Day 5 of the Wild Card Reining Challenge

For Immediate Release
Sunday, May 29th
Wild Card Reining Challenge
South Point  Las Vegas, Nevada

Martin Muehlstaetter

Martin Muehlstaetter

It was the final morning of the first Wild Card Reining Challenge show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The day was going to be short so everyone was getting horses ready to run and packing the rigs at the same time. Headed back to Arizona, California and Texas, there would be many driving into the evening to make it home before it got too late. At the South Point Arena at 9 am in the morning the first one in the gate was Martin Muehlstaetter on Michael Garnett’s Spooksgottachicolena. It must have been a charmed placement for the well turned out duo because the score they posted held right to the end of the session and the team won the Open. Ashley Kelkenberg, who had a very good show all the way around with Juli Moran’s horse Nite Eyes, added another good run to the list, winning both the Intermediate Open and the Limited. June Tabor and Vaquero In A Mask had their best run of the whole show, clearing up some bobbles that had haunted them earlier in the week, and running in the money for all of the Open divisions, while winning the Rookie Professional. Jessica Bein showed two Arabian horses, Twylite Zone and SH Karlotta, taking a second in the Intermediate Open with the former and placing one-two with the pair in the Breed Restricted.

June Tabor

June Tabor

There were so many things to discuss and applaud about the new show as it approached its closing hours on Sunday. The Wild Card Reining Challenge offered the first major 4-Year-Old Futurity, presenting a serious alternative to putting 3-year-olds into fierce competition too early in the game. The $65,000 Tamarack Four-Year-Old Futurity is an idea whose time has come. Hopefully it will give birth to other strictly 4-year-old competitions, both Futurities and Stakes.

“The four-year-old futurity horse concept has been discussed by good horsemen and breeders for years,” says Amanda Brumley, whose company produced the Wild Card Reining Challenge. “This show should challenge other horsemen to provide more opportunities for young horses that need extra time to mature, train and prepare for competitive reining, both physically and mentally.” The show also jumped ahead in providing free educational seminars and clinics.

Jody Brainard, respected NRHA judge, synopsized his world famous “Secrets of Judging” clinic for the Wild Card.  Andrea Fappani’s clinic went over some of his unique and innovative training techniques. Fappani is an outstanding teacher and advocate of exceptional horsemanship. On Saturday morning veterinarian Khris Crowe actually gave two clinics, one that covered aspects of preparing athletes for high level competition and one that offered a delightful overview of the unique aspects of our beloved horses. In all, the show was exceptional, including over $125,000 in prize money for Pro and Non Pro horsemen, Youth and WPR riders.  Certainly those who came and competed were delighted, impressed and promised to return to Las Vegas and the Wild Card Reining Challenge next year over Memorial Day weekend 2017.

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Day 4 of the Wild Card Reining Challenge

For Immediate Press Release
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Wild Card Reining Challenge
South Point  Las Vegas, Nevada

Gabe Hutchins

Gabe Hutchins

Saturday at the Wild Card Reining Challenge began with the Khris Crowe Seminar. Dr Crowe is an outstanding Texas-based veterinarian. Her level of expertise as a master of breeding and conditioning horses is extraordinary and widely respected. She actually gave two clinics, one that covered aspects of preparing athletes for high level competition and its accompanying stress and one that simply offered a short, delightful overview of the amazing and unique aspects of our beloved horses.

The show got underway mid-morning with Taylor Bradshaw continuing her winning ways, taking top honors in Rookie Level 1 and 2 with her Tinselena Nic. Susan Copeland and Stop On Time won the DRHA Rookie, Sharon Gray and KR Next Exit took the Prime Time Rookie, Lorraine Larramendy and Timber Winner won the Rookie Masters and Leah Miller and her Jac Be Whizard won both the Green As Grass and the Green Reiner.

