Provided by Simona Diale (NRHA European Affiliate Championship Media) – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Sweden and The Netherlands were represented at the 2014 edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship. Though it rained, the reiners ‘reined’ and the NRHA event, hosted by Le Petit Far West facility and organized by the NRHA of France, was a success.
The last day of competition determined the Open, Limited Open, Non Pro and Limited Non Pro EA champions.
Leading the Nations standings and with a $500 check from NRHA to the affiliate, was Belgium with a total of 372.5 points. Following was host country, France, with a total of 295.5.
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All about the Foncks!
Bernard Fonck and Big Sky Whizard repeated their winning score the day after winning the $10,000-added NRHA Open – sponsored by Guerriero Stables – held in Le Pin. This time their win placed them on the highest step of the podium of the 2014 NRHA Open European Championship !
Aboard last years’ NRHA European Affiliate Open Champion and past NRHA Open World Champion, Sail On Top Whizard (Whizard Jac x Miss N Sis), owned by Danny and Mireille Cerato of Belgium, Bernard also took home the NRHA EA Open reserve champioship with a score of 222. The stallion by Whizard Jac and out of Miss N Sis (by has earned over $262,400 in NRHA competition.
On the third step of the podium, with a score of 221.5, was past NRHA Open World Champion, Ann Fonck, riding Dance Little Spook (Smart Spook x Sailors Dance x Topsail Cody) owned by Quarter Dream of Italy.
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In a field of 20 qualified European riders, once again Fabien Boiron of France topped the competition, this time taking home the NRHA European Affiliate Limited Open Championship.
“This horse is truly special and did well really for me from day one here. He’s a little ‘pony’ with a big heart and big talent,” says Fabien about Jac Whiz, the bay gelding by Conquistador Whiz and out of Honeys Melody Jac (by Mr Melody Jac), owned by Philip Castel and bred by Maqueline Reining Horses of France. « Closing the show with this European title is wonderful, now I really look forward to showing him at the NRHA European Derby in September.”
Matyas Gobert of Belgium, aboard Soulas A Cinch (Soula Jule Star x Tinas New CD), owned by Koen Brutsaert, took the reserve championship with a score of 214.5. “I’m so happy with this reserve championship, especially considering that this 7-year-old gelding is a youth horse !” said Gobert, trainer for Koen Brutsaert.
Third place honors, a half a point behind Gobert, went to Anne Sophie Guerriero of France riding Chicken Sandwich (Ricochet Rooster x Ms Sanditch Whiz) for owner by Eric Defouilhoux.
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Draw 9 in a field of 14 qualified riders, last years’ Limited Non Pro EA Champions and this years’ Intermediate Non Pro EA champions had a score to beat: the 218.5 posted by past NRHA Non Pro World Champion, Manuel Bonzano riding Nic Ricochet.
Nuith Linthorst of The Netherlands and her Just Miss Enterprise (Surprise Enterprise x Jiggs Partner), ran a powerful NRHA Pattern Number 1 and once they closed with their last deep stop, the score was a 221. The pair conquered the NRHA Non Pro European Affiliate Championship as well as the public! “This is just amazing, I never expected to be able to win this title, expecially considering the level of competition and the competitors I had to ride against,” said Nuith. “I can only thank my mare for once again being so powerful and of course all my family and my friends!”
Bonzano of Italy and his 6-year-old gelding by Ricochet Rooster and Minnie Nic shared the reserve championship with the 2014 NRHA European Affiliate Limited Non Pro champions, Koen Brutsaert of Belgium and his CJ Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Dream Olena Chic x Magnum Chic Dream), who also posted a 218.5 following Linthorst’s run.
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Koen Brutsaert of Belgium and his CJ Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Dream Olena Chic x Magnum Chic Dream), with a score of 217.5, took home the Limited Non Pro European Affiliate Championship. Koen has been showing this 5-year-old stallion who boasts over $44,600 won in NRHA competition since the end of last year, after he purchased him from the U.S.
“I was looking for a stallion by Topsail Whiz and I really liked this one which I bought from Nedpoint,” says Koen. “He’s really talented and I managed to qualify him for the Affiliate Championship in only 3 shows this year so I am very very pleased with him.” Brutsaert rides under the guidance of Matyas Gobert.
The reserve championship went to Dries Verschueren and his BA Superjac with a score of 215.5. « I’ve had this horse for 3 years now and I really get along well with him. Once again he was really good for me, » said the Belgian rider about the stallion by Mcjac Flash and out of High Brows Chick, owned by Golden Paint Ranch and bred by Bernard and Ann Fonck.
In third place with a score of 214, was Jean Fraçois Ayoul of France riding his Slide On Sal, a 9-year-old gelding by Lenas Wright On and out of Smart Sally (by Smart Chic Olena).
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Photos courtesy Greg Niro