Lyon, October 28—The 2021 edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby held during Equita Lyon, Lyon, France, welcomed the €66,000€-added* Non Pro Derby (*subject to change in nominations), presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Markel Insurance with the support of gold sponsor NRHA Corporate Partner Cardinal Reining Horses.
Performing to a great ride, Dries Verschueren of Belgium rode Smart Little Ruffle (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up) to a 217, enough to lead the Level (L)4 and L3 qualifiers. The 6-year-old American Quarter Horse mare is owned by Golden Paint Ranch.
Topping the L2 division, a half-point behind, was fellow countrywoman Bo Brutsaert riding KB CJ Gun (CJ Whiz x KB Jenny Whiz A Gun). With the 2016 American Quarter Horse mare owned by Bo’s father, Koen, between the reins, the Belgian rider also rode to the second-highest score in the L4 and 3 divisions along with Italy’s Roberta Gianformaggio aboard her own One Shot One Nic (Rooster Nic x Smart Jakalope).
Young Pauline Engel of Germany and Bernice Engel’s 7-year-old mare Gumpatrashya (NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya x Bubblicious Gump BB), scored a 214.5 to lead the L1 as well as the Youth Non Pro divisions.
Leading the qualifier of the €1.750-added American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Chrome Cash Incentive Program L4 Non Pro division presented by APHA & Jinetes Del Cielo, are Stephanie Blessing and Grey Stone Ranch’s Dance Gotta Gun. The 5-year-old AQHA/APHA double registered mare is by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x Dance Little Spook.
The NRHA European Derby Non Pro finals will be held on Sunday, 31 October.
Photos by Wanted Photo
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