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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