NRHA European Pre Futurity Non Pro Results

By Simona Diale – With a score of 215, Greta Sordelli and her Db Chocolate On Top (Chocolate Chic Olena x Topsails Niknak x Topsail Cody) won both the Level (L) 4 and L2 non pro divisions of the NRHA European Pre Futurity.

“I bought my horse as a yearling from Beppe Campi,” said Greta who closed her run with a six point margin ahead of the reserve champions. “I started him myself and, after that, since he was a little too strong for me, Sebastiano Valtorta took over the reins. Considering this is our first show together, I’m really happy.  He will now be shown by Sebastiano in both the German and Italian Futurity.”

Taking the reserve championship in both divisions, with a score of 209, was Andrea Bianchini riding his Electric White Heart. Bred by Roberto Barbé, the 3-year-old stallion is by Jacs Electric Spark and out of Hollywood Stopper (by Hollywood Dun It).  “I purchased this horse from Mattia Camisi 15 days ago,” says Andrea.

“Sebastiano (Valtorta) thought he would be a good match for me and he was right.  I immediately got along with him and today he was great for me.  I now look forward to showing him in the German Futurity, and then we will go from there!”

The KL Performance Horses Open Consolation:

Prior to the 2014 NRHA European Pre Futurity Non Pro, riders that did not qualify for the KL Performance Horses Derby Open finals had the chance to earn a spot in Saturday’s finals through the Open Consolation.  The following made it back:

Level 4

  • Ann Fonck-Poels & Wimpys Short Step BB (Wimpys Little Step x Short Rooster x Gallo Del Cielo) owned by Alissa Leloux  - score 220
  • Francesco Martinotti & Custom Genetics (Custom Crome x Gay Doc Nell x Gay Doc), owned by Maurizio Ambrosini – score 219.5
  • Cira Baeck & Walla Whiz N Tari BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine x Shining Spark), owned by Suzanne Scharroo – score 219.5
Level 3
  • Arnaud Girinon & ARC Guns M Oaks (Topgun Whiz x Arc Sweet Oak Chic x Chic Please), owned by Mauro Pingani – score 217.5
  • Klaus Lechner & KH Hes A Smart Jac (Smart Spook x TT Playing Jacky x Playable), owned by Franz Lechner – score 214.5
Level 2
  • Marco De Piccoli & Antarismartin (ARC Antares Surprise x Tarismartin x Smartin Off), owned by Katharina King – score 212.5
  • Roberto Prevosti & his own Whizzle N Smoke (Remin Whiz x Miss N Smoke x Doc N Smoke) – score 211.5
Level 1
  • Marco De Piccoli & Antarismartin (ARC Antares Surprise x Tarismartin x Smartin Off), owned by Katharina King – score 212.5
  • Noemi Guerra & CPR Charlyrevolution (Einsteins Revolution x CPR Lizzie Snap x Snapper Cal Bar), owned by Mirjam Stillo – score 207.5
Wednesday: The Schedule

  • Opening the day on Wednesday will be the Cardinal Reining Horses NRHA European Derby Non Pro Consolation followed by the $300-added NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 2.
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Photo by Andrea Bonaga.

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Election & Bylaw Voting Results

Executive Committee and Vice President election, as well as bylaw voting results have been verified by the Election Administrator.

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Bonzano & A Chick In Hollywood lead the Cardinal Reining Horses Non Pro Derby Go-Round

By Simona Diale – It was a tight battle today between the 88 non professionals that rode in the Palasturla Arena vying for a spot in the Euro 31,050-added Cardinal NRHA Non Pro European Derby finals.

Leading the Level (L) 4 qualifying go-round, with a score of 218.5, was Italy’s Manuel Bonzano riding A Chick In Hollywood (Hollywood Reckless x High Brows Chick x High Brow Hickory).  Owned by 23 Quarter Horses Agricola S.S., the 2008 stallion was bred by Ann Fonck and had already placed 4th in the Non Pro Cat. 1 class at the 2014 SVAG CS Classic with Bonzano in the saddle.

“He was really good for me today and I want to thank my trainers, Bernard and Ann Fonck, for preparing him so well for me,” said Manuel who also placed his second mount, Time To Mark Big (Big Chex To Cash x Shes Markin Time x Mark Him High) in the finals.

