Week of April 9-14, 2018 · Cremona, Italy

2018 News



Gennaro Lendi and Colonels Dancing Gun win the NRHA European Open Futurity

April 15, 2018

Cremona, April 15 – Provided by Simona Diale – On Saturday night the curtain fell upon the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity, the largest reining show held outside of North America. Closing the prestigious event was the €143,750-added Open Futurity. Counting 53 finalists in the four divisions, it was truly showtime in Cremona!

Gennaro Lendi

Gennaro Lendi

The public was glued to their seats until the very last horse-rider combination entered the pen. Leaving the best for last, was the 2018 NRHA European Futurity Open Level (L) four horse and rider that took the title: NRHA Professional Gennaro Lendi and Quarter Dream’s Colonels Dancing Gun. Aboard the American Quarter Horse stallion by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Dance Little Spook, Lendi performed a powerful and precise NRHA pattern #10; the crowd loved it, and so did the judges. The winning score was a 226.5! “I am thrilled with my very first [European Open Futurity] title,” said the Italian professional. “In the qualifier, we had a major penalty, so we made it to the finals through the Consolation. I’ve had this horse since the beginning of this year. He is truly a star, and I cannot thank the owners enough for giving me the opportunity to show him here.”

Owned, bred and nominated by Quarter Dream of Italy, Pietro Marseglia — owner of the Italian facility — was thrilled with the win. “We bred this horse and his dam, Dance Little Spook, won the Italian Open Futurity with [NRHA Million Dollar Rider] Rudi Kronsteiner in the saddle. Winning this event is twice as special for us!” he said.

NRHA Professional of Germany Dominik Reminder had set the bar early in the second section by scoring a 223 aboard Call Me Mr Voodoo (Shiners Voodoo DR x Arc Sassy Snapper), a stallion owned, bred and nominated by Elisabetta Zoccarato. The duo settled for the L4 Reserve Championship.

Lukas Czechowicz

Lukas Czechowicz

With two horses qualified for the finals, NRHA Professional Lukas Czechowicz of Poland clinched the L3 Open Futurity Championship with a 221 riding CGS Piggiemove, a stallion by Colonels Shining Gun out of Roosters Hot Piq, owned, bred and nominated by Katarzyna Roleska. A half-point behind, Czechowicz also took co-reserve honors riding Winchesteratomic (Colonels Shining Gun x BRS Freckles Payday), a stallion also owned, bred and nominated by Katarzyna Roleska. “These are my first European Futurity titles, and I could not be any happier,” said the young Polish professional who works out of Roleski Ranch. “I started working for Roleski four years ago and this was the first foal crop I broke and trained. It’s all very special, and I would like to thank Kate and all the Roleski team for supporting and trusting me with these super horses.”

Katarzyna Roleska’s breeding program proved its worth in Cremona. The Polish reining enthusiast, host of the past NRHA European Affiliate Championships, owned, bred and nominated five horses that made the Open finals.

Tying for reserve honors in the L3 division was NRHA Professional Mirko Midili of Italy with Angelina Shining Gun (Colonels Shining Gun x Miss Alex Cody) for owner Asia Vimercati. The mare was bred by Tamara Pavlovic and nominated by Fabio Polesel.

Adriano Meacci

Adriano Meacci

It was a special night for NRHA Professional Adriano Meacci who took both the Championship and Reserve Championship in the L2 Open division. The Italian professional claimed first place honors with a 214.5 aboard Topsail Chic Dunit (LMC Im Topsail Dunit x Topolena Pride) for owner Alessandro Tedone. The stallion was bred and nominated by Shenandoah Ranch. With a 214 score, Meacci rode Im A Bad Diamond (AB Captain Badger x Im A Queen Diamonds) for owners Amleto Angeletti and Romina Rossi to the Reserve Championship. The gelding was bred and nominated by Angelucci Quarter Horses.

