FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 – Reining Team Medals

It’s Gold for Team Italy!

By Simona Diale

vcsPRAsset_522461_585078_26d1d529-5719-487d-be32-45ecd2873f73_0Today, Italy claimed team gold ahead of Germany in silver and The Netherlands in bronze at the FEI European Reining Championships 2015 in Aachen, Germany.

In a field of 40 competitors, and with 8 horse-rider combinations to go, the podium was determined by a superb performance from Italy’s Giovanni Masi De Vargas and Dance Little Spook.

Aboard the 7-year-old Quarter Horse mare by Smart Spook and out of Sailors Dance, owned by Quarter Dream, the young Italian rider posted a 221.5. Equaling the top score of the day was Germany’s Grisha Ludwig and Shine My Gun. The 7-year-old stallion, an own son of Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Shiners Mistress, owned by Stephanie Madaus, thrilled the crowd executing the only +1 ½ spins of the day. Once the duo closed their performance, they secured Germany’s European team silver.

FEI European Championships - Aachen, Germany - 14 August 2015“I am simply thrilled,” said Italian team coach, Filippo Masi De Vargas. “This squad is made up of young riders, the future of our discipline, and they were just great, very professional and full of enthusiasm. The only ‘older’ rider is Pierluigi Fabbri, who was also on the team in the past edition. He had to endure the pressure of opening the competition today and did a great job giving the other athletes on the team the confidence they needed.”

In the 2013 edition of the Championships, Italy took team silver behind Germany and today, again on German soil, the battle was on from the first to the last competitor. With only 10 horse-rider combinations left to go, vying for the medals were Italy with 651 points, The Netherlands with 637 and France with 634.5. The situation was soon to change following Masi De Vargas’s performance, which did put Italy in the lead but still left the highest step of the podium undecided.

The gold and silver medals were determined after Ludwig’s run, but reining enthusiasts had to wait until the last competitor of the day to find out which nation would complete the podium. Rieky Young Van Osch of The Netherlands, who performed aboard her Brady Chex, the 10-year-old stallion by Buenonic Chex and out of Somethingtocrowabout, ending up posting a 214, enough to earn the bronze.

Just off the podium was team Great Britain with three competitors and a total of 635 points. Francesca Sternberg and Ten Reasons (Hand Ten Suprize x Hotroddin Catalyst) closed with a 215.5, enough to advance automatically to the individual competition on Sunday. “Ten Reasons just gave me another reason why my husband Doug chose him!” said an enthused Francesca following her run.

Quotes

Frank Kemperman, Aachen 2015 Show Director, FEI Executive Board member and Chair of the FEI Dressage Committee said: “It’s nine years since we did reining at the FEI World Equestrian Games, but this was fantastic sport.”

Joe Hayes, judge: “I’m from Texas so I probably don’t need a mic! If you didn’t see the reining today don’t miss it next time! It was really fun to judge and congratulations to all three teams. It was like a heavyweight boxing match, very exciting to judge. It’s really fun to show a good horse and it’s fun to judge good horses.

Giovanni Masi De Vargas: “Being here in on German soil and being able to claim the gold is an incredible experience. The feeling we had when we got here was that this could be done but actually getting it done is a completely different story! The pressure was definitely on when I went in the arena, but I used that pressure to do the best I could. This is a tough arena to show in, especially considering the importance of this venue. I cannot express how I feel right now, the only thing I can say is that it’s simply great!” The 23-year-old De Vargas boasts multiple FEI team and individual gold medals in Junior and Young Rider competitions.

Dutch dressage champion, Anky van Grunsven, who holds the record for the most Olympic medals won by any equestrian athlete, and is the only rider to record three successive Olympic wins in the same event, was on Team Netherlands riding her own Whizashinningwalla BB. This is her first reining medal in an FEI event. “It’s amazing, so much fun and I’m so excited about it,” said Anky. “I know I can do dressage but to be on a bronze medal winning reining team that’s something else. Earning a medal at the FEI European Championships is so good for this sport and the reason that I enjoy this discipline is firstly because I’m not good at it and I like the challenge, and secondly, I love the atmosphere both in and outside the arena.”

Chefs d’Equipe quotes:

Filippo Masi De Vargas (ITA): “It’s really great to win here in Germany, especially as we’ve got some young team members and it’s their first time on a team.”

Nico Hoermann (GER): “We knew that the Italians had a very good team and in the end the final was really good sport. We only had a team of three, but in the end it was no difference as it was the scratch result.”

Dave Young (NED): “I’m very proud of my riders, all four of them worked really hard and showed very smart today. They worked hard on a strong team presentation today.”

