Lantz is NRHA Collegiate Reining Champion

By Marie Klimova – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby hosted the North America’s top collegiate riders in the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship. The championship consisted of 12 riders: four from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), four from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and four selected by NRHA.

By WaltenberryOne entry rose above the rest of the field to win the championship title: Mckenzie Lantz and Spook Goes Hollywood donated to the competition by Matthew Armenta. They marked a 148 for the win. Lantz will be a senior majoring in sports management at the University of Georgia this coming fall. A native of Fremont, Mich., Lantz represented NCEA in the Championship.

Rebekah Irish (University of Findlay) placed second in the championship scoring 146.0 with Brilliant Guns owned by Charley Thiel.

This year, the riders selected from the pool of collegiate NRHA members were Rebecca Murray (Texas A&M University), Lauren Tieche (University of Georgia), Jenna Blumer (Oklahoma State University), Austin Griffith (The Ohio State University).

The NCEA sent its top four reiners from the 2012-2013 season to the championship: McKenzie Lantz (University of Georgia), Katy Krshka (Oklahoma State University), Indy Roper (Auburn University) and Laura Dunlavy (South Dakota State University).

IHSA was represented by riders who placed in top four places in Open Reining at the IHSA Finals: Rebekah Irish (University of Findlay), Blair Childress (North Carolina State University), Leah DiGioia (State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill) and  Caleb Roberts (Ohio University Southern).

NRHA and the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) would like to thank the following horse owners who donated their horses for the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship:

  • Matthew Armenta – Spook Goes Hollywood
  • Charley Thiel – Brilliant Guns
  • Brett Walters – Crank Up The Band
  • Mindy Truex – Streakin Catalyst
  • Clark Reining Horses, LLC – Rowdys Pistol
  • Traci L McDavitt – Per Capita Chex
  • Gina B Cherry – Jessiesstarlights
  • Joey B Andrews, Donette Bammann – Smooth Talkin Dan
  • Torpey Performance Horses – Wunder Bread
  • Lipps Horse Training – “Joe”
  • Frank Costantini – Wranglers Derby Dayz
  • Bill (William M) Bradley – Squeeze Me Lightly
  • Miller Wade Smith – Hickador

NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes / Anderson Bean Boot Company, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Twister Trailer and World Development Group International.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors:Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Productions, LLC., Cool-A-Zone, The New West, Business Link, Fowler Dodge and Santa Hill Ranch.

To relive the highlights of the NRHA Derby Show, check out and visit NRHA on Facebook and Twitter. NRHA posted the top three runs of each day from the NRHA Open Derby and NRHA Non Pro Derby go-rounds and finals. Complete results for the NRHA Derby and ancillary classes can also be found at


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NRHA Reiner Receives General Excellence Award

By Carol Trimmer – At the recently held 2013 American Horse Publications (AHP) Annual Awards Banquet, held Saturday, June 22, at the organization’s annual seminar in Colorado Springs, the NRHA Reiner was recognized for work completed in and dated 2012 in the print category.

Held since 1974, the AHP Annual Awards Contest, considered the “Oscars” of equine publication awards, provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine publishing. A total of 104 AHP members entered a total of 758 entries for this year’s awards, and 177 awards were presented to 63 finalists for first, second, third place, or honorable mention.

The NRHA Reiner was awarded the:


Winner Sept 2012 Reiner Cover

Carol Trimmer, Editor

National Reining Horse Association, Publisher

Bucky Harris and Jana Thomason, Art Directors

Martha Haglund, Graphic Designer

Lindsey Stier, Assistant Editor

September 2012 and November 2012NRHA Reiner excelled in bringing its readers both association news and reining/horse care information. Layouts are excellent.

“The NRHA Reiner staff is extremely proud to earn this award.  We are dedicated to putting out the best product possible and have never strayed from that goal. As the Official Publication of the National Reining Horse Association, we do our best to promote the association, its members, Western lifestyle, family atmosphere and the sport of Reining.  We’d like to thank the judges and AHP for honoring our efforts in such a wonderful way,” said Trimmer.


Additional AHP awards included:


2nd Place

“Make It Yours”

Jana Thomason, Manager of Editorial Production and Design

Christa Morris, Senior Director of Marketing

December 2012 – This entry has a bold design and typography with a nice use of limited palette especially in ghosted words. Descriptive words complement the energy of photo.


EVENT COVERAGELil Joe Cash Cashes In

Honorable Mention

“Lil Joe Cash Cashes In”

By Gavin Ehringer

January 2012 – The lead made me want to hear more about these fairytale stories. The story was very well written with good flow and the personal story involved in the coverage of this event was enjoyable. It was great to feel the writer’s excitement about the story lines.



Honorable Mention

“Crisis? What Crisis?”

By Annie Woodhouse

July 2012 – Great, great stories that transport the reader to life-changing days for several people. Terrific storytelling.

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Results from NRHA European Affiliate Championship

Provided by Ramona Billing – For further information, live scoring and live stream, please refer to or read these issues of “The Score.”EAC 2013

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NRHA European Affiliate Championship Class Results


Hengge_Wimpy-Snapper-EC_webBarbara Hengge and Wimpy Snapper – European Championship Rookie Professional – The EC Rookie Professional was the first of the 2013 NRHA European Affiliate Championship shows, and the winner came from Austria: in a field of eight riders, Barbara Hengge scored a 211.5 aboard Romana Erblich’s Wimpy Snapper (Wimpys Little Step x Shania Snapper). Tiara Van Dongen (Belgium) placed second aboard Don John Escapes BB (owner Eifel Gold Ranch) scoring a 207.5, with Tim Van Nueten and Be A Reckless Chick (owner Nicky Nietvelt Van Tendeloo) following on third place (207).

Barbara Hengge, whose achievements include the Austrian State Championship, rode the 5-year-old AQHA gelding Wimpy Snapper to the Level 2 Open Reserve Championship and Level 1 Open Championship at the 2012 ustrian Reining Horse Association Western Star 4 Year Futurity and placed 9th at the NRHA Breeders Futurity Bit Open. Also she won the  Roleski NRHA Limited Open at the 2013 NRHA European Futurity. The horse was bred by Morey Fisk who also started the gelding. Romana Erblich bought him as a 3-year-old and trained him herself with the help of trainer Barbara Hengge. “Wimpy is a horse you can absolutely rely on,” says Barbara. “he stands at a facility in Thuringen where Romana is now working and comes to our place for three months each year for training. Romana won e.g. the Rookie Level 2 at the European Futurity with him.”

Yesterday, Tiara Van Dongen won the Ancillary show NRHA Rookie Professional aboard Pop Gun Cash BB. Cira Baeck’s assistant  trainer was 2013 NRHA European Futurity Open Level 1 Finalist. The  Austrian Futurity Champion Don John Escapes BB (Don Quixote Escapes x Soft Whizpers) was 2011 Reserve Futurity Champion Non Pro Level 2  in Belgium and Third at the NRHA Breeders Futurity Bit Non Pro with Susy Baeck in the saddle.


Doug Allen and Ten Reasons – NRHA European Championship Intermediate Open – The Score: 222 – “A little horse with a huge presence in the arena and the biggest heart you can imagine,” this is how Francesca Sternberg described Ten Reasons exactly one year ago, when the American Quarter Horse stallion and her husband Doug Allen (Great Britain) became FEQHA European Champion Junior Bit Open. And it were exactly these qualities which  Ten Reasons (Hang Ten Surprize x Hotroddin Catalyst) showed again in the EC class Intermediate Open. After a brilliant run the two left the arena with a score of 222  – this was the NRHA European Champion Int. Open. Petra Van Ede (Belgium) and Wimpys Wound Up (owned by de Bruin Reining Horses) became Reserve Champion scoring a 220. Two riders tied for third place scoring a 219.5: Alois Kompatscher aboard Fritz Stoll’s ARC Lime N Chocolate and Markus Morawitz aboard Dun It Whiz Jerry (owner Hubertus Seberger).