Abby Mixon

Abby Mixon

Of course, on Saturday afternoon it all came down to the $65,000 Added Tamarack Ranch Open 4 Year Old Futurity, the first of its kind and a legitimate “idea whose time has come.” It is one thing to talk and talk about a concept like the 4 Year Old Futurity … and quite another to have it up and running. Congratulations to Brumley Management Group, LLC and the Wild Card Reining Futurity for making this happen. The competition among the four-year-olds was actually quite intense, with some strong performances. At day’s end, a white-faced mare with a sense of humor named Wallawhizagun and NRHA Professional Gabe Hutchins from Tamarack Ranch LLC, turned in the high score to win the Level 3 and 4 and take home over $11,000. Right behind this strong lady was yet another one. The dynamic rider Abby Mixon and her Ruf Nite tied with Andrea Fappani and Gunners Hitman for the second spot in the Level 4. That put Abby second in the Level 3 and at the top of the Level 2, sending her home with a check for $9,366 tucked in her jacket.  California trainer Nicolas Barthelemy and Dunits Lil Gun won the Level 1 section for owner David Adams netting them a total of just under $6,000.

There’s just one more morning of action for the first Wild Card Reining Challenge and then it becomes one more show for the Reining horse history books. Here’s an event that featured free education, great competition, top prize money, fun and a concept that’s been patiently waiting for this moment for fifty years. Applause is in order!

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Day 3 of the Wild Card Reining Challenge

For Immediate Release
Friday, May 27th
Wild Card Reining Challenge
South Point  Las Vegas, Nevada

Jody Brainard

Jody Brainard

Friday started early with a seminar by Jody Brainard, widely respected NRHA judge and noted for his world famous “Secrets of Judging” clinic which he synopsized for the Wild Card. With thirty years in the business, Brainard has judged every major NRHA competition and it really shows in the humor and quality of his presentation. Anytime a new show offers a free seminar there’s always the chance that only two or three people will show. Not so here. Over a hundred came, and extra chairs had to be quickly hunted up to accommodate everyone. Jody’s presentation was on the Rotundra and it was followed immediately by Andrea Fappani’s clinic in the main arena. Andrea went over some of his unique and innovative training techniques, featuring his personal methods for circling and speed control, basic exercises he considers to be an important key to fine tuning and winning with high performance horses. In addition to being a great trainer and rider, Fappani has become an outstanding teacher and advocate of exceptional horsemanship.

The morning clinics were followed by Youth competition. Luca Fappani won the Youth 13 & Under with Gimme Major Bucks, Taylor Stephens and Custom Big Chex won the Youth 14 to 18, with Paige Neufeld and her Arabian, Black Jack Jerry taking top honors in the 14 to 18 Breed Restricted. McKenna Bein won the 10 & Under Short Stirrup on MK Check Please. In the Rookie divisions Taylor Bradshaw and Tinselena Nic (AKA “Lucas”) won both the Level 1 and 2, while Leah Miller and Jac Be Whizzard laid claim to the Green As Grass, Green Reiner and DRHA Rookie divisions. Misty Steinhauer and Short Circuit Jac took home the Prime Time Rookie title and Lorraine Larramendy won the Rookie Masters on Timber Winner.

Crystal McNutt

Crystal McNutt

The Wild Card Reining 4 Year Old Non Pro Futurity was a big deal for Lindy Longfellow and her sweet Palomino, CW On Juice. The pair came home with wins in Levels 2, 3 and 4. Jill Ramleth and her wildly colored Crystalized Gunner won the Level 1, and Abbey Weiss and TR Flash Flood won the HA Level 4. The Half-Arabian ARBC competition didn’t start until early evening but it pretty much went home with Crystal McNutt, who won well over $20,000 with her 1st (TR Por Quixote), 2nd (TR Flash Flood) and 3rd (Wheres Wanda RA) place finishes. Nathan Kent won the Level 1 and $6,396.15 riding SH Smoke N Sparks for owner Connie Cole O’Brien and his brother, Preston, took second with SH Rockin Reminic.

