2016 NRHA European Futurity – Saturday Ancillary Action

2016 NRHA European Futurity
Saturday Ancillary Action
Waiting on the NRHA European Open Futurity Finals

Kreuth, April 23 – On the last day of the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Futurity, the day opened with the last of the full-slate ancillary classes offered.

Prior to the European Open Futurity finals, three champions were crowned.

Winning the Youth 14-18 with a 210.5 was Gilles Huyghe from Belgium riding Docs Lil Gun (Lil Gun x Miss Bright Doc) owned by Annick and Tom Huyghe.

“I’m very happy for my win today. My horse is really good and everything went well except for the last stop where I made a mistake. My plans now are to qualify for the NRHA European Affiliate Championships in Poland,” says the 17-year-old rider about his 9-year-old gelding who boasts over $13,000 in NRHA LTE.

Earning the second spot after posting a 205 was Matteo Bonzano from Italy aboard 2015 NRHA Non Pro World Champion, High Point Reiner $54,172 (Sailin Ruf x Scarlet High Listo) owned by 23 Quarter Horses Azienda Agricola SS.

In third place, with a 203.5, was Laura Braun from Germany with Gatling Little Sisi (Gatling Gun x Little Peppy Si Si).

Taking home the win in the NRHA Rookie Level 2 with a 213.5 was Maria Theresa Ottilinger from Germany and her Magnum Brut (Magnum Chic Dream x Rosalina Chex). “This horse is simply great! Today he was with me all the time and I’m really really happy. My trainer is Vern Sapergia and I want to thank him for everything he does for me,” says Ottilinger. “My next goal will be the Breeders Derby here in Germany since my horse is 8-years-old now.”

The podium was all in the family as Maria Theresa’s sister, Carolin Ottilinger, rode her Smart Like My Daddy (Smart Like Juice x Jacks My Sugar Daddy) to a 208 score and second place.

Luciano Den Hertog from The Netherlands and Gumps Smooth Step BB (Little Gump x Wimpys Pearl) closed their run with a 205.5 and third place honors.

The NRHA € 5,000-added Non Pro
In a field of 29 entries, Gina Maria Schumacher and Gotta Nifty Gun (Spook Gotta Gun x Custom Nifty Nic), owned by Chanay Sky Management SA, thrilled the crowd and the judges with their performance. A 222.5 appeared on the score board once she had closed her last maneuver. “He’s just as special as ever,” said the young rider from Germany who conquered the 2016 NRHA European Non Pro Level 4 Futurity championship last night.

Second place honors, with a 214.5, went to the 2015 NRHA Non Pro Reserve Champions Piet Mestdagh  Reining Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Rush N Cat). A half a point behind, Steve Vannietvelt and Nic Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Minnie Nic) closed in third place.


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Sarah Locker Wins 2016 NRBC Non Pro Championship

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Sarah Locker Wins 2016 NRBC Non Pro Championship

Katy, Texas – Although not unprecedented, attaining back-to-back National Reining Breeders Classic championships on the same horse is exceptional. With the steady influx of high-caliber horses each year, competition is always formidable.

So it’s easy to understand that Sarah Lynn Locker’s 2016 victory on Friday evening is quite the feat. Last year, she and her horse, Heavy Duty Chex, won the title with a 220. This year they returned to the Great Southwest Equestrian Center to attempt another win.

Working as the second-to-last draw, Locker and “Heavy D” laid down a picture-perfect run which resulted in a 225! “I don’t think it’s real,” she said of winning the Championship. “I tell everyone that last year hasn’t really sunk in so I don’t know that this one will, either. It’s such a cool feeling and this is one of the greatest horse shows you can go to, so to win it again – or even make the finals – is huge. To win it on the same horse is unreal.”

So was she feeling any extra pressure as the reigning champion?

“My horse is definitely more broke this year, but there was a lot of pressure in the first go just to make the finals because he was so good last year. He was in the top five of the preliminary, which was so great,” she said. “For him to come out and show like he did in the finals for me was just awesome!”

Heavy Duty Chex, by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Rondas Tio, is only five years old, so he has one more year of NRBC eligibility. “We are definitely going to keep him. Since he won this show he’s close or just over $100,000 in earnings. We are going to keep him and hopefully stand him as a stallion. We also still own his sire and dam – they’re both home at Hilldale Farm,” Locker explained. “It’s pretty special to raise one and bring him along this far in his show career.”