Ten Reasons  was bred by Judy Mc Ivor and started by Jesse Beckley who rode the stallion into the Level 3 Open NRHA Futurity dinal and into the Top Ten at the High Roller Reining Classic in Level 4 and 3 Open. „Doug was looking for a horse to replace his Jacs Little Sunrise,“ said Francesca Sternberg. “He saw Ten Reasons at the Futurity and fell in love with this horse immediately. This stallion is so easy to handle and has such a big heart!”

The achievements of this ‚ Winning Combination’ include the Reserve Champion title Level 2 at the 2012 NRHA European Futurity, 3rd place at the Belgian  Futurity Level 2 and the Level 2 Reserve Champion title at the French Futurity.

Wimpys Wound Up is a 6-year-old AQHA stallion by Wimpys Little Step out of Docs Twinkie Jac, who was 2010 DRHA Reining Fever Snaffle Bit Champion, 2010 Western star Futurity Reserve Champion (Level 2 and 3) and AMERICANA Futurity finalist.

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NRHA European Champion Intermediate Non Pro – Piet Mestdagh and RS Spat Man O War – What another fine success for Piet Mestdagh (Belgium) who started the 2013 show season by becoming NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Champion: in a field of 17 riders, he and his bay AQHA stallion RS Spat Man O War (Spat Olena x Rs Hollywood Hglo) scored a 220,5 claiming the NRHA European Championship Int. Non Pro. Also this was show highscore so far. Austrian Alexander Nestelberger and Shining Step became Reserve European Champion (216), with Hubertus Seeberger and Dun It Whiz Jerry following on third place (215).

Piet Mestdagh bought his bay stallion from his breeder Claudio Risso last year. Only four months later, he won the IRHA Non Pro Futurity 2012 Level 4 and Level 3 with this horse.

Shining Step (Wimpys Little Step x Spark N Pretty) was bred by Sandra Friesenbiller and is owned by the Schlager & Nestelberger Partnership. With Markus Morawitz in the saddle, the gelding was AustrianRHA Futurity and Derby Champion, NRHA Breeders Futurity 5th, IRHA Futurity Level 3 Open Champion and European Futurity Finalist. Alex Nestelberger, was was a member of the Austrian Young Riders team at the 2011 FEI European Reining Championship, trains with  Rudi Kronsteiner.



NRHA European Champion Youth 13 & Under – Zoey Kant and Its Dun Time – Zoey Kant did it again: In a field of 16, the 14-year-old girl from The Netherlands and her 14-year-old AQHA gelding Its Dun Time (Hesa Sonofa Doc x Miss Sin San) scored a 215 and became NRHA European Champion Youth 13 & under once more. Actually, it was the third time at this show that Zoey and her gelding won a class after earning first place in the Ancillary Shows NRHA Youth 14-18 and Limited Non Pro.

The Reserve European Champion title was claimed by Gilles Huyghe (Belgium) aboard his Docs Lil Gun (by Colonels Lil Gun) who scored a 214, followed by Michelle Maibaum (Germany) aboard BT Smartest Dude (211,5).  15-year-old Gilles and Docs Lil Gun had won the NRHA Unrestricted Youth the day before. Their achievements include the Markel Non Pro Derby Level 2 and 4 in Paris 2013 as well as the Limited Non Pro at the 2012 European Affiliate Championship.


NRHA European Champion Youth 14-18 – Michelle Maibaum and Sailcommander – Scoring a fantastic 218.5, Michelle Maibaum (Germany) and her Sailcommander (Sailin Ruf x Oaks Silver Doc) took the lead in a field of 18 in the NRHA European Championship Youth 14-18. Alissa Leloux (The Netherlands) and her Wimpys Short Stepp BB earned Reserve Champion honours scoring a 216. Anna Lisec and Whizable placed third (211).

The European Champion title was another milestone in an already great show season for 14-year-old Michelle, who was the youngest finalist of the 2013 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro. There she rode Chic A Boom BB (inspite of a penalty in the last stop) to an impressing third place in Level 3 Non Pro and 12th place in Level 4. This year, she also won the CRI Junior Division and the NRHA Youth 14-18 at the NRHA Germany Easter Show. Also Michelle was the first reiner to receive the Reiner of the Future Trophy.

Alissa Leloux was 2011 NRHA European Champion Youth 14-18. Aboard  Wimpys Short Step BB (Wimpys Little Step x Short Rooster) she won the NRHA Snaffle Bit / Hackamore 5 & under Non Pro at the 2012 NRHA European Championship. The Palomino who was bred by Eifel Gold Ranch was 2011 NRHA Breeders Futurity Limited Open SBH Champion and IRTHA Futurity Finalist with Cira Baeck in the saddle.


Jennifer Nixdorf wins after run-off in European Champion Rookie Level 2 – The EC Rookie Level 2 ended with a tie on first place between 214,5 Jennifer Nixdorf (Austria) aboard Whizoom and Zoey Kant (The Netherlands) aboard Its Dun Time. Both had scored a 214.5 in a field of 24. In the run off, Jennifer Nixdorf had the better ride (214.5). Zoey Kant became Reserve (213.5). Dries Verschueren and BA Superjac followed on third place scoring a 214.

Whizoom is an 8-year-old bay AQHA stallion by Topsail Whiz out of Dun It The Hard Way, who was e.g. 2009 NRHA European Futurity Ltd Open Champion and 3rd in Level 4, 2011 Americana Maturity Champion and among the Top 15 of the IRHA Futurity. Jennifer, who trains with Rudi Kronsteiner,  won the NRHA Rookie at the 2012 European Championship, the Youth at the EquitaLyon in France and was 5th in Novice Horse Non Pro at the IRHA-NRHA Derby.



Bernard Fonck and Sail On Top Whizard – Open NRHA European Champions – With a fascinating NRHA European Championship Open class, the 2013 NRHA European Affiliate Championship ended. Nine horse-rider-combinations had been entered, and one fine run followed the other while scores climebd higher and higher. In the end it was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck aboard Danny and Mireille Cerato’s Sail On Top Whizard who became NRHA European Champion Open after a brilliant run scoring a 227. Grischa Ludwig (Germany) and Crome Dont Corrode (owner de Bruin Reining Horses) became Reserve Champion scoring a 221.5, followed by Rieky Young and Brady Chex  on third place (221).

With the now 8-year-old AQHA stallion Sail On Top Whizard (Whizard Jac x. Miss N Sis) Bernard Fonck was the first NRHA European Futurity Champion Open Level 4, but that was just the beginning of a remarkable career for this outstanding stallion, whose acheivements include multiple Bronze Trophies and the 2011 IRHA Derby Open Co-Championship. His NRHA LTE are over $ 200,000 now and it was Sail On Top Whizard with whom Bernard earned his third NRHA World Champion Open title.

Crome Dont Corrode (Custom Crome x Maggie Chex) was bred in the USA where he won the Congress Reining Futurity Non Pro. Grischa Ludwig showed him in the Breeders Derby Open, and presented a great run here in Wiener Neustadt. Grischa Ludwig was German Reining Champion twice and represented his country many times in FEI competition. He is a multiple Bronze Trophy Champion, NRHA Breeders Derby Reserve Champion Open and Limited Open Champion and  multiple FEQHA European Champion. At the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, he placed 5th in individual competition being the best European Competitor.

