Rik Stoltennkamp and Jaylo Chic Olena are the 2018 NRHA European Affiliate Rookie Level 1 Champions
For Immediate Release – July 25, 2018 – Kreuth – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship offered a great show with rookie riders vying for the European Affiliate title. In a field of 36 qualifiers representing 13 nations, Dutch Rik Stoltennkamp and his Jaylo Chic Olena (Imchocolateiknowit x Broadaniac Twist) performed to a 211.5 and to the top step of the podium. “I really did not expect to have the winning run,” said an enthused Stoltennkamp who came to Kreuth specifically to show in this class. “This is my first time showing at such a big event and my mare is only 5-years-old so I would never have imagined that we could win this title. I’ve had her for three years and you need to be a team to do this — I guess we are!”
The champion received an NRHA Corporate Partner Silver Spurs Saddles saddle, an NRHA plaque, a pair of NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine splint boots and an NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silver Smiths buckle.
The German flag flew high on the second step of the podium as Julie Van Laer and her own Bucks N Jewels (Smart Starbuck x Jewels Freckalena) performed to a 209. The reserve champions received a pair of bell boots offered by NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine, a pair of spurs offered by NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths and an NRHA plaque.
Half-a-point behind, Martina Lissova of the Czech Republic riding her HH Golden Shiner (Mia Shiner x Crona O Lon) and Isabeau Kiser of Sweden aboard Lil Gun Fire (Colonels Lil Gun x LZL Tuff Red Rasberi) shared the third step. They received a pair of stirrups offered by NRHA along with an NRHA plaque.
On Thursday, July 26, the NRHA European Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro and Rookie Professional Affiliate Champions will be crowned in one of the most successful European Affiliate Championships of all time.
NRHA Ancillary Rookie Action
Winning the NRHA Rookie Level 2 in a field of 42 entries with a 211 was Cornelia Wolf of Austria riding her Arc Mister Playgun (Topgun Whiz x Play Girl Enterprise) owned by Andreas Wolf. “I am thrilled with this win, especially because this horse belongs to my dad and I’ve never shown him before!” said Cornelia.
Amber Heidbuchel of Germany placed her Wimps Lil Prize (Wimpys Little Step x Jo Ell Enterprise) second after scoring a 210.5.
Taking the first place in the NRHA Rookie Level 1, which counted 35 entries, was Silke Hendrix of Germany riding Twisted Lil Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Chocolate N Sweet). “I am thrilled with this win because this is the very first time that I have had the chance to show in such a big arena,” said Hendrix. “I’ve had my mare for the past two years and I have to give credit to my trainer, [NRHA Professional] Tiara van Dongen, for coaching me all the way to this win.” The duo scored a 209.5.
Second place honors, a point behind, went to Martina Lissova of the Czech Republic and her HH Golden Shiner (Mia Shiner x Crona O Lon).
Ancillary action in Kreuth will continue on Thursday, July 26 with the $960-added NRHA Intermediate Non Pro and $480-added Limited Non Pro classes.
Make sure to follow the action live on www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com
Photos by Thomas Hautmann Photography
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