“I thank Pastor Mike Seay, Ed Harrison, my sister Jessicah Keller and my brother David Hutton, and of course my mom. She’s home because we can’t all be away at the same time, but she’s the reason I can do what I do.” She added, “Thank you also to Casey Deary and the whole Deary crew. They’re all wonderful and Casey has always been so dedicated to helping me.”

During the awards ceremony, Locker was presented with a check for $30,000, a year’s use of a three-horse trailer from Twin Cities Featherlite/Twin Cities South, a saddle from Continental Saddlerey, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, a Whisper Bit, a saddle blanket from Yucca Flats, gift certificates to Santa Cruz Biotechnology and Thomas Moore Feed, and the signature blue-crystal trophy.

Level 3 and Prime Time Champion

Rick Christen has a lot to celebrate. Not only is he recently engaged to fellow Non Pro competitor Brenda Joyce, he also won the Non Pro Level 3 and Prime Time Championship and the Non Pro Level 4 Reserve Championship!

He won the titles on MsDreamy, a surprising feat considering he’s only owned the mare for four weeks! “I just bought her from Bob Shearer through Dan Huss’s program. Today in the finals was the second time I showed her,” he explained about the mare, by Magnum Chic Dream and out of A Gal With A Gun. “I just knew I needed to do my job, stay clean, and stay out of her way. We also had a bucket of luck!”

Christen is an NRBC veteran who’s been attending the event for 12 years. A few years ago he won the same pair of titles – the Level 3 and Prime Time – on his good mare Skeets Little Annie.

“I thank Dan Huss, Bob Shearer, and of course my fiancé Brenda Joyce,” he said.

All totaled, Christen pocketed $28,759, and took home prizes which included three Gist Silversmiths buckles, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles/Tamarack Ranch, gift certificates to Thomas Moore Feed and Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Whisper Bits, and signature blue crystal trophies.

Christen also won the American Paint Horse Association high scoring Gist Silversmiths buckle for both the Level 3 and Level 4. APHA Director of Business Development Kalyn Sanders was on-hand to present the buckles.

Level 2 Champion

It’s only Bailey Kolsun’s second year to show at the NRBC, but she finished as the Non Pro Level 2 Champion on Diamond Studden Guns. “It’s amazing. Seriously amazing!” she said following the awards ceremony where she collected $8,684, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles/Tamarack Ranch, a Gist Silversmith’s buckle, a Whisper Bit, gift certificates to both Thomas Moore Feed and Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, and signature NRBC trophies.

Although a slight turn penalty in the preliminary round likely stymied Kolsun’s chance to compete in the Level 4 finals, she noted that she couldn’t be more proud of her 4-year-old stallion, who is by Gunnatrashya out of Like To Flo. “He felt really good,” she said. The NRBC is Diamond Studded Guns’ second event ever. “We bought him in December at the futurity. He was a little green but is very talented, and he’s the sweetest thing in the world. I’m going to keep him, and come back and have more fun next year,” she said.

Kolsun, a native Canadian who now resides in Texas, has been showing reiners since she was ten years old. She now rides with Ruben Vandorp, whose advice for the finals was to “show smart and have fun!”

She added, “I thank my parents Darren and Kathy Kolsun and my brothers Ryan and Cade. I also thank Ruben and Melissa Vandorp.”

Level 1 Champion

Carlysle Salter claimed the Non Pro Level 1, and finished Reserve in the Level 2, and third in the Level 3 with a score of 217 on her horse Gotta Be A Gunner. She won $8,684, as well as prizes that include a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddle/Tamarack Ranch, a Whisper Bit, gift certificates to Thomas Moore Feed and Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, and numerous other prizes.

Having drawn up on Monday, the 16-year-old was worried she wouldn’t be able to make it to the facility to show because of the torrential rain and historic flooding. “I was staying at my cousin’s and all the roads were flooded around the house. We couldn’t leave because the police were blocking the road,” she recalled. “I called the show office and they said they’d work with me if I couldn’t get there that day, but luckily I was able to with the rain delay.”