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NRHA European Champion Non Pro – Claudio Risso and Spat A Blue – A winning combination did it again: Claudio Risso (Italy) and his Spat A Blue claimed the 2013  NRHA European Championship Non Pro scoring a 220. Tina Künstner-Mantl (Austria) and her Heza Sure Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Im Not Blonde) placed second scoring a 218.5, with last year’s Champion Non Pro Manuel Bonzano and his Great Sun Burst following on third place with a score of 218.

Claudio Risso is not only one of Europe’s leading Non Pro riders, but also one of its best breeders. Six times he was awarded the NRHA Germany Breeders Award and earned the IRHA ‘Best Breeder’ Award. Claudio has won every major Non Pro show in Europe at least once. He was an NRHA European Futurity Champion Non Pro, multiple NRHA Breeders Futurity Champion Non Pro, multiple IRHA Futurity and Maturity Champion Non Pro and multiple Bronze Trophy Champion. Twice he won the EquitaLyon Grond Prix, and in 2011 he was NRHA World Champion Non Pro. A lot of these achievements including the World Champion he earned with his flashy and brilliant stallion with whom he won the European Championship now: Spat O Lena. The 11-year-old bay is by Spat Olena out of ARC Joy Surprise and was bred by Claudio himself. “He is an incredible horse.” Claudio said. “He surprises me time and time again.”

Another very exceptional horse is Reserve European Champion Heza Sure Whiz with whom Tina Künstner-Mantl earned many of her achievements including the Reserve World Championship. The beautiful 13-year-old stallion is one of Topsail Whiz’ best sons in Europe. His achievements include:  EquitaLyon Grand Prix Res. Champion, 23 Classic Non Pro Champion and Reserve Champion, NRHA European Champion and Res. Champion Non Pro and many more. “You can absolutely rely on him in the show pen,” Tina said. “He has got such a big heart and the desire to win. He is simply a horse you can go to war with!”


Tiara Van Dongen claims European Champion title Limited Open for Belgium – In the Limited Open, the new NRHA European Champion is Tiara Van Dongen (Belgium) aboarrd Don John Escapes BB (Don Quixote Escapes x Soft Whizpers). The two scored a 214.5. Matas Gobert (Belgium) and Koen Brusaert’s Amarillo Crome (Custom Crome x Docs Little Beauty) placed second scoring a 213. 5, with Quentin Galliere (France ) and ND Smart Pleasedunit (owner Pascale de Decker) placing third with a score of 213).

During 2013  NRHA European Championship,  Tiara won the NRHA Rookie Professional aboard  Pop Gun Cash BB and rode Don John Escapes BB to the Reserve European Champion  titleRookie Professional. Both horses were bred by Eifel Gold Ranch, where  Tiara is working as an Assistant Trainer of Cira Baeck. Don John Escapes BB was an  Austrian Futurity Champion and with Susy Baeck in the saddle, 2011 Reserve Futurity Champion Non Pro Level 2  in Belgium and NRHA Breeders Futurity Bit Non Pro 3rd.

Matyas Gobert is a multiple Belgian Champion and earned team silver at the 2009 FEI European Championship as well as Bronze in Junior Division at the 2011 European Championship.


European Champion Limited Non Pro – Nuith Linthorst and Just Miss Enterprise – Two days before, Nuith Linthorst (The Netherlands) and her 5-year-old AQHA mare Just Miss Enterprise (Surprise Enterprise x Jiggs Partner) had won the Ancillary show NRHA Intermediate Non Pro scoring a 217.5  – now they did even better: with a score of 219.5, the two claimed the HRHA European Championship Limited Non Pro in a field of 22. Nuith Linthorst’s achievements with Just Miss Enterprise include the DRHA Summer Slide Non Pro Champion title and the  DWRF Non Pro Reining Trophy.

Jurgen Eeckeloo (Belgium) and his Pine Black Bandit placed second scoring a 214.5. The 8-year-old AQHA stallion by Little Banty Rooster out of  Break The Law has been shown very successfully bei Jurgen in Belgium and won the NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro at the 2013  European Championship.

With only ½ point behind, Judith Ernst (Austria) and her Jac That Out followed on third place (214).

Ancillary Results


Bert Coeckelberghs (BEL) and Br Wimpy Little Whiz – NRHA Youth 13 & Under – The Ancillary class NRHA Youth 13 & Under was the first class of the 2013 NRHA European Affiliate Championship. In a field of six promising young riders, Belgian Bert Coeckelberghs took the lead scoring a 208 aboard his  9-year-old chestnut AQHA mare BR Wimpy Little Whiz. BR Wimpy Little Whiz is by Wimpys Little Step out of the Topsail Whiz mare Fashions Last Whiz. With this mare, Bernard Fonck was 2007 French Futurity Open Champion. With this horse owned by Steven Coeckelberghs, Bert won the Beginners Youth at the 2012 International Western Event in Belgium and the Youth 13 & under at the 2013 Step up Show.

Scoring a 206, Ramona Levai (Austria) placed second aboard her two horses Smart Fantasy Drima as well as Gin Whiz Orima. Smart Fantasy Drima is an AQHA mare by Smartin out of the Jac O Rima mare Jacs Star Surprise which was bred by Helmut Schulz. Dennis Schulz was ARHA Futurity Reserve Champion with this horse. Gin Whiz Orima (Laredo Whiz x Okka Hollywood Jac) is another mare bred by Helmut Schulz which was shown successfully by Dennis Schulz. Ramona, whose achievements include Senior Reining High Point in Slovakia, has been showing both horses successfully in various events.

Zoey Kant and Its Dun Time – NRHA Youth 14-18 – In the NRHA Youth 14-18, the winner was 14-year-old Zoey Kant (NED). In a field 25 riders, the young reiner and her AQHA gelding Its Dun Time (Hesa Sonofa Doc x Miss Sin San) scored a 211.5 after a fine run. Michelle Maibaum (GER) and her Sailcommander (Sailin Ruf x Oaks Silver Doc) placed second scoring a 210.5.

With her 14-year-old gelding, Zoey Kant was 2012 NRHA European Affiliate Champion Youth and Rookie. The two also won the Youth 13 & under at the 2013 NRHA European Futurity.

14-year-old Michelle who was the youngest NRHA European Futurity Non Pro finalist this year (3rd in Level 3 an d 12th in Level 4) and her 9-year-old AQHA gelding Sailcommander won the CRI in the Junior Division and the NRHA Youth 14-18 at the NRHA Germany Easter Show. They also received the first Reiner of The Future Trophy last year at the IRHA/NRHA Futurity.

Unrestricted Youth Champion: Gilles Huyghe and Docs Lil Gun – The Unrestricted Youth was won by 15-year-old Gilles Huyghe (Belgium) and his Docs Lil Gun who had scored a 208. Bo Brutsaert and Soulas A Cinch placed second (201.5).

Aboard Docs Lil Gun (von Colonels Lil Gun) Gilles Huyghe won the 2013 Markel Non Pro Derby Level 2 and 4 in Paris. Last year the two topped the Limited Non Pro at the  European Affiliate Championship. Bo Brutsaert and Soulas A Cinch (Soula Jule Star x Tinas Nu CD) were secomd in Youth 14-18 last year here in Wiener Neustadt.

Tiara Van Dongen and Pop Gun Cash BB – Rookie Professional – The NRHA Rookie Professional was won by Tiara Van Dongen for owner Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck in Belgium. Aboard Pop Gun Cash BB (Nu Chex to Cash X Sugar Pop Gun) she scored a 213.5. Tim Van Nueten and Hesa Tuff Jac (Hesa Tuff Chic x Enterprise Winder) placed second (210.5).

