218 horses, 142 riders from all over Europe and 453 entries – that was the10th AustrianRHA Futurity and NRHA Show at Wiener Neustadt, an event which opens the Futurity season each year and offers a purse of $ 80,000-added plus valuable prizes. Almost 150 3- and 4-year-old horses had been entered for the Futurity classes, and there were a lot more entries in the Ancillary Show this year. With e.g. 50 horses in the Novice Horse Klassen (instead of 21 in 2015), the show had to start at 7 resp. 7.30 a.m. in the morning, and classes went to until late at night.
Helmut Schulz‘ beautiful Westernstar facility mit perfect conditions for reining, a helpful and very enthusiastic team as well as the wonderful summer weather did their part to make this event a very enjoyable one. Everybody was present at the Draw Party, together with family and fans. During the finals on Friday and Saturday, it was hard to get parking space, as the event attracted lots of visitors, not only from Austria but from all over Europe.
Angelika Gebert & Whiz A Lot
Angelika Gebert and Whiz A Lot win Non Pro L3/4, 3-year-old horses
This AustrianRHA Futurity was a very successful one for Angelika Gebert from Germany. She and her husband Markus claimed two Futurity Champion titles plus the Non Pro Trophy. Angelika and her APHA stallion Whiz A Lot (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Lotti vom Letter Berg) won the 3-year-old Futurity Non Pro Level 3 and 4. The stallion who was bred by Monika Peterka, had been leading after the Go round and scored a 217 in the final. The Reserve Championship was claimed by Jennifer Nixdorf (AUT) who scored a 215.5 aboard her AQHA mare Hollysmartin (Hollywoodtinsel Town x Tarissmartin) bred by Karin Prevedel. Dr. Daniela Ratschew and Guns Still Smokin (Gunner x Scoot Lil Bow, breeder: McQuay Stables) placed third (214.5).
Luisa Werdaner becomes Non Pro Futurity Champion L1, 3-year-old horses
In the Non Pro Level 1 division, the winner was 15-year-old Lisa Werdaner (ITA), who had just earned team gold at the FEI European Championships Junior division, Her American Quarter Horse mare Shine N Roll Spook (Smart Spook x Shining High Roller), which was bred by Gregg Hill, scored a 214 in a field of 9. Andreas Lukner (AUT) and his AQHA stallion Onceuponastar (Spark N Whiz x Starmax RM, breeder: Massimo Rudari) placed second scoring a 213, with Sara Ambrosini (ITA) and Whizard Okay (Quiet Whiz x ARC Latest Sophie BH) following on third place (206).
Rudi Kronsteiner & Shine N Dixie
Rudi Kronsteiner claims 3-year-old Futurity Open L4, Klaus Lechner Intermediate Open
The Open L4 was won by NRHA Million Dollar Rider and triple NRHA World Champion Open Rudi Kronsteiner (AUT) aboard Shine N Dixie (Shine Chic Shine x Nu Dixie Chex). The stallion bred by Kirsten Buffamayer and owned by Georg Hiltner, had already been leading after the go round together with Markus Schöpfer (ITA) aboard B My Sweet Dream and Gennaro Lendi (ITA) aboard Bluetrashsailor. In the final he scored a 219.5 earning the 4th AustrianRHA Futurity Championship Open L4 for Kronsteiner.
With a 218, Klaus Lechner (AUT) aboard Astrid Eisendle‘s AQHA mare Trashy (Gunnatrashya x ARC Martha Surprise, Züchter:Remo Cardi) became Reserve Champion L4 and Intermediate Open Champion. Lechner is a multiple Austrian Futurity Finalist and placed fourth at the FEI European Championship 2015. He also rode Hope and Chic (Chic Magnetic x Hope And Surprise, breeder and owner. Alessandro Cazzaniga) to third place honours in Int. Open scoring a 217, followed by Lukasz Czechowicz (CZE) aboard Andrzej Ciok‘s mare Frozen Spookiness (Smart Spook x Frozen Slide, 216.5), and tied for third place in L4 with Gennaro Lendi (ITA) and JM Walla Big Star (Walla Walla Whiz x Ice Crazy Candy, owner Quarter Dream).