Petra Van Ede

Petra Van Ede

With a 213.5 score, NRHA Professional Petra Van Ede of Holland tied to win the L1 Open Championship —her first NRHA European Open Futurity title — with Cee U In Tinseltown between the reins. Owned and bred by Gisela Haas, the mare by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown out of Miss Wimpy was nominated by Haas’ husband, Paulus Beurskens.

Andrea Napolitano

Andrea Napolitano

NRHA Professional Andrea Napolitano riding Calimero Whiz (Hesa Mega Whiz x Geny Olena), a stallion owned by Alessandra Sacchetti, bred by Sara Bevilacqua and nominated by Andrea Castrucci, tied for the L1 Championship.

Once again the NRHA European Futurity, open to 4-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program, proved to be a success. With over 15 nations represented, reining was showcased to its best.

A special thank you to the 2018 NRHA European Futurity main sponsors KL Performance Horses, presenting sponsors Markel Insurance —Official Insurance of NRHA — and all the platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors recognized at http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/sponsors

For complete results: nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com

Photos by Andrea Bonaga

Media Contact: Simona Diale – simonadiale@gmail.com

Carlo Ambrosini and Saturdaynight Tag sweep the NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Level 4 and 3 Championships

April 14, 2018

Carlo Ambrosini and Saturdaynight Tag sweep the NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Level 4 and 3 Championships

Carlo Ambrosini

Carlo Ambrosini

Cremona, April 13 – Provided by Simona Diale – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity, the largest reining show held outside of North America, this year celebrated its 10th anniversary; tonight, in Cremona, the €58,760-added European Non Pro Futurity closed the day and the first 2018 champions were celebrated.

Saturdaynight Tag, ridden by Carlo Ambrosini, was first to enter the pen in the second section of the clean-slate finals which counted 38 horses in the four divisions. Once the last horse walked out of the CremonaFiere arena, the 217 posted by the duo remained the highest score and the pair swept both the Level (L)4 and L3 Non Pro Futurity Championshipships. “It was worth waiting until the second section was over tonight, even though it was nerve racking” said the 19-year-old Italian rider. “This win is so special for me because my parents gave me Saturdaynight Tag — who is by our stallion, Saturdaynight Custom, and out of one of our broodmares, Kachina Tag — when he was 2 years old for my 17th birthday. He’s always been very special to me and he is super-talented. I didn’t realize until my last stop how well he had performed for me tonight.”

Ambrosini was quick to thank his parents for always being by his side and gave credit to his trainer, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner, for his work as well as NRHA Professional Marco Pettinari, who has been working for Ambrosini QH for the past five years. Saturdaynight Tag was bred and nominated by Ambrosini QH.

Lara Lorengo

Lara Lorengo

Lara Lorengo of Italy rode Magnum Chic N Chex to the L2 European Futurity Non Pro Championship as well as the L4 and L3 Non Pro Reserve Championship with a 216.5 score. The pretty mare by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream out of Buenonics Doughter is owned by PL Reining Horses — a breeding and training facility owned by Lorengo and her boyfriend, NRHA Professional Giuseppe Prevosti. The talented mare came to the NRHA European Futurity with the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) L4 Open title to her name with Prevosti in the saddle and, before making her way to Cremona, boasted over $37,700 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) to her name. “Giuseppe gave me this mare to ride with the intent of me showing her here in January,” Lorengo said. “I was afraid I would not be able to ride such a talented and powerful horse. She’s small but she has a big heart and she showed me that from day one. I am very happy with our results tonight and cannot thank Giuseppe enough for all the support and for believing in me.”

Wictoria Stanco

Wictoria Stanco

Wictoria Stanco of Poland had already left her mark in the European Futurity Non Pro qualifier by posting the highest score. The 16-year-old rider from Poland did it again on finals night when she claimed the L1 Championship, with a 212.5, as well as the L2 Non Pro Reserve Championship. Stanco rode to top honors aboard her Remy Rooster SG, a stallion by Remin Whiz and out of Tea Rooster, a stallion bred and nominated by Italian Silvia Gandolfi. “I got this stallion last year two months before the Italian Futurity where I showed him and won the go round in the Level 1 non pro division,” said Stanco following her win. “I’ve always really liked him and I have to thank my trainer, Lukas Brucek, for doing a great job with him. The intention was that of showing him here this year but, before making the final decision, I showed him at the show held at Roleski Ranch in March where I won the NRHA Intermediate Non Pro class. At that point we decided we would come and he was great from day one. When you ride this horse, he makes everything seem so simple; all you need to do is trust him and he does the rest.