The individual competition

Ten nations competed in the 1st individual qualifier (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden). All except Austria presented full teams with Tina Kuestner Mantl and her Nu Chexomatic along with Klaus Lechner and Cody Rooster Del Maso both scoring a 215.5. The two secured a spot in the individual finals.

The 15 top scores from the 1st individual qualifier will automatically advance to the individual competition on Sunday, 16 August, at 10.00 CEST.

The next 20 scores will be able to compete in the 2nd individual qualifier with the first five also advancing to the finals. On Saturday 15 August, the second individual qualifier will begin at 18.15 CEST.

Audio interviews:

Giovanni Masi De Vargas (ITA), Team Gold – in English:
http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/FEI_Aachen_Masi.mp3

Giovanni Masi De Vargas (ITA), Team Gold – in Italian:
http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/FEI_Aachen_Masi_ita.mp3

Anky van Grunsven (NED), Team Bronze:
http://www.lloydbell.co.uk/access/client_zone/FEI_Aachen_Anky.mp3

For more information on the FEI European Championships 2015 in Aachen visit www.aachen2015.de.

FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 results. http://results.aachen2015.de/show/7/schedule/

Photo Caption: Italy claimed team gold today at the FEI European Reining Championships 2015 in Aachen (GER) – left to right: Giovanni Masi de Vargas, Francesco Martinotti, Pierluigi Fabbri and Edoardo Bernadelli. (Jon Stroud/FEI)

This image and wider images from today’s Championship are available free for editorial purposes here: http://goo.gl/pQowIl with password FEI2016

Media Contacts

At Aachen
Niels Knippertz
Press Officer
niels.knippertz@aachen2015.de
+49 (0) 241 9171 182

At FEI
Grania Willis
Director Press Relations
grania.willis@fei.org
+41 787 506 142

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
ruth.grundy@fei.org
+41 787 506 145

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Europe’s best reiners gather in Aachen for FEI European Reining Championships 2015

By Simona Diale

Europe’s best reiners are in Aachen, Germany, for the FEI European Reining Championships 2015, nine years after the hugely successful competitions were held in the framework of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2006.

Athletes representing 10 nations – Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden – will be vying for the coveted FEI medals.

Some 40 horse-and-rider combinations will enter the arena when the team competition and the first individual qualifier kicks off on Friday, 14 August, at 10.00 CEST.

All the nations, with the exception of Austria, will be competing with full teams including the defending champions from Germany who took team gold on home ground in Augsburg in 2013.

On Saturday 15 August, the second individual qualifier will begin at 18.15 CEST.

The second qualifier will give riders who did not make it in the first qualifier a chance to participate in the individual competition.

Closing the Championships will be the individual finals on Sunday, 16 August at 10.00 CEST, when the Individual FEI medals will be awarded.


Champions past and present

Europe’s best horses and riders have qualified to represent their country in this year’s FEI European Reining Championships. In the last held two years ago, team Germany composed of Alexander Ripper/Wild At The Bar; Grischa Ludwig/Custom Del Cielo; Volker Schmitt/Smokin Mifillena; Sylvia Rzepka/Hot Smokin Chex – took the gold. Grischa Ludwig and Volker Schmitt will be back next week to defend the title riding their 2013 mounts.

Team Italy consisting of Massimiliano Ruggeri/Spat Split And White; Pierluigi Fabbri/Rooster Nic; Giuseppe Prevosti/Chic Magnetic; and Mirko Piazzi/Cody Glo Phoebes claimed the silver. Fabbri will be back riding Broadway Jaba.

Team Austria – Rudi Kronsteiner/Whizoom; Tina Kuenstner-Mantl/Heza Sure Whiz; Martin Muehlstaetter/Chic N Roost – completed the podium claiming the bronze. Returning for Austria is Tina Kuestner Mantl who will be competing as an individual riding Nu Chexomatic. She will be joined by fellow countryman Klaus Lechner also competing individually aboard Cody Rooster Delmaso.

Alex Ripper of Germany riding Wild At The Bar took individual gold in 2013. Belgium’s Cira Baeck aboard Colonels Shining Gun was runner up.

In 2013, bronze medal honors went to Germany’s Grischa Ludwig and Custom Del Cielo.

Joining Europe’s best reiners will be Dutch Dressage great Anky van Grunsven who will be on team Netherlands riding her own Whizashinningwalla BB.

For more information on the FEI European Championships 2015 in Aachen visit www.aachen2015.de.

FEI European Championships Aachen 2015 results are here.

