NRHA European Futurity: Day 5

By Simona Diale  The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity in Kreuth, Germany welcomed two ancillary classes on Thursday, April 3, plus the traditional draw party for finalists and fans.

The Cocked Gun and Fonck win Novice Horse Open L 2

Bernard FonckLara Maiocchi, Enrico Righetti and Simon Friedle judged the NRHA ancillary classes offered on the fifth day of the NRHA European Futurity.

In the NRHA Euro 800,- added Novice Horse Open L 2, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck claimed first place honors with a score of 220.5 riding The Cocked Gun (Gallo Del Cielo x Katie Gun), owned by Gildo and Giuliano Mercuri of Italy. “I’m really pleased with the way Mercuri’s horse went today and am happy fort he win,” said Bernard who showed in a field of 89 competitors. Cody Sapergia riding This Wimps So Fly (Wimpys Little Step x Fly Flashy Jac) for owners Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, placed second after scoring a 216.5.

Baeck and Donna Arc Escapes BB Win the Arcese NRHA Non Pro 5 & Up
Susy Baeck

Susy Baeck and Donna Arc Escapes BB (Don Quixote Escapes x Arcy Cutter King BB) won the Arcese NRHA Non Pro 5 & Up after posting a 215.5. „I won on this great mare yesterday and did it again today,“ said Susy. „I am thrilled since this is the first event I am showing her in!“

A half a point behind the winner, Fabian Strebel and his horse Kaysolve (Einstein x Kays Freckles) claimed second place in the class that counted 35 entries.

The traditional NRHA European Futurity Draw Party attracted the riders and reining enthusiasts, and the Daily Diary videos entertained those not able to attend. Check out the video gallery and photo gallery to find out how’s in Kreuth and what they’re enjoying!

The draw is set for both the Open Futurity and the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity.  Check online at www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

 Photos by Andrea Bonaga

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Open & KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity Finalists Determined

NRHA Open 5 & Up and Arcese Novice Horse Non Pro L2 Results

By Simona Diale - Following the consolation class held in the morning, open and non pro finalists for the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity were determined. An official listing of finalists, as well as the commemorative “Show Spot” program will be available on www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com prior to the weekend’s prestigious finals. The KL Performance Horses Non Pro is scheduled for Friday and the Open is scheduled for Saturday. Admission is free to the public!

NRHA Open 5 & Up – GR Hug A Jewel ridden by Lill and The Cocked Gun ridden by Fonck Tie
Excitement and high level competition made the NRHA Euro5,000-added Open 5 & Up class exhilarating to watch as 31 riders made their way into the Ostbayernhalle in Kreuth. Nina Lill and GR Hug A Jewel (Solanoswarlee Boy x Hug A Freckle) owned by Vanety Korbus and Bernard Fonck with The Cocked Gun (Gallo Del Cielo x Katie Gun), owned by Gildo and Giuliano Mercuri, posted a 221 this evening. They decided to let the scores stand without a run-off and be co-champions.“This mare is really cool and did really well for me tonight,” said Nina about her mount.  “I will be showing her again in the Open on Friday, so I didn’t ask her for all she had, so I’m very pleased with the 221 we scored tonight.  Her owner, Vanety, will be showing her in the Non Pro here, and I know that GR Hug A Jewel can do just as well with her as she did with me.”

“Six weeks ago Gildo (Mercuri) asked me if I would take his horse in training and, having seen The Cocked Gun show with Gennaro in the past and knowing his capabilities, I told him that I would be more than happy to do so,” said Bernard after the awards presentation.  “ I’m really looking forward to showing him during the year and I know that things will get better as we still have to get to know each other better.”

Third place honors went to Martina Krajcarova’s Oakies Red Berry (Country Bay Berry x WB Miss Docs Oak) ridden by Morey Fisk  after having posted a 219.5.

Arcese Novice Horse Non Pro L2 – Baeck and Donna Arc Escapes BB Take the Win
Once the consolation was over, the Arcese Euro800-added Novice Horse Non Pro L2 class was held.  In a field of 32 riders, Susy Baeck of Belgium posted a 214, enough to take first place honors riding Donna Arc Escapes BB (Don Quixote Escapes x Arcy Cutter King BB), owned by Tuur Leflot.  “This is the first time I have shown this mare,” said Susy.  “Originally she was my husband’s horse, but then I just had to steal her from him.  I’m really happy with this win.  The plan with her is to do an embryo transfer with Whizasunnysailor BB and then to show her in both the Italian Derby and the European Derby.  She was really good with me today and what I really liked about her today were her spins and her stops.”

