Mantl and Bonzano tie for SVAG CS Classic NRHA Non Pro

 Cody Sapergia and Nu Chexomatic win the SVAG CS Classic NRHA Open

2013 SVAG CS Classic
Givrins, Switzerland, July 4-6
PREMIAZIONE TINA MANUEL smallProvided by Simona Diale – July 5 – Fifteen of Europe’s best non pro riders and their great horses rode their way in the beautiful CS Ranch arena vying for the title in the $20,000-added SVAG CS Classic Non Pro. Following the last horse and rider combination performing in the Non Pro, tying to lead were two horse-rider combinations:  Tina Kuenstner Mantl and Heza Sure Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Im Not Blonde) along with Manuel Bonzano and Great Sunburst (Einstein x Docs Sun Burst).  Draw 7 and 6 restpectively, both had infact  posted a 222.  The past NRHA Non Pro Reserve World Champions, Mantl and her thirteen-year-old mount, and the 2012 NRHA Non Pro World Champions, Bonzano and his ten-year-old Great Sun Burst, opted to tie for the championship. “This is just great,” said a thrilled Tina following the awards presentation.  “This is the fifth year running that I have been showing my horse here in the Non Pro and the lowest we’ve ever placed is third!  He’s just great and gets better as time goes by.“  NRHA Professional, Cody Sapergia, head trainer for Jacpoint Quarter Horses, was quick to praise Tina who rides under his guidance:  “Tina did a great job and Heza Sure Whiz once again proved his worth.  All we do at home with him is keep him fit and happy and just try to make a strategy at the shows.”

Bonzano was just as happy with the co-championship:  “Sun Burst is just incredible.  He did it again for me, too bad I didn’t ride him well into the last stop.  As far as tying for the co-championship, both Tina and I believe our horses did not deserve to go back in.  I couldn’t have chosen to tie for the win with anyone better than my friend Tina.“  NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck had nothing but good things to say about Manuel and ‘Sun Burst‘.  “They both did a great job … again!“

Tying for third place honors a point behind the winners (221) were Swiss Gina Maria and Belgian Piet Mestdagh.  Gina Maria was seen riding Corinna Schumacher‘s Gunners Enterprise (Gunner x My Royal Enterprise), a nine-year-old Paint Horse stallion, and Piet was seen riding his BH Most Wanted (Mr BH Jac x Tuckers Missy), a seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion.

It was a special day for multiple all around Swiss champion, Annika Friesecke, as she went on to win the $500-added NRHA Limited Open aboard RS McJac Hglo (Mc Jac Flash x Harlan Glo).  „I actually started reining on this great gelding five years ago and liked him from day one “ said an enthusiastic Annika who closed her performance with a 213.5.  “He’s very special and you never actually know what he’s going to be like in the pen, but today he was super and I am so happy for this win both for him and his wonderful owner, Ursula.” The twenty-five-year-old professional has been running her own training facility for the last eight years. Her mount, a thirteen-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, is owned by Ursula Niklaus.  Attending the event was Annika’s father, Sven, the president of the NRHA of Switzerland.

In second place, with a score of 213, was yet another Swiss rider.  Riding his own Diamond Cat Nifty, Julien Hasler was the first competitor to enter the pen in this class and his score held until Friesecke entered the pen twelve horses later.  Owned by Tim Katona, Diamond Cat Fifty is a nine-year-old paint horse stallion by Like A Diamond and out of Bearcat Fifty.