Photo Caption: Germany’s Alex Ripper riding Wild At The Bar took individual gold at the last FEI European Reining Championships in 2013. (Art&Light/FEI)

FEI Photo Catalogue: images for editorial purposes are available free of charge from www.feiphotos.org


Media Contacts

At Aachen
Niels Knippertz
Press Officer
niels.knippertz@aachen2015.de
+49 (0) 241 9171 182

At FEI
Grania Willis
Director Press Relations
grania.willis@fei.org
+41 787 506 142

Ruth Grundy
Manager Press Relations
ruth.grundy@fei.org
+41 787 506 145


The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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The August Digital Reiner is Ready!

What an exciting 2015 NRHA Derby! Prizes were won, titles were claimed, and checks were cashed as competitors spent eight days competing in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds June 20-27, 2015.

If you weren’t able to be there in person or watch it on the live feed, don’t worry. The NRHA Reiner has a recap of all the excitement in the August Digital Reiner including videos of the winning open and non pro rides.

As if the NRHA Derby coverage wasn’t exciting enough, the August issue also features several articles on beating bad luckchoosing the right bit, Derby competition across the pond, and youth riders learning from some of the best in the industry.

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Bluebonnet Feeds Newest NRHA Partner

Bluebonnet Feeds Newest NRHA Partner

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – August 6, 2015 – By Christina Brezack – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is welcoming its newest NRHA Partner Bluebonnet Feeds.

For more than 30 years, Bluebonnet Feeds has been handcrafting high quality feed designed for performance horses. They don’t believe in shortcuts, especially when it comes to nutrition. That is why their nutritionally-advanced feeds have open labels, with every high-quality ingredient listed individually on the tag.  They never use collective terms like by-products to hide inferior ingredients. Bluebonnet believes in consistency and safety, so their formulas are “locked” to provide a consistent product from bag to bag.  Their mill is also ionophore free, to avoid any chance of feed contamination.

“We are excited about this new partnership with NRHA and their members.  We know performance is paramount in the reining horse industry and we take that seriously as we craft our feeds.  Advanced formulations, quality ingredients and consistency are the foundation of a nutrition program to support top performance,” says John Langemeier, General Manager.

At Bluebonnet Feeds the staff is committed to giving their best. In every department there are horse owners who take feed production personally.  They work hard to make sure each bag is consistently of the highest quality.

“NRHA could not be more thrilled to welcome Bluebonnet Feeds as our newest Corporate Partner! Complete knowledge is a powerful thing. So after learning firsthand from the Bluebonnet team how important digestive health is, one can’t deny the superiority of the technology in their Intensify® feeds. The quality of Bluebonnet Feeds is a beautiful marriage with the quality of reining horses we have in the NRHA. Welcome!” says Todd Barden, Sr. Director of Business Development.

NRHA has more than 850 NRHA-approved shows worldwide with nearly $14 million in competition purses annually. Bluebonnet Feeds will be an official NRHA Partner of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show and NRHA Derby.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

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NRHA Responds to Reports of Abuse

Oklahoma City, Okla., July 27, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has been made aware of a situation that occurred during the NRHA Reining By the Bay event this weekend.  NRHA is highly concerned for the horses and competitors that may have been affected.

The welfare and humane treatment of all horses is paramount at NRHA, and the abuse of any horse will not be tolerated. NRHA takes the proper treatment of horses seriously, and anyone found abusing, misusing or treating a horse in an inhumane manner will be subject to any and all disciplinary actions following the proper procedures and regulations as outlined in the NRHA Handbook.

The sport of Reining is a fun, family sport, and all sanctioned NRHA events are a safe place for competitors, families, children and horses. NRHA is focused on exceeding this level of trust and will act to support the athletes, competitors, owners and show management affected this weekend.

More information will be posted under this news release as it becomes available.

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More than 150 Attends NRHA Professionals Clinic at the 2015 Pony of Americas Congress

More than 150 Attends National Reining Horse Association Professionals Clinic at the 2015 Pony of Americas Congress

Oklahoma City, Okla., July 23, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and NRHA Professional Sean Johnson of Kellyville, Okla., offered a tremendously successful reining clinic at the Ford Truck Arena at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday, July 12.  Assisting Johnson was NRHA Professional Will Letner and NRHA Judge Corey Hendrickson. More than 150 attendees filled the arena for the hour-long clinic that detailed the different elements of reining.

Following the clinic, Johnson was really pleased with the turnout. “I’m excited NRHA is working to give Professionals more exposure.  There was a huge turnout, and the crowd really got into it! That was fun.” Johnson added, “It was great having Corey help because we were able to give the judges point of view and to talk through the judges system.”