Tying to lead the L3 non pro division, after closing their performance with a 215.5, were 2014 NRHA European Affiliate Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Champions, Nuith Linthorst and Just Miss Enterprise (Surprise Enterprise x Jiggs Partner x A Silent Partner), and Joseph Pfaff aboard Cattlemans Whiz (West Coast Whiz x Peps x Solanos Cuttin Son).

At the 2013 NRHA European Derby, Linthorst and her mare won the L1 non pro division and were reserve champions in the L2 and L3 non pro divisions.

Pfaff and his 2009 stallion are also leading the L2 and L1 non pro divisions.

Advancing to the finals in the Cardinal Reining Horses Non Pro Derby and the number back to the finals after the consolation that will be held on Wednesday 10:

  • Level 4 – 15 + ties (10 to the consolation + ties – 2 + ties back to the finals)
  • Level 3 – 15 + ties  (14 to the consolation + ties – 2 + ties back to the finals)
  • Level 2 – 20 + ties  (15 to the consolation + ties  –  3 + ties back to the finals)
  • Level 1 – 15 + ties (15 to the consolation + ties – 3 + ties back to the finals)
Tuesday Show Schedule
The KL Performance Horses Open Consolation will open the day and will be followed by the NRHA European Non Pro Level 2 & 4 Pre Futurity.Follow the livescore: the livestream:

Photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga.

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The September Digital Reiner is Ready!

As the show season starts to get busier with futurities and affiliate championships, it can be difficult toseptreinercover keep up with all of the events but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The September Digital Reiner highlights the NRHA European Affiliate Championship, Reining By The Bay, and an exciting announcement for Arabian reining horse owners. Also featured in this issue are the Roleski 4 Spins Show and Polish Derby.

This month’s Digital Reiner is also full of inspiring and informative articles such as Reiners Helping Reiners, In His Own Words, Performance Horse Nutrition, and a new column by the one and only NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider and recent WEG Team USA Gold and Individual Gold Medalist Shawn Flarida.

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Martinotti & Rambo Bo Sun top the KL Performance Level 4 Open Derby

NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

September 7-13  -  Manerbio, Italy
By Simona Diale -  The qualifying go-round of the Euro74,500-added KL Performance Horses Open Derby opened the NRHA European Derby in Manerbio, Italy today.  Ninety-three horse-rider combinations in the four levels rode for a spot in the finals in the Palasturla arena.

Topping the Level (L) 4 Open was Francesco Martinotti riding Giulia Degiovanni’s Rambo Bo Sun (Bars Jackson Bo x Be Aech Sabra x Be Aech Enterprise). With the 7-year-old stallion between the reins, Martinotti posted a 221.5.“I guess the European Derby is our show and once again my horse was great here!” said Francesco about his mount who boasts $28,980 NRHA LTE and with whom he won the 2012 NRHA European Derby L2 Open and L1 Open championships, and the 2013 NRHA European Derby L3 Open championship.

After delivering two baby boys in the past two years, Kelly Zweifel let everybody know she was back in business by scoring a 219.5 to lead the L3 open division riding Dunnit Like A Master (Master Snapper x Justanother Dun It x Hollywood Dun It). The 5-year-old stallion, owned by Impresa Agicola Cuoghi and bred by Lewisville Development, LP, has $20,670 NRHA LTE. In 2012, he was 4th in the L1 open and 6th in the L2 open at the NRHA Futurity with Bobby Barko. In 2014, he was 3rd in the L3 open division at the 2014 Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Derby with Pietro Artinghelli.

Young Steve Ouellet of Italy earned the top score (215.5) in both the L2 open and L1 open divisions riding Little War Olena (Spat Olena x Saddle Shoes x Mr War Glo), owned by Alessandra Brigando.

Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. CET, the go-round of the Cardinal Reining Horses Non Pro Derby will take place.

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Waiting for the 2014 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

2014 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity — 7-13 September — Manerbio, Italy

Bernard Fonck and Smart N Sparkin.

The European reining stage is preparing for the fourth edition of the European Derby & Pre Futurity. The European Derby is open to 4-, 5-, 6- and 7 year-old horses – all 4- and 5-year-old horses must be paid in full in the NRHA European Nomination Program.

Run in a go-round and clean slate finals, the Euro 74,500-added KL Performance Horses Open Derby this year counts 94 entries in the four levels.  The qualifying go-round will officially open this years’ edition of the prestigious NRHA event starting September 7.

