Cremona, May 25—As the 15th edition of the $250,000-Added NRHA European Futurity continues, NRHA Non Pro and Youth classes took center stage in Cremona, Italy, today.
In the Euro 1.000,00-Added NRHA Non Pro, Italy’s Elena Kompatscher rode Walla Golden Arrow (NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz x Nu Chucka) to a score of 218 to win the class. The flashy palomino stallion, owned by her father NRHA Professional Alois Kompatscher, is currently standing as stud for his first year. Elena was very happy with their performance. “I just started riding him and only got on him a few times before coming here and this was our first show together. The goal was to qualify for the World Reining Championship in Switzerland and he did so well today. He was with me the whole time; I especially liked the last stop, but I enjoyed the whole run. He is 9 years old this year, so he is out of derby age, but this worked out well. I want to thank my dad because it’s his horse and he allowed me to show him here,” closed Kompatscher, who also made the Non Pro Euro Futurity Finals here in Cremona aboard her second mount Monster Made.
Mattia Cosio placed second with a score of 216.5 in the Non Pro and also took first place honors in the Euro 800,00-Added NRHA Intermediate Non Pro and Euro 200,00-Added Limited Non Pro aboard Ilary Nanni’s Hollywood Reminy (Remin Whiz x CN Tari Dun It).
Lucio Marcello Lavezzari piloted his 6-year-old gelding As Just In Time (One Gun x FG Easter Calbar) to a 212.5 score to top the Euro 3.037.00-Added APHA (American Paint Horse Association) Amateur Chrome Cash Incentive. “I purchased my horse as a 2-year-old from Paolo Orlandini, and in his 3-year-old year I showed him in the IRHA Futurity. The following year we made the finals in all four levels in the IRHA 4-year-old Futurity with a 215. I’ve been training consistently and ride almost every day with my trainer Paolo [Orlandini]. This show was good and I am happy with how he went; there were some minor bobbles that can be fixed, but I do realize the mistakes were mine. He’s a good horse and I intend to show him all year round.” Lavezzari thanked his mother for having instilled the passion for horses in him from a very young age, and his father who posed no limits in allowing him to compete in all the shows. He also thanked his trainer and his team.
In a field of 22 entries in the NRHA 14-18 Youth class, Lorenzo Ranucci and his 9-year-old gelding Broadlysnapper (Master Snapper x Broadmoor Cassie) came out as winners. Last in the draw, Ranucci stayed calm and steady in his run which earned him a score of 215 and the gold in the class. The young rider was truly excited about his run. “I’m so happy because I have only been riding ‘Snapper’ for about two months, so this is a great accomplishment. He stopped huge today for me and I really enjoyed the run. Next, we plan to go to Switzerland [for the World Reining Championship], so I hope to have a good run there as well,” said the young competitor, who rides with NRHA Professionals Giovanni Masi and Guglielmo Fontana.
Two riders shared second place honors in the Youth 14-18 class with a 210 score: Camilla Orlandini riding Sparkwest (Spark N Whiz x West Coast Oak), and Giulia Travagli riding KN Skeets Blasterdun (Skeets Dun x Bragalina Classic).
2023 NRHA/RHF/IRHA World Youth Reining Cup
Youth riders from across the globe competing in the 2023 World Youth Reining Cup got together for the ice cream social sponsored by NRHA Hall of Famer Eleuterio Arcese. Athletes representing 23 countries arrived in Cremona at the beginning of this week and enjoyed getting to know each other before entering the CremonaFiere arena on Saturday morning vying for the World Championship.
The day closed with the Non Pro and Open riders gathering for the 2023 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro and Open Draw party sponsored by FENCE2FENCE. Across the four divisions, 32 horse-rider combinations made the Non Pro Finals, which will take place on Friday at 5 p.m. (Section 1) and at 7 p.m. (Section 2). The Open Finals will take place on Saturday with 47 horse-rider teams competing for the titles.
Ancillary action will continue on Friday with the Euro 2.000,00-Added NRHA Open, 1.000,00-Added Intermediate Open and Euro 200,00-Added Limited Open classes as well as the Euro 3.037,00-Added APHA Open Chrome Cash Incentive. The Open is also the qualifier for the World Reining Championships which will be held at CS Ranch, Givrins, Switzerland, on July 03-08.
The NRHA European Futurity, open to 4-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program, is held during the 36th edition of the Salone del Cavallo Americano which opens officially on Friday, May 26. For further information: www.SALONEDELCAVALLO.com.
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