Pop Gun Cash BB was bred by Eifel Gold Ranch. With Susy Baeck, the  AQHA stallion was 2012 NRHA European Non Pro Futurity champion Level 2 and Level 3 as well as co-champion Level 4. Tiara started working as Cira Baeck’s assistant trainer in 2012. This is her first year, she is showing horses for the Eifel Gold Ranch in Rookie Pro and Limited Open. Aboard Little BH Peppy BB she was a 2013 NRHA European Futurity Open Level 1 finalist.

Tim Van Nueten and Yvette Saad operate Monray Reining Horses in Belgium. Tim started his career as a stunt rider and later on worked for Ann and Bernard Fonck. In 2010 he opened Monray Reining Horses. Aboard Henkjan Weernink’s Hesa Tuff Jac Tim won the Rookie Pro at the 2012 International Western Event Belgium and claimed gold in Junior Reining at the Belgium Quarter Horse Show of The Year.

Sandra Friesenbiller and Susy Baeck Co-Champions in Snaffle Bit Hackamore (5 & under) Non Pro – The NRHA Snaffle Bit Hackamore (5 & under) Non Pro ended with a tie on first place between Sandra Friesenbiller (Austria) aboard her Shine N Whiz and Susy Baeck (Belgium) aboard Walla Escapes BB. Both scored a 208 becoming Co-Champions in this class. Austrian Andreas Lukner and Falkorima placed third (206.5).

Shine N Whiz is a 3-year-old sorrel AQHA stallion by Topsail Whiz out of the top producing mare Spark N Pretty, who is one of the leading dams in European reining (her progeny earned almost $ 120,000 NRHA USA and over € 18,000 NRHA Germany money. Sandra Friesenbiller bred the horse herself. She is a multiple NRHA Bronze Trophy Champion Non Pro and was 2009 NRHA Affiliate Circuit Champion Non Pro as well as 7th in NRHA Non Pro ranking.

Walla Escapes BB is another fine horse bred by the Eifel Gold Ranch. The sorrel AQHA mare is by Don Quixote Escapes out of Walla Walla Sunshine. Susy Baeck was 2012 NRHA European Futurity Champion Non Pro Level 2 and 3 as well as Co-Champion Level 4.

Nuith Linthorst and Just Miss Enterprise – NRHA Intermediate Non Pro – Scoring a 217. 5, Nuith Linthorst (The Netherlands) and her 6-year-old AQHA mare Just Miss Enterprise (Surprise Enterprise x Jiggs Partner) took the lead in the NRHA Intermediate Non Pro. This was the event’s highscore so far. Dries Verschueren and BA Superjac placed second scoring a 211.5 with Nancy Schmidt and Magnum Chic Whiz placing third (210).

It was not the first success for Nuith Linthorst and her Just Miss Enterprise. The achievements of the two include the DRHA Summer Slide Non Pro and the DWRF Non Pro Reining Trophy Championship. And Dries Verschueren and BA Superjac are a successful combination now as well. BA Superjac is by McJac Flash out of High Brows Chick and was bred by Fonck-Poels. He already won the Belgian Futurity. With Dries, he was a  multiple Beginners Champion and Rookie Champion last year.

Jeannette Krähenbühl – Intermediate Open – A winning combination did it again: scoring a 217.5, Jeannette Krähenbühl (Switzerland) and Dr Lee Hook (owned by Glis Ranch / Michael Kolbe) won the NRHA Intermediate Open in a field of 26 riders. Alois Kompatscher (Italy) and ARC Lime N Chocolate (owned by Fritz Stoll) placed second scoring a 216.5. Petra Van Ede aboard Wimpys Wound Up (owned by de Bruin) and Dave R. Young aboard his Custom Sabra of Sun tied for third place scoring a 216 each.

The success story of past NRHA World Champion Non Pro Jeannette Krähenbühl and Dr Lee Hook (Ray Gay Quixote x Chickaduasha) started in 2012 with the two becoming NRHA European Futurity Level 2 Open Champion. Their latest success was the Limited Open NRHA Breeders Derby Co-Championship 2013 and the NRHA Breeders Derby Res. Co Champion Open. The flashy stallion was trained by Rudi Kronsteiner.

ARC Lime N Chocolate (Chic Please x Im In The Limelight) and Karin Stoll were Reserve Champion Non Pro at the 2012 Italian. With Alois Kompatscher, the horse was Italian Maturity Open Level 2 Champion.


Anna Lisec and Whizable – NRHA Rookie Level 2 – With 31 entries, the NRHA Rookie Level 2 was the biggest Ancillary Show so far at the 2013 NRHA European Affiliate Championship. The class ended with another success of Anna Lisec (Austria) and her 8-year-old AQHA mare Whizable (Topsail Whiz x Dunit It The Hard Way; owner Sabine Lisec). The two won this class scoring a 211 after a fine performance. Bo Brutsaerts (Belgium) and Soulas A Cinch placed second scoring a 210.5, Jurgen Eeckeloo and Pine Black Bandit third (207.5).

17-year-old Anna Lisec who trains with Chuck Klipfel won the Youth 14-18  at the 2013 NRHA Breeders Derby only a few weeks ago. Last year, she was third in Youth 14-18 at the NRHA European Affiliate Championship and placed 11th at the NRHA European Derby Non Pro Level 2.

Bo Brutsaert and Soulas A Cinch (Soula Jule Star x Tinas Nu CD) had placed second as well in  the NRHA Unrestricted Youth yesterday.


Jurgen Eeckeloo wins NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2The first three places in a field of 23 riders in the NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 went to Belgium, the winner being Jurgen Eeckeloo who scored a 212 aboard his Pine Black Bandit. The 8-year-old AQHA stallion by Little Banty Rooster out of Break The Law was already shown successfully by Jurgen in Belgium and placed third in NRHA Rookie Level 2 at the 2013 NRHA European Championship.

Steve Vannietvelt rode his Im Smart And Wimpy on second place in this class and also placed third with his second horse Steppin Stud Muffin (209). Im Smart And Wimpy is a 5-year-old AQHA stallion by Wimpys Little Step out of Smart San Pep, with whom Steve was 2012 Belgian Champion Amateur and 4th at the Austrian Futurity Non Pro Level 3 resp. 5th in Level 4.

Great Sun Burst & Manuel Bonzano win NRHA Non Pro – What an extraordinary reining horse: In the NRHA Non Pro, the 10-year-old sorrel AQHA stallion Great Sun Burst (Great Resolve x Docs Sun Burst) once more proved his outstanding class and talent. With his owner Manuel Bonzano (Italy) in the saddle, he scored a 222.5 winning the class. Piet Mestdagh (Belgium) uad BH Most Wanted (Mr BH Most Wanted x Tuckers Missy) placed second (220) with Fenna Elsinga and Smoking Kills following on third place (219,5)

Great Sun Burst has been incredibly successful in the show arena. With Bernard Fonck, the stallion was 2010 and 2011 NRHA European Champion Open as well as NRHA World Champion Open. In 2012 he was NRHA European Champion Non Pro and NRHA World Champion Non Pro with Manuel Bonzano in the saddle. So far, his NRHA LTE are more than 320,000.

Piet Mestdagh and his BH Most Wanted were 2012 IRHA Derby Reserve Champion Non Pro and Co-Reserve Champion in the  ARCESE Non Pro at the 2013 European Futurity. The AQHA gelding was bred by Henry Bolleboom. His NRHA LTE ware almost $ 50,000. With Roy Van Der Hoeven he was ARHA Western Star Derby Ltd Open Champion, with Bernard Fonck Level 4 Open Reserve Champion at the IRHA Derby and the  IRHA Maturity 2012.

