NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee to be Honored at Futurity

NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee to be Honored at Futurity

For Immediate Release – November 21, 2017 – Oklahoma City – The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show will feature several exciting new events this year, including the recently announced Sliders’ Night Out hosted by the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF). Set to begin at 5:30 on November 29 in the State Fair Pavilion, the event will host the announcement of the Futurity Non Pro and Open finalists, a live band, food, and fun for all!

Adding to the excitement of the event, Sliders’ Night Out will also feature the induction of Vaughn Zimmerman into the NRHA Hall of Fame, a core program of RHF. Serving on the Foundation board from 2001-2004 and currently contributing as a Gold Donor, Zimmerman is a long-time supporter of RHF—making this a perfect time to honor him.

In addition to his contributions to RHF, Vaughn served several years as an NRHA Board member (2005-2009) and was a member of the NRHA Finance, Sale, Hall of Fame, and Sire & Dam Committees. His recommendation to the NRHA Board created the Million Dollar Owners award in an effort to recognize and encourage owners’ long-time involvement in the sport.

He is the owner of Not Ruf At All, who won the Level 4 Open at the 2013 NRHA Futurity, 2014 NRHA Derby and 2016 NRBC, becoming the third reining Triple Crown winner. His grandchildren’s involvement ensures that Zimmermans will remain a part of the reining industry for years to come.

“The Reining Horse Foundation is proud to honor Vaughn Zimmerman with his induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame on a night when we’re celebrating reining and the work of the Reining Horse Foundation,” said Leslie Baker, RHF Executive Director. “We believe this will be a meaningful tribute in front of Vaughn’s friends, family, and fellow reiners.”

Sliders’ Night Out is made possible through the support of generous sponsors and VIP table underwriters. VIP packages include dinner, premium seating, and other amenities. Table packages start at $1,250 dollars with larger sponsorships available. All money raised at the event will benefit the RHF and its core programs. To become a Sliders’ Night Out sponsor or VIP table underwriter, contact Leslie Baker, RHF Executive Director at lbaker@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400.

All Futurity participants are welcome to attend Sliders’ Night Out thanks to the support of Platinum Performance. The Platinum Performance Exhibitor Party will run simultaneously with the event, so come and be a part of the celebration.

**During the NRHA Futurity, the world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. For more information on schedules, tickets, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more, visit nrhafuturity.com.

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Legal Update – Honstetter

The National Reining Horse Association was served with a lawsuit in October filed by NRHA Professional Arno Honstetter after the Association took action pursuant to the NRHA Handbook’s protest procedures earlier this year. The protest involved an animal welfare issue. NRHA takes animal welfare issues very seriously and wishes to provide members with correct, concise information regarding its position on this pending legal matter.
 
The matter was initially referred to NRHA General Counsel and then taken through the disciplinary action phase; to the NRHA Investigative Review Committee and then Hearing Body which suspended and sanctioned Honstetter. Honstetter appealed the Hearing Body decision to the NRHA Executive Committee. The Executive Committee considered Honstetter’s appeal and affirmed the decision of the Hearing Body. Honstetter then filed a lawsuit against the Association and requested a Temporary Injunction of NRHA’s suspension and sanctions. On October 20, the court granted Honstetter’s motion for temporary injunction. As a result, after Honstetter posted a $50,000 bond, enforcement of NRHA’s suspension and sanctions against Honstetter have been stayed pending the outcome of the lawsuit.
 
NRHA legal counsel is in the process of appealing the court’s temporary injunction order and is proceeding with litigation until the matter is resolved.

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NRHA Announces Futurity Invitational Freestyle Riders

For Immediate Release – November 14, 2017 – Oklahoma City – After a successful first run in 2016, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce the lineup for the $20,000 Invitational Freestyle Reining during the 2017 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show.

Presented by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Freestyle competition will take place on November 30 at 6 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena and is a fun, kid-friendly event for the entire family! The competition features riders that have choreographed one-of-a-kind reining routines featuring elaborate music and costuming. The 12 riders selected to compete are:

Shane Brown – Elbert, Colorado
Randall Dooley – Elbert, Colorado
Terri June Granger – Dothan, Alabama
Tom Hoyt – Manlius, New York
Dan James – Midway, Kentucky
Drake Johnson – Wray, Colorado
Heather Johnson- Litchfield, Connecticut
Kirstin Kutchuk – Temecula, California
Reed Kyle – Pilot Point, Texas
Jennifer LeMere – San Martin, California
Bub Poplin – Fruita, Colorado
Devin Warren – Franktown, Colorado

“NRHA is thrilled to have the Invitational Freestyle Reining at the Futurity again this year. With the help of the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, we have established a fantastic lineup for this year’s competition. Everyone is invited to come out on Thursday night and enjoy this exciting event at the Futurity.”

