By Simona Diale – Lyon, France – Competition was tough in Lyon, France, as some of Europe’s best horse-and-rider combinations rode to the highest step of the podium in the NRHA $40,000-added Grand Prix Open, sponsored by Equidia Life. In a field of 33 riders, Spook A Little (Smart Spook x Jessie Wright On x Lenas Wright On) and Ann Poels Fonck, draw 13, posted a 227 and took home the win!
“He was really good for me, yet again,” said the past NRHA Open World Champion about the 6-year-old stallion owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner, Rosanne Sternberg. “Once again, I have to thank my husband, Bernard, for all his help. I’ve only been riding ‘Spooky’ since September, but my husband knows this horse inside out and always tells me what the right thing to do with him is!”
NRHA professional, Gennaro Lendi of Italy, riding Katarzyna Roleska’s RR Hi Ho Star, settled for reserve honors only a half a point behind the winners. “He did really well for me today,” said Lendi about the 8-year-old Paint Horse gelding by RR Star and out of Peppy Rey Holly (by Peppy Rey Lena). “He is so good minded and always willing to collaborate. He just gets better and better every time I show him.” The talented pair are unofficially leading the 2012 NRHA Top Ten Open rankings.
Tying for third place were Franco Bertolani (BRA) riding Gunna Be Majestic (Gunner x Shes A Majestic Whiz x Topsail Whiz) owned by Quarter Dream of Italy, and Max (Massimiliano) Ruggeri (ITA) riding Spat Split And White (Spat Olena x ARC Joy Surprise x Surprise Enterprise) owned by Le Colombare Q H, also of Italy. Both scored a 225.5.
Tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m., the $20,000-added Grand Prix Non Pro Reining by Lambey will be held. Make sure you follow the action on www.showmanager.eu for the Livescore and www.andreabonaga.it for the Livestream.
For further information regarding the competition held during the 18th edition of EQUITA’, Lyon, where a full-slate of NRHA approved classes as well as the 3 and 4-year-old open and non pro Futurities are also offered, log on to www.nrha.fr
These results were unofficial at press time.
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Photo by Andrea Bonaga