The L1 Non Pro Futurity Reserve Championship went to Matteo Bonzano of Italy who rode Dyro Big Chex (Big Chex To Cash x Miss Pickie Cody), a mare owned and nominated by 23 Quarter Horses Az. Agricola SS, to a 210.

On Saturday April 14, Europe’s best horses and riders will make their way in the CremonaFiere arena vying for the €143,744.61-added NRHA European Futurity Open titles. Purchase your tickets for the NRHA European Open Futurity finals:  Buy your tickets online for the Open Futurity Finals!

Ancillary Action

Rudi Kronsteiner

Rudi Kronsteiner

Prior to the NRHA European Futurity Non Pro finals, the €7,000-added NRHA Open saw NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner claim the top spot riding the 2017 NRHA Open Reserve World Champion AB Peppy Diamond, a stallion by OT Taris San Peppy out of Mare Made owned by Jennifer Nixdorf. The duo posted a 224.5 for the win. Watch his winning run here: https://www.facebook.com/196973233732712/videos/1610908432339178/

A special thank you to the 2018 NRHA European Futurity main sponsors KL Performance Horses, presenting sponsors Markel Insurance —Official Insurance of NRHA — and all the platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors recognized at http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/sponsors

PHOTOS COURTESY ANDREA BONAGA

Media Contact:  Simona Diale – simonadiale@gmail.com

The 2018 NRHA European Futurity finalists are determined / NRHA Ancillary Action in Cremona

April 12, 2018

Cremona, April 10 – Provided by Simona Diale – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity is the largest reining show held outside of North America and welcomes riders and owners from close to 20 countries each year.

As the prestigious event open to 4-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program celebrates its tenth anniversary, finalists in both the Open and Non Pro divisions of the €170,000-added European Futurity are now determined.

The finals of the €51,900-added Non Pro Futurity will be held on Friday, April 13. Admission is free.

On Saturday, Europe’s best horses and riders will make their way in the CremonaFiere arena vying for the €121,200-added Open Futurity titles. Purchase your tickets for the NRHA European Open Futurity finals: Buy your tickets online for the Open Futurity Finals!

A special thank you to the 2018 NRHA European Futurity main sponsors KL Performance Horses, presenting sponsors Markel Insurance —Official Insurance of NRHA — and all the platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors recognized at http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/sponsors

NRHA Ancillary Action in Cremona

Mattia Camisi & Wimpy Step Surprise

Mattia Camisi & Wimpy Step Surprise

Following the Non Pro Consolation which opened the day, the first NRHA ancillary classes were offered

Winning the €2,500-added NRHA Intermediate Open and €350-added Limited Open classes with 143.5 score was NRHA Professional Mattia Camisi riding his own Wimpy Step Surprise (Wimpys Little Step x Surprise Doc Topsail).

Matteo Bonzano & High Point Reiner

Matteo Bonzano & High Point Reiner

With a 142 score, Matteo Bonzano and High Point Reiner (Sailin Ruf x Scarlet High Listo) took top honors in the €2,000-added NRHA Intermediate Non Pro. Together, the pair left their mark in the 2017 inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders by claiming the team gold medal. With Matteo’s father [Manuel] in the saddle, the talented gelding is a past NRHA Non Pro World Champion.

Alessandro Bardelli & Eleonora Fiacca

Alessandro Bardelli & Eleonora Fiacca

Winning the €350-added NRHA Limited Non Pro with a 141.5 was Alessandro Bardelli riding Eleonora Fiacca’s Saturdaynight Remedy (Saturdaynight Custom x RM Remax).