The qualifying go-round of the Euro 31,050-added Cardinal Reining Horses Non Pro Derby will see 89 horse-rider combinations in the 4 levels ride for a spot in the finals.

Susy Baeck and Pop Gun Cash BB.

Entries may be downloaded from the official event website (

The NRHA European Pre Futurity is open to 3-year-old horses and offers both the Open and Non Pro Level 4 and Level 3.

For further information on the NRHA European Derby, visit

If you are unable to follow the event on the stands in Manerbio, follow the competition via the livestream ( and livescore (

Photo by Bonaga.
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Our Loss – Tom Sumpter

NRHA has just received news that past president Tom Sumpter of Morriston, Florida passed away last night. We are told he was surrounded by his loved ones in his final hours.

We are deeply saddened by the loss and send our condolences to his family and friends in Reining.

Among his many contributions to the sport, he showed the Red Ant Rey to the 1994 NRHA Non Pro World Championship, in addition to numerous top ten finishes in world championship standings.

Memorial services Tom will be held Saturday, Sept 6th, at 11am at Williston Church of God, 850 SW 7th Street, Williston, FL. 32696.

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FEI World Equestrian Games Individual Finals

By Simona Diale – Photos by Andrea Bonaga – From – Great horses, great riders, great horsemanship and an enthusiastic public are what made the Individual Reining Final Competition amazing at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy tonight. Last to enter the arena, which counted some of the world’s best horses and riders, was NRHA 5 Million Dollar Rider, Shawn Flarida. Aboard Michell Kimball’s Spooks Gotta Whiz, Shawn had posted the highest score – a 229.5 – in the individual qualifier, which put him last to go in the seeded finals.

The score to beat, once he burst in the pen, was Andrea Fappani’s, also of the US, who slid Custom Cash Advance, owned by Silver Spurs Equine, to a 229, one horse before him. “I knew that the pressure would be on tonight and I knew that Andrea would put me in a position to go out and beat him,” said the World Champion who wore the Team Gold medal two days ago and who closed his run with a 233.5. “This is such a great horse, with an incredible athletic ability. He’s got so much motivation, all I have to do is put him in the correct position technically and he’ll give you all he has. There really isn’t much to work on with him, he’s just great. He’s been good all week, he warmed up well and I knew I had the horse that could make me do this. It’s been a great evening and my hat goes off to my team mates, Fappani and Mandy McCutcheon.” For Flarida, this is the fifth FEI gold medal conquered at the Games: he was on the US Team gold and took the individual gold in Jerez de la Frontera in 2002, was on US Team Gold in Kentucky in 2010, and won the Team Gold here in the 2014 Games.

Native Italian Fappani, also part of Team USA Gold, settled for the Silver medal: “This is the fifth time that I actually show this horse,” he said. “I started with a 215 the first time I showed him and he just got better and better. Jordan (Larson) and Duane (Latimer) have shown him in the past and I give it up to them for the great job they did. I knew this horse would fit me and my program and tonight I was more confident with him. I trusted him and he gave me back all he had. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and that the competition would be tough, but we did it and I’m thrilled.”

Mandy McCutcheon wrote a chapter of the FEI Reining history book tonight as being the first female individual medalist. Mandy was also on the Team USA, winners of the gold medal in Normandy. “It’s hard to put all I feel in words,” said the lady reiner who closed her performance aboard Yellow Jersey with a score of 227. “I couldn’t be happier, my horse stepped up for me tonight and when they do that, they are great horses. To be behind two such great athletes as Shawn and Andrea is just an amazing feeling . It is an honor for me and I couldn’t be luckier to have had the opportunities I’ve had in my career. My family has been the biggest support team of my life, and I once again thank them, just as I would like to thank all those that have been behind us in this incredible experience: the sponsors, our vet, our grooms.”

Summing up the competition was Team US Chèf d’Equipe, Jeff Petska: “We came here with a hope, which translated into reality: winning both the team gold and the three individual medals. We had the horses and the riders capable of doing this, but anything – as we saw tonight – can happen in a reining. I am very proud of all the athletes and would also like to thank everyone behind us.”