Second place honors went to Sheza Spook Lil Step (Spooks Gotta Gun x  ND Jazzy Step On It) and Piet Mestdagh of Belgium.  The pair closed their run with a score of 212.

Get More Information
For further information, visit the official website: www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo credit: Andrea Bonaga.

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IHSA National Horse Show Identifies Qualifying Western Teams

Following the results of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Western Semi-Final competitions hosted in South Carolina, Texas, and Ohio, these college equestrian Western teams have earned tickets to Harrisburg to represent their school in Western Horsemanship and Reining competition and compete for NRHA and AQHA trophies at the 41st IHSA National Horse Show, May 1-4, at the Pennsylvania Farm Expo Center:

Berry College (coach Margaret Knight), Clemson University (coach Anna Rebecca Shirley), Delaware Valley College (coach Cory Kieschnick), Ohio State University (coach Ollie Griffith), St. Andrews University (coach Peggy McElveen), West Texas A&M University (coach Amanda Love), University of Findlay-OH (coach Cindy Morehead), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (coach Lori Jaixen) and University of Wisconsin-River Falls (coach Jane Huot).

According to IHSA Semi-Finals organizers, this marks the first time that IHSA Western teams for Clemson University and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls have qualified for the IHSA National Horse Show.

“The team rode above anything they had achieved before. I’m so proud of them, and Amanda (Love, coach of the reigning AQHA/IHSA National Champions, West Texas A&M University) was so supportive and impressed by their effort. We lost to WT by only two points. We started with a bunch of cowgirls and have built a team with cohesion and professionalism.” Huot, who also works in its Registrar’s office, has been coaching Wisconsin’s stockseat riders for six years and estimates this is the first University of Wisconsin-River Falls Western team this century to qualify for the IHSA National Horse Show. “Before Semis, the girls shared a ‘team bonding’ experience getting manicures and pedicures,” said the former Mary Kay stylist. “They’re ready to look – and ride – like champions.”

About IHSA

IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional and national levels, based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Learn more about its scholarships, internships and other membership bonuses at www.IHSAinc.com and follow its more than 400 teams and 8,900 riders on Facebook and Twitter at @IHSAinc.

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Ancillary Action in Kreuth

By Simona Diale - Today following the qualifying go-round of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Open and Non Pro Futurity, the Ostbayerhalle in Kreuth hosted the NRHA ancillary action.

 

Winning the Euro3,500-added Intermediate Open with a score 218 was Giovanni Masi de Vargas riding Remins Remedy (Remin Whiz x Colonels Lil Red Hot), a stallion owned by Luca Zeni.  “Our goal here in Kreuth is to do well in the Euro10,000-added Open on Friday,” said the 22-year-old trainer from Italy.

 

“The six highest scoring Italian riders will be on the long list for team Italy in view of the upcoming FEI World Equestrian Games.  I am really happy with the way he showed today and look forward to the open class.”This horse-rider combination took home the Team and Individual Young Riders Gold medal at the 2013 FEI European Championships as well as the Team Individual Junior Gold medal in the 2011 edition of the European Championships.

The winner of the Euro350-added Limited Open class was Peter Pichler of Italy.  Peter was seen riding past NRHA Open World Champion Chic N Roost (Gallo Del Cielo x Dun Maid By Chic) owned by KN Reining Resort SS.  The pair scored a 217.  “This 12-year-old stallion is just amazing,” said Peter.  “He’s been shown a lot in the past yet he is so honest in the pen and has a huge heart.”

It took a 218 to win the Arcese Euro2,500-added Intermediate Non Pro and that is what Belgian Ingrid Vermeiren posted riding her Rooster Trip (Cielo San Badger x Trips Flite).  “I have been in the winner’s circle more than once with this great 13-year-old gelding,” said Ingrid.  “He was simply fantastic today and I would like to thank my trainer, Cira Baeck, for all her help.”

It took a run off to determine who would take first place honors in the Arcese Euro350-added Limited Non Pro after Koen Brutsaert of Belgium riding CJ Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Dream Olena Chic) and Aileen Beer of Germany riding SL A Chic Star (Puro Chic x Tuckers Starlight) both scored a 211.

Once the two riders had performed, Brutsaert took the title after posting a 213.5. “I still can’t believe I won!” said Koen.  “I really wanted to go for the run-off because I wanted to win:  CJ Whiz was great the first time I went in the pen today, but he was great the second time.  I’m a little tired but really happy.”

