March 27 - April 1, 2017 · Cremona, Italy

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The 2017 NRHA European Futurity Elite Stallion Auction

April 8, 2017

Bid to breed to some of the industry’s best!

elite_stallion_auctionCremona, March 8 – Once again a truly generous group of stallion owners donated a breeding to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity Stallion Auction. This year the auction started during the event that was held, for the first time, in Cremona – Italy. On April 9, at 4 p.m. CEST, worldwide bids will close with proceeds going to the 2017 NRHA European Derby and to the 2018 NRHA European Futurity.

A special thank you to the following stallion owners for their generosity:

23 Quarter Horse, thank you Manuel Bonzano! (www.23quarterhorses.com)

  • Great Sun Burst, multiple NRHA Open World Champion and Non Pro World Champion (23quarterhorses.com)

Arcese Quarter Horses USA, thank you Eleuterio and Leonardo Arcese! (www.oswoodstallionstation.com)

Cardinal Reining Horses, thank you Joao Marcos!www.cardinalreininghorses.com

Impresa Agricola Cuoghi, thank you Roberto Cuoghi!

Roberta’s Stables, thank you Claudio Risso! (www.robertasstables.com)

Roleski Ranch, thank you Katarzyna Roleska! www.roleskiranch.com:

  • Colonels Shining Gun, multiple NRHA Champion and World Equestrian Games Silver Medalist

Silver Spurs Equine, thank you Michelle and Michael Miola!www.silverspursequine.com:

Slide Or Die LLC, thank you Domenico Lomuto! (www.facebook.com/infernosixtysix)

Xtra Quarter Horses, thank you! (www.xtraquarterhorses.com)

Don’t miss the opportunity to breed to some of the industry’s best before Sunday April 9, 4 p.m. CEST!

www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

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Media Contact: Simona Diale (sdiale@nrha.com)

Ann Fonck and Shiners Voodoo score big to win the NRHA European Open Futurity

April 2, 2017

Cremona, April 1 – As the lights went out in the CremonaFiere Arena, the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Open Futurity finalists wrote yet another page of history. It took a 222 or higher to make it in the final top ten Level (L)4 rankings and a 231 to claim the L4 Open Futurity Championship.

Draw 21 in a field of 25 finalists in the second section of the European Futurity Open finals, multiple past NRHA Open and Reserve Open World Champion Ann Fonck kept the reining fans in Cremona glued to their seats from the moment she burst in the pen riding Shiners Voodoo (Shiners Voodoo Dr x BR China Rose) for owner Kimberly Wegner. The show went on as Fonck and the flashy palomino performed fast and precise spins and controlled circles. The duo closed their run with three deep stops that set the dirt – and the +1’s – flying!

“I am thrilled and cannot believe how good my horse was for me tonight,” said Ann about the stallion she won both the German Breeders and French 3-year-old Futurity on last year. “I know how talented he is and when I rode in the pen I knew that he was capable of winning but I never thought that we would earn such a big score! I have to give credit to my husband, Bernard (Fonck) for helping me out during this week and to our incredible team that worked endless hours behind the scenes…I don’t know how they did it!”

Shiners Voodoo was bred by Patricia Blankeney Creson and nominated by Reto Erdin. Prior to the European Futurity, the talented stallion had already collected $12,198 to his name with Ann Fonck in the saddle. On Saturday night, he added $17,551 to his LTE.

Early in the draw, NRHA Million Dollar Rider and multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Bernard Fonck had set the bar aboard Missedouttinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Miss Sliding Peppy) owned by Golden Paint Ranch. The pair had set the stands on fire with their powerful run paid back by the judges with a 228.5 which earned them the reserve championship as well as $14.559. In the past edition of the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity the sorrel stallion, with Fonck in the saddle, had tied for third place brining his earnings to $15,485.

Past NRHA Intermediate Open World Champion Guglielmo Fontana topped both the L4 and L3 qualifiers riding Whiz Wild West (Spark N Whiz x West Coast Oak) owned by Luga Quarter Horses bred and nominated by Mattia Camisi. In the clean-slate finals, the bay gelding rode Fontana to a 226 and the L3 European Futurity Open title. “I don’t believe I’ve ever ridden a horse as talented as Whiz Wild West,” said the NRHA Professional following the awards presentation. “He was absolutely incredible tonight and it was an honor for me to place behind two incredible champions – Bernard and Ann Fonck – who I worked for for three years.” Fontana took home a paycheck worth $21,121 for his L3 win and for placing third in the L4.

