Linthorst & Just Miss Enterprise: Cardinal Reining Horses Level 4 & 3 Non Pro Champions
By Simona Diale – It was an exciting evening in Manerbio, Italy at the Palasturla arena, where the fourth edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby is held.
For the first time, Cardinal Reining Horses of Aubrey, Texas is the proud sponsor of the NRHA European Non Pro Derby. Joao Marcos, owner of the prestigious facility, personally awarded the Level (L) 4 and L3 champions, Nuith Linthorst and Just Miss Enterprise, with their Bob’s Custom Saddles, Montana Silversmiths belt buckels and NRHA trophies.
With an impressive score of 220.5, Dutch Nuith Linthorst and her Just Miss Enterprise (Surprise Enterprise x Jiggs Partner x A Silent Partner), a 2007 mare bred by Evelien Geerlof who has earned $14,450 NRHA in lifetime earnings, took both the L4 and L3 non pro championships. At the 2013 NRHA European Derby, the duo won the L1 non pro division and were reserve champions in the L2 and L3 non pro divisions. This year they earned the NRHA European Affiliate Championship in the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro after having won the Limited Non Pro championship last year.
“She is great! She is my world and she surprises me every time. She’s a miracle,” said Nuith who enthused the crowd with her perfect circles and deep stops. “Every time I show, her she gets better and better. She is simply amazing!”
Earning the L4 non pro reserve championship, with a 218, was Manuel Bonzano with Time To Mark Big between the reins. The 2007 gelding, by Big Chex To Cash and out of Shes Markin Time (by Mark Him High), boasts $37,250 NRHA LTE. In 2011, the flashy buckskin won the NRHA Germany Breeder’s Futurity with Bernard Fonck in the saddle, as well as third place at the 2011 NRHA European Futurity. “I feel sorry for my horse because he deserved more. As a matter of fact, I hoped to win, but I’m happy anyway. Congratulations to Nuith and her mare! ” said the Italian breeder.
Ghiorzo & Midnite Master – Level 2 & 1 Non Pro Champions
The L3 non pro reserve championship, with a score of 216, as well as the L1 and L2 non pro championships, went to Italian Monica Ghiorzo and Midnite Master. The 2009 gelding, bred by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi, is by Master Snapper and out of Spirit N Snapple (by Mr Snapple). In this year’s edition of the Italian Reining Horse Maturity, the pair were third in the L4 and L3 non pro divisions, as well as fourth in the L2 and L1 non pro divisions. “I really enjoyed myself!” said Monica who rides under the guidance of Mirko Midilli. “My horse was very good and was with me during the whole go. We worked hard, but I really did not expect to win. I’m really happy.”
Earning the L1 and L2 non pro reserve championships, with a 214, were Eric Ranieri Volpe and Exxcaliber (Master Snapper x Tivios Little Dun It x Hollywood Dun It), a palomino stallion bred by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi. “It was a really exciting show even though I really felt the pressure,” said the 17-year-old rider. “I came here hoping to do well, because I know how good my horse is, and I am happy with how it went.”
The NRHA European Non Pro Derby was sponsored by Cardinal Reining Horses of Aubrey, Texas. “This derby has just been great! It’s one of the best horse shows I’ve been to, and I just love the European riders, owners and reining fans,” said Joao Marcos. “I am very proud of these two ladies who took home the championships.”
Saturday: The Schedule
Opening the last day of competition tomorrow will be the following NRHA approved ancillary classes: Youth 13 & Under, Youth 14-18, Limited Open, Intermediate Open and the Non Pro.
At 3.30 p.m., the first section of the KL Performance Horses NRHA European Open Derby finals. The second section will be held at 7.30 p.m.
Photos by Andrea Bonaga