Winning the NRHA Rookie Level 2 with a score of 209.5, in a field of sixteen riders, was Micheal Schumacher with Sparking Tinsel, owned by his wife Corinna, between the reins. „I’m really happy with the way Sparkin Tinsel went today, he’s just a beautiful horse and a great athlete,“ said a smiling Micheal about the eight-year-old stallion by Tinsel Nic and out of Setting off Sparks.  “The fun part about showing in this class today is that my friend Klaus (Mantl) and I have a fun ‘private championship‘ which started off last year when we both started showing in the rookie! Today I beat him and now we both look forward to the next time we compete against each other.“

The reserve championship went infact to  Klaus Mantl of Austria riding Jac Point Qh’s JP Elwhiz. Aboard the four-year-old gelding by Heza Sure Whiz and out of Lady Lena Twist, Klaus scored a 207. “I am so proud with the way my horse went today and ‘fighting‘ against Micheal was great fun,“ enthused Klaus who is married to past NRHA Non Pro Reserve World Champion, Tina Mantl.
Nathalie Costantini riding, Its All For Me (Dualin For Me x Genuine Red Oak), posted a 205.5 which earned her the third place in the final standings. Nathalie also rides under the guidance of Shauna Larcombe at CS Ranch.  “I really enjoyed showing today and just love my horse,“ said the Swiss rider following the class.

Before the prestigious SVAG CS Classic Non Pro class, the Europa-Park dancers and artists were on stage at the CS Ranch.  In the show arena, the Europa Park horsemen thrilled the crowd.  Loic Tuetsch along with the beautiful paint horse ‚Moonshine‘, staged a breath taking freedom dressage where cooperation and trust between man and horse could be felt by all.  Once they had performed it was time for some fast and just as breath taking trick riding! Lois, this time with his companion Cedric Burkel, galloped ‚Shayana‘ and ‚Quieta‘ performing fast and amazing vaults.
Spectators, young and old, were surprised by Otto Oberhauptling and his animation and his colleagues amazed the crowd with their juggling.  Naturally, along with his friends, was ‚Euromaus‘!
Once again the artists were managed by Manuel Lamprecht, who has organizing the entertainment at the CS Ranch for three years running.
July 4 Update – The 2013 edition of the SVAG CS Classic kicked off today at the CS Ranch.  It is now the eighth year running that the Swiss facility is hosting the most prestigious Reining show in Switzerland.

Opening the competition today was the $3,000-added NRHA Intermediate Non Pro.  Taking the win was Jennifer Schleiniger of Switzerland riding her Masked Gunman, a five-year-old Quarter Horse stallion by Gunner and out of Starmax RM.  Jennifer started showing in NRHA competition in 2011 but she’s no stranger to the pen having shown in AQHA competition ever since she was 18.  Jennifer purchased Masked Gunman from Alessandro Pollarini of Italy last year in August and started showing him in March this year.  “This is just great and I am so happy,” said the thirty-year-old rider from Switzerland.

“Last year I was looking around for a new horse with my trainer Annika Frisecke and we went to Ludwig Grisha’s place.  There I saw a Gunner and really liked him so I told Grisha that I was looking around for a horse like him.  He found one in Italy that according to him fit my needs so Annika and I drove to Italy to look at the horse and I fell in love with him immediately and took him home.  Before coming here I showed him twice in Mooslargue, France, and once in a small show here in Switzerland, so this is actually my first major win and I’m thrilled.  Since I haven’t been showing him much, we haven’t really made plans fort he future, we’ll just wait and see what happens!”

A half a point behind the winner, second place honors went to Italian Roberta Gianformaggio riding her Top Of The Top, an eleven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion by Surprise Enterprise and out of Jackie Cody Pine.

Claiming both first and second place honors in the $5,000-added NRHA Intermediate Open was Quentin Galliere.  The Belgian rider based in France scored a 216 for the win riding Piet Mestdagh’s Rs Polyphemus Jac (RS Great Jac Feona x Harlan Glo), a seven-year-old stallion bred by Claudio Risso of Italy.  Galliere placed second on another Mestagh owned horse, RS Spat Man O War, a five-year-old stallion, also bred by Risso, by Spat Olena and out of RS Hollywood HGLO.

“I’m really happy with the way both horses went today,” said Quentin.  “Piet bought them both from Risso and they have both been doing well with him and with myself.  With ‘Polyphemus’ I won the French L 2 Open Derby and was reserve in L 4 last month.  RS Spat Man O War is actually Pete’s horse and he is standing fourth in the NRHA Non Pro rankings.  Next week he’ll be showing him in the NRHA European Affiliate Championship in Austria.”

