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)
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: http://www.showmanager.info/Eventliste.aspx?turnierID=331Follow the livestream: http://live.andreabonaga.it/www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com
Photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga.