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

August 2, 2019

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.

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

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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

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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

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NRHA European Derby – Day 2

July 28, 2019

The second day of competition determines the European Derby Non Pro Finalists as the first section of the Open Derby qualifier concludes

Kreuth, July 28 — Provided by Simona Diale, IHP — Sunday in Kreuth determined the 2019 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby Non Pro finalists with Edoardo Bernardelli of Italy firmly holding on to the top score in the €20.000-added Level (L)4 and €15.000-added L3 go round. Bernardelli and his Whiz Wild West (Spark N Whiz x West Coast Oak), fresh off their Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) L3 Non Pro Derby Championship, had performed to a 217.5 to lead the two levels on the first day of competition. The 6-year-old gelding, bred and nominated by Mattia Camisi, boasts over $167,000 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE).

Leading the €9.000-added L2 division qualifier with a 216.5 was Wolfgang Hammer of Austria with his Mr Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Docs Oak Rosy) between the reins. The 6-year-old stallion was bred and nominated by 23 QH Azienda Agricola. The €5.000-added L1 division saw young Franziska Wallner of Germany riding Mai Tai Enterprise (Chex Enterprise x Revolutions Chic Jac), owned and bred by Heidi Wallner, claiming the top score — a 213. The Non Pro Derby finals will take place on Friday, August 2.

European Open Derby Qualifier: the first section

In the first section of the €115.000-added NRHA Open Derby qualifier, 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, tied for the lead in the L4 division with a 219.5 score.

Italian Giuseppe Prevosti riding 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, scored a 218.5 to lead the L3 division. In the Ostbayernhalle arena, the duo had clinched the NRHA Germany L4 and L3 Breeders Derby two months ago! Patryk Peszke rode Bernice Engle’s Gumpatrasha (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya x Bubblicious Gump BB), nominated by Ruediger Diedenhofen, to a 214, placing in the top slot of the L2 and L1 divisions.

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 4-year-old NRHA Mid Summer Futurity, 3-year-old NRHA Pre Futurity, and the NRHA Show.

Monday Action in Kreuth will include the second section of the €115.000-added NRHA European Open Derby qualifier as well as the Non Pro Derby Consolation.

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

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NRHA European Derby – Day 1

July 27, 2019

Kreuth, July 27 — Provided by Simona Diale, IHP — The 2019 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby opened the doors to competition today at the Ostbbayernhalle in Kreuth. The ninth edition of the event, open to 5-6-7-8-year-old horses enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program, welcomed the first section of the €49.000-added Non Pro Derby qualifier counting 100 entries as well as the first of the full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes.

Edoardo Bernardelli

Taking the lead in the €20.000-added Level (L)4 and €15.000-added L3 divisions with a 217.5 — the high score of the day — was Italian Edoardo Bernardelli riding his own Whiz Wild West. The 6-year-old gelding by Spark N Whiz out of West Coast Oak was bred and nominated by Mattia Camisi. The talented bay, who boasts over $167,000 Lifetime Earnings (LTE), clinched the 2017 NRHA European Futurity L3 Open Championship with NRHA Professional Guglielmo Fontana in the saddle and the 2019 Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) L3 Non Pro Derby Championship with Bernardelli.

Leading the €9.000-added L2 division following the first section, with a 215 score, was Julia Gaupman-Lechner of Austria aboard Guns Still Smokin (Gunner x Scoot Lil Bo), a 6-year-old gelding bred and nominated by McQuay Stables. The €5.000-added L1 division saw Germany’s Juli Kaiser take the lead after posting a 212.5 aboard SL Rufnightintown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Lil Cow Paddie), a 6-year-old stallion bred and nominated by Sandra Linnig-Fohl.

Saturday Ancillary Action:

Celine Beisel

In a field of 16, Celine Beisel of Germany took home first place honors in the Rookie Level 1 riding her PM Jackson Olena who she purchased six months ago. For the duo, this is the second show together and they will be showing in the second section of the Non Pro Derby. Second place in both the Rookie Level 1 and Level 2 was for Bernice Engel, also from Germany, riding her own Spookslimitededition.

Sophia Staub

Taking first place in the Rookie Level 2 was Sophia Staub, proud to be able to show her mother’s [Sabine Schmid] Gunslinger Lil Step. “My mom showed this horse until last year and, since January, I took over the reins,” said the 13-year-old rider from Austria. “I really like him; he’s so good minded and is a lot of fun to show.” The pair will be showing again this week in the NRHA Youth 13 & Under.

Sunday Action in Kreuth includes the second section of the Non Pro Derby qualifier followed by the first section of the €115.000-added NRHA European Open Derby qualifier.

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

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

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