Futurity Champion Open L2: Vern Sapergia and HF Sand Bagger
The L 2 Open Championship was won by one of Europe’s best horsemen: Canadian Vern Sapergia aboard HF Sand Bagger (Jerry Lees Surprise x Hung Up On The Girl) scoring a 217.5. The gelding owned by Iris Larissa Autengruber, was bred by Heritage Farm. Lukasz Czechowicz and Frozen Spookiness placed second in L2. Czechowicz also rode Hot Spark Olena (Shiner Olena x Roosters Hot Piq) to third place honours in L2 for breeder and owner Katarzyna Roleska (215,5).
Bernardo Sarao wins Level 1 Open Futurity 3-year-old horses
Bernardo Sarao (ITA) and Vittorio Rabboni’s AQHA stallion Peppy Cadillac (Peptowa x Cadillac Dun, bred by Ingram QH) had altready been leading after the go round and scored a 213.5 in the final winning the L1 Open. Sarao is an NRHA European Futurity Finalist and IRHA Futurity Finalist. Walter Martini (ITA) and Stoney Russell’s Who Whiz Cappacino (Who Whiz It x Ha Nic A Chic) bred by Clint Haverty, placed second scoring a 210.5. Gal Grahelj and MS Lea Aledo (Epitome Aledo x Chickadualsha, owner Mojca Hrzenjak, breeder Glis Ranch) and Alessandro Dezzutto aboard Smart Baby Whiz (Spiderman Whiz x Smart Wheelin Lena, owner and breeder Rodolfo Marchetti) tied for third place (208).
Federica Rivolta & Black Magic Master
Federica Rivolta and Black Magic Master claim Futurity Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro, 4-year-old horses
Federica Rivolta (ITA) and her 4-year-old AQHA mare Black Magic Master (Master Snapper x Smokin Sailor Jessie) had been leading after the go round together with Jan Tobias Kock aboard QT Red N Run. In the final she scored a 217 with a fine run winning both the Non Pro and Int. Non Pro. Black Magic Master was bred by Roberto Cuoghi. Rivolta rode this mare to 7th place in the Intermediate Non Pro at the Lombardia Reining Show. Two riders tied for the Reserve Championship Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro scoring a 211.5 each: Jan Tobias Kock (GER) aboard his stallion QT Red N Run (Dun It On The QT x Moms Lil Ruffian) and Gabriele Carrarini (ITA) aboard her NRHA European Futurity finalist CG Surprising Jewel (ARC Surprising Smart x Serra Doll Bar). QT Red N Run and Jan Tobias Kock were NRHA Breeders Futurity Ltd. Non Pro Reserve Champion in 2015.
Elena Gunter and Chic It Out win Non Pro L1
The Non Pro Level 1 was claimed by Elena Gunter (GER) aboard Chic It Out (Chic Magnetic x Baby Pride Out) who was bred by Vincenzo Golcino. Their score: 210.5. With this stallion, Elena Gunter was 2015 NRHA Breeders Futurity and AustrianRHA Futurity Non Pro finalist. Martina Zant (AUT) and Dunit Yankee Style (Hollywood Yankee Kid x Zena Kaliz Dee Dun) placed second scoring a 206.5, with Nadine Kamintzky (GER) and The Quantum Story (Great Resolve x Surprise Me Gamble) following in third place (205).
Markus Gebert & Wimpys Little Shine
Futurity Open final L4 ends with Co-Championship Markus Gebert and Gennaro Lendi
The Open Futurity final L3/L4, 4-year-old horses ended with a tie on first place between Markus Gebert aboard Wimpys Little Shine (Wimpys Little Step x Shine Like A Babe) and Gennaro Lendi aboard Capitana N Glo (Frozen Sailor x Rooster Flash N Glo) who scored a 220.5 each. The two decided against a run off and became Co-Champions.