In addition to the special clinic, NRHA’s own Kinsey Fling was in attendance with an interactive booth all weekend to answer questions, process business transactions and take memberships.  “I think the whole weekend was a success. Although surprised, several came up to NRHA and were thankful that we came out,” said Fling.  The trip report concluded with notes about parents, kids, and judges stopping by the booth to tell NRHA that the clinic really did help them and that they took something they learned and applied it to their pattern. “I was really pleased to support the sport of reining and with the overall experience,” concluded Fling.

Sean Johnson is among more than 1,500 NRHA Professionals that are ready to help anyone learn about the sport of Reining or advance their horse’s training in Reining.  Like all NRHA Professionals, Johnson’s program includes training, showing, lessons, sales and clinics. For the clinic in Tulsa, Johnson brings not only skill and expertise, but his training program has proven success. He is currently an Open finalist at top shows such as the National Reining Breeders Classic, NRHA Derby and NRHA Futurity as well as the American Quarter Horse Association World and All American Congress. Learn more about Johnson on his NRHA Professionals profile.

In addition to the new clinic offerings from NRHA, visit nrha.com/findapro to find a Professional near you that fits your needs.  This new service is the most detailed and pristine in the horse industry, with the primary goal of offering the client, and the interested fan an opportunity to create a personal relationship with a professional.  It is NRHA’s goal to let anyone and everyone the one chance to feel the stop, the spin and the slide that will make you come back for more.

#LongLiveTheSportOfReining #SlideOfYourLife

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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NRHA Officer Elections & Bylaw Proposals

Voting runs from August 10 through September 9, 2015 

Officer Elections – Three NRHA Executive Committee positions are up for election this year, and we encourage you to participate vote August 10 through September 9! Notification of the election will be sent to eligible members via email and mail the week prior to the election. Please take a moment to get to know your Executive Committee candidates by reading their bios below.

Bylaw Proposals – For more information about how the bylaw change proposals impact your NRHA relationship, NRHA has created a special section online with an additional link to the Reiner Magazine that lists the pros and cons for your convenience. Voting for officers and bylaws runs at the same time.

Voters must be at least 19 years of age by January 1, 2015 to participate in this election. Associate Members are not eligible to vote in this election. For more information regarding voting by the membership, please refer to the NRHA Bylaws (Article II. Membership. Section 7. Voting by the Membership). 

Jim Blumer • Spring Brook Twp, Pennsylvania

“I was born and live in Moscow, Pennsylvania, and was educated as an accountant prior to a career in health care accounting. I am currently a tax accountant and horse breeder for more than 20 years. I also employ trainers at our Pennsylvania and Oklahoma ranches. We have raised and trained horses to compete in both NRHA weekend & aged events since 1992, utilizing this experience will be helpful in serving on the NRHA board. My NRHA experience includes serving as chair of the Finance Committee for five years, as an NRHA Director for three years and as an Executive Committee member for two years and currently chair the Judges Working Environment Task Force. My involvement came about because, like many of you, I love the sport of Reining!”

“If elected to the Executive Committee, I will utilize and apply my experience in show management, breeding reining horses, coaching youth, etc. to guide my votes and decisions. My goals include always protecting the NRHA brand, striving to open communication between the NRHA board, staff and members. I will suggest new rule changes to protect the longevity of our horses. I will always do my utmost to maintain and improve the quality judging system already in place at NRHA. I will work to empower NRHA staff to do the best job they are able, and promote Futurity, Derby and weekend shows. In addition, I will continue to strengthen NRHA through strong local affiliates. Thanks for considering me as a candidate!”

Mike Hancock • Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Mike Hancock has been married to his wife Bryan since 1973. They are the proud parents of Catherine and Rebekah. In the professional arena, Mike is currently the Executive Vice President of Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc., a multi-state privately held company with over 10,000 employees primarily in the restaurant and land development business.Mike has been an NRHA and Southeast Reining Horse Association member since 1980, and has served on the NRHA Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Reining Horse Sports Foundation and various committees since 1981 when he served on the organizing committee for the first NRHA Derby. He is currently chair of the Finance Committee and serves on the Bylaws Committee and multiple task forces. Mike has held judging cards with NRHA and the American Quarter Horse Association for more than 25 years, and has won multiple NRHA Reserve World Championships, the Saddlesmith Championship and has been a winner of many aged events.On an regional level, he is chair of Carolina Classic Derby, a premier event for 25 years, vice chairman of Board of Trustees North Carolina Wesleyan College and a past president and board member of several non-profit or educational organizations.“Currently the NRHA serves many different factions of the Reining Horse world. It must balance the needs of the Aged Events, the Affiliates and the International expansion. It must work in a coordinated effort with other organizations within the equine world such as AQHA and FEI. These needs are sometimes the same, but are often very different. It requires listening, understanding and good judgment to make the best decisions for all. The Executive Committee serves as the day-to-day manager that requires dedication and commitment. The Executive Committee must listen to the Board of Directors and the membership to give guidance to the NRHA staff.”“I have experience at show management, judging, exhibiting, breeding, administration and governance. As the NRHA has grown, I have been along for the enjoyment and growth as well. If elected, I will use both my experience and judgment to make sure all areas of NRHA are listened to and represented.”

