Mestdagh and RS Spat Man O War Win IRHA 4-YO Non Pro Futurity

Provided by Simona Diale – Manerbio, Italy -  Run in a qualifying go-round and finals, the NRHA/IRHA 4-year-old Non Pro Futurity champions were crowned at the Palasturla in Manerbio tonight.  Winning the  $5,200-added Level 4 division and the $3,900-added Level 3 division, following a run-off, was Piet Mestdagh of Belgium aboard his own RS Spat Man O War (Spat Olena x Rs Hollywood Hglo x Mcjac Flash).  Both Mestdagh and Katharina King, riding Antarismartin (ARC Antares Surprise x Tarismartin x Smartin Off), had scored a 217.5 in the finals.  In the run-off the Belgian rider posted a 220.5 for the win:  “I’ve had this horse for the last four months, after purchasing him from


Claudio Risso who bred him,” says Piet.  “I’ve never ridden a horse like this, he’s just great, but I do have to thank Bernard Fonck for all his help here in Manerbio.”  Katharina King of Germany settled for the reserve-championship and also took home the $2,600-added Level 2 title.  “I’m really happy with the way my horse went this evening both in the finals go and in the run-off.  It’s the first time I score this high and bringing home this title is just great,” said Katharina.


Winning the $1,300-added Level 1 was Paola Corna of Italy with her own Pistol Angelina (Custom Pistol x Angela Banjoe x Heza Banjoe).  “We bred this mare at home, which makes this win even sweeter,” said Paola, who also claimed reserve honors in the Level 2 division after posting a 214.5.  “Tonight she was with me all the way and I would like to thank Roberto Prevosti, our trainer, for all his help and his work.”


Photo by Andrea Bonaga


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