At the time, Monday’s run – a 215.5 – represented the highest score Salter had received in competition. “Then we were even better in the finals! I actually hadn’t brought a shirt to match my pad for the finals because I didn’t think I’d make it. Luckily Shannon Rafacz let me borrow one of hers,” she explained.

Salter noted that her trainer, Jamie Bissell, was a huge help when it came to showing Gotta Be A Gunner, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Katie Chic Olena, at the NRBC. “He has been really pushing me past my limits, and he did such a great job getting me ready. I thank him and his wife Lisa. I also thank George and Lisa Aldridge from Webster, Florida, who taught me most everything I know about reining,” she said. “I also thank Butch Hunsucker for giving me the opportunity to own this horse. He bred and raised him and we bought him at the futurity two years ago. I also thank Sam Schaffhauser, Yonathon Baruch, Ash Holbrook, and Shannon Rafacz.”

Taylor Zimmerman won the Level 1 Reserve title on Wimpys Dolled Up, by Wimpys Little Step out of Dolled Up Gunner. The 5-year-old mare is owned by Vaughn Zimmerman.

Competition continues at the NRBC through Sunday, April 24. Complete details can be found at NRBC.com.

 

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Gina Schumacher & Whizzard are the 2016 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Champions

Gina Schumacher & Whizzard are the 2016 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Champions

Kreuth, April 22 – The 2016 NRHA (National Reining Horse Assocation) European Non Pro Champions were crowned tonight in the Ostbayerhalle, Kreuth, Germany.

Claiming the €36,000-added Level 4 Non Pro Championship was Gina Schumacher of Germany riding Whizzard (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Lil Miss), owned by Chanay Sky Management, SA. The pair had already left their mark in the pen after winning the qualifying go-round with a 218.5.

Bred by Cottonwood Spring Ranch LLC and nominated by Corinna Schumacher, the sorrel stallion was shown by Schumacher in the 2015 NRHA Non Pro Futurity where the duo took home $5,373.83. In Kreuth, the pair scored a 216.5, enough to take home the coveted title.

“I’m thrilled to have been able to claim this prestigious title tonight,” said the young German rider. “I brought all three of my mounts back to the finals here and, though it wasn’t easy, we managed to earn top honors. Once again Whizzard was really good for me, out of the three horses I showed here, he’s the one that I know best. This is my first European Futurity title and even though it’s not been easy to get to the top step of the podium, we’ve finally made it!”

Schumacher also rode Wham Bam Gunner Man (Gunners Special Nite x Super Olena Chic), bred and nominated by Robert Webb, to tie for the seventh place with a 213. She also closed her performance with her third mount, Walawhizsunlight BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine), who was bred and nominated by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, to a 205.5 and 15th place in the finals which counted 33 finalists.

Claiming the reserve championship in the Level 4 division, as well as the championship in the €20,664-added Level 3, the €11,808-added Level 2 and the €5,904-added Level 1 divisions was young Lena Schmidl of Germany aboard her stallion Spooks Star Gun (Spooks Gotta Gun x Elites Wildbumblebee). “In the first go-round I made a few mistakes so my score was not that good,” said the twenty-one-year-old rider from Germany. “Tonight ‘Bumble’ was with me all the way and I was really confident. My trainer, Markus Gebert, really helped me a lot and I am thrilled. I now look forward to showing him again this year, probably in the German and Italian 4-year-old Futurity.”

Earning the reserve championship in the Level 3, 2 and 1 divisions with a score of 213.5 was the Level 1 go-round leader Luisa Stickl and her Ruf Dun Honey (Dun It On The QT x Lil Ruf Sam), bred and nominated by Pia Kalle. “This is the very first futurity for me and I am really happy with my results,” said the seventeen-year old who trains with NRHA Professional Emanuel Ernst of Germany.

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2016 NRBC Open Finalists Decided

2016 NRBC Open Finalists Decided

Katy, Texas – The field of 193 Open Level 4 riders at the 2016 National Reining Breeders Classic was cut to the top 30 following the second section of preliminary competition that came to a close Thursday evening.