Second place honors in this division with a 222.5 score went to Canadian NRHA Professional Morey Fisk, now based in Mooslargue France, riding Whiz My Freckles (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Dun Lost My Freckles), a mare owned by Peter Arnet, bred and nominated by Lewisville Development, LP. Fisk, who is a three-time NRHA European L4 Open Futurity champion, added $11,880 to his LTE amounting to $337,000 prior to coming to Cremona.

Winning the title in the L2 divison was Italian NRHA Professional Silvia Venezia who posted a 220 riding Gunnerine (Hollywood Gun Dunnit x E Harmony Dot Com), a mare owned bred and nominated by Teresa Rosati. “I’ve had this sweet mare in training since she was a 2-year-old and I broke and trained her myself,” said Venezia. “I am thrilled with how she performed tonight and even though I knew we could achieve this result, until it’s over you never know.”

Co-reserve honors in the L2 – with a 217.5 went to NRHA Professional Nicola Cordioli of Italy riding Unwhizzjable (Star Spangled Whiz x Late Little Jaba), a mare owned by Andrea Pengo, bred and nominated by Silvia Sgaggio.

NRHA Professional Matteo Cuniglio rode RS Canaletto Jac (RS Great Jac Feona x RS Red Moon Olena), a mare owned bred and nominated by Claudio Risso, to first place honors in the L1 and to co-reserve honors in the L2 division. “I started riding this mare in December last year and immediately liked her,” said the Italian rider who won the L1 Open qualifier in Cremona. “We get along really well and she was good for me from day one. This is my first European Futurity title and I couldn’t be any happier.”

Earning the L1 European Open Futurity was German NRHA Professional Jeffrey-Thomas Touroute who made it back to the finals through the consolation riding Rowdys Smart Diamond (Hollywood Yankee Kid x GH Redskin Lady), a stallion owned bred and nominated by Hannes Kirchberger.

The NRHA European Futurity, held for the very first time in Italy after leaving the historical venue in Kreuth, Germany, after eight years, officially closed with the Open finals which showcased an incredibly high level of competition.

Though the competition in the arena is over and the 2017 champions are determined, the NRHA European Futurity Elite Stallion Auction will officially close on April 8 at 4 p.m. CEST.

Bid to breed to the industry’s best at www.32auctions.com/2017eurofuturitystallions

For complete information on the 2017 edition of the NRHA European Futurity visit nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

Photos by Andrea Bonaga

Media Contact:
Simona Diale
NRHA Senior Director of Publications
sdiale@nrha.com

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

Edoardo Bernardelli and RS Gaudi Jac are European Non Pro Futurity Champions

March 31, 2017

Cremona, March 31 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Non Pro finals closed the day in Cremona, Italy. In a field of 32 finalists in the four levels, Anna Lisec of Austria had set the bar riding her Gunners Nite Slider (Gunners Special Nite x Wind Her Up Chic). Aboard the gelding bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC and nominated by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC, Lisec closed her performance with a 217.5 to lead the Euro 36.000-added Level (L)4 Non Pro division. The young rider’s score held until the go-round leaders, Edoardo Bernardelli and RS Gaudi Jac, performed a penalty-free run and big stops closing their run with a 219. Bred and nominated by Claudio Risso, RS Gaudi Jac is by RS Great Jac Feona and out of RS Shadow Olena. “I got my horse when he was a yearling from Risso and I trained him myself,” said the young rider who was on the Italian team that took gold medal honors in the past FEI European Reining Championships held in Aachen, Germany. “I showed him last year at the German Breeders Futurity and at the Italian Futurity but we weren’t quite ready yet. In the last 6 months, he matured a lot and he was really easy to show here. I am very happy with this major win!”

Once the Non Pro finals were over, Anna Lisec – who boasts over $55,000 LTE – and Gunners Nite Slider settled for the L4 reserve championship.

It was truly a special evening for Suzanne Scharroo of the Netherlands. Aboard her mare, My Private Gun, bred by Henk Hendrikse and nominated by herself, Scharroo went on to win the Euro 16.000-added L3 division with a 215.5. “I purchased this sweet mare when she was 6-weeks-old and trained her myself. I don’t usually break and train my horses but she is such an easy horse to work with. Achieving this result is truly incredible,” said Scharroo about her mare by Gunner and out of Private Enterprise who also slid to fourth place in the L4 division.

