Le Petit Far West Welcomes the NRHA Intermediate Open and Intermediate Non Pro European Affiliate Championship Finals
Provided by Simona Diale (NRHA European Affiliate Championship Media) – The Intermediate Non Pro European Affiliate (EA) Championship, sponsored by King’s Valley Quarter Horses, enthused the crowd in the stands and saw last year’s Limited Non Pro EA Champions stand on the highest step of the podium again! Nuith Linthort and her Just Miss Enterprise (Surprise Enterprise x Jiggs Partner) ran a flawless NRHA Pattern Number 8 and was paid back by the judges with a 218.5.
“A lot happened since the championship last year and my mare just got better, especially after we worked more on the spins,” said the young rider from Holland who, along with her mount, also holds the 2013 NRHA European Derby Non Pro L1 Championship to her name. “During this year we also did an embryo transfer with her and I think that after next year she will probably take some time off being a ‘mama.’”
Nuith and her mare also qualified for the NRHA EAC Non Pro finals which will be held on Sunday.
The reserve championship in this class was shared by Dries Verschueren and his BA Superjac, already winners of the NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro L2 in Le Pin, and to Kimberly Wegner and Smart Reminic Twist, winners of the NRHA Intermediate Non Pro.
The Belgian rider, Verschueren, and his stallion by Mcjac Flash and out of High Brows Chick and German Wegner, riding her gelding by Dun It With A Twist and out of Smart Reminic Twist, both scored a 215.5.
The Champions won a Bob’s Custom Saddle, the official saddle of the NRHA, a Lawson Trophy, an NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths custom buckle and a pair of NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine protective boots. The reserve champions took home a Morrision trophy, a pair of Montana Silversmiths custom spurs and Classic Equine bell boots. Third place prizes included a pair of NRHA custom stirrups and an NRHA plaque.
Boiron and Jac Whiz Win the Intermediate Open EA Championship
Fabien Boiron of France rode Jac Whiz to the Intermediate Open EA Championship, sponsored by Guidolin Wafer Fioc. For owner Philippe Castel, aboard the gelding by Conquistador Whiz and out of Honeys Melody Jac (by Mr Melody Jac), Fabien had already conquered the NRHA Intermediate Open class the day before as well as the 2014 Markel French Derby L4 and L2 Open Championship. The team scored a 221 today for the win.
“My horse was really relaxed today and I asked him just a little more than I did yesterday,” said the French rider.” Today in the warm up pen I just trotted him and loped him a little and in the arena I could feel that he still had a lot of energy. I just asked a little more in the spins and for the rest of the pattern he was with me all the way without ever anticipating any manoever. I am really happy with this title and with the way he went and now I really look forward to showing him at the NRHA European Derby.”
Reserve honors in this European Affiliate Championship class – with a score of 218.5 – went to Matyas Gobert of Belgium riding Koen Brutsaert’s Guns Apocalypse Shok (One Gun x Rs Valentine Jac x Mcjac Flash).
On the third step of the podium was yet another French rider. Frank Perret scored a 217 riding Philippe Thuillez’ Ghoster Buster Chex (Bueno Chexinic x Ghost Buster Baby) to a 217.
Photos courtesy Greg Niro