It was a very good day with the WPR team competition finishing up in style and giving the crowds a real good look at determination and courage on horseback. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook. #wildcardreining

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Day 2 of the Wild Card Reining Challenge

For Immediate Release
May 26th   Wild Card Reining Challenge
South Point   Las Vegas, Nevada

The weather has been simply beautiful for this show. I wasn’t sure what Las Vegas offered this time of year, Heaven or Hades? Turns out its wonderful … weather in the seventies to low eighties and a sweet breeze through the big, west facing warm-up arena doors in the late afternoon. Thursday’s show started at 9 and featured some sweet action to go with the sweet weather. Arizona trainer Crystal McNutt started the day off right with a 72.5 score, winning the Open on Lenas Wimpys Rooster for owner Kim Niven. Another Arizona trainer, Ashley Kelkenberg, had a great day too, starting with a three-way tie in the Intermediate Open on Magnificent Dreamer (June Tabor on Vaquero In A Mask and Roocat with Anjelica Glosup were also in that threesome). Then, Kelkenberg took a first with Nite Eyes in the Limited Open and tied for first with Gabe Hutchins and Gunnaflashmytrash in the L2 as well. Gabe and “Flash” were the winners in the Novice Horse Open L1. Robyn Schiller and CD Star Commander, one of Wednesday’s winning teams came back to take first in the Non Pro as well.

Taylor Bradshaw & Tinselena Nic

Taylor Bradshaw & Tinselena Nic

The afternoon was all about the $10,000 Added Smartpak Non Pro Maturity. Late in the day, Draw 32, Kevin Rosenbaum, posted a 216 on Rolex N Chex, a score big enough to put a real smile on his face and win the Non Pro Level 4 Maturity title. Just two horses later, Taylor Bradshaw rode in on Tinselena Nic (Linus) and rode out with a fantastic score of 217 winning over $3,000 in total prize money in the process, and taking the titles in the Non Pro Limited, the Intermediate and Levels 1, 2 and 3. Needless to say, this made trainer Mike Boyle very happy as well. Wimpys Cat Step and Sheley Brien won the WCRC Non Pro, Steve Tyner and Chics Blazin Spark won the Masters Non Pro Maturity and the WCRC NP Masters. Short Circuit Jac and Misty Steinhauer won the WCRC Prime Time Non Pro, and Catherine Ferandelli and Little Bit Of Boom won the WCRC Non Pro Breed Restricted. Nics Little Bud and Bill Coburn took home top honors in the PT Non Pro Maturity.

Preston Kent & SH Hired Gun

Preston Kent & SH Hired Gun

Early evening the World Para Reining Team Competition took over center ring. This inspirational group put on a tremendous show, much supported by the audience, that ended up being carried over to Friday for a final showdown between two tied teams (more to come on that tomorrow). Finally, the Arabians appeared for their ARBC $15,000 Added Arabian Open 4 & 5 Year Old Futurity. Zee Gunslinger won the top money of $6,396.15, with Crystal McNutt up for owners David and Shirley Thielman in the Level 4, and Preston Kent teamed SH Hired Gun to a $3,000 plus win for owner Amy Johnson in the Level 1. The day ended on a great note, with everyone gathering at a friendly reception and silent auction for the WPR group up on the Rotundra by the South Point Saloon. It was a good way to end a very long and a very busy day at the 2016 Wild Card Reining Challenge.

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Day 1 of the Wild Card Reining Challenge

Wild Card Challenge Show
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
For Immediate Press Release

The 2016 Wild Card Reining Challenge burst on the Reining scene this morning in Las Vegas, Nevada bringing with it the Four-Year-Old Futurity … an idea whose time has finally come! This brand new show, running over Memorial Day weekend, May 25th through 29th at the South Point Event Center, Hotel and Casino, is the newest of the four major reining competitions presented annually by the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Brumley Management Group, LLC.

“The Wild Card Reining Challenge is a huge step outside the box for the U.S. Reining Horse industry, focusing on a new train of thought — the 4-year-old reining futurity horse,” said Amanda Brumley, whose company Brumley Management Group, LLC is producing the show. “Everything about this new show challenges people to open their minds to new ideas and learn where our industry is now and where it needs to be for a positive outcome going forward.”

The Reining began early today with a nice win in both the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro for Robyn Schiller of Hollister, California and CD Star Commander, owned by Warwick Schiller Performance.  Schiller and CD Star Commander turned in a 72, the high score of the day. Shaunda Ruckman and Valentino Tag were second in the Non Pro with a 71.5. Kim Niven teamed White Gunpowder to the win in the Prime Time Non Pro, Steve Tyner won the NP Masters on Stepintomymercedes, Custom Made Nic and Elaine Davis won the Limited Non Pro, and Catherine Ferandelli won the Non Pro Breed Restricted on Little Bit Of Boom.