The NRBC pays big money in the preliminary round, and there was a three-way tie for first. Casey Deary and In Like Flinn, Jordan Larson and ARC Gunnabeabigstar, and Jason Vanlandingham and Not Ruf At All each marked a 225. That meant that during the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Draw Party, all three winners were presented identical checks for $9,888! In Like Flinn, by Topsail Whiz out of Nestle Quik Chic, is owned by Todd Neiberger; ARC Gunnabeabigstar, by Gunnatrashya out of Wimpys Little Chic, is owned by HDC Quarter Horses; and Not Ruf At All, by A Sparkling Vintage out of All Ruffed Up, is owned by Vaughn Zimmerman.

Gabe Hutchins and FM Shine N Tag Chex topped the Level 3 and tied for fifth in the Level 4 with a 224, collecting $8,161. FM Shine N Tag Chex, by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Shine With Wanda, is owned by Tamarack Ranch.

There was a three-way tie for first in the Non Pro Level 2 with scores of 220.5. Ruben Vandorp won two of the top spots – one with RC Fashion Chic (RC Fancy Step x Shesa Fashion Chic), owned by Peter Morgan, and one with his owned horse KR Ruffin It (Einsteins Revolution x A Ruf Gal). Fernando Salgado rounded out the tie with Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark x Kipper Lady Nic), owned by Heritage Farms. Each collected a check for $956.17.

Riding Cromed Out Affair for Victoria Lambert, Colin Fitzpatrick led the Open Level 1 with a 219.5, earning $944. Cromed Out Affair is by Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Memorable Affair.

Martin Larcombe and Snip O Lution, by Einsteins Revolution out of Snip O Chex, won the Prime Time preliminary high score with a 224, which also earned an fifth place tie in the Level 4. Total preliminary earnings for Snip O Lution, owned by XCS Ranch, came to $5,264.

A 221 was the magical number Level 4 for finals hopefuls, and Intermediate Open riders were shooting for a 219.5. It took a 216 to make it back for the Limited Open finals, and the bubble score in the Open Level 1 was a 212.5. The Open Finals begin Saturday, April 23, at 11am, with the Open Level 4 finalists competing at 5pm.

Complete results can be found here.

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Fonck and Ludwig chose to tie for first place in the $10,000-added NRHA Open

2016 NRHA European Futurity

18-23 April, Kreuth – Germany

Ancillary action

 

Fonck and Ludwig chose to tie for first place in the $10,000-added NRHA Open

“We opted for the co-championship as we felt our horses did not need to go back in the pen for the run-off.”

Kreuth, Germany, April 21, 2016 – As the Futurity horses took a rest in Kreuth today in view of the Non Pro and Open finals, the $10,000-added kept the public glued to their chairs today.

With a 220.5, the 2015 NRHA Open World Champions, Bernard Fonck and What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jac x What A Sunrise), and Grischa Ludwig riding Gwhiz Im Smart (Smart Spook x Whizards Baby Doll), owned by Momo & Amy, tied to win the prestigious NRHA approved Open. The two NRHA Professionals opted for the co-championship.

“The ground is a little slick for my horse but he did try to do his best,” says Fonck about his mount owned by Vannietvelt/De Pauw. “Our goal this year remains that of trying to once again to earn the NRHA World Championship but today we did not want to put another run on him so as not to tire him too much.”

“My horse was exceptional, as always,” commented Grischa. “I’m really happy to have tied to win with Bernard and I am especially pleased to be in the winner’s circle all the earning go to owners Momo & Amy, a non profit association dedicated to hippotherapy. We do not want to overshow him as we are aiming to be on the team for the upcoming FEI World Reining Championships.”

A half a point behind the winners, French NRHA Professional, Fabien Boiron, settled for third place honors aboard Philip Castel’s Jac Whiz (Conquistador Whiz x Honeys Melody Jac).

 

Wednesday Ancillary Action:

The €3,500 – added NRHA Intermediate Open counted 17 entries and closed the third day of competition in Kreuth on Wednesday. Earning top honors after posting a 217.5 was French rider Fabien Boiron with Jac Whiz between the reins. The gelding, owned by Philip Castel and by Conquistador Whiz and out of Honeys Melody Jac, boasts over $25,000 NRHA LTE.

In the €450-added NRHA Limited Open, two riders tied for first place with a score of 210.5. Martina Wolf from Switzerland riding Spook On Diamond (Spooks Gotta Gun x SIRI Yellow Diamond) owned by Sabrina Schneiter, and German Martin Duemmel with Duel Jac (Jacs Electric Spark x Duel Miss Toodie 001), a stallion owned by De Bruin Reining Horses.