The reserve championship in the L3 division – with a 214 score – went to Jennifer Nixdorf and her Hollysmartin (Hollywoodstinseltown x Tarismartin), a mare bred and nominated by Marino Pilotto. The duo made it back to the L3 finals through the consolation run.

Winning the Euro 9.000-added European Non Pro L2 division with a 212.5 was Alex Kubli of Switzerland aboard his Gunna Ruf Ya, a stallion by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Lil Ruf Lady. “I have to give credit to my trainer, Morey Fisk, who I’ve been riding with for the past 6 years, for having trained both my horse and myself,” said Kubli who tied to win the L2 qualifying go-round with his mount. “Winning my major event here is pretty special and, I must admit, my horse was very good to me all the way!”

Winning the Euro 4.000-added Level 1 division of the NRHA European Non Pro Futurity with a 212 was Katharina Dejori with her Daicy between the reins. The mare, bred by Mauro Scotti and nominated by Filippo Masi, is by ARC Blueyed Redskin and out of Margaritaz. “I purchased her when she was a 2-year-old. I showed her a few times, with not much luck, and in the go-round here we weren’t that lucky but we were fortunate to make it to the finals,” said the rider from Sud Tirol. “I ride with Giovanni (Dido) Masi de Vargas, who has been riding my 9-year-old stallion for the past year, and who has helped me a great deal with Daicy. I am thrilled with this unexpected win!”

Earning the L1 co-reserve championship with a 206 were Alisa Maurer and her VK Gumps Little Time (Little Gump x Smart Little Time), bred and nominated by Nicole Gelbert-Hahn, and Luca Zago riding his Spatatrip (Spat Olena x Dark Blue River), bred by Matteo Gottardo and nominated by Zago.

Friday Ancillary Action:

€ 3,000-added NRHA Intermediate Open

1. Wimpy Step Surprise, 2010 buckskin QH stallion (Wimpys Little Step x Surprise Doc Topsail) and
Mattia Camisi (owned by Mattia Camisi) – score 217.5

2t. Gunners Chic Magnet, QH/PH 2011 stallion (Gunner x Wind Her Up Chic) and Markus Morawitz – owner Mag. Josef & Tamara Ahorner – score 217

2t. GP Great Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x Lil Uss) and Tiara Van Dongen – owner Paul Verhulst – score 217

€ 350-added NRHA Limited Open

1. Wimpy Step Surprise, 2010 QH stallion (Wimpys Little Step x Surprise Doc Topsail)
Mattia Camisi (rider and owner) score 217.5

2. Little Hancock (Doc’s Tivio Hancock x Little Bay Solano)  and Angelo Benedusi – owner Arianna Aspersi – score 215

NRHA Rookie Level 2

1. No More Guns (I am Shotgunner x Lil More Rest) and Birgit Meier – score 212

2. Starlights Revy BB (Einsteins Revolution x Miss Starlight Jac) and Stephanie Kunzli – score 208.5

Saturday Schedule

10.30 a.m.
NRHA Youth 13 & Under – Youth 14-18
11.00 a.m.
Arcese Euro 4.000-added NRHA Non Pro
2.00 p.m.
NRHA European Open Futurity Finals – Section 1
5.30 p.m.
Opening Ceremony
2016 NRHA World Champion Presentation
7:00 p.m.
NRHA European Open Futurity Finals – Section 2

** Online ticket sales for the European Open Futurity Finals is closed. Tickets may be purchased directly for the CremonaFiere box office**

Live score and live stream http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/live

For further information nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

Media Contact:
Simona Diale
NRHA Senior Director of Publications
sdiale@nrha.com

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

Ancillary Action Time in Cremona

Cremona, March 30 – Following the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity Non Pro consolation held on Wednesday, all the finalists vying for the European Futurity Open and Non Pro titles were determined. Prior to the Open and Non Pro Draw party, sponsored by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook owned by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Rosanne Sternberg, ancillary action took the stage in Cremona.