Thursday, things heat up considerably as the show presents the $10,000 Added SmartPak Non Pro Maturity, the Arabians look forward to hot competition in the ARBC $15,000 Added Arabian Open 4 & 5-year-Old Futurity and the World Para Reining Challenge Team competes for $2,500.

Beginning on Friday morning the Horse And Rider free educational seminars will focus on topics like judging, sports medicine, training, breeding and nutrition, conducted by such experts as Veterinarian, Kris Crowe, 4-Million Dollar NRHA Trainer, Andrea Fappani and NRHA Judges’ Committee Chairman, Jody Brainard.

Watch all of the Wild Card Reining Challenge action LIVE via live stream broadcasting on www.HorseShowGlobal.com, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram. #WildCardReining.

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USEF Names U.S. Representatives for SVAG FEI World Reining Championships

USEF Names U.S. Representatives for SVAG FEI World Reining Championships

RELEASE: May 24, 2016

AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: From the USEF Communications Department

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the athletes and horses who will represent the U.S. at the SVAG FEI World Reining Championships in Givrins, Switzerland, August 11-13, 2016.

The U.S. will be represented by the following combinations (in alphabetical order):

Shane Brown (Elbert, Colo.) with Susan Geiger’s Wind Er Up Wimp, a 2009 Quarter Horse stallion

Troy Heikes (Scottsdale, Ariz.) with Denise Bixler and Steve Tarani’s RSD One Hot Deal, a 2007 Quarter Horse gelding

Kari Klingenberg (Scottsdale, Ariz.) with Pam Nelson’s Mr. Electric Spark, a 2009 Quarter Horse stallion

Nick Valentine (Pilot Point, Texas) with Glo Tazi’s Hollywood Golden Gun, a 2007 Quarter Horse stallion, or with Denise Bixler and Steve Tarani’s Lil Gun Dunit, a 2006 Quarter Horse gelding

Find out more about the SVAG FEI World Reining Championships

The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members.

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Jody Brainard Free Judges Seminar at Wild Card Reining Challenge

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The Importance of the NRHA Markel Futurity Sale to Oklahoma

For Immediate Release — 05-24-2016 Oklahoma City, Okla. – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has called Oklahoma City, “the horse show capital” of the world, home since 1998 and is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary as an association. The NRHA Futurity Sale, sponsored by Markel, offers three successful sales each year, Select Yearling, Marketplace, and the most prestigious, the offering of 2-year old Futurity prospects. The 2016 NRHA Markel Futurity Sale will be held December 1 -3 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City during the sport’s largest event, the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show.  The world-renowned event impacts the Oklahoma economy far beyond the show grounds and the state’s boundaries. It increases the state’s global reach, enhances the economy and provides jobs.

Increasing the State’s Global Reach
In an effort to make the event more accessible and to increase its global reach, the NRHA has made progressive efforts to work with the Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese in regard to Oklahoma becoming a United States point of entry and quarantine location for horses intended to be shown and/or offered for sale at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. The entry point serves as means to export horses to other parts of the world.

Enhancing the Economy
The NRHA Futurity and sale greatly impact Oklahoma City globally, bringing more than 1,300 horses, and 127,000 buyers and spectators from countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, U.K., Belgium, and Canada.

The convenience of the NRHA Markel Futurity Sale running concurrently with the Futurity and the Adequanâ North American Affiliate Championship is a great benefactor to its success, according to prolific breeders. In 2015, the sale watched 160 horses change hands and produced the following sales:

Futurity Prospect: (39 head) $1,832,000
Select Yearling: (56 head) $1,566,000
Marketplace: (65 head) $584,000

The total gross revenue for the 2015 NRHA Markel Futurity Sale was approximately $4 million.

Supporting Jobs
Not only does NRHA benefit the state of Oklahoma, its residents and employers, but it also employs staff worldwide with salaries and benefits accumulating to more than $2 million a year. This included more than 20 Oklahoma residents who work full-time for the Association. Locally, the economic impact of the NRHA Futurity and Markel Futurity Sale reach approximately $50 million in revenue.

