI G QH 4 212.0

 

For further information, log on to www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com

2015 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity Day Two

September 15, 2015

2015 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity Day Two

Gina Schumacher & Gotta Nifty Gun

Gina Schumacher & Gotta Nifty Gun

Manerbio, September 14 – Provided by Simona Diale – The fifth edition of the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Derby & Pre Futurity went into the second day of competition today. Making their way in the Palasturla arena today were 80 horse-rider combinations entered in the €37,000-added Non Pro European Derby.

Open to 4-7 year old horses, the European Derby is run in a qualifying go-round and clean-slate finals. All 4-6 year old horses must be nominated in the NRHA European Nomination Program.

Laura Dalla Gassa & MR Sailin Gas

Laura Dalla Gassa & MR Sailin Gas

Go-round leaders in the four divisions:

Gina Schumacher and Gotta Nifty Gun scored a 218 to lead the Level 4 division. The 5-year-old Quarter Horse stallion by Dun It Gotta Gun and out of Custom Nifty Nic (by Custom Crome) is owned by Chanay Sky Management. Posting the second highest score, a 215, was Great Britain’s Francesca Sternberg aboard her 7-year-old Quarter Horse stallion, Ten Reasons (Hangten Surprize x Hotrodding Catalyst x Taris Catalyst).

Marie Baralon & Chicken Sandwich

Marie Baralon & Chicken Sandwich

Leading the Level 3 division is Italy’s Laura Dalla Gassa riding Diego Dalla Gassa’s 6-year-old Quarter Horse Stallion, MR Sailin Gas (Sailin Ruf x Covert Enterprise x Be Aech Enterprise). The duo scored a 213.5 which also put them in the lead in the level 2 division along with 15-year-old Marie Baralon of France and her 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare, Chicken Sandwich (Ricochet Rooster x Sanditch Whiz x Topsail Whiz). Marie and her mount also lead the level 1 division.

Facts and figures:

Non Pro level 4: 45 entries. Top 15 scores plus ties advance to the finals. The next 12 scores plus ties show in the Consolation. The 2 top scores plus ties from the Consolation will join the finalists. The ‘bubble score’ was a 207.5.

Non Pro level 3: 52 entries. Top 15 scores plus ties advance to the finals. The next 15 scores plus ties show in the Consolation. The top 3 scores plus ties from the Consolation will join the finalists. The ‘bubble score’ was a 207.

Non Pro level 2: 67 entries. Top 20 scores plus ties advance to the finals. The next 15 scores plus ties show in the Consolation. The 3 top scores plus ties from the Consolation will join the finalists. The ‘bubble score’ was a 207.

Non Pro level 1: 52 entries. Top 15 scores plus ties advance to the finals. The next 15 scores plus ties show in the Consolation. The 2 top scores plus ties from the Consolation will join the finalists. The ‘bubble score’ was a 207.

On Wednesday morning, Open and Non Pro Derby riders who did not qualify for the finals may still have a chance to join the finalists through the Consolation run.

Closing the day will be the NRHA European Non Pro Pre Futurity Level 2 and 4.

Follow the action live:

Reining enthusiasts world-wide may follow the fifth edition of the NRHA European Derby livestream and livescore. Log on to the www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com website and follow the links!

For further information: www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Photos are by Andrea Bonaga (for editorial use only)