Cody Sapergia & Nu Chexomatic win NRHA Open – What a fine new success for Cody Sapergia and Nu Chexomatic (Nu Chex To Cash x Tejons Texie Lena, owner Jacpoint QH, Austria): just about one week after their winning the $ 30,000 Openat the SVAG CS Classic in Switzerland, they now also took the lead in the NRHA Open at the NRHA European Championship. The gelding’s brilliant run earned a  227 – a score not even Bernard Fonck (Belgium) aboard Danny and Mireille Cerato’s Sail On Top Whizard (Whizard Jac x Miss N Sis) could top. With a  223.5 they placed second. Two riders tied for third place: Rieky Young aboard Brady Chex and Bernard Fonck aboard Cattlemans Cash (222.5 each).

Nu Chexomatic was trained by Bernard Fonck. Tina Künstner-Mantl / Jacpoint QH bought the horse as a 4-year-old from Grischa Ludwig. With Tina in the saddle, the gelding was Reserve Champion at the 2011 Europeaqn Futurity and IRHA/NRHA Derby Non Pro Champion. With Cody Sapergia, who trains at Jacpoint QH, Nu Chexomatic won the SVAG Open as well as the 23 Classic Open.

With Sail On Top Whizard, Bernard Fonck earned his third Open World Championship. With this horse, Bernard won the 2009 NRHA European Futurity Open Level 4, the NRHA Open at the 23 Classic and was 2011 IRHA Derby Open Co-Champion.


Cira Baeck – Novice Horse Open – The NRHA Novice Horse Open was won by past NRHA World Champion Non Pro Cira Baeck aboard Pop Gun Cash BB (Nu Chex to Cash X Sugar Pop Gun)  who scored a 212. Barbara Henge (Austria) aboard Wolfgang Hufnagl’s RS Nic placed second scoring a 211, followed by Miroslav Baniari and Steppin With Class (owner. Sophia Lukacikova) – the Score: 208.

Cira Baeck whose NRHA LTE are over $ 470,000 now, was 2012 NRHA European Futurity Open Level 3 Champion and NRHA European Affiliate Champion Int. Pop Gun Cash BB was bred by  Eifel Gold Ranch. With Susy Baeck, the  AQHA stallion was NRHA European Non Pro Futurity Champion Level 2 and Level 3 as well as Co-Champion Level 4.

At the 2013 European Championship, Barbara Hengge was European Champion Rookie Professional and also won the NRHA Limited Open. RS Nic is a 4-year-old SAQHA stallion by Tinsel Nic out of Its Not All Dun, wgo was bred by Rosanne Sternberg and is owned by Wolfgang Hufnag. Barbara Hengge was 2012 AQHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion with this horse.

All photos by Christian Kellner.

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Deadline Reminder – Austrian RHA Futurity

2013 Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show in Wiener Neustadt:

Next deadline for entries: July 16, 2013

Wiener Neustadt/Austria, August 14-17, 2013

Provided by Ramona Billing - The next deadline for entries of the  $ 80.000 added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2013 is on Tuesday, July 16. Simply register at, log in and off you go. Here is the direct link to the Austrian Futurity entry: The final deadline is August 11, 2013.

The Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2013  is scheduled from August 14 until 17, 2013. Besides the $ 68,000 added Futurity classes, there is an NRHA Ancillary Show. The Austrian Futurity is open for all 3- and 4-year-old reining horses. There will be four Levels ind the Open Futurity classes, and three in the Nonm Pro Futurity classes. All classes are NRHA approved. The event is also a qualifyer for the 2014 NRHA European Affiliate Championship. The show is judged by Filippo Masi/ITA, Eugenio Latorre/ITA, Maik Bartmann/GER, Dean Latimer/USA  and Pierre Ouellet/CAN, the bit judge being Dr. Hilde Jarc/AUT.

Information and entries:

Gerda Langer  -  ARHA  Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Phone +43-2238-8484 cell phone +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545,,

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NRHA to Host FEI Reining World Cup

09-Futurity-smart-spook-sfwBy Christa Morris - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce that it will once again present one of the most prestigious reining competitions in the world: the 2013 FEI Reining World Cup. The event will be held during the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

Worldwide Action

The FEI Reining World Cup is a thrilling competition involving the best individual reiners in the world. The World Cup will be open to the best-ranked athletes from each National Federation. Qualified riders will compete for $50,000 in prize money, gold, silver and bronze medals. More details about qualifying and entering will be released as the event nears.

OKC-CVB 2007 H-Logo200This event is made possible thanks to the support of the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau. NRHA President Beth Himes said, “We are thrilled to host this event and to continue building worldwide interest in Reining. The city of Oklahoma City is such a wonderful venue for reining events and a perfect place to showcase the sport at the world’s largest NRHA event.”

Lively International Competition Returns

In 2009, NRHA last hosted a similar event during its NRHA Futurity Show: the FEI World Reining Masters. The lively competition brought the world’s top 20 riders from 18 nations to compete on 20 world-class reining horses in one night of high caliber competition!  Along with the international visitors came plenty of spending power, which meant a significant economic impact to local merchants.

FEI Reining

The FEI is the international body governing equestrian sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee. It is the sole controlling authority for all international events in dressage, jumping, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, reining and para-equestrian. FEI-approved reining competitions started in 2001, making the sport the only Western discipline approved by the organization. For the first time ever in the history of equestrian sports, the FEI welcomed team and individual reining competition to the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games.

Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau (OKC CVB) is the leading civic promoter for all equestrian events held in Oklahoma City, including the NRHA Futurity & North American Affiliate Championship Show in November and the NRHA Derby in June. A branch of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the OKC CVB is dedicated to promoting NRHA and its events through direct monetary sponsorships, media planning and direct contacts with city officials and civic leaders.

If you are visiting for the NRHA Futurity or Derby, visit the OKC CVB website for the in-the-know on where to stay, the best places to eat and the recommended sights and attractions you don’t want to miss while you are in town.

National Reining Horse Association

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard setting body of 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


Photo of Rudi Kronsteiner and Smart Spook by Waltenberry.

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Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) Laid To Rest

Gunner_head_2COMPRESSED by Tristan DarkProvided by Pro Management, Inc. – At McQuay Stables in Tioga, Texas, the focus has long been on exceptional performance – both human and equine. But people close to owners Tim and Colleen McQuay know that underlying all the awards and accolades the couple’s real focus has always been the love of the horse.

So, losing any horse would be hard. But saying goodbye to a great one pushed the difficulty to another level when Colonels Smoking Gun, known worldwide simply as “Gunner”, lost his battle with laminitis on July 8. The National Reining Horse Hall of Fame inductee and $5 Million Sire was humanely put down after spending the last week at Equine Medical Associates in Pilot Point, Texas under the constant care of Dr. John McCarroll.

Simply, Gunner was a horse for the ages. When he made his center-stage debut at the NRHA Futurity in 1996, the reining world fell in love with the diminutive sorrel with the floppy ears and white tail. After tying for the NRHA Futurity Open Reserve title as a 3-year-old, he went on win the US Equestrian Team Reining Championship in 2001. He was immortalized as a Breyer Horse and finished his career with earnings over $177,000.

The McQuays have owned Gunner since 2005, and in those ensuing years, his record as a sire elevated him to legendary status. His outstanding offspring include 2009 NRHA Futurity and 2010 Derby Open Champion, Gunnatrashya. Gunner has sired numerous Futurity and Derby finalists and champions, in both the Open and Non Pro divisions, including 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Champion, Americasnextgunmodel, 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, Gunners Tinseltown, and 2012 NRHA Non Pro Co-Champion, Customized Gunner. Gunner has also sired Gunners Special Nite, winner of the individual Gold medal at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Attendees at the 2013 National Reining Horse Association Derby who watched Jordan Larson ride HF Mobster (Gunner X Dun Its Black Gold) to the Open Championship and Mandy McCutcheon ride Always Gotyer Gunsup (Gunner X Always A Dunit) to the Non Pro Championship had no knowledge that the great stallion had already begun to suffer from the first signs of laminitis.

