Bonzano & A Chick In Hollywood lead the Cardinal Reining Horses Non Pro Derby Go-Round

By Simona Diale – It was a tight battle today between the 88 non professionals that rode in the Palasturla Arena vying for a spot in the Euro 31,050-added Cardinal NRHA Non Pro European Derby finals.

Leading the Level (L) 4 qualifying go-round, with a score of 218.5, was Italy’s Manuel Bonzano riding A Chick In Hollywood (Hollywood Reckless x High Brows Chick x High Brow Hickory).  Owned by 23 Quarter Horses Agricola S.S., the 2008 stallion was bred by Ann Fonck and had already placed 4th in the Non Pro Cat. 1 class at the 2014 SVAG CS Classic with Bonzano in the saddle.

“He was really good for me today and I want to thank my trainers, Bernard and Ann Fonck, for preparing him so well for me,” said Manuel who also placed his second mount, Time To Mark Big (Big Chex To Cash x Shes Markin Time x Mark Him High) in the finals.

Tying to lead the L3 non pro division, after closing their performance with a 215.5, were 2014 NRHA European Affiliate Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Champions, Nuith Linthorst and Just Miss Enterprise (Surprise Enterprise x Jiggs Partner x A Silent Partner), and Joseph Pfaff aboard Cattlemans Whiz (West Coast Whiz x Peps x Solanos Cuttin Son).

At the 2013 NRHA European Derby, Linthorst and her mare won the L1 non pro division and were reserve champions in the L2 and L3 non pro divisions.

Pfaff and his 2009 stallion are also leading the L2 and L1 non pro divisions.

Advancing to the finals in the Cardinal Reining Horses Non Pro Derby and the number back to the finals after the consolation that will be held on Wednesday 10:

  • Level 4 – 15 + ties (10 to the consolation + ties – 2 + ties back to the finals)
  • Level 3 – 15 + ties  (14 to the consolation + ties – 2 + ties back to the finals)
  • Level 2 – 20 + ties  (15 to the consolation + ties  –  3 + ties back to the finals)
  • Level 1 – 15 + ties (15 to the consolation + ties – 3 + ties back to the finals)
Tuesday Show Schedule
The KL Performance Horses Open Consolation will open the day and will be followed by the NRHA European Non Pro Level 2 & 4 Pre Futurity.Follow the livescore: the livestream:

Photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga.

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The September Digital Reiner is Ready!

As the show season starts to get busier with futurities and affiliate championships, it can be difficult toseptreinercover keep up with all of the events but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The September Digital Reiner highlights the NRHA European Affiliate Championship, Reining By The Bay, and an exciting announcement for Arabian reining horse owners. Also featured in this issue are the Roleski 4 Spins Show and Polish Derby.

This month’s Digital Reiner is also full of inspiring and informative articles such as Reiners Helping Reiners, In His Own Words, Performance Horse Nutrition, and a new column by the one and only NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider and recent WEG Team USA Gold and Individual Gold Medalist Shawn Flarida.

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Martinotti & Rambo Bo Sun top the KL Performance Level 4 Open Derby

NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

September 7-13  -  Manerbio, Italy
By Simona Diale -  The qualifying go-round of the Euro74,500-added KL Performance Horses Open Derby opened the NRHA European Derby in Manerbio, Italy today.  Ninety-three horse-rider combinations in the four levels rode for a spot in the finals in the Palasturla arena.

Topping the Level (L) 4 Open was Francesco Martinotti riding Giulia Degiovanni’s Rambo Bo Sun (Bars Jackson Bo x Be Aech Sabra x Be Aech Enterprise). With the 7-year-old stallion between the reins, Martinotti posted a 221.5.“I guess the European Derby is our show and once again my horse was great here!” said Francesco about his mount who boasts $28,980 NRHA LTE and with whom he won the 2012 NRHA European Derby L2 Open and L1 Open championships, and the 2013 NRHA European Derby L3 Open championship.

After delivering two baby boys in the past two years, Kelly Zweifel let everybody know she was back in business by scoring a 219.5 to lead the L3 open division riding Dunnit Like A Master (Master Snapper x Justanother Dun It x Hollywood Dun It). The 5-year-old stallion, owned by Impresa Agicola Cuoghi and bred by Lewisville Development, LP, has $20,670 NRHA LTE. In 2012, he was 4th in the L1 open and 6th in the L2 open at the NRHA Futurity with Bobby Barko. In 2014, he was 3rd in the L3 open division at the 2014 Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Derby with Pietro Artinghelli.

