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