As the word spread of Gunner’s demise, his owners immediately began to receive texts and calls from all over the globe, further evidence of the great stallion’s popularity and impact. Tim McQuay noted, “We appreciate everyone who supported Gunner through his career–he had a great team.  He will be laid to rest next to Hollywood Dun It on our farm.  We will truly miss him.”

Colleen McQuay added, Gunner was a sweet happy horse, and when I look at all he has given us I can only be grateful for the time we shared with him.  Losing him leaves another hole in our hearts.”

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NRHA Sire & Dam Program Congratulates Stallions and Their Owners

For Immediate Release – July 8, 2013 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Sire & Dam Program continued to put money back in enrolled Sire & Dam Program sire owners’ pockets by paying out Sire Awards totaling $9,000 in addition to awarding NRHA Lawson trophies to the winning sires in three division at the 2013 NRHA Derby. Below is a listing of the winners:

Level 4 Open division:

Gunner_head_2COMPRESSED by Tristan Dark

-$1,500 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, for HF Mobster placing first

-$1,000 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, for Americasnextgunmodel placing third

-$500 to Wimpys Little Step, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, for CFR Centenario Wimpy placing fourth

Level 3 Open division:

Wimpys Little Step Headshot_by John Brasseaux

-$1,500 to Wimpys Little Step, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, for CFR Centenario Wimpy placing first

-$1,000 to Wimpys Little Step, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, for Wimpyneedsacocktail placing second

-$500 to Banjo Whiz, owned by Nedpoint Quarter Horses, for Custom Banjo placing third

Level 4 Non Pro division:

-$1,500 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, for Always Gotyer Gunsup placing first

-$1,000 to Starlights Wrangler, owned by Hendricks Broten Equine Assets for AR Okies Last Stand placing second

-$250 to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, and to Smart Spook, owned by Rosanne Sternberg, for Gunner Gump and Smart Chuka, respectively, who tied for fourth place

Started in 1966, the NRHA Sire & Dam program continues to provide significant benefits to both stallion and mare owners. Stallions who participate in the program are eligible for NRHA Futurity and Derby awards, while mare owners have the opportunity to purchase breedings to the top stallions in the industry at reduced rates. Sire & Dam offspring are eligible for reduced entry fees for the NRHA Futurity and Derby, a savings of over $4,000 as well as later entry deadlines for both events.

If you are interested in participating in the program or would like to learn more about it please contact Hayley Lewallen, Sire & Dam Representative at or (405)946-7400.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard setting body of 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

Photo of Gunner by Tristian Dark

Photo of Wimpys Little Step by John Brasseaux

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NRHA Germany Breeders Derby Recap

NRHA Breeders Derby: Cody Sapergia wins Open Breeders Derby , Grischa Ludwig and Jeannette Krähenbühl second

Provided by Ramona Billing - With a 221.5 Canadian Cody Sapergia and Shining Tinsel claimed the 2013 NRHA Breeders Derby Open Championship. The 5-year-old AQHA gelding by Tinsel Nic out of Setting Off Sparks, owned by Klaus Zieglmeier , had been leading after the go round and earned plus points in each maneuvre in the final as well. Klaus Ziegelmeier bought Shining Tinsel, which was bred by Rosanne Sternberg and trained by Jonathan Gauthier  1 1/2 years ago as a Non Pro horse for himself and his daughter. Cody got the gelding four months ago and was Novice Horse Open Reserve Champion 2013 at the IRHA/NRHA Derby. “Shining Tinsel is a great horse and so cooperative”, said Cody. “This was a great show, and I have to thank the owners for this fine horse. But I couldn’t have done it without the support from my team.”

The Co-Reserve Championship Open and Co-Championship  Limited Open went to Jeannette Krähenbühl aboard Dr Lee Hook and Grischa Ludwig aboard Pistol Silhouette. The 5-year-old mare by Custom Pistol out of Peaches Silhouette, bred by Steve Simon and owned by Joline Nollet was one of two horses Grischa had in the final and was second after the g round. “My horse was super, but it simply wasn’t enough”, said  Grischa Ludwig. “But I’m so glad for Cody – he deserves it!”  Jeannette Krähenbühl felt the same. With her Dr Lee Hook (Ray Gay Quixote x Chickaduasha) bred and owned by Glis Ranch (Österreich) she won the 2012 NRHA European Derby Open Level 2. “My horse was great, but I had a mistake in his best maneuvre the spin. Anyway, I’m happy for Cody – he was great.”


Britta Goenemeyer & Best Spook claim NRHA Breeders Derby Non Pro Championship

The 2013 NRHA Breeders Derby Non Pro final ended with a tie on first place between Britta Gronemeyer aboard her Best Spook and Katharina King aboard Antarismartin. Both had achieved a 213.5. In the following run off, Britta Gronemeyer got a  211 after a fine run which turned out to be the better score. Katharine King scored a 210.

Best Spook is a 5-year-old black AQHA stallion by Smart Spook out of Best Stop, one of the best producing mares of Custom Crome. The stallion bred in the U.S.A. was 2012 NRHA European Futurity Open Lev. 4 top 10 finalist and won the Limited Non Pro at the NRHA Breeders Futurity. Britta Gronemeyer and her horse had been 6th after the go round.

Reserve Derby Champion Antarismartin (ARC Antares Surprise x Tarismartin) was 2012 NRHA Breeders Futurity Reserve Champion Non Pro & Ltd Non Pro 4 years old and IRHA/NRHA Futurity Champion Non Pro Level 2 as weel as Reserve Level 3 and 4.

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Mantl and Bonzano tie for SVAG CS Classic NRHA Non Pro

 Cody Sapergia and Nu Chexomatic win the SVAG CS Classic NRHA Open

2013 SVAG CS Classic
Givrins, Switzerland, July 4-6
PREMIAZIONE TINA MANUEL smallProvided by Simona Diale – July 5 – Fifteen of Europe’s best non pro riders and their great horses rode their way in the beautiful CS Ranch arena vying for the title in the $20,000-added SVAG CS Classic Non Pro. Following the last horse and rider combination performing in the Non Pro, tying to lead were two horse-rider combinations:  Tina Kuenstner Mantl and Heza Sure Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Im Not Blonde) along with Manuel Bonzano and Great Sunburst (Einstein x Docs Sun Burst).  Draw 7 and 6 restpectively, both had infact  posted a 222.  The past NRHA Non Pro Reserve World Champions, Mantl and her thirteen-year-old mount, and the 2012 NRHA Non Pro World Champions, Bonzano and his ten-year-old Great Sun Burst, opted to tie for the championship. “This is just great,” said a thrilled Tina following the awards presentation.  “This is the fifth year running that I have been showing my horse here in the Non Pro and the lowest we’ve ever placed is third!  He’s just great and gets better as time goes by.“  NRHA Professional, Cody Sapergia, head trainer for Jacpoint Quarter Horses, was quick to praise Tina who rides under his guidance:  “Tina did a great job and Heza Sure Whiz once again proved his worth.  All we do at home with him is keep him fit and happy and just try to make a strategy at the shows.”

