Giacomo Ronchi & San July Jo Magnetic are the Derby Non Pro L 4 Champions
San July Jo Magnetic & Giacomo Ronchi, L 4 Non Pro Champions
Provided by Simona Diale/IRHA – It was all about excitement in Reggio Emilia today where 42 non pro riders battled for the titles in the IRHA/NRHA Non Pro finals. Claiming the Euro 16,000-added L 4 Non Pro Derby championship was Italian Giacomo Ronchi aboard his San July Jo Magnetic, a 5-year-old mare by Chic Magnetic and out of Broc Olena Jo. The pair had already left their mark in the pen in 2012 when they won the four levels in the IRHA/NRHA Non Pro Futurity. Today, the judges awarded the talented pair a 222.5 for the win. “My mare was great for me today even though I believe she felt the pressure of the show,” said Giacomo who broke and trained his mare himself. “She’s a wonderful athlete and I would like to dedicate this victory to my father who raises dogs and who has been trying to win the Italian Show Dog Derby!”
With a 217.5, Susy Baeck of Belgium took reserve honors riding her 6-year-old gelding, Pop Gun Cash BB (Nu Chex To Cash x Sugar Pop Gun), owned by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck. “This is the first time that my horse does well for me here in Reggio Emilia since he doesn’t deal well with the confusion of the the fair so I’m happy. I just wish I had pushed him a bit more!” said Susy.
Exxcaliber & Eric Ranieri Volpe, L 3 – 2 – 1 Non Pro Derby Champions
Winning the Euro8,000-added L 3, the Euro3,000-added L 2 and Euro1,500-added L 1 Non Pro Derby was 17-year-old Eric Rainieri Volpe of Italy. Riding his Exxcaliber, a 6-year-old stallion by Mr Snapper and out of Tivios Little Dun It, Eric posted a 217 and also claimed third place honors in the L 4. “I purchased this horse from his breeder, Roberto Cuoghi, last year and fell in love with him the moment I sat in the saddle,” said Eric following the awards presentation. “I am ecstatic and couldn’t be happier with the way things went. I would like to thank my trainer, Alessandro Meconi, for his help and assistance. He is always there for me 24/7!”
Sharing the co-reserve championship in the L 3 were Pietro Paolo Ambrosini aboard AT Andrewood (Ricochet Rooster x ML Greatawood) and Matteo Rondanina riding CF Frozen Smart Jaba (RS Little Red Jaba x Chic Sailor). Rondanina and his mount were also L 2 reserve champions.
In the L1, the reserve championship went to Nadine Kamintzky who scored a 213 riding her Im A Topsail Jae (Im A Topsail Cody x Mattil Jac).
Open Derby Results
The Euro 83,750-added IRHA/NRHA Derby Open finals attracted a large crowd and the horses and riders showcased the sport of Reining at its best. Making the finals all the more thrilling were the champions: winning the Euro 32,000-added Derby Level 4 Open were husband and wife team, Ann Poels Fonck and Bernard Fonck, after posting a 228.
The last two combinations to enter the arena in the second section were NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Bernard Fonck, and past NRHA Open World Champion, Ann. Riding Smart N Sparkin for owners 7 Heaven Reining Horses, Bernard burst in the pen to perform NRHA pattern n.9 and it was all about explosive from his first until his last maneuver. Ann, last to enter, went in with a smile on her face knowing that her husband would in any case be crowned champion, but nonetheless teamed up with Rosanne Sternberg’s talented 6-year-old mare by Smart Spook and out of Ebony Whiz to give the best they had which was… a 228! The husband and wife team chose not run-off in the best interest of their horses.
“Ebony Spook was just great and I am thrilled,” said Ann about the mare who boasts close to $48,000 in NRHA LTE. “Being co-champions here with my husband is all about pure love!”
Just as thrilled was Bernard Fonck who gives credit to the athletic ability of his 6-year-old stallion, Smart N Sparking. “My horse was phenomenal tonight and I cannot thank his owners enough for their continuous trust and support.”
Claiming first place honors in the Derby Open Euro 13,500-added L 3 division with a 220 were Pietro Artinghelli and Impresa Agricola Cuoghi’s Puregold Master. Bred by Roberto Cuoghi, the flashy stallion is by past NRHA Derby Open Champion, Master Snapper, and out of Tivios Little Dun It. “I am thrilled with this title and now my wife, Kelly (Zweifel), after the birth of our second son two months ago, Luca, cannot wait to show this horse herself!” said Pietro. “The best thing about this win is that once again we made it to the winners circle with a horse born and bred by Cuoghi.”
In the Euro 4,000-added L 2 division, young Giovanni ‘Dido’ Masi de Vargas, riding Smart Whiz Delmaso (Easy Otie Whiz x Playin Dress Up) for owner Stefano Scardina, scored a 219.5, enough to win the L 2 title and to claim reserve honors in the L 3.
Winning the Euro 1,500-added L 1 Open Derby Championship was French rider Ann Sophie Guerriero aboard Chicken Sandwich (Ricochet Rooster x Ms Sandich Whiz) owned by EricDefouilhoux.
The 2014 IRHA/NRHA Derby was held during the Salone del Cavallo in Reggio Emilia. The event attracted close to 60,000 visitors, over 1,200 horses, close to 1,300 riders and 160 vendors.
Ann Fonck & Ebony Spook – Open L 4 Derby co-champions
Bernard Fonck & Smart N Sparkin – Derby L 4 Open co-champions
Pietro Artinghelli & Puregold Master – Derby L 3 Open Champion
Ann Sophie Guerriero & Chicken Sandwich – Derby L 1 Open Champions
Giovanni Masi de Vargas & Smart Whiz Delmaso – Derby L 2 Open Champions
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