Whether you’re a reining pro or simply someone looking for fun on Thursday night, this event is sure to be fun for all! Buy your tickets now at nrhafuturity.com or by calling the Oklahoma State Fair Box Office at (405) 948-6800.

During the NRHA Futurity, the world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. For more information on schedules, tickets, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhafuturity.com.

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NRHA Trophy Changes Embrace Quality

For Immediate Release – November 9, 2017 – Oklahoma City – In 2009, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors voted to change the NRHA Lawson, Morrison, and Morgan (formerly known as Pewter) trophies’ manufacturing process. Rather than the traditional metal alloy, trophies were switched to a resin-based composite material in hopes to reduce cost for show management and exhibitors.

Since the change, many questions have arisen about the trophies. While cost was improved with the resin material, durability in shipping was not ideal—diminishing the perceived value of the coveted awards. As a result, the NRHA Executive Committee has unanimously voted to change all NRHA trophies back to their original makeup of metal alloy.

Over the past eight years, NRHA staff and Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths have been working to find better options and pricing for show organizers. At the time of the resin change, a bronze trophy would have cost nearly three times as much as we are able to offer it for today. NRHA has worked diligently to bring back the original metal format and is proud to provide these higher quality trophies at a better price margin than in 2010.

“The Executive Committee felt it was a perfect time to make the switch to metal trophies, as our current contract with Montana Silversmiths was nearing its end and resin costs were rising. Montana worked with us to find a great price margin for the trophies. We hope that this change will improve both the quality and image of NRHA,” said NRHA President, Mike Deer.

According to Montana Silversmiths Vice President of Events, Steve Miller, “Montana Silversmiths takes pride in producing only the best in award trophies.  Offering the coveted Lawson, Morrison and Morgan trophies in bronze at an affordable price is one of our commitments to the members of the National Reining Horse Association. Thank you for supporting Montana Silversmiths – Brand of Champions!” said Steve Miller, VP Events, Montana Silversmiths.

NRHA understands the critical need to balance cost, efficiency, and quality within every aspect of the organization. Changing the trophies back to their original, metal alloy makeup achieves this balance while restoring a mantle-worthy award back to its original glory.

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Mark Your Calendars for Sliders’ Night Out

For Immediate Release – November 8, 2017 – Oklahoma City – Make plans to attend a new, exciting event at the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show. Sliders’ Night Out is a benefit for the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF), the nonprofit arm of the NRHA. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. on the evening of November 29 in the State Fair Park Pavilion and will feature food, fun, and dancing—in addition to the high-energy introduction of the Cinch NRHA Non-Pro and Open Futurity finalists.

Thanks to the support of Platinum Performance, every NRHA member at the Futurity is invited and welcome to attend the event. According to Platinum Performance’s Amy Quintana, Director of Marketing, “As long-time sponsors of the Futurity’s Exhibitor Party, we are pleased to sponsor the Sliders’ Night Out event—making it possible for anyone to come and enjoy the food and fun!”

This event will be made possible through the support of generous sponsors and VIP table underwriters. VIP packages will include dinner, premium seating, and other amenities. Table packages start at $1,250 dollars with larger sponsorships available. All money raised at the event will benefit the RHF and its core programs. To become a Sliders’ Night Out sponsor or VIP table underwriter, contact Leslie Baker, RHF Executive Director at lbaker@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400 or become a VIP table underwriter online here.

During the NRHA Futurity, the world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. For more information on schedules, tickets, hotel accommodations, sponsors, and more visit nrhafuturity.com.

To learn more about the sport of reining, how to join an affiliate, or where to find an NRHA Professional near you, visit nrha.com

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Anna Lisec wins her third consecutive European Non Pro Derby title aboard This Wimps So Fly

ANNA_LISECLyon, November 6 – The seventh edition of the National Reining Horse Assocation (NRHA) European Derby closed the 2017 Reining International de Lyon on Sunday afternoon. The historical French city of Lyon is host to one of Europe’s most prestigious equestrian events: Equita Lyon. High class reining was showcased during the Salon du Cheval de Lyon week which attracted over 130,000 visitors. The NRHA European Non Pro Derby did not disappoint and, for the third year running, Anna Lisec claimed the title.