Corinna Schumacher

Corinna Schumacher

The first ancillary classes offered were the Euro 2.000-added Arcese Intermediate Non Pro and Euro 350-added Arcese Limited Non Pro which were run concurrently. Taking first place honors with a 219 in the Arcese Intermediate Non Pro was Corinna Schumacher riding CS Ranch Management SA’s Shine N Whiz. The German rider painted a beautiful pattern #7 aboard the 7-year-old sorrel stallion by NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz and out of Spark N Pretty. Shine N Whiz boasts $36,011 LTE. Second place honors, with a 214.5, went to Belgian Koen Brutsaert riding his own CJ Whiz. The 8-year-old sorrel stallion, who boasts $80,225 LTE, is also by Topsail Whiz and is out of Dream Olena Chic.

Enrico Sciulli

Enrico Sciulli

Enrico Sciulli of Italy rode his 8-year-old mare, Snips Gotta Bud (Nic It In The Bud x Snip O Chex), to first place honors in the Arcese Limited Non Pro with a 215.5. The young Italian rider and his mount took home the team and individual silver medal in the past FEI European Reining Championships for Young Riders. In second place, three points behind the winner, was German Sabine Ehrenreich aboard her Diabolika Gunmachine (Gunner x Chics Luv Chocolate).

Fonck steers What A Wave to a winning 229.5 in the Euro 8.000-added NRHA Open

Bernard Fonck

Bernard Fonck

As the European Futurity horses took a day off prior to the finals, an exhilarating NRHA Open thrilled those in the stands. After capturing the NRHA Open World Championship two years in a row, What A Wave and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck performed an outstanding pattern #9 paid back by the judges with a 229.5.

“He’s simply a great horse!” said Fonck. “When we rode in the arena my intention was not that of scoring big, since we still have a good part of the year in front of us, but he felt really good and I just let him perform.”

NRHA Million Dollar Rudi Kronsteiner, riding Jennifer Nixdorf’s AB Peppy Diamond (OT Taris San Peppy x Mare Made), had set the bar by posting a 227 following a great performance. The duo settled for second place honors.

The NRHA European Futurity finals:

The Euro 65.000-added* European Futurity Non Pro finals will start on Friday, March 31 at 4 p.m.

The Euro 151.000-added* European Open Futurity finals will take place on Saturday, April 1.

*subject to change based on nominations (all horses must be nominated in the NRHA European Nomination Program)

Tickets for the Open finals may be purchased at

http://teamforyou.net/index.php/biglietti-35

Live stream and live score http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/live

For further information visit nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

Media Contact: Simona Diale, NRHA Senior Director of Publications – sdiale@nrha.com

Photos by Andrea Bonaga

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Friday, March 31 Schedule:

10  a.m.             Euro 3.000-added NRHA Intermediate Open/Euro 350-added Limited Open

NRHA Rookie Level 2

4    p.m.             NRHA European Non Pro Finals – First Sectio

6.30 p.m.           NRHA European Non Pro Finals – Second Section

Edoardo Bernardelli tops the Non Pro European Futurity Qualifier

March 29, 2017
Edoardo Bernardelli

Edoardo Bernardelli

Cremona, March 29 – The second day of competition in Cremona, Italy where the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity is being held, once again showcased the sport of reining at its best. Open to 4-year-old horses enrolled in the NRHA European Nomination Program, the European Non Pro Futurity is run in a qualifying go-round and clean slate finals.

Suzanne Scharoo

Suzanne Scharoo

Topping the Euro 36.000-added European Futurity Level (L)4 Non Pro go-round with a 217.5 was Edoardo Bernardelli of Italy riding his RS Gaudi Jac (RS Great Jac Feona x RS Shadow Olena), bred and nominated by Claudio Risso of Italy. “I purchased this horse as a yearling and I train him at home myself,” said the young Italian trainer who was on the Italian team who won the gold medal at the past FEI European Senior Reining Championships in Aachen, Germany. “He is a really talented horse and I am really fortunate to have him. I showed him at the German Breeders Futurity and in the Italian Futurity last year and he has really matured in the past 6 months. He did a great job today and I look forward to the finals.”

Luca Zago

Luca Zago

Topping the Euro 16.000-added L3 division with a 213.5 was Dutch rider Suzanne Scharoo riding My Private Gun (Gunner x Enterprise). The pretty mare was bred by Jenk Hendrikse and was nomited by her owner, Suzanne Sharoo.