Young Steve Ouellet of Italy earned the top score (215.5) in both the L2 open and L1 open divisions riding Little War Olena (Spat Olena x Saddle Shoes x Mr War Glo), owned by Alessandra Brigando.

Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. CET, the go-round of the Cardinal Reining Horses Non Pro Derby will take place.

Follow the action via the:

The Livestream will be free of charge tomorrow.

For further information, visit

Photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga.

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Waiting for the 2014 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity

2014 NRHA European Derby & Pre Futurity — 7-13 September — Manerbio, Italy

Bernard Fonck and Smart N Sparkin.

The European reining stage is preparing for the fourth edition of the European Derby & Pre Futurity. The European Derby is open to 4-, 5-, 6- and 7 year-old horses – all 4- and 5-year-old horses must be paid in full in the NRHA European Nomination Program.

Run in a go-round and clean slate finals, the Euro 74,500-added KL Performance Horses Open Derby this year counts 94 entries in the four levels.  The qualifying go-round will officially open this years’ edition of the prestigious NRHA event starting September 7.

The qualifying go-round of the Euro 31,050-added Cardinal Reining Horses Non Pro Derby will see 89 horse-rider combinations in the 4 levels ride for a spot in the finals.

Susy Baeck and Pop Gun Cash BB.

Entries may be downloaded from the official event website (

The NRHA European Pre Futurity is open to 3-year-old horses and offers both the Open and Non Pro Level 4 and Level 3.

For further information on the NRHA European Derby, visit

If you are unable to follow the event on the stands in Manerbio, follow the competition via the livestream ( and livescore (

Photo by Bonaga.
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Our Loss – Tom Sumpter

NRHA has just received news that past president Tom Sumpter of Morriston, Florida passed away last night. We are told he was surrounded by his loved ones in his final hours.

We are deeply saddened by the loss and send our condolences to his family and friends in Reining.

Among his many contributions to the sport, he showed the Red Ant Rey to the 1994 NRHA Non Pro World Championship, in addition to numerous top ten finishes in world championship standings.

Memorial services Tom will be held Saturday, Sept 6th, at 11am at Williston Church of God, 850 SW 7th Street, Williston, FL. 32696.

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FEI World Equestrian Games Individual Finals

By Simona Diale – Photos by Andrea Bonaga – From – Great horses, great riders, great horsemanship and an enthusiastic public are what made the Individual Reining Final Competition amazing at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy tonight. Last to enter the arena, which counted some of the world’s best horses and riders, was NRHA 5 Million Dollar Rider, Shawn Flarida. Aboard Michell Kimball’s Spooks Gotta Whiz, Shawn had posted the highest score – a 229.5 – in the individual qualifier, which put him last to go in the seeded finals.

The score to beat, once he burst in the pen, was Andrea Fappani’s, also of the US, who slid Custom Cash Advance, owned by Silver Spurs Equine, to a 229, one horse before him. “I knew that the pressure would be on tonight and I knew that Andrea would put me in a position to go out and beat him,” said the World Champion who wore the Team Gold medal two days ago and who closed his run with a 233.5. “This is such a great horse, with an incredible athletic ability. He’s got so much motivation, all I have to do is put him in the correct position technically and he’ll give you all he has. There really isn’t much to work on with him, he’s just great. He’s been good all week, he warmed up well and I knew I had the horse that could make me do this. It’s been a great evening and my hat goes off to my team mates, Fappani and Mandy McCutcheon.” For Flarida, this is the fifth FEI gold medal conquered at the Games: he was on the US Team gold and took the individual gold in Jerez de la Frontera in 2002, was on US Team Gold in Kentucky in 2010, and won the Team Gold here in the 2014 Games.

Native Italian Fappani, also part of Team USA Gold, settled for the Silver medal: “This is the fifth time that I actually show this horse,” he said. “I started with a 215 the first time I showed him and he just got better and better. Jordan (Larson) and Duane (Latimer) have shown him in the past and I give it up to them for the great job they did. I knew this horse would fit me and my program and tonight I was more confident with him. I trusted him and he gave me back all he had. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and that the competition would be tough, but we did it and I’m thrilled.”