The two riders tied for second place in the Intermediate non pro class.

Wednesday, April 2
Following the NRHA European Futurity Open Consolation and the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity Consolation, three NRHA ancillary classes will take place:  the Arcese Euro800-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 and the Euro5,000-added Open 5 & Up.Admission is free during the entire show including the KL Performance Horese Non Pro Futurity on Friday, April 4 and the NRHA Open Futurity finals on Saturday, April 5.Visit official website of the event for news, livestream, livescore and more: www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo credit: Andrea Bonaga.

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The April Digital Reiner is Ready!

reinercoverIn the April Digital Reiner, the NRHA Non Pro & Youth World and Reserve World Champions share stories about their road to success and their 2013 show season. Also, highlighted in this month’s issue are two great NRHA Professionals and long-time friends, Michael McEntire and Brian Bell. See how they got started and what helped them gain the NRHA Million Dollar Rider title. Enjoy!

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Don’t just come to the show… Be a part of the show!

2014 NRHA Derby Event
Sponsorship Opportunities

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 Don’t just come to the show…
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There is a sponsorship level for you! Become a sponsor of the NRHA Derby to help maximize your ranch or company’s exposure during our event.

Quality awards mean a great deal to both exhibitors and owners. NRHA recognizes the need for expanding awards and continually works towards this goal. However, it is only with the support of the Reining community that programs like these can perpetuate. We hope offering a sponsorship at these levels will open doors for more reining enthusiasts to contribute to this prestigious event.

NRHA Derby Facts:

  • 3rd Largest NRHA Show in the World
  • $1+ Million Estimated Purse
  • 2,200 Entries
  • Attendance in excess of 50,000
  • $12 Million Economic Impact
  • $4.5 Million in Direct Spending
  • Home to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s
    Western National Finals
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Class selection for saddle and buckle sponsorships are first-come, first-served when the forms and full payment are received.

For questions, please contact:
Terri Sharp – Trade Show Manager
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For additional assistance contact:
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Show Time in Kreuth!

Terrific three-way tie as Ann Poels-Fonk, Markus Gebert and Duane Latimer tie to win the NRHA European Futurity Level 4 Open division qualifying go-round with scores 220.5Lara Lorengo and Wimpys Little Gun SG Top the Non Pro Qualifying Go-Round
By Simona Diale - The qualifying go-round of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Open Futurity offering the €92.000-added level (L) 4, €35.000-added L 3, the €15.000-added or more L 2 and the €7.500-added or more L 1 was held in Kreuth, Germany, today.Riding Claudia Scheunemann’s Dunits Smokin Gun, an own son of Gunner and out of Dunit Sugar Quixote (by Hollywood Dun It), Ann Poels-Fonck was the last to show in the Open Futurity qualifying go-round. Aboard the stallion bred and nominated by Willem Langendoen, she closed her run with a 220.5 and tied to win the go-round along with Duane Latimer and Markus Gerbert.Latimer had set the bar early in the second section with a 220.5 riding Gotta Nifty Gun (Dun It Gotta Gun x Custom Nifty Nic x Custom Crome) for owners Luga Quarter Horses.  This stallion was bred and nominated (for North America) by Carl Lambert and nominated for Europe by Luga Quarter Horses.

Also earning a 220.5 was Gebert and Charly Step N Cool (Wimpys Little Step x Charlys Cool Running x As Smart As Charley), owned by Angelika Gebert. The pair closed the 2013 show season by winning all four levels of the NRHA/Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Open Futurity last year.  The athletic bay mare was bred and nominated by Michael Schubert and boasts over $58,000 in NRHA LTE.

Nina Lill of Germany riding Forevergun (One Gun x Es Sweet Little Bar) a stallion bred and nominated by Alice Marinoni and owned by Franz Jaksche, held the lead in the Level 3 division after having posted a 219.5 in the first section of the go-round yesterday.

Leading the L 2 and the L 1 Open qualifying go round is Susanne Schnell. The German rider closed her run with a 216 riding Dunits Finest Stop (Footworks Finest x Smart Katy Rio x Ill Be Smart), a stallion bred and nominated by Christine Bayer and owned by Wolfgang Neuendorff.

The open finals will be held Saturday, April 5 and will be free to the public! Everyone is invited to watch the Youth 13 & Under and 14-18 class starting at 8 a.m. that morning followed by the Arcese €5,000-added Non Pro class. Also, make plans to stay for the Champions Party after the open finals.

