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