Alex Kubli

Alex Kubli

In the Euro 9.000-added L2 and Euro 4.000-added L1 divisions, Italian Luca Zago and his Spatatrip (Spat Olena x Dark Blue River) earned the highest spot by posting a 212.5. Joining Zago’s top spot in the L2 division were Alex Kubli riding Gunna Ruf Ya (Gunnatrashya x Lil Ruf Lady) and Angelika Gebert aboard Whiz A Lot (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Lotti Vom Letter Berg). From Switzerland, Kubli bred and nominated his mount owned by Troop Quarter Horses. German Angelika Gebert was seen riding her own Paint Horse stallion, bred and nominated by Monika Peterka.

Angelika Gebert

Angelika Gebert

Riders who did not qualify for the Non Pro finals, which will be held on Friday March 31, will have a chance to ride for a spot in the finals through the non pro consolation.

The European Open Futurity Consolation

Nine horse-rider-combinations will be joining the qualified Open finalists on Saturday thanks to the Open Consolation held today. NRHA Professional Pierluigi Chioldo riding MF Over The Rainbow (Shortys Buck A Roo x Jodies Nice Rainbow), owned and nominated by Moreno Furlan, closed with the highest score of the day, a 221.

Making it to the 2017 NRHA European Open Futurity finals thanks to the consolation were:

For further information visit nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

Media Contact:
Simona Diale
NRHA Senior Director of Publications
sdiale@nrha.com

Photos by Andrea Bonaga

Fontana and Whiz Wild West lead the Open Futurity qualifier

March 27, 2017
Guglielmo Fontana

Guglielmo Fontana

Cremona, March 27 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity welcomed the first competitors in the CremonaFiere arena today. Opening the ninth edition of the event was the qualifying go-round of the Open Futurity open to 4-year-old horses enrolled in the NRHA European Nomination Program.

Fabio Polesel

Fabio Polesel

In a field of 100 horses, NRHA Professional Guglielmo Fontana of Italy took the lead in the Euro 98,000-added Level (L)4 and Euro 38,000-added L3 divisions after posting a 224.5 aboard Whiz Wild West (Spark N Whiz x West Coast Oak), a 4-year-old gelding owned by Luga Quarter Horses. “I started working as head-trainer for Luga Quarter Horses last year and this horse was one that I immediately liked,” said Fontana. “He is an incredibly talented horse and as soon as he understands what he needs to do he will do it for you, no matter who is riding him. I am especially happy of this result because he is by Spark N Whiz, who is owned by Luga Quarter Horses and we stand him at our facility.” Fontana also qualified his second mount, Peppy Too Whiz, for the L4 and L3 finals with a 220 – the second highest score of the L3 division. This stallion, also by Spark N Whiz, is out of Nitabars Peppy Belle and is owned by Luga Quarter Horses.

Leading the first go of the Euro 21,000-added L2 division with a 218.5 is NRHA Professional Fabio Polesel riding his own Black Gotta Gun, a stallion by Dun Gotta Gun and out of Be My Sweet Surprise.

Sebastiano Valtorta

Sebastiano Valtorta

After scoring a 216.5, two riders tied to win the Euro10,000-added L1; NRHA Professional Sebastiano Valtorta aboard Luca Mauri’s Four Season Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Dun It Preciously) and NRHA Professional Matteo Cuniglio aboard Claudio Risso’s RS Canaletto Jac (RS Great Jac Feona x RS Red Moon Olena).

Open Futurity Entries:

Euro 98,000-added Level 4 – 63 entries
Euro 38,000-added Level 3 – 52 entries
Euro 21,000-added Level 2 – 55 entries
Euro 10,000-added Level 1 – 17 entries

Matteo Cuniglio

Matteo Cuniglio

On Tuesday March 28, the Non Pro Futurity qualifying go-round will take place followed by the Open Futurity Consolation run.

For further info visit nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

Photo credit: Andrea Bonaga

Media Contact: Simona Diale
NRHA Senior Director of Publications
sdiale@nrha.com

Markel Insurance Sale Graduates at the 2017 NRHA European Futurity

Cremona, March 27 – Long-standing Corporate Partner Markel Insurance has continued their support for over 20 years with NRHA. Known for providing immediate 24-hour “Fall of the Hammer” mortality coverage to sale consignments, Markel is proud to be a sponsor of the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales, which include the Breeders Showcase Sale, Marketplace Sale and Futurity Prospect Sale. Markel has expanded to “Global Partner” status with going international in supporting the NRHA European Futurity, Derby and Affiliate Championships.