Riding This Wimps So Fly, a 7-year-old gelding by NRHA Nine Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step out of Fly Flashy Jac, owned by Sabine Lisec and nominated by Melissa Vandorp, the talented Austrian rider scored a 222.5 to win the Level (L)4 Non Pro Derby adding $7,889.78 to her earnings. Lisec had taken the all four levels of the European Non Pro Derby in 2015 riding This Wimps So Fly and rode back to the highest step of the podium with Tari Whizin last year.

“Once again I really tried to win this title! On my first horse, Start A Revolution, things didn’t go quite as planned so I was a little frustrated, plus, I only had eight horses between him and ‘Fly’ so it was a little crazy,” said Anna. “This horse is simply wonderful. I will never have a horse like him again…he carries you through the show pen always trying to do his best and always wanting you to like him. The crowd was great and my coaches, Ann and Bernard [Fonck], were with me all the way. They’ve impacted my riding a lot, and credit goes to them for all the success I’ve had since I started training with them.” The young Austrian rider also qualified her second mount, Start A Revolution, to the finals. The pair closed tying for tenth place with a 214 score adding another $1,083.31 to their earnings.

Claiming reserve honors in the L4 division was multiple NRHA Non Pro World Champion Gina Schumacher aboard Wham Bam Gunner Man (Gunners Special Nite x Super Olena Chic), a 5-year-old stallion owned by CS Ranch and nominated by Robert Webb. The pair closed their performance with a 222 which earned them a check worth $5,820.50.

LIA_FRERIKSLea Freriks of the Netherlands and her own Ready For Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x Royal Paula Quixote), a 7-year-old stallion nominated by Tjeerd Elzinga, scored a 215.5 to take home the L3 Non Pro Derby championship along with $ 1,506.84. “This is a dream come true especially since I’ve have had this horse since he was three and I trained him myself,” said Freriks. “He’s a really sensitive horse but truly a special one and I am thrilled with this title that I was hoping to win.”

Bert Coeckelberghs took reserve honors by scoring a 214.5 on Spangled Heidi (Star Spangled Whiz x Heidi Sailor), a 5-year-old stallion owned by Steven Coeckelberghs and nominated by Angelucci Quarter Horses. The duo added $1,149 to their NRHA LTE.

AXEL_PESEK17-year-old Axel Pesek riding Uncle Sparky (Shining Spark x Cats Okey Dokey), a 7-year-old stallion owned and nominated by Yannick Pesek, earned his first NRHA major event on home ground. He clinched the European L2 Non Pro Derby championship with a 215.5 earning a paycheck worth $1,506.84. “I came here hoping to leave with a title even though I knew it would be tough considering the level of competition,” said the French rider. “My horse was amazing here, just as he has been all year, and I really look forward to the coming show season. My dream now is to qualify for the French team that will be competing at the FEI World Equestrian Games ™ Tryon 2018.” Pesek, riding Uncle Sparky, left his mark in FEI competition this past August by bringing home individual gold medal in the inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and was part of the French team that clinched the silver medal.

Angelika Gebert and her Charly Step N Cool (Wimpys Little Step x Charlys Cool Running), a 7-year-old mare nominated by Michael Junger-Schubert, won reserve honors in the L2 division with a 214 taking home $1,083.31.

SEBASTIANO_SCARPATOFor Italian Sebastiano Scarpato, it was a last-minute decision to enter the Euro Derby…and it was a good one! Scoring a 215 riding his own Bet On A Step (Wimpys Little Step x A Classic Slide), a 7-year-old stallion nominated by Simona Cuomo, he left Lyon with the L1 Non Pro Derby championship under his belt along with a paycheck worth $1,203.52. “I am thrilled with this win. When I was told that I was the level 1 champion, I could not believe it,” said Scarpato. “A special thank you goes to [NRHA Professional] Gennaro Lendi for being there for me here in Lyon.”

Reserve honors in the L1 were claimed by Italian Verena Rigott aboard her own Lonesome Saturday (Saturdaynight Custom x Lonesome Sally Lena), a 6-year-old gelding nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses. The duo scored a 213 for the win and a check worth $958.20.