Casey Hinton • Whitesboro, Texas

NRHA Professional and current Executive Committee member Casey Hinton joined the National Reining Horse Association in 1991 and became a Life Member in 2006. While serving on the NRHA Board of Directors during the 1990s, he was chair of the Youth Committee. It was during his tenure that the Youth Scholarship Program kicked off with the memorable Town Talk luncheon at the NRHA Derby.He again answered the call to serve NRHA and its membership by returning to the Board when he was elected in 2012. He has served as chair of the Nominating Committee and vice chair of the Professionals Committee. Casey believes there are even greater things to come in the future for NRHA and its membership.As an NRHA Professional, he has been a Top 20 NRHA Professional and Owner multiple times, as well as winning American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association and Palomino Horse Breeders Association World Championship titles. His commitment to the reining discipline is further stated as he also is an NRHA Judge. Casey and his wife Kathy own and operate Cedar Ridge Stallion Station in Whitesboro, Texas, where they stand some of the top stallions in the industry and train world-class competitive horses and riders.

Rick Ramsey • Rush, Kentucky

“I am running for a term on the Executive Committee and would like to update you on my recent activities on behalf of the membership and NRHA. I currently serve on the Sale, Judges and Compensation Committees. In addition, I am heading a Task Force on Global Governance which, when our job is completed, should enable our group to recommend a way for NRHA to address each area’s concerns and needs without affecting the concerns and needs of other regions globally.”“Also, I have put forth a proposed rule change which would affect the eligibility requirements for continuing to remain a Non-Professional. I proposed this rule in an effort to stimulate a conversation among our membership as to what constitutes a true Non-Pro competitor, as opposed to the perceived “Professional Non-Pro” who appears to have certain advantages. My hopes are that this conversation will start to bring our membership to a consensus on this issue. On the surface it appears to be a controversial proposal, but unless the problem is put forth, it will continue to be an issue among our membership for many years to come.”“Personally, I am the owner of a two small businesses involved in the real estate land title and oil and gas land work. I have reached a place in my life, nearly 70 years now, where I can devote the time to a few of my passions and the reining horse is one of those. I have no agenda other than seeing NRHA grow and continue to prosper, and for this reason, I would like to spend the next two years finishing some work I have started. Along with other members of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, we are working toward bringing parity to our sport and to provide a forum where we can prosper and enjoy our discipline.  These efforts will become more and more noticeable in the foreseeable future and with those efforts being successful growth should be accelerated at every level of the sport of Reining.”“This is who I am and what I am about and I would truly appreciate your vote so I can continue to serve the membership and NRHA. Thank you.”

Brian Welman • Hastings, Minnesota

“I have been an NRHA member for 30 years and have been an NRHA Judge since 1990. Prior to this, I attended the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and have operated the Brian Welman Training Center in Minnesota.

I am currently the president of the North Central Reining Horse Association (NCRHA) after being a board member for several years. I have served on the NRHA Board of Directors in 2008 and 2011 through 2015. I also have donated my help with the NRHA Regional Clinician several times.

I have been a reining horse trainer for over 25 years. and I am actively involved with all aspects of the reining horse industry. As an NRHA judge, I have judged all of the major events including the NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby and NRBC to name a few. I have a large non pro clientele base in my business, therefore I feel I’m able to be a representative for the non pros, NRHA Professionals, the weekend horse shows and the aged events. I believe my many years of vast experience in the reining horse industry have prepared me to be a valuable person to serve on the NRHA Executive Committee.