A portion of the go-round entries will move on to Saturday’s open finals:

  • L 4 Open (58 entries) = top 15, plus ties
  • L 3 Open (42 entries) = top 15, plus ties
  • L 2 Open (39 entries) = top 15, plus ties
  • L1 Open (25 entries) = top 10, plus ties

A portion of the go-round entries will move on to Wednesday’s consolation for another opportunity to advance to the finals:

  • L 4 Open = next 15, plus ties
  • L 3 Open = next 11, plus ties
  • L 2 Open = next 10, plus ties
  • L1 Open = next 6, plus ties

A portion of the consolation entries will move on to Saturday’s open finals:

  • L 4 Open = top 3, plus ties
  • L 3 Open = top 2, plus ties
  • L 2 Open = top 2, plus ties
  • L1 Open = top 2, plus ties

Congrats to NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales Connections
Seven open finalists were previously offered for sale during the NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales held during the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. NRHA sends special congratulations to these NRHA European Futurity Open Finals qualifiers:

  • Gotta Nifty Gun, owner Luga Quarter Horses SRL – L 4 open
  • Wimpys Little Boo, owner Veronique Parise – L 4 open
  • Docs Stylish Whiz, owner Veronique Parise  – L 4 open
  • Start A Revolution, owner Sabine Lisec – L 4 and L 3 open
  • Undercover Spook, owner Luigi Parise – L 3 open (L 4 open consolation)
  • Don With Chrome, owner Sabine Staub – L 3 and L 2 open (L 4 open consolation)
  • Chekaspook, owner Forest Creek Ranch – L 2 and L 1 open (L 3 open consolation)

Mark your calendars for December 2014 for your next opportunity to purchase a world-class reining horse! For more information on the NRHA / Markel Insurance Sales, visit nrha.com.


Lara Lorengo and Wimpys Little Gun SG Top the Non Pro Qualifying Go-Round

The KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity offers the €36.000-added L 4, the €11.000-added or more L 3, the €6.400 or more L 2 and the €3.200 or more L 1. Lara Lorengo of Italy posted a 215, the high score in the L 4, riding her Wimpys Little Gun SG (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Gunna Slide x Slide Me To The Bar).  With this stallion bred by Silvia Gandolfi and nominated by Lara.

Sandra Friesenbiller of Austria posted the high score in the L 3 and L  2 non pro divisions riding her Shine N Whiz, a stallion by Topsail Whiz and out of Spark N Pretty (by Shining Spark).  Sandra, who bred and nominated this horse, scored a 212.

Leading the L 1 non pro division qualifying go-round is Arjan van de Watering. The Dutch rider scored a 207.5 with Whizards Lil Ruf (Sail On Top Whizard x Lil Trouble Miss x Lil Ruf Peppy), a gelding bred and nominated by Ann Fonck.  With Arnaud Girinon in the saddle, Whizards Lil Ruf was a level 2 and level 1 open finalist at the Austrian Reining Horse Association Western Star Futurity.

A portion of the go-round entries will move on to Friday’s non pro finals:

  • L 4 Non Pro (33 entries) = top 13, plus ties
  • L 3 Non Pro (21 entries) = top 8, plus ties
  • L 2 Non Pro (22 entries) = top 9, plus ties
  • L1 Non Pro  (12 entries) = top 5, plus ties

A portion of the go-round entries will move on to Wednesday’s consolation for another opportunity to advance to the finals:

  • L 4 Non Pro = next 8, plus ties
  • L 3 Non Pro = next 5, plus ties
  • L 2 Non Pro = next 5, plus ties
  • L1 Non Pro  = next 3, plus ties

A portion of the consolation entries will move on to Friday’s non pro finals:

  • L 4 Non Pro = top 2, plus ties
  • L 3 Non Pro  = top 2, plus ties
  • L 2 Non Pro  = top 2, plus ties
  • L1 Non Pro  = top 2, plus ties

The non pro finals will be held Friday, April 4 and will be free to the public! Everyone also is invited to watch the Rookie class starting at 8 a.m. that morning.

The NRHA European Futurity also offers a full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes including these the €10.000-added Open and the Arcese €5.000-added Non Pro.

Get More Information
For further information, visit the official website: www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo credit: Andrea Bonaga. Top left to right: Duane Latimer and Gotta Nifty Gun; Markus Gebert and Charly Step N Cool; and Ann Fonck and Dunits Smoking Gun. Photos in text: From top to bottom: Nina Lill and Forevergun; Susanne Schnell and Dunits Finest Stop; Lara Lorengo and Wimpys Little Gun SG; Sandra Friesenbiller and Shine N Whiz; and Arjan van de Watering and Whizards Lil Ruf.