Mandy McCutcheon wrote a chapter of the FEI Reining history book tonight as being the first female individual medalist. Mandy was also on the Team USA, winners of the gold medal in Normandy. “It’s hard to put all I feel in words,” said the lady reiner who closed her performance aboard Yellow Jersey with a score of 227. “I couldn’t be happier, my horse stepped up for me tonight and when they do that, they are great horses. To be behind two such great athletes as Shawn and Andrea is just an amazing feeling . It is an honor for me and I couldn’t be luckier to have had the opportunities I’ve had in my career. My family has been the biggest support team of my life, and I once again thank them, just as I would like to thank all those that have been behind us in this incredible experience: the sponsors, our vet, our grooms.”

Summing up the competition was Team US Chèf d’Equipe, Jeff Petska: “We came here with a hope, which translated into reality: winning both the team gold and the three individual medals. We had the horses and the riders capable of doing this, but anything – as we saw tonight – can happen in a reining. I am very proud of all the athletes and would also like to thank everyone behind us.”

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2014 Alltech FEI WEG – The Second Individual Qualifying Competition

From – By Simona Diale – Thursday 28 August 2014 – 17h45

The 15th though the 20th scores (plus ties) from the 1st Individual qualifier made their way in the Parc Expo arena today vying for a spot in the final Individual Competition which will be held on Saturday at 8 pm. The top five scores (plus ties) from today will also advance to the finals.

Troy Heikes and Lil Gun Dunit (By Andrea Bonaga)

Troy Heikes and Lil Gun Dunit (By Andrea Bonaga)

Draw 5, Cody Sapergia (CAN) riding Nu Chexomatic (Nu Chex To Cash x Tejons Texie Lena) owned by Jac Point Quarter Horses of Austria, set the bar after scoring a 219 and put the pressure on the rest of the contestants.  “Today my horse was much better than the first day and, even though there are still a couple of things we need to fix, I am confident he will do well in the final,” said Sapergia.

In a field of 23 and with only one competitor left to go, Troy Heikes, representing the USA on an individual level, walked in aboard Lil Gun Dunit (Colonels Lil Gun x Hollywood Baby Dunit).  With the 8-year-old stallion (owned by Denise Bixler and Steve Tarani) between the reins, Heikes was set on making it to the finals and closed his run with a 220. “In the 1st qualifier we had a problem in his right circles. He’s an honest, really good horse, so there must be something bothering him there but I tried not to concentrate on that today. Though he felt really good, we did have a 1 point lead penalty. After that I knew that we had to earn it back and he gave me all he had. I will now have to work more on those right circles and look forward to the finals!” With Troy’s winning run today, the USA now has all their athletes back riding for the individual FEI medals.

All the competitors rode hard in order to earn a spot in the finals, providing the spectators with a great show.  The third highest score in today’s competition was posted by Josh Collins (GBR) riding his Spook A Little (Smart Spook x Jessie Wright On).  “Being able to represent my country here has been my dream and my goal since the beginning of the year,” said the 24-year-old non professional rider. “My horse was amazing for me today and I am very proud of being in the individual finals.”

Stefano Ferri of Italy, riding Rooster Nic (Gallo Del Gicelo x Sanjos Pistolett), owned by Eleonora Malerba, scored a 217.  “I’ve only had this horse in training since the beginning of the year and we still have to get to know each other, but today I was very happy with him,” said Stefano about the horse who – with Pier Luigi Fabbri in the saddle – took home the Silver medal for Italy in the past FEI European Senior Reining Championship in Augsburg, Germany.

Along with Sapergia, Heikes, Collins and Ferri, the following will also make their way to the individual finals: Romuald Poard (FRA) riding Peppys Ruf Sailor, Paolo Koury Neto (BRA) riding Don’t Whiz WRB and Laércio Casalecchi Filho (BRA) riding He’s A Question QR.

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NRHA Creates Professionals Membership

The National Reining Horse Association will debut a new membership category to begin in 2015. The NRHA Professionals membership will be for individuals who are ineligible for non pro status and wish to show in NRHA open competition.

