Mestdagh & RS Polyphemus Jac
Fonck & Little Nic
The Arcese NRHA Non Pro 7 & Up ended with an exciting run off between Alexander Nestelberger (Austria) aboard Shining Step (Wimpys Little Step x Spark N Pretty) and Piet Mestdagh (Belgium) aboard RS Polyphemus Jac (Great Jac Feona x Harlan Glo) after both had scored a 217.5. In the run-off, Alex and Shining Step had a beautiful run scoring a 219.5, but Piet and RS Polyphemus Jac topped them with their run at full risk scoring besting them by half a point.
“I bought the horse from Claudio Risso in January, and this was our first show,” said Piet afterward. “He was great! Claudio told me to let him run a bit more in the run off as he would be even better then, and he was right.” RS Polyphemus Jac is a 7-year-old stallion bred by Claudio Risso who won the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Open Derby with Nicola Brunelli in the saddle.
Shining Step was bred by Sandra Friesenbiller and is owned by Alex and Norbert Nestelberger. With Markus Morawitz, the gelding was an Austrian Reining Horse Association Futurity and Derby Champion, IRHA Futurity Level 3 Open Champion and NRHA European Futurity Finalist. Alex Nestelberger, who was in the Austrian Young Riders team at the 2011 FEI European Championships, now trains with Rudi Kronsteiner.
Fonck and Little Nic Top the €800-added Roleski Novice Horse Open Level 2
The KL Performance Horses NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Ffinals will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday. Then the finale: Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. NRHA European Futurity Open finals.
The NRHA European Futurity & NRHA Show attracts competitors from more than a dozen nations, but also thousands of visitors and media. More than 10,000 visitors watched go-round competition, as well as the exciting finals. Admission to the show is free every day.
MORE ABOUT THE SHOW
The NRHA European Futurity is “Open to the World” and showcases 4-year-old reining horses and riders competing for more than €240,000 in purse money. Entries include riders from 14 nations: Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S.A. The show runs April 14-20 in Kreuth, Germany in Ostbayernhalle.
LIVESTREAM AND LIVESCORE
Make sure you follow the action via the livestream and live score. These links and more information regarding the show are available on the official NRHA European Futurity website: www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.
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