Euro 2,500 – added Intermediate Non Pro. Both classes saw on the first step of the podium Angelika Schuerman with her Smart Like Custom (Smart Like Juice x Custom Rhythm). The German rider posted a 215 score.

Starting the day on Friday at 10 am CET will be the €2000-added Non Pro 5 & Up followed by the €5000-added NRHA Open 5 & Up.

The first section of the NRHA European Futurity Non Pro finals will start at 17.30. The second section will take place at 19.30.

The Stallion Auction

Stallion owners around the globe have generously donated a breeding of their stallions to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Stallion Auction. Breed to the best by logging on to:

http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/19371/auctions/22406?reset_filter=1

 

Livestream and live score

 

Follow the action live by logging on to the Livestream at

http://www.euro-reining-challenge.com/en/euro-futurity-2015/livescore-livestream/livescore.html

 

For more information, live scoring and results of the action already in the books, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

Photo courtesy Andrea Bonaga

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Larson and Deary Lead 2016 NRBC Open Preliminaries after First Day

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Larson and Deary Lead 2016 NRBC Open Preliminaries after First Day
Katy, Texas – The National Reining Breeders Classic Open competition began Wednesday, April 20, with the first of two sections of Open Preliminaries. The second section will run Thursday with the remaining 96 of 192 Open entries at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.

Jordan Larson and Casey Deary are currently tied for the lead of the Open Level 4 preliminaries with identical scores of 225. Deary, of Weatherford, Texas, was riding In Like Flinn, the 2015 American Quarter Horse Association Junior Reining World Champion, while Larson’s ARC Gunnabeabigstar shot to fame with the National Reining Horse Association Futurity Co-Championship. In Like Flinn, by Topsail Whiz out of Nestle Quick Chic, is owned by Todd Neiberger, while ARC Gunnabeabigstar, by Gunnatrashya out of Wimpys Little Chic, is owned by HDC Quarter Horses.

Currently leading the Level 3 is Jimmy Van Der Hoeven and Chic Dreamin with a 223. Chic Dreamin, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Skeets Red Dunit, is owned by Vaughn Zimmerman.

With a 220.5, Ruben Vandorp tops the Level 2 on RC Fashion Chic, by RC Fancy Step out of Shesa Fashion Chic. RC Fashion Chic is owned by Peter Morgan.

Holding the top spot in the Level 1 is Arnaud Ferret and Lil Money Gun, owned by Paul and Pam Rohus. Lil Money Gun is by Colonels Lil Gun and out of Miss Shiney Cat.

In the Prime Time division, Martin Larcombe holds the lead with Snip O Lution, by Einsteins Revolution out of Snip O Chex. Larcombe and Snip O Lution, owned by XCS Ranch, scored a 224.

Open finalists will be determined once the scores are in from Thursday’s second section. The top 30 in the Open division and the top 20 in the other four Open divisions will compete in the Finals on Saturday.

Open finalists will determine their finals draw during the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Draw Party on Thursday evening. Along with the draw, the finalists will also get to vote on who will officiate the finals Saturday.

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Gina Schumacher & Whizzard take top honors in the qualifying go-round of the NRHA Non Pro European Futurity

2016 NRHA European Futurity
April 18 -23, Kreuth Germany

The European Non Pro Futurity Qualifying Go-round

Gina Schumacher & Whizzard take top honors in the qualifying go-round of the NRHA Non Pro European Futurity

Kreuth, April 19 – The qualifying go-round of the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Non Pro Futurity opened the second day of competition in Kreuth, Germany, today. Europe’s best non professional riders made their way in the pen with Gina Schumacher of Germany earning top honors aboard Chanay Sky Management SA’s, Whizzard (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Lil Miss).

Bred by Cottonwood Spring Ranch LLC and nominated by Corinna Schumacher, the sorrel stallion was shown by Schumacher in the 2015 NRHA Non Pro Futurity where the duo took home $5,373.83.

With a 218.5, the young German rider lead the € 36,000.00-added Level 4 division of the Non Pro European Futurity. Schumacher also posted the second highest score, a 214.5, with Walawhizsunlight BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine) who was bred and nominated by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck and counts $3,903.63 LTE.