Bonzano was just as happy with the co-championship:  “Sun Burst is just incredible.  He did it again for me, too bad I didn’t ride him well into the last stop.  As far as tying for the co-championship, both Tina and I believe our horses did not deserve to go back in.  I couldn’t have chosen to tie for the win with anyone better than my friend Tina.“  NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck had nothing but good things to say about Manuel and ‘Sun Burst‘.  “They both did a great job … again!“

Tying for third place honors a point behind the winners (221) were Swiss Gina Maria and Belgian Piet Mestdagh.  Gina Maria was seen riding Corinna Schumacher‘s Gunners Enterprise (Gunner x My Royal Enterprise), a nine-year-old Paint Horse stallion, and Piet was seen riding his BH Most Wanted (Mr BH Jac x Tuckers Missy), a seven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion.

It was a special day for multiple all around Swiss champion, Annika Friesecke, as she went on to win the $500-added NRHA Limited Open aboard RS McJac Hglo (Mc Jac Flash x Harlan Glo).  „I actually started reining on this great gelding five years ago and liked him from day one “ said an enthusiastic Annika who closed her performance with a 213.5.  “He’s very special and you never actually know what he’s going to be like in the pen, but today he was super and I am so happy for this win both for him and his wonderful owner, Ursula.” The twenty-five-year-old professional has been running her own training facility for the last eight years. Her mount, a thirteen-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, is owned by Ursula Niklaus.  Attending the event was Annika’s father, Sven, the president of the NRHA of Switzerland.

In second place, with a score of 213, was yet another Swiss rider.  Riding his own Diamond Cat Nifty, Julien Hasler was the first competitor to enter the pen in this class and his score held until Friesecke entered the pen twelve horses later.  Owned by Tim Katona, Diamond Cat Fifty is a nine-year-old paint horse stallion by Like A Diamond and out of Bearcat Fifty.

Winning the NRHA Rookie Level 2 with a score of 209.5, in a field of sixteen riders, was Micheal Schumacher with Sparking Tinsel, owned by his wife Corinna, between the reins. „I’m really happy with the way Sparkin Tinsel went today, he’s just a beautiful horse and a great athlete,“ said a smiling Micheal about the eight-year-old stallion by Tinsel Nic and out of Setting off Sparks.  “The fun part about showing in this class today is that my friend Klaus (Mantl) and I have a fun ‘private championship‘ which started off last year when we both started showing in the rookie! Today I beat him and now we both look forward to the next time we compete against each other.“

The reserve championship went infact to  Klaus Mantl of Austria riding Jac Point Qh’s JP Elwhiz. Aboard the four-year-old gelding by Heza Sure Whiz and out of Lady Lena Twist, Klaus scored a 207. “I am so proud with the way my horse went today and ‘fighting‘ against Micheal was great fun,“ enthused Klaus who is married to past NRHA Non Pro Reserve World Champion, Tina Mantl.
Nathalie Costantini riding, Its All For Me (Dualin For Me x Genuine Red Oak), posted a 205.5 which earned her the third place in the final standings. Nathalie also rides under the guidance of Shauna Larcombe at CS Ranch.  “I really enjoyed showing today and just love my horse,“ said the Swiss rider following the class.

Before the prestigious SVAG CS Classic Non Pro class, the Europa-Park dancers and artists were on stage at the CS Ranch.  In the show arena, the Europa Park horsemen thrilled the crowd.  Loic Tuetsch along with the beautiful paint horse ‚Moonshine‘, staged a breath taking freedom dressage where cooperation and trust between man and horse could be felt by all.  Once they had performed it was time for some fast and just as breath taking trick riding! Lois, this time with his companion Cedric Burkel, galloped ‚Shayana‘ and ‚Quieta‘ performing fast and amazing vaults.
Spectators, young and old, were surprised by Otto Oberhauptling and his animation and his colleagues amazed the crowd with their juggling.  Naturally, along with his friends, was ‚Euromaus‘!
Once again the artists were managed by Manuel Lamprecht, who has organizing the entertainment at the CS Ranch for three years running.
July 4 Update – The 2013 edition of the SVAG CS Classic kicked off today at the CS Ranch.  It is now the eighth year running that the Swiss facility is hosting the most prestigious Reining show in Switzerland.

Opening the competition today was the $3,000-added NRHA Intermediate Non Pro.  Taking the win was Jennifer Schleiniger of Switzerland riding her Masked Gunman, a five-year-old Quarter Horse stallion by Gunner and out of Starmax RM.  Jennifer started showing in NRHA competition in 2011 but she’s no stranger to the pen having shown in AQHA competition ever since she was 18.  Jennifer purchased Masked Gunman from Alessandro Pollarini of Italy last year in August and started showing him in March this year.  “This is just great and I am so happy,” said the thirty-year-old rider from Switzerland.

“Last year I was looking around for a new horse with my trainer Annika Frisecke and we went to Ludwig Grisha’s place.  There I saw a Gunner and really liked him so I told Grisha that I was looking around for a horse like him.  He found one in Italy that according to him fit my needs so Annika and I drove to Italy to look at the horse and I fell in love with him immediately and took him home.  Before coming here I showed him twice in Mooslargue, France, and once in a small show here in Switzerland, so this is actually my first major win and I’m thrilled.  Since I haven’t been showing him much, we haven’t really made plans fort he future, we’ll just wait and see what happens!”

A half a point behind the winner, second place honors went to Italian Roberta Gianformaggio riding her Top Of The Top, an eleven-year-old Quarter Horse stallion by Surprise Enterprise and out of Jackie Cody Pine.

Claiming both first and second place honors in the $5,000-added NRHA Intermediate Open was Quentin Galliere.  The Belgian rider based in France scored a 216 for the win riding Piet Mestdagh’s Rs Polyphemus Jac (RS Great Jac Feona x Harlan Glo), a seven-year-old stallion bred by Claudio Risso of Italy.  Galliere placed second on another Mestagh owned horse, RS Spat Man O War, a five-year-old stallion, also bred by Risso, by Spat Olena and out of RS Hollywood HGLO.

“I’m really happy with the way both horses went today,” said Quentin.  “Piet bought them both from Risso and they have both been doing well with him and with myself.  With ‘Polyphemus’ I won the French L 2 Open Derby and was reserve in L 4 last month.  RS Spat Man O War is actually Pete’s horse and he is standing fourth in the NRHA Non Pro rankings.  Next week he’ll be showing him in the NRHA European Affiliate Championship in Austria.”

It took a 222 to win the $1,000-added NRHA 7 & Up Non Pro class and that is exactly what Gina Maria of Swtizerland, riding Gunners Enterprise (Gunner x My Royal Enterprise) scored.  “This is the highest that Gina has ever scored.  Both Gina and I are really happy that it was ‚Digger‘ that rode her to this score,” said an enthusiastic Shauna Larcombe, Gina Maria’s trainer.  “The idea today was that of a schooling run since we’ve been working mainly on Gina‘s confidence in the pen and it worked.  It’s the fourth year that Gina has been showing him and he’s always been there for her.  I am very proud oft hem both.”

In second place was Piet Mestdagh riding his BH Most Wanted.  Aboard the seven-year-old stallion by Mr BH Jac and out of Tuckers Missy, the Belgian rider scored a 219.5.

Two riders tied to win the $2,000-added NRHA 7 & Up Open with a score of 219.5: Cira Baeck riding Ruediger Diedenhofen’s Bubblicious Gump BB (Little Gump x Shanaya Whiz) and Bernard Fonck riding Dany and Mireille Cerato’s Sail On Top Whizard (Whizard Jac x Miss N Sis).  Both Belgian riders are past multiple NRHA World Champions and Fonck is an NRHA Million Dollar Rider.  For Cira the win was particularly sweet for two reasons, the first being that she unofficially surpassed the $500,000 mark in NRHA competition and the second being that the Baeck’s bred the seven-year-old mare she tied to win on.  “I showed this mare as a three-year-old in the futurities and then her owners took her home and just trail rode her until last year, when they decided to bring her back to me in training.  She’s really sweet and I was really happy with her today,” says Cira.