The Paint Reining Buckle Program makes its way to Europe

For the very first time, the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) offered custom awards to top Paint Horses at an international reining event. The Paint Reining Buckle Program was offered at four major reining events in the United States this year, as well as in the NRHA European Non Pro Derby. Presenting the award buckle to the highest-scoring Paint Horse in the European Level 3 Non Pro Derby, Wimpys Little Spook (Spooks Gotta Gun x Wimpys Lil Doll), ridden and owned by Stefan Jauer, was Executive Director Billy Smith of Fort worth Texas. Presenting the award buckle to the highest-scoring Paint Horse in the NRHA European Level 4 Non Pro Derby, Automatic Gun (Gunner x Scoot Lil Bo) ridden by Domenico Lomuto and owned by Slide & Die, was APHA resident Dr. Craig Wood of Owenton, Kentucky.

For complete results nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Communication: Martine Dolbeau
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Press: Daniel Koroloff
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Muriel De Moubray
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NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale
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Photos by Andrea Bonaga

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Fonck and What A Wave are the Quarter Dream Reining International de Lyon Open Champions

Bernard Fonck & What A Wave

Bernard Fonck & What A Wave

Lyon, November 5 – An amazing $35,000-added Quarter Dream NRHA Reining International de Lyon Open thrilled the crowd on the Equita Lyon stands where reining was showcased to its best. Early in the draw, in a field of 17 entries, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck and What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jac x What A Sunrise) set the bar by posting a 226. Owned by Steve Vannietvelt and Gina de Pauw, the 10-year-old stallion won the 2015 and 2016 NRHA Open World Championship with Fonck in the saddle. Unofficially, the pair are on their way to clinching their consecutive third World Championship; a first in NRHA history!

“I cannot believe how talented and how good minded this horse is,” said Fonck. “He is incredible. Every time we enter the pen he shows off his athletic ability and keeps on bringing in first places. He’s a once in a lifetime horse!” During the awards presentation, Fonck was eager to announce, with heartfelt emotion, that the owners [Vannietvelt and De Pauw] confirmed they would give him the opportunity to show ‘Wave’ at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon.

Watch the winning run here:
https://www.facebook.com/equitalyon.westernhorseshow/videos/182243445662103/

Two points behind the winners of one of Europe’s most prestigious NRHA Open classes was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner aboard Jennifer Nixdorf’s AB Peppy Diamond (OT Taris San Peppy x Mare Made). “He is an amazing horse and we bought him for me as a non pro horse,” said owner, Jenny Nixdorf. “Rudi started showing him last year and it worked really well. Until the Americana this year he was leading the NRHA Top 10 Open rankings but things there didn’t go as planned. I am very proud of both him and Rudi, they make a great team!”

Third place honors, with a 223.5 was for NRHA Professional and past NRHA Open Reserve World Champion Cira Baeck riding Piet Mestdagh’s Gunner Snappy Chic (Gunner x Chics Miss Snap).

Ancillary Action

Markus Dunser & LMD Millhouse Jac

Markus Dunser & LMD Millhouse Jac

Austrian Markus Dunser won the $4,000-added Lambey NRHA Intermediate Non Pro with his horse LMD Millhouse Jac (Dolls Union Jac x She Whiz Rowdy) with a 220 score. Belgian Dries Vershueren and Smart N Sparkin (Smart Chic Olena x Setting Off Sparks), owned by Gold Paint Ranch, took second place honors with a 217.5.

Emma Villa & Kidding Chicory

Emma Villa & Kidding Chicory

Italian Emma Villa rode Kidding Chicory (Mr Tori Kid x Genuine Chicory) to win the $500-added NRHA Limited Non Pro with a score of 214.5. Young French rider Paola Benoit-Cattin took second place with a score of 211 on her own Shining Step (Wimpys Little Step x Spark N Pretty).

Youth Action

Marie Baralon & Chicken Sandwich

Marie Baralon & Chicken Sandwich

Champions of the NRHA Youth 14-18 was French Marie Baralon riding her own Chicken Sandwich. The pair scored a 217.Second place was for Caroline Schmoll riding Whizin And Spookin. The duo scored a 209.

