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.
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 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
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)
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Photos by Andrea Bonaga
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