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Fonck & Sail On Top Whizard are the European Affiliate Open Champions

2015 NRHA European Affiliate Championship
Le Petit Far West, Le Pin, France
Fonck & Sail On Top Whizard are the European Affiliate Open Champions

Provided by Simona Diale, July 11, 2015 – Closing the 2015 edition of the NRHA European Affiliate Championship held at the Petit Far West in Le Pin, France, was the $5,000-added EA Open sponsored by Cowboy’s Magazine. Writing yet another piece of history was NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Bernard Fonck of Belgium, riding Sail On Top Whizard (Whizard Jac x Miss N Sis x Miss N Cash), owned by Danny and Mireille Cerato. Aka ‘Topper’, the 10-year-old stallion is a past NRHA EA Open Champion, as well as a past NRHA World Open Champion with Bernard in the saddle. “Topper is a one of a kind horse! I’ve had him ever since he was a 2-year-old and we’ve won everything there is to win together in Europe as well as the Shoot Out in Oklahoma City. Together we’ve earned close to $280,000 LTE, so he’s played a big part in getting me to the million dollar mark and I cannot thank his owners enough for never selling him and giving me the opportunity to carry on showing him,” said Fonck.

A point behind the winners, the EA Open Reserve Championship w after as claimed by Cira Baeck riding Colonels Shining Gun (Colonels Smoking Gun x Shining Little Peach x Shining Spark) for owner Katarzyna Roleska of Poland. “I must say I am actually very happy with my horse today,” said the NRHA Professional. “It’s been a long two weeks, following the CS Classic, and ‘Jojo’ did good job, and the score reflects this.”

Once again Fonck, with a 217, stepped on the podium taking third place honors aboard What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jack x What A Sunrise x Sunrise Surprise) for owners Vennietvelt and De Pauw.

Bonzano & High Point Reiner are NRHA EA Non Pro Champions

With a 219, Manuel Bonzano of Italy rode his 6-year-old stallion, High Point Reiner, to the EA Non Pro Championship. “I’ve shown my horse four times this year. We won three times and were second twice,” said the past NRHA Non Pro World Champion and past EA Non Pro Champion. “We bred and raised him and he was trained and shown by Ann and Bernard. I’m truly happy with this title, especially considering that our goal this year is to run for the NRHA Non Pro World title again.”

Bonzano was last to enter the pen in a field of 20 and the score to beat – a 218.5 – was that posted by Koen Brutsaert of Belgium riding CJ Whiz, his 6-year-old Quarter Horse stallion by Topsail Whiz and out of Dream Olena Chic (by Magnum Chic Dream). “My horse was just great and I hoped until the very end that our score would hold,” said Koen. “He’s been wonderful all week and now we look forward to the European Derby where my daughter, who won the EAC Intermediate Non Pro Championship on him here, will be showing him.”

In third place was Belgian Susy Baeck who, first to enter the pen aboard Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck’s Pop Gun Cash BB (Nu Chex To Cash x Sugar Pop Gun x Gunner), had set the bar scoring a 218.

Earning the NRHA EA Limited Open Championship was Ann Grether from The Netherlands. With Nancy Schmidt’s Wimpys Little Tejano, a 9-year-old stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Tejana Chic (by Smart Chic Olena), Ann posted a 217. “I’m really happy with this win because this will be this horses’ last show so I couldn’t have wanted any other way to his show season,” said Ann.

Sliding to the second step of the podium were Valentina Sagmeister and SZ Gunners Newcomer for owner Robert Hahn. The Austrian rider posted a 216 to earn the reserve championship with the 6-year-old stallion by Gunner and out of Cowboys New Comer (by Dunnit Like A Cowboy).

Cedric Guerriero of France and Smart Furys Remedy (Smart Little Fury x Betsys Remedy x Doc Remedy) owned by Doitrand Guerriero posted a 214 for third place honors.

Topping the country standings with a total score of 321.5 was host France. NRHA France received a paycheck worth $500 from the National Reining Horse Association.

In second place, with 316 total points, was Belgium followed by Great Britain with 247.5 points.

Photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga for editorial use only.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Ancillary Action at the NRHA EAC: Fonck dominates the Serequine $10,000-added NRHA Open

2015 NRHA European Affiliate Championship
7-11 July, Le Pin, France

Ancillary Action at the NRHA EAC:
Fonck dominates the Serequine $10,000-added NRHA Open
Susy Baeck and Piet Mestdagh are the Ride For Emotion $5,000-added NRHA Non Pro

Provided by Simona Diale, July 10, 2015 – Closing the day at Le Petit Far West in Le Pin were the Open and Non Pro NRHA ancillary classes. In the $10,000-added NRHA Open, sponsored by Serequine, Bernard Fonck thrilled the public and the judges riding What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jack x What A Sunrise x Sunrise Surprise) for owners Vennietvelt and De Pauw, who purchased the talented stallion following the NRHA Futurity last year. Once the pair had performed their last stop, the score that appeared on the board was a 224. “I am very thrilled with this great horse,” said the NRHA Million Dollar rider and past multiple NRHA Open World Champion. “I have to give credit for Craig Schmersal for taking the time to stay with us after the 23 Classic to help us all out with our horses. What A Wave was very good to me tonight, especially considering the big score we took home last week at the CS Classic.”