Just as happy with his horse was Fonck:  “I will be showing Sail On Top Whizard in the $30,000-added Open on Saturday so today I just didn’t want to ask much from him.  As always he performed well for me.”  Fonck also slid to third place with a 218.5 riding BVBA Van Roosbroeck & ZN’s Cattlemans Cash (Wimpys Little Step x Trophys Peppy Jay).

Cody Sapergia and Nu Chexomatic win the SVAG CS Classic NRHA Open

by Andrea BonagaJuly 6 –  Eight riders made their way into the beautiful CS Ranch arena to fight for the highest step of the podium in the $30,000-added SVAG CS Classic NRHA approved Open.  When NRHA Professional Cody Sapergia rode Jacpoint Quarter Horses‘ Nu Chexomatic in the show pen, the score to beat was the 225.5 posted by NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Bernard Fonck riding Catllemans Cash (Wimpys Little Step x Trophys Peppy Jay) for BVBA Van Roosbroek & ZN.  With the flashy palomino by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Tejons Texie Lena between the reins, Sapergia meant business from the first stop and back requested by NRHA pattern n.10 and once he closed his performance with a deep stop that set the dirt flying, the score that appeared on the score board was a 228.  Their score remained unbeat and they took home both the win, the paycheck, the CS Classic Bronze Trophy as well as an Audemars Piguet pen and an XCS Blanket, official sponsors of the Show.

“This is just a very special horse,” said Cody about the six-year-old gelding a.k.a. “Duke” bred by Hilldale Farm, USA.  “I’ve been helping Tina (Mantl) with him and riding him myself for the past year and a half and he’s such an easy horse to manage.”

With a score of 226.5, the reserve championship was claimed by NRHA Professional and 2012 IRHA/NRHA Derby L 4 Open Champions Cira Baeck and Whizasunnysailor BB, owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen.  „My goal was that of trying to do the best I could considering the high level of both the horses and the riders I was competing against.  ‚Sailor‘ is such a sweet and special horse and he was there for me all the way and I am so proud of him,“ said Cira about the five-year-old gelding by Topsail Whiz and out of Walla Walla Sunshine bred by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck.  Cira also took home the special voucher for a pair of tailor made reining chaps offered by  CS Classic sponsors, Blue Nugget, for being the lady with the highest score of the Show along with an Audemars Piguet Zegna Plaid and an XCS Blanket.

Once the last contestant left the arena, Fonck and Cattlemans Cash settled for third place honors followed by Dominik Reminder who scored a 224.5 riding his own GR JFB Boy (Solanoswarlee Boy x JFB Glo).

The Celebrity Reining

As soon as the prestigious Open was over, it was time for the Celebrity Reining which once again saw 7 time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher compete against four TV celebrities:  Birgit von Bentzel from RTL Germany, Christophe Malbranque from French Eurosport, Steven Proven from SBS Belgium TV and Manuela Baraschi from Sky Italia.  The crowd pleasing fun competition closed the SVAG CS Classic week with Birgit von Bentzel stepping on the highest step of the podium riding Golden Jac N Win owned and generously made available by Sabine Staub.  “I totally enjoyed the relaxed and fun atmosphere around the show,“ said Birgit who was coached for the occasion by Terry Schulz from Mooslargue (France). „I rode my first reiner two days ago and I can assure you that nobody who saw me then would have believed that I could have won today!”
The Celebrity Reining is also charity oriented and the Charity Birgit is riding for is RTL Spenden Marathon.  “This specific project is child oriented and I love children so I am very happy and honored to have been able to contribute somehow toward the children in need around the world.”

Micheal Schumacher riding Sparkin Tinsel, owned by his wife Corinna, slid to the second second step of the podium.  Micheal was coached by the CS Ranch head-trainer, Shauna Larcombe.  “Once again I had fun with this competition and I am happy that F1 presenters from all over Europe supported this idea,” says Micheal.

In third place was Steven Proven riding Bubblicious Gump BB, generously made available by Rudiger Diedenhofen.  Steven trained at Eifel Gold Ranch with Cira Baeck.

Ancillary Action

The $300-added Limited Non Pro class opened todays‘ competition.  Taking the win, in a field of 24, was Pascale De Decker of Belgium riding her ND Smart Pleasedunit (Chic Please x Its Hollywood Lights).  Pascale rides under the guidance of Quentin Galliere who actually broke and trained this eight-year-old gelding.  „I’m super happy,“ said Pascale.  “This is my first win with this amazing horse and I am now really looking forward to showing him next week at the NRHA European Affiliate Championship where we’re qualified in the Rookie class and where Quentin qualified with him in the Limited Open class.”
Roberta Gianformaggio of Italy settled for second place honors with a score of 210.5 riding her Top Of The Top (Chic Please x Its Hollywood Lights).  “I’m really pleased with this result as this is only the third time that I‘ve shown this horse,” said Roberta.

Winning the Youth 13 & Under, with a score of 201, was Mick Betsch riding RS Esplendidos Olena(Spat Olena x RS Cheerry Miss Jac).  For Mick, today was a special day as he conquered his first NRHA trophy.  „This is only the second show for Mick and I am really proud of him,“ said Shauna Larcombe, head trainer at CS Ranch, who coaches the young Swiss rider.  “He is wonderful to work with at home, always tries to do his best and is very talented.”
In second place, a half a point behind the winners, were Flurin Staub and The Chief Tain (Hotroddin Sailor x Freckled Piros.
Winning the Youth 14-18 with a score of 211 was Gina Maria riding Gunners Hollywood Dol (Hollywood Dun It x Docs Little Gunner).  The young Swiss youth also claimed second place honors, with a score of 207.5, riding Topsail McJac (Topsail Whiz x Rs Feona McJac). Shauna Larcombe who also coaches Gina, was quick to praise her student for placing her two mounts in the top two slots.

A special thank you to the fun and horse action provided by the Europa Park artists!

Entry is free of charge during all the event.

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Top photo by Andrea Bonaga – SVAG CS Classic Non Pro Co-Champions 

Bottom photo by Andrea Bonaga – Cody Sapergia & Nu Chexomatic

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2013 NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity Info

2013 NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity in Kreuth/ Germany: €150,000-added Show

Kreuth (Germany), October 6 –12, 2013

By Art&Light

Provided by Ramon Billing – NRHA Germany’s main event, the 2013 NRHA Breeders Futurity is scheduled for October 6 to 12, 2013. The event, which has been one of the major reining shows in Europe for years, offers a purse of more than EUR 150,000 altogether. Besides the Open and Non Pro for 3-year-old horses (SBH) and 4-year-old horses (Bit), there are four Limited Breeders Futurity classes as well as lots of other attractive shows, among them an NRHA Lawson and Morrison Bronze Trophy.

With more than 350 horses and 900 entries, the 2012 NRHA Breeders Futurity was the highlight of NRHA Germany’s 25th Anniversary. In a most exciting final, Tanja Mahnke’s Frozen Spook and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck claimed the NRHA Breeders Futurity SBH Open Championship, Whizasunnysailor BB and Cira Baeck the Bit Open Championship. In the Non Pro, the winners were Barbara Janzen aboard Mc Oleaner (SBH) and Frans van der Meer aboard Mc Jacs Tuff Girl (Bit).

The announcement and entry form are available now for the NRHA Breeders Futurity. The deadline for entries is  September 2, 2013.  Don’t miss the Futurity finals – either by being there yourself or following the event via  Livescore and Livestream upon

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Photo by Art&Light Photography

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