Nanina Staub & ARC Sangers Walla

Nanina Staub & ARC Sangers Walla

Winning the NRHA 13 & Under with a 209.5 were Nanina Staub and ARC Sangers Walla owned by Sabine Schmid. Jayson Henri and Mister Blue Einstein, owned by Henri Bertrand scored a 205 for second place honors.

NRHA France 3 & 4-year-old Non Pro Futurity

Fabienne Kuratli Suter & Whiz Shning Style

Fabienne Kuratli Suter & Whiz Shning Style

Level 4 Champions : Fabienne Kuratli Suter and Whiz ShningStyle / score 217.5

Level 4 Reserve Champions and Champions Level 2 Champions : Heike Strambach / Electric Storm Sg / score 215

Heike Strambach & Electric Storm Sg

Heike Strambach & Electric Storm Sg

Level 2 Reserve Champions : Peter Arnet / Whiz My Freckles / score 213,5

You will find complete results nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Communication: Martine Dolbeau
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Press: Daniel Koroloff
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Muriel De Moubray
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NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale
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Photos by Andrea Bonaga

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Lendi and Spatatino are the NRHA European Open Derby Champions

Lyon, November 4 – A total of 38 of Europe’s best horses and riders, qualified for the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Open Derby finals, left their mark in the Equita Lyon Hall 6 reining arena in front of a full house as they rode for the prestigious titles.

Gennaro_Lendi_SpatatinoWinning the Level (L)4 Open Championship with a 226 was Gennaro Lendi riding Spatatino (Spat O Lena x Topsail Cal Bar), a 7-year-old stallion owned, bred and nominated by Sara Fabbri. “Once again he performed for me,” said the Italian NRHA Professional. “It is almost as if he feels the competition; he always gives me more than I ask him for. He’s an outstanding athlete.”

The NRHA Professional from Italy took home the guaranteed pay check worth $15,000 for the win as well as a trailer sponsored by Cheval Liberté.

Watch the winning run here:
https://www.facebook.com/equitalyon.westernhorseshow/videos/182051059014675/

Earning the European Open L4 Derby reserve championship with a 224.5 score was multiple NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck aboard the past NRHA European Open Futurity Champion Made In Walla (Walla Walla Whiz x Hollywood Made), owned Chuck Klipfel and Sabine Lisec. With the 6-year-old gelding nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses between the reins, Fonck had earned the top score in the qualifier. The NRHA Professional from Belgium added $13,600 to her earnings for the reserve championship, $8,220 for third place riding Spook N Perla for Golden Paint Ranch, and $2,780 by tying for seventh place aboard Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw’s Gunnerlicious.

MARKUS_MORAWITZMarkus Morawitz and Gunners Chic Magnet (Gunner x Wind Her Up Chic), owned and nominated by Josef and Tamara Ahorner, claimed the European L3 Open Derby championship and a paycheck worth $ 4,125. With the 6-year-old stallion bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC., the NRHA Professional of Austria posted a 221.5.  “I cannot thank Josef and Tamara [Ahorner] enough for giving me the opportunity to ride this really special horse,” said Morawitz. “We won the NRHA European Affiliate Intermediate Open Championship this year and now this title. I could not be any happier!”

Watch the winning run here:
https://www.facebook.com/equitalyon.westernhorseshow/videos/182053975681050/

With a performance worth a 220.5, the L3 Open reserve championship went to NRHA Professional Sylvia Rzepka and USS Nu Spook, a 5-year-old stallion by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook out of USS Nu Chex owned and nominated by Guenter Fellinger. Aboard the Markel Insurance Sale Graduate, Rzepka earned $2,780.

LORENZO_DE_SIMONEIt was a special night for Lorenzo De Simone of Italy as he posted a 220.5 to win the European L2 Open championship riding Smoking Dun It (Gunner x Dun Its Déjà vu), owned and nominated by Azienda Agricola 23. “This win is very special for me because this is the first horse I rode when I started working for 23 QH,” said the NRHA Professional about the 6-year-old gelding bred by McQuay Stables. “He was very good for me tonight and I would like to thank Ann and Bernard Fonck for all their help and Manuel Bonzano for trusting me with this horse.” The Italian professional won $2,780 and added $2,003 for riding NRHA Hall of Famer Rosanne Sternberg’s Spook Shine Spook to the finals. De Simone was the only Level 2 rider who qualified for the Level 4 and Level 3 finals.

