2014 Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show once more a huge success!
More than $100,000 Prize Money
Provided by the Austrian Reining Horse Association/Ramona Billing - The eighth edition of the Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show in Wiener Neustadt was once more a huge success. 207 horses and top riders from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Hungary, The Netherlands, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, showed brilliant rides both in the Futurity and the Ancillary classes. This attracted hundreds of reining fans as well as visitors from the region to the beautiful facility of Helmut Schulz, which offered excellent conditions for high class reining. For two days, a TV team accompanied the riders. Also international print and internet media covered the event as well.
With more than $100,000 prize money, the Austrian RHA Futurity & NRHA Show was one of Europe’s premier reining events again and the first of the “big” futurities. Also there were numerable other valuable prizes including the Champion Saddles, the Champion Buckles as well as Show halters. Each of the Futurity finalists received his halter. Helmut Schulz and his team had prepared various things to make participants and owners feel at home at once. There were Welcome Packages with the Futurity vine from to vinemaker Fischer, a bathing towel with Futurity imprint, Futurity caps as well as a 3M sponsor package. On Thursday, H&D Schulz invited to their Futurity Party with an excellent Buffet, where the Futurity Finalist halters were awarded. And there was the Country Night on Friday night as well as the new Bar besides the main terrace with the picture board of the sponsors. Also, the daily show magazine “The Score” (The Friday edition had 24 pages!) was highly appreciated by all the participants.
Open Final L4 3-year-old horses: Rudi Kronsteiner claims third AustrianRHA Futurity Championship Open
The Open Futurity Level 4 of the 3-year-old horses was won by Magnum It (Magnum Chic Dream x Dun It The Hard Way) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner (Austria) who scored a 223.5. The AQHA gelding bred by Charlotte Decoster and owned by Dr. Daniela Ratschew, had already dominated the go round. It was the third AustrianRHA Futurity Champion title for multiple NRHA World Champion Open Rudi Kronsteiner, who also rode Chex out My Banjo (Banjo Whiz x MRS Chexinic, owner Dorothee Hess-Leitmeier) on 6th place in the final.
ARC Snap Chic (Yellow Jersey x Arc Think Chic) and Gennaro Lendi became Reserve Champion Level 4 scoring a 220. The horse was bred by Arcese QH and is owned by Paola Arcese.
Tarysmart and Fabiano Cestari dominated Levels 1, 2 and 3
Tarysmart and Fabiano Cestari also won the Level 1 and 2 final scoring a 220. Tarysmart was bred by Giuditta Foti and is owned by the Tarysmart Syndicate. 26-year-old Fabiano Cestari, who is from close to Milano, is training in Sinzing, Bavaria. His achievements include the 2010 ICCA Championship Open and Int. Open.
Reserve Champion L2 was Star Whiz It (Star Spangled Whiz x Hollywood Betsy Cody) with Stefano Cerutti, in L1 Skeet Rock (Skeets Dun x Barbie Nic Chex) with Peter Pichler.
Nicola Cordioli and Playboy Snapple win Open Futurity L3 and 4, 4-year-old horses
There was no surprise in the 4-year-old Open final as well – those who had dominated the go rounds, also made it in the final. The winner Level 3 and 4 was Nicola Cordioli aboard Playboy Snapple (Mr Snapple x ARC Snappers Calgirl). The stallion bred by Roberto Cuoghi and owned by Giulia Amolaro, scored a 225.5. Cordioli, who is one of Italy‘ best trainers, rode the horse into the NRHA European Futurity final.
Grischa Ludwig and Lil Smokeing Gun (Smart Chic Olena x Playguns Smokin) became Reserve Champion Level 4 scoring a 223,5. The two had taken the lead after the go round. Lil Smokeing Gun was bred by Jim Babcock and is owned by de Bruin Reininghorses. Walla Walla Glitter (Walla Walla Whiz x Ms Majestic Spar, owner Edith Hochmair ) and Johannes Hasenauer placed second in Level 3 scoring a 224.
Saturday Whiz under Giovanni Masi De Vargas and Walla Walla Glitter under Johannes Hasenauer Co-Champions Open Futurity L 2, year-old, Jupiter of Sun and Alessandro Roasio win L1
In the Open Futurity Final Levels 1 and 2, it got very close among the top horses. There was a tie on first place with a score of 219.5, and anothertie on third place among three riders who had achieved a 219. The first placed Giovanni Masi De Vargas and Johannes Hasenauer decided against a run off and shared the title. So, the Futurity Level 2 Co-Champions were Saturday Whiz (Saturday Night Custom x Anjolena Whiz) with Giovanni Masi De Vargas (Italy) and Walla Walla Glitter (Walla Walla Whiz x Ms Majestic Spar) with Johannes Hasenauer (Austria). Saturday Whiz is owned by ASD Little Ranch and was bred by Franco Mari. Walla Walla Glitter was bred by Giovanni Lugara and is owned by Edith Hochmaier.
Jupiter of Sun (Wimpys Little Step x Flirtin A Little , owner and breeder Franco Rosso) with Alessandro Roasio, VQH Foxy Cat (A Catty Delta x Foxy Pepto, owner. Rosario Ponzo, breeder 6-J Paint Horses) with Giovanni Masi de Vargas and Ruf Little Chex (Lil Ruf Trouble x Nu Dynamite Chex, breeder Roger Weibel, owner Ferruccio Bucci) and Andrea Manucci tied for third place.