It took a 222 to win the $1,000-added NRHA 7 & Up Non Pro class and that is exactly what Gina Maria of Swtizerland, riding Gunners Enterprise (Gunner x My Royal Enterprise) scored.  “This is the highest that Gina has ever scored.  Both Gina and I are really happy that it was ‚Digger‘ that rode her to this score,” said an enthusiastic Shauna Larcombe, Gina Maria’s trainer.  “The idea today was that of a schooling run since we’ve been working mainly on Gina‘s confidence in the pen and it worked.  It’s the fourth year that Gina has been showing him and he’s always been there for her.  I am very proud oft hem both.”

In second place was Piet Mestdagh riding his BH Most Wanted.  Aboard the seven-year-old stallion by Mr BH Jac and out of Tuckers Missy, the Belgian rider scored a 219.5.

Two riders tied to win the $2,000-added NRHA 7 & Up Open with a score of 219.5: Cira Baeck riding Ruediger Diedenhofen’s Bubblicious Gump BB (Little Gump x Shanaya Whiz) and Bernard Fonck riding Dany and Mireille Cerato’s Sail On Top Whizard (Whizard Jac x Miss N Sis).  Both Belgian riders are past multiple NRHA World Champions and Fonck is an NRHA Million Dollar Rider.  For Cira the win was particularly sweet for two reasons, the first being that she unofficially surpassed the $500,000 mark in NRHA competition and the second being that the Baeck’s bred the seven-year-old mare she tied to win on.  “I showed this mare as a three-year-old in the futurities and then her owners took her home and just trail rode her until last year, when they decided to bring her back to me in training.  She’s really sweet and I was really happy with her today,” says Cira.

Just as happy with his horse was Fonck:  “I will be showing Sail On Top Whizard in the $30,000-added Open on Saturday so today I just didn’t want to ask much from him.  As always he performed well for me.”  Fonck also slid to third place with a 218.5 riding BVBA Van Roosbroeck & ZN’s Cattlemans Cash (Wimpys Little Step x Trophys Peppy Jay).

Cody Sapergia and Nu Chexomatic win the SVAG CS Classic NRHA Open

by Andrea BonagaJuly 6 –  Eight riders made their way into the beautiful CS Ranch arena to fight for the highest step of the podium in the $30,000-added SVAG CS Classic NRHA approved Open.  When NRHA Professional Cody Sapergia rode Jacpoint Quarter Horses‘ Nu Chexomatic in the show pen, the score to beat was the 225.5 posted by NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Bernard Fonck riding Catllemans Cash (Wimpys Little Step x Trophys Peppy Jay) for BVBA Van Roosbroek & ZN.  With the flashy palomino by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Tejons Texie Lena between the reins, Sapergia meant business from the first stop and back requested by NRHA pattern n.10 and once he closed his performance with a deep stop that set the dirt flying, the score that appeared on the score board was a 228.  Their score remained unbeat and they took home both the win, the paycheck, the CS Classic Bronze Trophy as well as an Audemars Piguet pen and an XCS Blanket, official sponsors of the Show.

“This is just a very special horse,” said Cody about the six-year-old gelding a.k.a. “Duke” bred by Hilldale Farm, USA.  “I’ve been helping Tina (Mantl) with him and riding him myself for the past year and a half and he’s such an easy horse to manage.”

With a score of 226.5, the reserve championship was claimed by NRHA Professional and 2012 IRHA/NRHA Derby L 4 Open Champions Cira Baeck and Whizasunnysailor BB, owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen.  „My goal was that of trying to do the best I could considering the high level of both the horses and the riders I was competing against.  ‚Sailor‘ is such a sweet and special horse and he was there for me all the way and I am so proud of him,“ said Cira about the five-year-old gelding by Topsail Whiz and out of Walla Walla Sunshine bred by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck.  Cira also took home the special voucher for a pair of tailor made reining chaps offered by  CS Classic sponsors, Blue Nugget, for being the lady with the highest score of the Show along with an Audemars Piguet Zegna Plaid and an XCS Blanket.