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2014 Alltech FEI WEG – The Second Individual Qualifying Competition

From – By Simona Diale – Thursday 28 August 2014 – 17h45

The 15th though the 20th scores (plus ties) from the 1st Individual qualifier made their way in the Parc Expo arena today vying for a spot in the final Individual Competition which will be held on Saturday at 8 pm. The top five scores (plus ties) from today will also advance to the finals.

Troy Heikes and Lil Gun Dunit (By Andrea Bonaga)

Troy Heikes and Lil Gun Dunit (By Andrea Bonaga)

Draw 5, Cody Sapergia (CAN) riding Nu Chexomatic (Nu Chex To Cash x Tejons Texie Lena) owned by Jac Point Quarter Horses of Austria, set the bar after scoring a 219 and put the pressure on the rest of the contestants.  “Today my horse was much better than the first day and, even though there are still a couple of things we need to fix, I am confident he will do well in the final,” said Sapergia.

In a field of 23 and with only one competitor left to go, Troy Heikes, representing the USA on an individual level, walked in aboard Lil Gun Dunit (Colonels Lil Gun x Hollywood Baby Dunit).  With the 8-year-old stallion (owned by Denise Bixler and Steve Tarani) between the reins, Heikes was set on making it to the finals and closed his run with a 220. “In the 1st qualifier we had a problem in his right circles. He’s an honest, really good horse, so there must be something bothering him there but I tried not to concentrate on that today. Though he felt really good, we did have a 1 point lead penalty. After that I knew that we had to earn it back and he gave me all he had. I will now have to work more on those right circles and look forward to the finals!” With Troy’s winning run today, the USA now has all their athletes back riding for the individual FEI medals.

All the competitors rode hard in order to earn a spot in the finals, providing the spectators with a great show.  The third highest score in today’s competition was posted by Josh Collins (GBR) riding his Spook A Little (Smart Spook x Jessie Wright On).  “Being able to represent my country here has been my dream and my goal since the beginning of the year,” said the 24-year-old non professional rider. “My horse was amazing for me today and I am very proud of being in the individual finals.”

Stefano Ferri of Italy, riding Rooster Nic (Gallo Del Gicelo x Sanjos Pistolett), owned by Eleonora Malerba, scored a 217.  “I’ve only had this horse in training since the beginning of the year and we still have to get to know each other, but today I was very happy with him,” said Stefano about the horse who – with Pier Luigi Fabbri in the saddle – took home the Silver medal for Italy in the past FEI European Senior Reining Championship in Augsburg, Germany.

Along with Sapergia, Heikes, Collins and Ferri, the following will also make their way to the individual finals: Romuald Poard (FRA) riding Peppys Ruf Sailor, Paolo Koury Neto (BRA) riding Don’t Whiz WRB and Laércio Casalecchi Filho (BRA) riding He’s A Question QR.

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NRHA Creates Professionals Membership

The National Reining Horse Association will debut a new membership category to begin in 2015. The NRHA Professionals membership will be for individuals who are ineligible for non pro status and wish to show in NRHA open competition.

The change was recommended by the NRHA Professionals Committee with the goal of implementing activities to strengthen their segment of the industry. A majority of the new membership fee will go toward doing just that!

From Shane Brown, NRHA Professionals Committee Chair:

“I’m excited to bring to fruition these new benefits of the NRHA Professional Membership. The value of being an NRHA Professional will continue to grow over the next several years, and we will look for more new ideas to help reining trainers be more successful.”

“The committee will be working with staff on these additions and unveiling them in stages. The NRHA Professionals Membership will be a great step forward in helping our reining industry grow.”

NEW BENEFITS – Professionals Membership

NRHA Professionals will receive a host of benefits starting in 2015. Those benefits will include:

  • Encourage industry growth by connecting NRHA Professionals in a worldwide system
  • Create ongoing educational programs to include subjects such as promotional strategies for your business, financial planning, communication tools, equine health topics, stable management, insurance, taxes for horse owners, etc.
  • Create a mentoring program to facilitate communication between established and new trainers
  • Expand the NRHA Professionals webpage to include more detailed information about each trainer to assist with promoting your business and growing your client base
  • Provide reining and NRHA “on-boarding” materials to give to potential clients
  • Organize an NRHA Professionals Forum to foster mentoring and interaction between trainers
  • Expansion of NRHA Top 20 Professionals awards and Professionals of the Year awards

To learn more about NRHA Professionals, contact:

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