This was also the Level 1 Championship for Jupiter Of Sun and Alessandro Roasio, with Show Me My Cash (Bueno Cash Quixote x AR Boneta Jacson Sun, Breeder Sjojan Nemanic, owner Mojca Hrzenjak) and Gal Grahelj following on second place (218.5)
ER Baby Jane Surprise and Andrea Iannetta win Non Pro Futurity Level 3 and 4 of the 3-year-old horses
In an exciting final, ER Baby Jane Surprise (One Gun x Surprise Moonlite) and Andrea Iannetta (Italy) claimed the Non Pro Futurity Championship Level 2 and 4 of the 3-year-old horses. The two had already been in the lead after the go round together with KD Gotasparklingwhiz (Walla Walla Whiz x Parkin Crome) under Kelly Deelen (The Netherlands) Iannetta scored a 216, Kelly Deelen placed second scoring a 215.5.
Andrea Iannetta won 2011 Silver at the FEI European Championship Young Riders and claimed the Non Pro Trophy at the 2013 AustrianRHA Futurity. His 3-year-old Paint mare ER Baby Jane Surprise was bred by Elisabetta Raviola.
Kelly Deelen already was NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Champion Level 1 to 3 and NRHA European Affiliate Reserve Champion. She bred her AQHA stallion KD Gotasparklingwhiz herself.
Non Pro Futurity Champion Level 1, 3-year-old horses: Victoria Gun and Rudolf Maurer
The Non Pro Futurity Final Level 1 of the 3-year-old horses ended with a tie on first place between Victoria Gun (Gatling Gun x LJ As Orderd) with Rudolf Maurer (Austria) in the saddle and Last Docky Oak (Stylishlite x Surprise Doc Topsail) with Mattia Camisi (Italy) who both scored a 213. In the following run off, Victoria Gun scored a 213 winning the title. The Paint Horse mare was bred by Laura Welsch. Mattia Camisi and his Last Docky Oak became Reserve scoring a 205. Whizberry Pie (Topsail Whiz x Smokes Berry Sweet) and Miriam Leinweber placed third scoring a 212. The AQHA mare was bred by Quest Reiners LLC.
Non Pro Futurity Champion L3 and L4, 4-year-old horses: What A QT Whiz and Katja Jungfer
What A QT Whiz and his breeder and owner Katja Jungfer (Germany) had already been leading after the go round. Their great performance in the final with a score of 222 resulted in the AustrianRHA Futurity Championship Non Pro Levels 4 and 3 with the 4-year-old horses. The stallion was the first foal of Katja Jungfer‘s stallion Dunit On The QT, whose achievements include the NRHA Breeders Futurity Championship. His dam Im A Classy Whiz‘ NRHA LTE exceed $ 50,000. With her, Katja won the IRHA Derby Non Pro L1 and 2 and the NRHA Roleski Int. Non Pro Derby. What A QT Whiz has got an impressive show record himself. With his trainer Rudi Kronsteiner, the stallion was 2013 AustrianRHA Futurity Open third, Americana Open Futurity Champion and NRHA Breeders Futurity Open Reserve Champion (after a run off).
Shine N Whiz and Sandra Friesenbiller became Reserve Futurity Champion L3 and 4 scoring a 219.5. The stallion by Topsail Whiz out of Sandra’s great broodmare Spark N Pretty was 2013 Austrian Futurity Champion Level 3 and 4 Non Pro, NRHA Breeders Futurity and NRHA European Futurity Finalist.
Co-Champions Non Pro Futurity Level 1, 4-year-old horses:
Pepper Dry Sun under Martina Paiocchi and Miss Ciot O Broadway under Gianluca Liotti
Non Pro Futurity Final Level 1 of the 4-year-old horses ended with a tie on first place between Pepper Dry Sun (TRR Royal Sun O Lena x IC Paule Slide Dry) under Martina Paiocchi (Italy) and Miss Ciot O Broadway (Broadway Jaba x Ciotolena) under Gianluca Liotti (Italy). Each of them had scored a 215.5. They decided against a run off and shared the Championship. Pepper Dry Sun was bred by Chiara Polli. Miss Ciot O Broadway, who was bred by Antonio Pedron, was fifth at the IRHA Futurity Level 1 Open with Tommaso Beltramini.
Docs Gotta Spook (Spooks Gotta Gun x Jag On Doc) and Nadja Hammer placed third scoring a 214. The Paint gelding which was bred by Karen J Highfield was 2013 Austrian Futurity Non Pro Reserve Champion with Dr. Daniela Ratschew.
Ladies‘ Power: Ann Fonck claims Open Trophy, Tina Kunstner-Mantl Non Pro
The renowned Bronze Trophies of the AustrianRHA Futurity remained with two of Europe’s best Lady Reiners. The Open was won by Ann Fonck from Belgium aboard Rosanne Sternberg‘s Ebony Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Whiz) who set this year’s Austrian Futurity’s record score as well: 227.5. The 6-year-old AQHA mare was 2013 AustrianRHA Futurity Finalist with Cody Sapergia and Polish Futurity Champion with Rudi Kronsteiner in the saddle. Ann Fonck won the Open at the 23 Winter Classic with her.
Dennis Schulz and Laredo Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Genuine Starbright) placed second scoring a 225. The stallion who is owned by Saad El Din Hadj-Abdou, is a multiple Bronze Trophy Champion and was part oft he Austrian team at the 2010 WEG.
The Non Pro was claimed by Tina Kunstner-Mantl (Austria) aboard her Cash N Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo x Booming Cash). The 6-year-old gelding with whom Tina already was Co-Champion Non Pro at the SVAG Classic, scored a 222.5. Julia Gaupmann and Cody Rooster Delmaso (Ricochet Rooster x Made of Lacy) placed second (218).
Altogether, this 8th AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show was a true festival of reining with high class performance and a strong international team of judges. This show is a very special one – especially because of its atmosphere where visitors feel at home at once. This is partly a result of the beautiful facility, but mostly due to the excellent show team of Gerda Langer. Here customer service is of utmost priority. A big thank you to the show team!
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