Once the last contestant left the arena, Fonck and Cattlemans Cash settled for third place honors followed by Dominik Reminder who scored a 224.5 riding his own GR JFB Boy (Solanoswarlee Boy x JFB Glo).

The Celebrity Reining

As soon as the prestigious Open was over, it was time for the Celebrity Reining which once again saw 7 time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher compete against four TV celebrities:  Birgit von Bentzel from RTL Germany, Christophe Malbranque from French Eurosport, Steven Proven from SBS Belgium TV and Manuela Baraschi from Sky Italia.  The crowd pleasing fun competition closed the SVAG CS Classic week with Birgit von Bentzel stepping on the highest step of the podium riding Golden Jac N Win owned and generously made available by Sabine Staub.  “I totally enjoyed the relaxed and fun atmosphere around the show,“ said Birgit who was coached for the occasion by Terry Schulz from Mooslargue (France). „I rode my first reiner two days ago and I can assure you that nobody who saw me then would have believed that I could have won today!”
The Celebrity Reining is also charity oriented and the Charity Birgit is riding for is RTL Spenden Marathon.  “This specific project is child oriented and I love children so I am very happy and honored to have been able to contribute somehow toward the children in need around the world.”

Micheal Schumacher riding Sparkin Tinsel, owned by his wife Corinna, slid to the second second step of the podium.  Micheal was coached by the CS Ranch head-trainer, Shauna Larcombe.  “Once again I had fun with this competition and I am happy that F1 presenters from all over Europe supported this idea,” says Micheal.

In third place was Steven Proven riding Bubblicious Gump BB, generously made available by Rudiger Diedenhofen.  Steven trained at Eifel Gold Ranch with Cira Baeck.

Ancillary Action

The $300-added Limited Non Pro class opened todays‘ competition.  Taking the win, in a field of 24, was Pascale De Decker of Belgium riding her ND Smart Pleasedunit (Chic Please x Its Hollywood Lights).  Pascale rides under the guidance of Quentin Galliere who actually broke and trained this eight-year-old gelding.  „I’m super happy,“ said Pascale.  “This is my first win with this amazing horse and I am now really looking forward to showing him next week at the NRHA European Affiliate Championship where we’re qualified in the Rookie class and where Quentin qualified with him in the Limited Open class.”
Roberta Gianformaggio of Italy settled for second place honors with a score of 210.5 riding her Top Of The Top (Chic Please x Its Hollywood Lights).  “I’m really pleased with this result as this is only the third time that I‘ve shown this horse,” said Roberta.

Winning the Youth 13 & Under, with a score of 201, was Mick Betsch riding RS Esplendidos Olena(Spat Olena x RS Cheerry Miss Jac).  For Mick, today was a special day as he conquered his first NRHA trophy.  „This is only the second show for Mick and I am really proud of him,“ said Shauna Larcombe, head trainer at CS Ranch, who coaches the young Swiss rider.  “He is wonderful to work with at home, always tries to do his best and is very talented.”
In second place, a half a point behind the winners, were Flurin Staub and The Chief Tain (Hotroddin Sailor x Freckled Piros.
Winning the Youth 14-18 with a score of 211 was Gina Maria riding Gunners Hollywood Dol (Hollywood Dun It x Docs Little Gunner).  The young Swiss youth also claimed second place honors, with a score of 207.5, riding Topsail McJac (Topsail Whiz x Rs Feona McJac). Shauna Larcombe who also coaches Gina, was quick to praise her student for placing her two mounts in the top two slots.

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Top photo by Andrea Bonaga – SVAG CS Classic Non Pro Co-Champions 

Bottom photo by Andrea Bonaga – Cody Sapergia & Nu Chexomatic

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