Gennaro Lendi & Capitana N Glo
Wimpys Little Shine was bred by Quarterdream and is owned by Markus Gebert‘s Frau Angelika, who also won the Non Pro Futurity this year. Markus is a multiple IRHA Futurity Champion, NRHA Breeders Futurity and European Futurity finalist. Capitana N Glo was bred by Angelucci QH and is owned by Vittorio Rabboni. The mare was 8th at the NRHA European Futurity. FEI World Champion Reining Gennaro Lendi and the APHA stallion Big Gangster Cash (Big Chex To Cash x Gangsters Crome, owner Paolo Resi) also tied for third place honours in L4 with Davide Brighenti (ITA) aboard Laura Letizia Selvis’ OT Hot Rocks(Taris Valentine x Great Raquel). Both scored a 217.5.
With this, Brighenti was also Reserve Champion in Intermediate Open. Here, Arnaud Girinon aboard Kimberley Wegner’s Smart SS Spook BB (Smart Spook x Soft Whizspers) and Klaus Lechner aboard Dream On Top (Magnum Chic Dream x On Tops Josefine) owned by Ingrid Ernst, tied for third place honours scoring a 216.5.
Walter Martini and Dreamin With Dot win Open L1 and 2 again
Like in 2015, Walter Martini (ITA) and his Dreamin With Dot won the Futurity Championship Open Titel Level 1 and 2. The stallion is by Magnum With A Dream out of Dots Smartest Chic and was bred by Maud Allison Deshtels in Texas. Walter Martini operates Martini Reining Horses in Campiago / Milano. His achievements include the Int. Open Championship Lombardia Reining.
With a 214.5, Dennis Schulz (AUT) and Whiz Smart Orima (Laredo Whiz x Authentic Smarima), placed second for breeders and owner Helmut Schulz, followed by Barbara Hengge aboard Harald Platteter’s Smart Chexaco Jac (Smartin x Miss Chexaco Jac, 213). Dennis Schulz is a multiple Bronze Trophy and European Champion, Maturity Champion and Austrian Champion. He is also a triple AustrianRHA Futurity Limited Open Champion as well as an Intermediate Open Champion.
In Level 1, two riders tied for the Reserve Championship: Juliane Rossner aboard Susanne Klaene’s gelding Whiz Night (Gunners Special Nite x Whizicle, breeder: Equine Plus) and Lars Süchting aboard JF What A Ruf Juice (Ruf Dun It x What A Juicy Chic), owned by his brother Markus. Both scored a 211.5.
Markus Schöpfer and Jokin Whiz earn Open Trophy
With a fine run scoring a 220.5, NRHA World Champion Int. Open Markus Schöpfer and his Jokin Whiz (Who Whiz It x Jokin Peppy) won the Open Trophy again. Markus Schöpfer operates his breeding and training facility near Turin / Italy. With his 8-year-old stallion Jokin Whiz, bred by Cecilia Frediani and trained by Marko Manzi, he was 2015 Co –Champion Open and Int. Open at the Garden of England Show in Bodiam and SVAG CS Classic Intermediate Open Champion finishing the year as Int. Open World Champion. „It was a tough season,“ said Markus Schöpfer. „and I could feel it when I started showing Jokin Whiz this year. But he seems tob e perfectly alright again. He is a great horse- very, very talented with fine maneuvres and a huge heart.“
The Reserve Champion Open title was earned by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner aboard Katja Jungfer’s What A QT Whiz (Dun It On The QT x Im A Class Whiz, 218.5), with Valentina Sagmeister and Smart N Artful (owner Andreas Hoermanseder) following on third place (216).
Non Pro Trophy Champion: Angelika Gebert and Charlys Step N Cool
With a 218.5, Angelika Gebert and her Charlys Step N Cool (Wimpys Little Step x Charlys Cool Running) became Non Pro Champion. The 6-year-old mare which was bred by Katja Jungfer, won the NRHA Italian Open Futurity and was third at the NRHA European Futurity as well as the NRHA Italian Derby with Markus Gebert in the saddle. Julia Gaupmann and her 6-year-old stallion Tinseltownsmokingun (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown) placed second (216.5) with Sabrina Ludwig and her 8-year-old Shining Tinsel (Tinsel Nic x Setting Off Sparks) following on third place.
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