As the in-gate of the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Open Futurity opens in Cremona, Italy with the qualifying go-round of the Open Futurity, amid the 100 plus horse-rider-combinations vying for the titles in the four levels, the following Markel sale graduates will be competing:

  • Shine N Dixie – 2015 NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospect sale graduate – owned by Georg Hildner and shown by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner of Austria
  • Whiz Little Star – 2014 NRHA/Markel Select Yearling sale graduate – owned by Isabeau Rohde and shown by NRHA Professional Stephan Rohde of Germany
  • Wimpy Margarita – 2015 NRHA/Markle Futurity Prospect sale graduate – owned by Maurizio Ferrarol and shown by NRHA Professional Massimiliano Ruggeri of Italy

2015 NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospects consignments GH Smart Donna (owned by Domenico Gianniti and shown by NRHA Professional Roberta Dubini of Italy) and Whiz N Spook (owned by Margot Van Doorne and shown by NRHA Professional Grischa Ludwig of Germany) will also be taking part in this ninth edition of the European Futurity.

Markel, official insurance partner of NRHA, has over 50 years of expertise in insuring horses and horse-related businesses. As a leader in the horse insurance industry, Markel pioneered many of the equine coverages available today. Their insurance products include: Horse Mortality, Private Horse Owner Liability, Farm/Ranch Property and Commercial Equine Liability.

For further information, visit https://www.markelinsurance.com/horseandfarm

Watch the 2017 NRHA European Open go-round live: http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/live

Media contact:
Simona Diale
NRHA Senior Director of Publications
sdiale@nrha.com

The 2017 NRHA European Futurity; gates open in Cremona, Italy

March 24, 2017

NRHA Corporate Partners KL Performance Horses are the Main Sponsors of the NRHA European Futurity

A special thank you to all the sponsors of the 2017 edition of the NRHA European Futurity
http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/sponsors

Cremona, March 24 – In 2009, the very first edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity took place in Kreuth, Germany. Open to 4-year-old horses, the event gained momentum as the years went by. In 2011 the NRHA European Nomination Program kicked-in, making only nominated horses eligible to compete in what has become today one of Europe’s most successful events. Once again, Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel of KL Performance Horses, are the main sponsors of the event.

This year, the renowned Ostbayernhalle of Kreuth passed the reins to CremonaFiere in Cremona, Italy, the venue that has been hosting the Italian Reining Horse Association’s (IRHA) Futurity for the past two years. Managing the NRHA owned event is IRHA along with TeamForYou. Bound to be a success, the gates of the historic fair grounds will open today to Europe’s best reiners, vying for the coveted titles of Open and Non Pro Futurity champions in the 4 levels offered.

On Monday March 27, the qualifying go-round of the Open Futurity – counting over 100 entries – will light up the oval arena in Cremona. The following day, over 50 horse-rider-combinations will compete for a spot in the non pro finals. Run in a qualifying go-round and clean slate finals, the Non Pro Futurity finals will take place on Friday, March 31. The Open finals will round-up the 2017 edition of the Euro Futurity on Saturday, April 1. A full-slate of NRHA approved classes will also be offered adding excitement to the show.

Download the schedule at http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/schedule

Thanks to the success of the NRHA European Nomination Program, the following added money (subject to change in nominations) is offered in the four levels of the Open and Non Pro Futurity:

€92,000-added NRHA European Futurity Open Level 4
€38,000-added NRHA European Futurity Open Level 3
€38,000-added NRHA European Futurity Open Level 3
€21,000-added NRHA European Futurity Open Level 2
€10,000-added NRHA European Futuriy Open Level 1

€36,000-added NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Level 4
€16,000-added NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Level 3
€16,000-added NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Level 3
€9,000-added NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Level 2
€4,000-added NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Level 1

For the unofficial draw: http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/draw

** Horse trucks and trailers entering the fairgrounds with the Priority Line: for those who did not make their reservation online, payment to expedite entry through the priority line may still be made at the gate upon arrival.

**Tickets for the Open Futurity finals on Saturday, April 1 may be purchased online: http://teamforyou.net/index.php/biglietti-35

Visit the NRHA booth in Cremona. NRHA is here for you!

For further information, visit nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

Simona Diale
National Reining Horse Association
Senior Director of Publications