This Year’s Event
With the most notable reining sale just around the corner, don’t miss out on this date.  The consignment deadline for the 2016 NRHA Markel Futurity Sale is September 1, 2016. For more information on how to register your Futurity Prospect, Select Yearling or Marketplace horse for consignment, visit nrha.com/sales

The 2016 NRHA Futurity and the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship will be held November 24th - December 3rd, 2016.  Visit nrhafuturity.com for more information pertaining to the world’s most celebrated reining event.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for 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 nrha.com.

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2016 IRHA/NRHA Derby Finals Wrap Up

Chiara Bartoletti & Spark Magnetic Olena

Chiara Bartoletti & Spark Magnetic Olena

Lady Reiners take the Non Pro Derby titles

Three young ladies tied to win the Level (L)4 Non Pro Derby Championship with a 215.5 score in Cremona: Chiara Bartoletti and Lara Lorengo – both from Italy – Nicole Huebner-Lee of Germany.

Bartoletti rode Spark Magnetic Olena (Chic Magnetic x Five del Maso), a 6-year-old stallion. The duo had won the L2 division of the 2014 IRHA/NRHA Non Pro 4-year-old Futurity. «He was simply perfect tonight!», said Chiara.

Nicole Huebner Lee & Star Struck Tag

Nicole Huebner Lee & Star Struck Tag

Lara Lorengo and her Wimpys Little Chees (Wimpys Little Step x Tuck Oak Enterprise) started of the 2016 show season by winning the 2016 NRHA Roma Intermediate Non Pro Shoot In. “It took us a while to reach an understanding but now I think we’ve made it!” said Lara who gives her boyfriend, NRHA Professional Giuseppe Prevosti, credit for the work done with her mount.

Lara Lorengo & Wimpys Lil Chees

Lara Lorengo & Wimpys Lil Chees

Nicole Huebner- Lee and her 2015 IRHA/NRHA Derby L 4/3/2/1 Non Pro Champion, Starstruck Tag (Whix N tag Chex x Marilyns Benz), did it again this year. “He was really good for me tonight and we both really gave it all we had in our circles. I think it’s thanks to these maneuvers that we made it to the winners circle here,” said Nicole who, along with Lorengo, also took the L3 title. Bartoletti also went on to claim one more championship in the L2 division.

Susanna Sodi & Saturday Nigh Mizzen

Susanna Sodi & Saturday Nigh Mizzen

Earning the L1 title, with a 211.5, was Susanna Sodi and her Saturdaynigh Mizzen. a 4-year-old gelding by Saturdaynnight Custom and out of Westcoast Mizzen,the 2015 IRHA/NRHA Futurity Open L4 champion with Pierluigi Chioldo in the saddle. “I purchased this horse 20 days before coming here and I’ve only been riding reiners for the last 2 years. He took really good care of me and I couldn’t be any happier,” claimed an enthused Susanna.


Gunnerlicious and Ann Fonck win the IRHA/NRHA Open Derby

Ann Fonck & Gunnerlicious

Ann Fonck & Gunnerlicious

Taking the prestigious title – as well as a standing ovation – was multiple past NRHA Open World Champion, Ann Fonck, riding Gunnerlicious, a flashy 6-year-old stallion by Gunner and out of Mifs Doll owned by Vannietvelt/de Pauw. “This is an incredibly talented horse that spins and stops in an outstanding manner which we’ve had in our barn since he was 3 years old,” said Ann who posted a 224.5 for the win. “Bernard took the NRHA France Futurity Open 3/4 YO L4 Championship, the NRHA Belgium Futurity Open 3/4YO L4 Championship, the Belgium Derby Open Reserve Championship with him and I went on to claim reserve honors in the IRHA Derby last year. He was just great for me tonight and I am thrilled because I know what he’s capable of.”

With a 221.5, Ann also tied for sixth place riding This Wimps So Fly (Wimpys Little Step x Fly Flashy Jac), for owners Klipfel & Lisec, and Spook N Perla (Smart Spook x Shine On Ruff), for owners Golden Paint Ranch.

Max Ruggeri & Mister Little Uno

Max Ruggeri & Mister Little Uno

The L4 reserve championship, with a 222.5, went to her husband, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonk, aboard Smart Shootin Spook (Smart Spook x Colonels Cattin Gun), a 5-year-old mare owned by Rosanne Sternberg.