Schumacher also qualified her third mount, Wham Bam Gunner Man (Gunners Special Nite x Super Olena Chic), bred and nominated by Robert Webb. The bay stallion earned the 2015 NRHA Prime Time Open Futurity Championship with NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider in the saddle and has $44,903 LTE. “I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to ride such great horses and am thrilled with having placed all three in the finals,” says Gina.

Jan Kock of Germany and his QT Red N Run (Dun It On The QT x Moms Lil Ruffian) earned a spot in the finals with a 214, score which put them in the lead in both the € 20,664.05-added Level 3 and the € 11,808.03-added Level 2 divisions. The chestnut stallion was bred and nominated by Germany’s Michael Jungfer-Schubert and has won $4,950.62 in NRHA competition.

It was all about Germany once again as Luisa Stickel and her Ruf Dun Honey (Dun It On The QT x Lil Ruf Sam), bred and nominated by Pia Kalle, closed their run with a 208.5, score which put them in the lead in the € 5,904.01-added Level 1 division.

The Non Pro Consolation determined who the first two placed horses (plus ties), in all divisions, will advance to the finals which will be held on Friday 22.

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2016 NRBC Non Pro Finalists Announced

Dr. William Rhoads Wins NRBC Non Pro Preliminaries

The National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro preliminaries concluded Tuesday, April 19, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Competing on the second day of competition, Dr. William Rhoads and Mega Maggie Mae took the lead of the round with a 222, besting the other 160 entries.

Rhoads and Mega Maggie Mae, a 4-year-old mare by Magnum Chic Dream out of Cinco De Mega, earned $6,680 for the Non Pro preliminary win.

Veronica Williams and Frederick Christen both marked a 219 to tie for the high score of the Non Pro Levels 3 in the preliminary round. Christen, who also topped the Prime Time division, was riding MsDreamy, by Magnum Chic Dream and out of A Gal With A Gun. Williams rode Singing In The Rein, by Master Snapper and out of Shiners Mistress. Both riders also earned a spot in the Level 4 finals.

Lauren Crivelli and Check Your Gun Lad marked a 218 on the first day of competition, and that score held to win first in Non Pro Levels 1 and 2 of the preliminary round. Crivelli and Check Your Gun Lad, by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Check Your Gun Lady, will also compete in the finals for Non Pro Levels 3 and 4.

The top 30 in the Non Pro Level 4 and the top 20 of the other four Non Pro divisions will compete in the clean-slate finals on Friday, April 22.

It took a 216 to make it back in the Non Pro Level 4 and 215.5 in the Non Pro Level 3. In the Non Pro Level 2, the magic number was a 214.5, and in the Non Pro Level 1, contestants needed a 212.5 or higher. Non Pro Prime Time competitors with a score of 215 also earned finals berths.

The NRBC continues Wednesday with the first set of Open Classic Preliminaries in the coliseum arena. Please visit NRBC.com for a complete schedule of events, as well as up-to-date results from the show.

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NRBC – Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gun Top First Section of Non Pro Preliminaries

Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gun Top First Section of Non Pro Preliminaries

The first section of Non Pro competition at the NRBC is in the books. Although record rainfall and subsequent flooding of roads leading the Great Southwest Equestrian Center equated to a two hour delay of the start time, spirits were high and the camaraderie amongst the participants were evident.

NRBC Secretary/Treasurer Cheryl Cody noted, “We appreciate everyone’s patience. Our exhibitors are the best and very understanding as we worked around what is apparently a 500-year flood. The facility was short-handed because some of their employees could not get out of their homes, and everyone pitched in to help!”

At the end of the day, Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gun, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Always A Dunit, hold the top spot with a 220, undoubtedly securing a spot in the NRBC Non Pro finals.

Interestingly, Always Gotyer Gun, owned by McQuay Stables, is a full-sibling to McCutcheon’s 2012 NRBC Champion Always Gotyer Gunsup.

Sitting in second place with a 219 is reigning NRBC Non Pro Level 4 Champions Sarah Lynn Locker and Heavy Duty Chex. Heavy Duty Chex, owned by Hilldale Farm, is by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Rondas Tio.

Lauren Crivelli traveled all the way from Visalia, California, to compete in the NRBC, and made the trip worthwhile. She currently holds the top spot in Non Pro Levels 1-3 with a 218. Crivelle rode Check Your Gun Lad, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Check Your Gun Lady.