Bernard was also second, with a 223.5, riding his all time ‘team mate’ Sail On Top Whizard (Whizard Jac x Miss N Sis x Miss N Cash), owned by Danny and Mireille Cerato. Aka ‘Topper’, the 10-year-old stallion boasts over $278.000 LTE and has always been ridden by Fonck, who broke and trained him. “My goal is to reach the $300,000 mark,” said Bernard. “I only started putting him back in training a little over a month ago and he was just great.”

Baeck and Mestdagh are the Serequine $5,000-added Non Pro Co-Champions 

Tying to win the Serequine $5,000-added NRHA Non Pro with a score of 219 were Susy Baeck riding Pop Gun Cash BB and Piet Metsdagh with his own Reining Whiz between the reins. Owned by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, the flashy 7-year-old palomino stallion by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Sugar Pop Gun (by Gunner) boasts over $44.600 LTE and has earned many prestigious European titles with Susy in the saddle. “I’m really proud of my horse and as usual he was very special for me. The reason we decided not to run off is because both our mounts did well for us and also because Piet is running for the World title with his,” said Susy.

Reining Whiz, an own son of Topsail Whiz and out of Rush N Cat (by Little Rush), is an 8-year-old stallion who has won over $44,500 in NRHA competition. “I like my new horse so much and he’s been great in all the four competitions we’ve shown in since I bought him at the beginning of this year, including this one,” said the past NRHA Non Pro Reserve Champion. “I really appreciate the fact that Susy agreed on not running off today and I look forward to showing him in the upcoming big NRHA approved non pro classes that will be held in Europe this year.”

Saturday: The Schedule

Opening the day will be the NRHA $500-added CJ Whiz Limited Non Pro, the last NRHA approved ancillary class offered. The Limited Open, Non Pro and Open European Affiliate Championship finals will follow.

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European Affiliate Non Pro and Intermediate Open Championship titles are awarded as the Youth take over the scene in France

2015 NRHA European Affiliate Championship
Le Petit Far West, Le Pin, France
7-11 July

European Affiliate Non Pro and Intermediate Open Championship titles are awarded as the Youth take over the scene in France

Provided by Simona Diale, July 10, 2015 – The EA Limited Non Pro Championship, sponsored by AGP Imprimerie, opened the day in Le Pin. Winning the first title of the day, and keeping the French flag high, was Jean Francois Ayoul riding his 10-year-old Quarter Horse gelding Slide On Sal (Lenas Wright On x Smart Sally x Smart Chic Olena). “My goal coming here was the podium, so actually taking the title is just great,” said the NRHA France vice-president who closed his run with a 213. “I purchased this horse three years ago and unfortunately last year he was injured so we slowly started showing again in 2015. I cannot thank my trainer, Fabien Boiron, enough for the great work he has done with me and my horse and of course my friends Catherine and Philippe Castel, owners of Maqueline Reining Horses, who are huge supporters of the sport of Reining.”

Michelle Maibaum of Germany rode Chics Lil Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x Dun It By Chick x Hollywood Dun It), owned by Juergen Maibaum, to second place honors with a score of 212.5. “I’ve been showing this horse for a little over a year and I really like him,” said Michelle who also qualified two other horses for the EAC Youth finals. “He is very talented and I’m happy we got this result today. My trainer at home is Alex Ripper and, since he did not qualify any horses for the Championship, my thanks go to Ann and Bernard (Fonck) who helped me out here.”

Third place honors, with a 211.5, went to Gilles Huyghe of Belgium riding Docs Lil Gun. The 8-year-old gelding, owned by Annick and Tom Huyghe, is by Lil Gun and out of Miss Bright Doc (by Exclusively Ours).

The EA $1,500-added Intermediate Open Championship, sponsored by Equita Lyon, counted 19 entries. Claiming the title for The Netherlands was Petra Van Ede riding Spook So Fly for owners De Bruin Reining Horses. The 6-year-old gelding by Smart Spook and out of Fly Flashy Jac (by Boogies Flashy Jac) has been shown by Petra since 2013. “Words cannot express how happy I am to have made it to the highest step of the podium especially after coming in second behind Doug for the last two shows,” said Petra who boasts two Limited Open EAC and who closed her run in Le Pin with a 218.