The change was recommended by the NRHA Professionals Committee with the goal of implementing activities to strengthen their segment of the industry. A majority of the new membership fee will go toward doing just that!

From Shane Brown, NRHA Professionals Committee Chair:

“I’m excited to bring to fruition these new benefits of the NRHA Professional Membership. The value of being an NRHA Professional will continue to grow over the next several years, and we will look for more new ideas to help reining trainers be more successful.”

“The committee will be working with staff on these additions and unveiling them in stages. The NRHA Professionals Membership will be a great step forward in helping our reining industry grow.”

NEW BENEFITS – Professionals Membership

NRHA Professionals will receive a host of benefits starting in 2015. Those benefits will include:

  • Encourage industry growth by connecting NRHA Professionals in a worldwide system
  • Create ongoing educational programs to include subjects such as promotional strategies for your business, financial planning, communication tools, equine health topics, stable management, insurance, taxes for horse owners, etc.
  • Create a mentoring program to facilitate communication between established and new trainers
  • Expand the NRHA Professionals webpage to include more detailed information about each trainer to assist with promoting your business and growing your client base
  • Provide reining and NRHA “on-boarding” materials to give to potential clients
  • Organize an NRHA Professionals Forum to foster mentoring and interaction between trainers
  • Expansion of NRHA Top 20 Professionals awards and Professionals of the Year awards

To learn more about NRHA Professionals, contact:

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Reining: Team USA wins the Gold!

End of Part 1 & 2 of Competition

Reining:  Team USA wins the Gold!
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Reining:  Team USA wins the Gold!

When NRHA’s only 2 Million Dollar lady rider, Mandy McCutcheon, rode in the Parc Expo arena this morning, Team USA was leading the competition rankings after Andrea Fappani had obtained the top score (224) and Jordan Larson the third best (221) in the first day of competition on Monday. 

Mandy slid Yellow Jersey, a 10-year-old Quarter Horse stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Ms Clara Melody (owned by father Tim McQuay), to a score of 224 and brought the total to a 669.  The last rider representing the USA, Shawn Flarida, riding Michel Kimball’s Spooks Gotta Whiz (Spooks Gotta Gun x Prettywhizprettydoes), was draw 75 this afternoon.

Spooks Gotta Whiz and Shawn Flarida at the NRHA Derby

Spooks Gotta Whiz and Shawn Flarida at the NRHA Derby

The only NRHA 5 Million Dollar Rider performed pattern n.6 to perfection and after his performance, a 229.5 appeared on the scoreboard bringing Team USA’s total to a 677.5.  The United States of America thus conquered their fourth consecutive WEG team Gold medal! “This is an awesome horse and I’ve been so fortunate to have been able to ride him for the last three years. I trust him a lot and I know that he is very talented so I was afraid to be the one to make a mistake.  The crowd here was wonderful and being able to show in front of such an enthusiastic audience was just great,” said Flarida.  “My team mates couldn’t have been any better and I am once again proud to be able to represent my country with such a great group of horsemen.”

Team Belgium claims the Silver medal

Team Belgium saw NRHA professional Cira Baeck ride Colonels Shining Gun, owned by Katarzyna Roleska, to a 221. The talented pair were second to go this morning:  “We started off really well today then I made a little couple of little mistakes, so I am not super happy, but I did my best,” said Cira following her pattern. “Four years ago we won the silver medal in Kentucky it would be very nice if
we could bring home the second one.”

And so they did!  NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck, aboard past NRHA Open World Champion Sail On Top Whizard (Whizard Jac x Miss N Sis), owned by Danny Cerato, closed his run with a 219.5 and Belgium held the second highest total score, a 663.  Ann Poels Fonck, riding Nic Ricochet, and Piet Mesdagh, riding RS Spat Man O War, had scored a 221 and a 216.5 respectively on the first day of competition. Once again, great ‘little’ Belgium conquered their second FEI Team Silver medal.