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The NRHA European Futurity Kicks Off

March 30 – April 5  •  Kreuth, Germany

By Simona Diale - The first section of the first go-round of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Open Futurity offering the €92.000-added level (L) 4, €35.000-added L 3, the €15.000-added or more  L 2 and the €7.500-added or more L 1 opened the sixth edition of the European Futurity in Kreuth, Germany today.

Leading the L 4 and the L 3 open divisions with a 219.5 was Nina Lill of Germany riding Forevergun (One Gun x ES Sweet Little Star x RR Star), bred and nominated by Alice Marinoni. The American Paint Horse stallion is owned by Franz Jaksche.

Tying to lead the L 2 division with a 214, were Andrea Mannucci of Italy riding Ruf Little Chex (Lil Ruf Trouble x Nu Dynamite Chex x Nu Chex To Cash) for owner Ferrucci Bucci and fellow Italian trainer, Andrea Bonadomane, riding ARC Topsail Walla (Walla Walla Whiz x Diamonds Ms Topsail x Topsail Cody)  owned by Astrid Eisendle. Bonadone and his mount also lead the L 1 division with a 214.

Ruf Little Chex, an American Quarter Horse gelding, was bred by bred by Roger Weibel and nominated by Luigi Parise. ARC Topsail Walla was bred by Paola Arcese and nominated by Luga Quarter Horses.

Monday’s Schedule
Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., the second section of the Open Futurity qualifying go-round will be held.

The KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity will offer the €36.000-added L 4, the €11.000-added or more L 3, the €6.400 or more L 2 and the €3.200 or more L 1. The qualifying go-round will be held tomorrow following the second section of the Open Futurity go-round.

Open to 4-year-old horses, nominated in the NRHA European Nomination Program, both the Open Futurity and the KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity are run in a qualifying go-round and clean-slate finals.

The NRHA European Futurity also offers a full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes including these the €10.000-added Open and the Arcese €5.000-added Non Pro.

Sunday’s Riders Meeting
Riders were welcomed this morning by the NRHA Judges Monitor for the show, Ollie Griffith, and by Karen McQuiston, chair of the NRHA Stewards Committee.

Get More Information
For further information, visit the official website: www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.

Photo credit: Andrea Bonaga. Top to bottom: Nina Lill and Forevergun; Andrea Mannucci and Ruf Little Chex; and Andrea Bonadomane and ARC Topsail Walla

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NCEA Recognized NRHA Competitors

The National Collegiate Equestrian Association has selected its 2013-14 All-America class, it was announced Tuesday. The NCEA also announced its Second-Team All-America class and the All-America Honorable Mention squad.

The NCEA National Championship will take place April 17-19 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. It marks the eighth consecutive year that Baylor, the City of Waco and McLennan County have hosted the National Championship.

The following NRHA members received recognition:

Reining

1st Team

• Raivenne Scott, SDSU

• Taylor Brown, CSU-F

 

2nd Team

• Cody McMillon, USC

• Justine Peters, OSU

• Tara Wilson, NMSU

• McKenzie Lantz, UGA

 

Honorable Mention

• Layla Choate, USC

• Jordan Cox, KSU

• Jenna Blumer, OSU

• Shelby St. Hilaire, TCU

• Griffin Knight, AU

• Laura Sumrall, TAMU

 

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Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses Adds to Their Team

Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses would like to welcome to our team NRHA Million Dollar Rider Duane Latimer and 2013 Canadian Reiner of the Year and Top 20 Professional Dany Tremblay.  We are thrilled to have them join our already impressive line up of trainers. fixed group pic

Tom McCutcheon ~ NRHA Million Dollar Rider and 3 time WEG Gold Medalist

Duane Latimer ~ NRHA Million Dollar Rider and WEG Gold and Silver Medalist

Dany Tremblay ~ NRHA Open Futurity Finalist and Canadien Reiner of The Year

Mirjam Stillo ~ NRHA L1 Open Derby Champion and High Roller Reining L1 Derby Champion

Debbie Arballo ~ Tradition Futurity L2 and L3 Open Futurity Champion

Isabell Silverstolpe ~ 2014 TMRH Apprentice and 2013 Scandinavian L4 Open and L4 Non Pro Derby Champion

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