With a 217.5, NRHA Professional Verena Klein rode ND Gun Sawyer (Gunner x Codys Diamond Dun It), owned by Dragan Milenkovic and nominated by Nathalie Derua, to the L2 reserve championship. With the 7-year-old stallion, Klein added $2,366 to her earnings.

JEFFREY_TOUROUTE_THOMAS_STAR_SHINING_LADYWinning the European L1 Open Derby championship with a 217.5 score was NRHA Professional Jeffrey Touroute-Thomas riding Star Shining Lady. The 5-year-old mare is owned, bred and nominated by Hannes Kirchberger and the duo brought home $2,366 for the win. The French rider also earned the L1 co-reserve championship riding Whiz For Ever (Topsail Whiz x Jacs Little Columbia). The 5-year-old stallion is owned bred and nominated by David Roux.

Tying for the L1 co-reseserve championship was French NRHA Professional Marinne Benais aboard Saturday Whiz. The 7-year-old mare by Saturdaynight Custom out of Anjolena Whiz
is owned by Marinne Benais, was bred by Franco Mari and was nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses. Both riders posted a 216.5 adding $2,189 to their earnings.

Yet to be determined in this year’s successful edition of the Reining Internationale de Lyon are the 2017 NRHA Europea Non Pro Derby Champions and the winner of the $35,000-added NRHA Open to be held on Sunday 5.

Follow the action live on nrhaeuropeanderby.com

Communication: Martine Dolbeau
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Press: Daniel Koroloff
daniel@blizko-communication.com
Muriel De Moubray
murieldemoubray@gmail.com
NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale
sdiale@nrha.com
Photos by Andrea Bonaga

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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The Guidolin Wafer Fioc NRHA $15,000-added Reining International de Lyon Non Pro – Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Nu Chexomatic are the champions!

Lyon, November 3 –  Europe’s best non professionals and their mounts provided great action in the $15,000-added Guidolin Wafer Fioc NRHA Reining International de Lyon Non Pro held on Friday afternoon in Equita Lyon’s Hall 6 arena. Competition was intense and scores were high keeping the public glued to their seats until the very last horse-rider combination. It wasn’t until the very end that who would win the prestigious non pro competition was determined; the last duo was made up of Austria’s Tina Kuenstner Mantl and Nu Chexomatic (Nu Chex To Cash x Tejons Texie Lena).

Tina Kuenstner Mantl & Nu Chexomatic

Tina Kuenstner Mantl & Nu Chexomatic

With the flashy palomino between the reins, Kuenstner Mantl performed a great NRHA pattern #10 winning the competition in Lyon for the third time. “He was simply great and I had a lot of fun,” said the past NRHA Non Pro World Champion. “This is our third win together here and I am thrilled. He is always so consistent and always gives back what you ask for.” The 10-year-old stallion boasts over $155,000 NRHA LTE, and is a past NRHA Open World Champion.

Watch the winning run here: https://www.facebook.com/equitalyon.westernhorseshow/videos/181794022373712/

In second place, with a 221.5, was past NRHA Non Pro World Champion Gina Schumacher riding Gunstep (Wimpys Little Step x Snowgun), owned by CS Ranch Management SA. A half-a-point behind, claiming third place honors, was Italian Enrico Sciulli riding Snips Gotta Bud (Nic It In The Bud x Snip O Chex). Sciulli and his mount are unofficially leading the NRHA Top Ten Non Pro Rankings!

With the non pro action in the books, yet another highlight of Equita Lyon will be the $35,000-added NRHA Reining International de Lyon Open offered on Sunday November 3. Fifteen of Europe’s top professionals will be riding for first place honors. In the past editions of the renowned French show, the two classes have determined more than one NRHA World Champion.

Ancillary Action

NRHA Professional Arnaud Girinon won the $5,000-added Churros NRHA Intermediate Open riding DC Masterspecialnite (Gunners Special Nite x Master Enterprise), for owner Stephanie Bénetière, with a great ride worth 221.5. “My horse did a really good job today,” said the French rider. “He was born in Argentina and was shipped to France when he was 3 years old. I’ve had him in training since the beginning of this year and have always gotten along well with him. We were entered in the European Open Derby but, for an unfortunate series of events. we did not make the finals. He really deserves this win and I am thrilled for him and his owners.”