With a 219, Frederick Christen, Whitehouse, Ohio, and Maximum Dream lead the Non Pro Prime Time. Maximum Dream is by Magnum Check Dream out of Betch Boots Lizzie.

Non Pro preliminary competition continues Tuesday. The top 30 in the Non Pro, as well as the top 20 in the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Non Pro Level 1, and Non Pro Prime Time, will advance to the clean-slate finals on Friday. The draw for the finals will be decided during the Markel Insurance Non Pro Draw Party on Wednesday evening.

Complete results can be found on the NRBC website.

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2016 European Futurity – Gunners Big Chex and Bernard Fonck lead the Open Futurity Qualifier

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2016 NRHA European Futurity
April 18 – 23, Kreuth, Germany

The Ostbayernhalle Welcomes the Eighth Edition of the NRHA European Futurity

Gunners Big Chex and Bernard Fonck lead the Open Futurity Qualifier

Kreuth, April 18 – Once again the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Futurity lit up the Ostbayernhalle arena in Kreuth, Germany, today. The qualifying go-round of the Open Futurity welcomed 97 horses entered in the € 92,000.00-added Level 4 (59 entries), in the € 47,343.30-added Level 3 (51 entries), in the € 27,053.31-added Level 2 (43 entries) and in the € 13,526.66-added Level 1 (18 entries).

Earning the highest score in the Level 4 was NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Bernard Fonck, aboard Gunners Big Chex (Big Chex To Cash x Gunna B Dee One), owned by Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw. The flashy Paint horse mare was bred and nominated by Manuel Bonzano’s 23 Quarter Horses, Incisa Scapaccino, Italy.

With only five horses left to go, Fonck posted a 217.5 to lead after Dominik Reminder and Sliding To The Top, a stallion by Gunners Special Nite owned by Luga Quarter Horses of Italy, had set the bar early in the draw by scoring a 217.

“I’m very pleased with Gunners Big, who was bred and born in 23 and also with Spook Shine Spook who I also made the finals with,” says the Belgian rider (Fonck) based in Italy. “Unfortunately I was not as lucky with my third horse, Sevenchextocash, but I guess that’s the name of the game.”

Tying to lead the Level 3 division with a 214.5 was German NRHA Professional Emanuel Ernst and Italy’s NRHA Professional Cristian Dalla Pozza. Ernst was seen riding SR Holly Whizadream (Magnum Chic Dream x Holly Dun Conquista) for owner Reinhard Orth while Dalla Pozza – who also lead the Level 2 division – rode Holly Jolly Whiz (Whiz Ruf Peppy x Smart Dolly Hickory) for Ettore Baldazzi.  For Emanuel, tying to lead the Level 3 and making it to the Level 4 Open finals was especially sweet. “The last time I was here was five years ago and since I’ve only had this horse in training for two months, I’m twice as happy,” he said.

For Dalla Pozza, it was just as sweet. “Ettore Baldazzi, the owner, purchased this horse as a yearling and I’ve had him since. I broke and trained him myself. Our goal was that of making it to the Level 3 and 2 finals, we actually also are in the Level 4 finals, so we couldn’t be any happier.”

In the Level 1 division, French NRHA Professional, Christelle Graffeuil, slid Laurent Garrido’s Customized Whizcrome to the highest score, a 211. The Quarter Horse stallion, by Custom Black Crome and out of Roxy Whiz Pine, was bred by David Roux and nominated by Graffeuil. “I am really lucky to have the opportunity to ride this great horse and I’m really grateful that Laurent chose to trust me with him,” says Christelle. “It’s my first time showing here so making the finals in the Level 3, 2 and 1 is super exciting.”

Log on to www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com tomorrow where you will have the chance to watch the Open go-round leader interviews!

The NRHA European Open and Non Pro Futurity is open to 4-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA European Nomination Program and is run in a qualifying go and finals. During the event a full-slate of NRHA approved classes is also offered.

Wednesday, April 19 Schedule:

8 am: European Non Pro Futurity Go round

Followed by the Open Consolation
For further information: www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

Livestream: www.mpvideo.de

Livescore: www.showmanager.eu

Photos: Courtesy Andrea Bonaga

 

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