The reserve championship, with a 215, went to Doug Allen of Great Britain riding Christine Brazeau’s Hangten Shiner (Hang Ten Surprize x Ebony Shines x Shining Spark), a 7-year-old stallion. “My horse was really good for me today, he tried really hard, he’s so good minded, athletic and talented,” said the NRHA Professional. “We came here right after the CS Classic, so we’ve been on the road for a while and he’s a little tired. I would like to thank Christine Brazeau for giving me the opportunity to ride him.”

Tying for third place honors, with a 214.5, were Valentina Sagmeister of Austria aboard Robert Hahn’s SZ Gunners Newcomer (Gunner x Cowboys New Comer x Dunnit Like A Cowboy) and Frank Perret of France riding his own ND Tiger Woods (Little Gump x Codys Diamond Dun It x Hollywood Dun It).

The Youth Competition sponsored by DP Western

In the EA Youth 14-18 Championship, twenty-five riders representing eight nations rode for the prestigious title (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands). Competition was tough and Indy Henrard of Belgium topped the final standings with a 217.5 with her 9-year-old Quarter Horse stallion, Steadys WR Diamonds (Steadys Dude x Arc Oak Diamonds x Doctor In Diamonds) between the reins. “I’ve had my horse for 2 years now. He is really sweet and a great spinner and stopper,” said the 16-year-old rider. “I have to thank my trainers Patrick and Jurgen Poels for helping me achieve this great result.”

The second step of the podium was also for Belgium as Gilles Huyghe rode Docs Lil Gun to a 216. The pair had already claimed third place in the EAC Limited Non Pro held in the morning. “Today I showed him in the morning but this afternoon he was super,” says Gilles. “The level of competition is getting better evey year in the youth classes and it makes showing here more and more fun.”

With a 214.5, Gina Maria Schumacher of Switzerland rode Jesses Major Affair (Major Vaquero x Jesses Affair x Jesses Impression), a 6-year-old gelding, to the third step of the podium.

Twenty-one riders from six countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands) left their mark in the pen vying for the EA Youth 13 & Under Championship. Marie Baralon of France and her 7-year-old mare Chicken Sandwich (Ricochet Rooster x Ms Sanditch Whiz x Topsail Whiz) were second but last to enter the pen and with a 216 they took the title. “I just love my mare who I’ve had since the beginning of this year,” said Marie. “Anything I ask of her she tries to give me back, even though I truly have to be very focused when I’m in the show pen. I would like to thank my parents for giving me this opportunity and my trainer, Ann Sophie Guerriero. I now look forward to showing her at the European Derby.”

Matteo Cappello, who had set the bar with a 215.5 early in the draw riding his 5-year-old gelding RS Knockout Olena (Spat Olena x Boogie Bar Linda x Boogie Mania), settled for second place. “My goal was that of qualifying for the Championship and hopefully earning the title,” said the Italian rider. “I’m happy with the way my horse went for me today, even though I can’t hide the fact that I was hoping to win!”

Belgian Jinke Stevens and her 8-year-old gelding Don John Escapes BB (Don Quixote Escapes x Soft Whizpers x Topsail Whiz) posted a 214.5 taking third place honors.

Youth Team Tournament:
The 2015 Youth Team Tournament counted 13 teams. Taking first place, and the Gold medal, with 643.5 points was the Brent Wright Bunch (Emiel Delporte/Pumpkin Rooster – BEL; Gina Schumacher/Jesses Major Affair – SUI; Marie Baralon/Chicken Sandwich –FRA; Matteo Cappello/RS Craggan More –ITA). Each team member earned a $300 scholarship sponsored by the RHSF as well as the Tournament. With 637 points Todd Bergen’s Gang won the Silver medal as well as a $150 scholarship offered by the RHSF (Gina Schumacher/Captain Igloo – SUI; Danique Handgraaf/PR Sissy Missy Kid – NED; Margaux Legrand/Secret Cash In Jo – FRA; Marie Baralon/Chicken Sandwich, FRA).

Tim McQuay’s Team took the Bronze with 636 points (Indy Henrard/Steadys WR Diamonds – BEL; Sara Nordin/Donna Arc Escapes BB/SWE; Jayson Henri/Hangten Boogies Sari/FRA; Matteo Cappello/RS Knockout Olena/ITA).

Saturday: The Schedule
Opening the day will be the NRHA $500-added CJ Whiz Limited Non Pro. The Limited Open, Non Pro and Open European Affiliate Championship finals will follow.

Follow the action live on www.andreabonaga.it
Livescore:  www.showmanager.eu
For further information: www.nrha.fr

Photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga for editorial use only.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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