NRHA Professional Tiara Van Dongen of the Netherlands took second place riding Stefy Meesen’s Don Quintanas Whiz (Don Quintana x Belles Miss Abby) with a 217.5 score.

Morgane Bohu & Whizdom Shines

Morgane Bohu & Whizdom Shines

Morgane Bohu won the $500-added Palettes Andries NRHA Limited Open with a 216 riding Whizdom Shines (Topsail Whiz x Settin Off Sparks) for owner by Grégory Morat. The French NRHA Professional took first place honors with a score of 216. NRHA Professional Giuseppe di Lonardo of Italy rode Whizn On A Star for owner Alice Winkler to second place with a score of 212.5.

The NRHA France 3 & 4-year-old Futurity

Ann Fonck & Colonel Chic Dream

Ann Fonck & Colonel Chic Dream

Claiming the championship in the CA Ranch NR French 3 & 4-year-old Level 4 Open Futurity with a 217 score was NRHA Professional Ann Fonck aboard Sabine Schmid’s Colonel Chic Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Princess Colonel).

With a 215.5 score, Anders Josefsson and Gotta Shiney Whiz (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Cee Bee Shine), owned by Annemanna AB, took the Level 4 reserve championship as well as the Level 2 championship. In the Level 2 division of the Futurity, NRHA Professional Bastien Bourgeois took reserve honors, riding Malin Mellin’s Whiz Little Star (Topsail Whiz x Seven S Belle Starr) with a 214.

The NRHA France 3-year-old Non Pro Futurity

Fabienne Kuratli-Suter & RB Lil Ruf Two

Fabienne Kuratli-Suter & RB Lil Ruf Two

Winning the NRHA France Non Pro 3-year-old Level 4 Futurity with a 215.5 was Fabienne Kuratli-Suter riding her own RB Lil Ruf Two (Lil Ruf Poco Peppy x GP Amelia Pocodo). Nimroid Vannietvelt and GP Colonels Chic Gun (Gunner x Sugars Chic Dunnit), owned by Steve Vannietvelt and Gina de Pauw, won the NRHA France Non Pro 3-year-old Level 2 Futurity with a 212.5.

The NRHA European Derby: 
Equita Lyon is host to the seventh edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby. Open to 4, 5, 6 and 7-year-old horses enrolled in the NRHA European Nomination Program, the Open and Non Pro Derby is run in a qualifier and clean slate finals and follows the single purse system. The NRHA European Open Derby finals will light the stage in Lyon on Saturday, November 6. The NRHA European Non Pro Derby finals will see 35 horse-rider combinations perform in the Equita Lyon reining arena vying for the title on Sunday, November 5. Admission is free.

To purchase tickets for the NRHA European Open Derby finals: http://www.equitalyon.com/billetterie-equita-lyon-2017
If you cannot be in Lyon, France, on Saturday November 4, follow the live score and the livestream online at nrhaeuropeanderby.com.
Communication: Martine Dolbeau
martine.dolbeau@gl-events.com
Press: Daniel Koroloff
daniel@blizko-communication.com
Muriel De Moubray
murieldemoubray@gmail.com
NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale
sdiale@nrha.com
Photos by Andrea Bonaga

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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New Semifinal Event for NRHA Futurity

New Semifinal Event for NRHA Futurity

For Immediate Release – November 3, 2017 – Oklahoma City –  Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show features the world’s most elite competitors in the sport of reining. To highlight this talent, the NRHA created a new event that is sure to be thrilling for both spectators and reiners alike.

Andrea Fappani & Spooky Whiz

Andrea Fappani & Spooky Whiz

The Level 4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinal is set to take place on Wednesday, November 29, at 10 a.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. Also sponsored by Not Ruf At All, the event will feature the top 75 horses (plus ties) in the Level 4 Open division from the first go-round, as well as competitors giving it all they have in hopes of making it to the event finals on Saturday. The horse and rider teams with the highest combined score from the first go-round and semifinal will advance to the final and go head-to-head for the winner’s $150,000 guaranteed paycheck!

Approved at the February NRHA Board of Directors meeting, this new semifinal format provides more recognition to NRHA owners and riders and also showcases the amazingly talented equine athletes in the sport of reining. Additionally, a guaranteed payout will be made to each horse that qualifies for the Semifinal.

During the NRHA Futurity, the world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. For more information on schedules, tickets, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhafuturity.com.

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