The Bronze medal is for Team Austria

Who the bronze medal would go to was determined after the third to last combination showed today and that was  Alex Ripper (GER) riding Awesome Paleboy. Possible contenders for the podium were infact Team Australia (653), Team Germany (646.5) and Team Austria (644.5).  Thanks to Martin Muehlstaetter’s score of 224, aboard Wimpys Little Buddy, Austria slid to the third step of the podium and conquered the bronze medal. Martin is based in the US and qualified for the 2014 Games last year in Europe and in the States.  “My horse was pretty good today! We purchased him from Andrea Fappani (who trained him) as a 4-year-old. He’s always been with us and always will be,” said the Austrian rider about his 10-year-old gelding by Wimpys Little Step and out of All That’s Dun (owned by Kim & Martin Muehlstaetter).” Winning this medal here today is awesome.” Austrian team members were Rudi Kronsteiner and Dr Lee Hook (221), Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Cashn Rooster (214.5) and Markus Morawitz with Dun It Whiz Gerry (210).

Once the curtain fell, Team Germany took fourth place honors in the overall standings.

The Individual Competition

Reining competition in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy will be once again on the stage on Thursday when the 2ND Individual Competition qualifier will take place.  The first 15 riders plus ties after the 1st individual competition are qualified for the Individual final which will be held on Saturday.

The following 20 riders plus ties may compete in the 2nd qualifier.  The top 5 scores plus ties will also advance to the Individual final.

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Team USA Take the Lead on First Competition Day

Part 1 Complete Results – Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy – Reining

From the NRHA Reiner – By Simona Diale

The Reining team competition and first individual qualifying round of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy took place today in the Parc des Expositions in Caen. Piet Metsdagh (BEL) riding RS Spat Man O War was first in the arena. The pair closed their run with a score of 216.5, which remained unbeaten until, 12 horses later, Andrea Fappani (USA) closed his pattern with a 224.

Riding Custom Cash Advance, an eight-year-old stallion quarter horse by Custom Crome and out of Cash In Roan owned by Silver Spurs Equine, Fappani thrilled the crowd and his score held until the end of the first part of the individual competition.

“This horse has been shown very successfully in the past by other professionals but I’ve only competed with him twice before coming to the Games and today I tried to do my best,” the native Italian, who now represents the USA, said. “I was careful in the spots I wasn’t confident about. I had tried to qualify for team US in 2010 and didn’t make it by one point. I was pretty disappointed at the time so I am thrilled to be here today,” he pointed out.

The second horse-rider combination for team USA, Jordan Larson and HF Mobster (Colonels Smoking Gun x Dun Its Black Gold), owned by Heritage Farms, closed their pattern number six with a 221. “I’m pretty happy with our run today,” Larson, who has been showing this horse since 2011, commented.

Team USA is currently leading on a score of 445. Fappani and his mount lead the first individual qualifier rankings and Larson lies in third place.

The Belgium-USA battle is on

After 41 horse-and-rider combinations had performed, Ann Poels-Fonck representing Belgium aboard Nic Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Minnie Nic), scored the second highest mark of the day, 222.5.

“I’m really happy with my score and my horse’s performance today,” she said. “This was not the horse I was supposed to ride here originally. Last week I was lucky enough to have its owner, Manuel Bonzano of Italy, offer to let me ride it. It has been successfully shown by Manuel in non pro competitions in the past and was wonderful for me today. I must admit the crowd was also fantastic!”

The total score for Team Belgium, including Poels and Mestadgh’s performances, is 439. This puts them in second place behind the USA.

Team Germany are third with 436.5 points thanks to Ludwig Grisha’s performance aboard Ruf Tuf Juice (Little Ruf Peppy x Smart Like Juice). Riding the horse owned by Fabien Strebel, Grisha earned a score of 218.5 and is also tied for third place in the individual standings with Australian Martin Larcombe who rode Wimpys Cute Tune (Wimpys Little Step x Gwyneth), owned by XCS Ranch LLC.

Team Australia closed with a total of 435 thanks to the performance of Shaun Saunders who slid Sparkin Tinsel (Tinsel Nic x Setting Off Sparks), owned by Corinna Schumacher, to a score of 217.

The detailed results after today’s competition are available here:

Team results

Individual results

The second part of the Reining team competition, which features 16 nations, and the first individual qualifier will take place tomorrow at 8.45 CEST. At the end of the day, the first prestigious FEI medals of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy will be awarded.

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy (FRA) on 23 August-7 September brings together 967 athletes and 1,113 horses from 74 nations for 15 days of world-class competition in Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.

For more information see:

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

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