Christan Baldelli & Tinseltown Surprise

Christan Baldelli & Tinseltown Surprise

Winning the L3 Open division, with a 222, was Italian Max Ruggeri riding Mister Little Uno (Mister Uno x Bonita Bahia), a 6-year-old stallion owned by Paolo Morandotti. The pair had already left their mark in the show pen by winning the 2015 IRHA/NRHA L3 and L2 Open Derby. “The level of competition here tonight was truly high but I knew that my horse could bring home a title. He’s an extremely intelligent horse and his athletic ability is outstanding. I know he can do more in the future and I can’t wait!” said Max about the horse he broke and trained.

Daniele Sapigni & Gunslinger Lil Step

Daniele Sapigni & Gunslinger Lil Step

Earning the L3 reserve championship as well as the L2 title with a 220.5, was Christian Baldelli riding Tinseltown Surprise (Hollywoodtinseltown x Flashy Sparkle Doll), a 5-year-old mare owned by Stefano Badioli. Bred and raised by Baldelli, the talented mare was his first futurity mount.

Giacomo Poli & Chic Sailor

Giacomo Poli & Chic Sailor

Daniele Sapigni riding Gunslinger Lil Step (Wimpy’s Little Step x Playguns Rose), a 6-year-old stallion owned by Tommaso Coltrioli, and Poli Barberis riding Cf Frozen Smart Jaba, a 6-year-old gelding by RS Little Red Jaba and out of Chic Sailor owned by Francesca Polito, closed with a 214.5 to claim the IRHA/NRHA Derby L1 Open co-championship.

 

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IRHA/NRHA Non Pro Derby: The Go-round Leaders

2016 IRHA/NRHA Derby 
The Non Pro Go-round Leaders

The second day of competition in Cremona welcomed the 2016 IRHA/NRHA Non Pro Derby go-round and 109 riders made their way in the pen of which 38 in the Level (L) 4, 42 in the L3, 85 in the L2 and 64 in the L1.

Starstruck Tag & Nicole Huebner

Starstruck Tag & Nicole Huebner

With a 215 score, three riders tied to lead the go-round:  the duo made up of Starstruck Tag (Whiz Tag N Chex x Marylins Benz) and German Nicole Huebner, 2015 IRHA/NRHA Non Pro Derby Champions in all four levels; Italian Antonio Zagaria aboard Sailor Chicca, a 5-year-old mare by  Frozen Sailor and out of Little Peppy Snap; Mj Heavens Nite, a.k.a. “Gnu” (Gunners Special Nite x Gallo Del Blanco) ridden by yet another German rider, Marina Becker. In 2015 the latter took the ARHA Futurity L4 Non Pro Championship, the German Breeders Non Pro Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship – with an outstanding score of 220 – and they also lead the go-round of the  e IRHA/NRHA Non Pro L4 Futurity.

Mj Heavens Nite & Marina Becker

Mj Heavens Nite & Marina Becker

Zagaria and Sailor Chicca, a mare trained by Stefano Angelucci also lead the L3 and L2, a half a point ahead of Italian Lara Lorengo riding Wimpys Little Chees (Wimpys Little Step x Tuck Oak Enteprise) owned by PL Reining Horses and trained by Giuseppe Prevosti.

Tying for the lead in the L2 division, with a 213, are Remin Lilly Whiz (Remin Whiz x Precocious Lil Whiz), a stallion  ridden and owned by Tullio Mascarello, and Luke Phillimore, from Great Britain, riding Tin Whizin, a stallion by Tinsel Nic and out of Whizin Off Sparks, owned by Luke’s mother, Roma Phillimore.

Antonio Zagaria & Sailor Chicca

Antonio Zagaria & Sailor Chicca

Leading the L1 with a 212.5, is Ercolino Night (Saturdaynight Custom x Little Pobreta), a stallion owned by Seahorse Srl with Maddalena Esti in the saddle, followed by Starlit Spook (Smart Spook x Gaylight Star), a gelding owned and ridden by Wolfgang Hammer. The duo scored a 212.

The 2016 IRHA/NRHA Non Pro Derby finals will be held this coming Friday. The grand finale, featuring the Open Derby finals, will take place on Saturday.

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