George Sternberg Allen & RS Barbaresco Blu

George Sternberg Allen & RS Barbaresco Blu

With a 140.5 score, George Sternberg Allen riding Francesca Sternberg’s RS Barbaresco Blu (Spat A Blu x NMSU Bonitas Jo) won both the NRHA Rookie Level 1 and Rookie Level 2 classes.


FEI Competition in Cremona
 

In view of the upcoming FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Tryon 2018, during the NRHA European Futurity the second CRI3* was offered on Wednesday. Riders looking to earn a spot on their NF team must participate in at least three CRI3* and must earn a score of 70 or above.

Wim Vervecken & Wimpy Genuinediamond

Wim Vervecken & Wimpy Genuinediamond

Riding Wimpy Genuinediamond, a 9-year-old gelding owned by Janne Beate Melby, in a field of 19 riders Belgian Wim Vervecken claimed first place honors in the FEI CRI3* with a 219 score. Davide Brighenti of Italy, riding Custom Genetics for owner Maurizio Ambrosini closed his run with a 218.5.

For further information www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com
Photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga
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Suzanne Scharroo and Topsail Wimp BB win the NRHA European Non Pro Futurity Qualifier

April 10, 2018

 

Carlo Ambrosini

Carlo Ambrosini

Cremona, April 10 – Provided by Simona Diale – The second day of competition at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity provided excitement for the crowd in the stands as 58 of Europe’s best horses and riders rode into the CremonaFiere arena, vying for a spot in the finals of the €51,939.31 Non Pro Futurity.

Suzanne Scharroo

Suzanne Scharroo

Setting the bar early in the draw was young Carlo Ambrosini, who posted a 214.5 to lead the Level (L)4 division riding his own Saturdaynight Tag. The young Italian’s score held until Suzanne Scharroo rode her own Topsail Wimp BB, a gelding by NRHA Nine Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step out of Soft Whizpers to the L4 top score; a 216.5. “I really did not expect to do so well,” said the rider from the Netherlands about her mount bred and nominated by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck. “[NRHA Professional] Cira Baeck showed him last year, and I purchased him after the Italian Futurity. It took a while to become a team, and now I can say that we really click, so I am thrilled and look forward to the finals,” said Scharroo, who is no stranger to European competition.

Ambrosini and his gelding by Saturdaynight Custom out of Kachina Tag, bred and nominated by his family-owned facility Ambrosini Quarter Horses, settled for the second highest score in the L4 and the highest score in the L3 Non Pro qualifier.

Angelo Capitelli

Angelo Capitelli

In the L2 division, Angelo Capitelli of Italy posted a 214 score to lead aboard his stallion, Peseta Whiz (Remin Whiz x The Hollywood Party), bred by Michele Chiapperino and nominated by Alessandro Farinelli. Wiktoria Stanco of Poland rode Remy Rooster SG (Remin Whiz x Tea Rooster) to a 213.5 score. The 16-year-old’s stallion was bred and nominated by Silvia Gandolfi of Italy.

Following the NRHA Euorpean Non Pro Futurity qualifier, Open riders that did not make it to the finals in the €121,190-added European Open Futurity had a chance to ride for a spot through the Open Consolation.

Mirko Midili

Mirko Midili

Those riders that did not make the Non Pro Futurity finals will have a chance to earn a ticket to the finals in the Consolation Non Pro, which will be held on Wednesday, April 11.

The NRHA European Futurity also offers a full slate of NRHA approved classes. Ancillary competition will debut with the Intermediate and Limited Open, Intermediate and Limited Non Pro, and Rookie Level 1 and Level 2 classes following the Consolation.

On the road to the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Tryon 2018

Manuel Cortesi

Manuel Cortesi

Closing the day was the FEI CRI3*. Riders representing nine National Federations rode for a chance to clinch a qualification score in view of the upcoming WEG. In a field of 19 riders, two Italian professionals tied to win with a score of 220: Mirko Midili riding his own ARC Sparkle Magnetic and Manuel Cortesi aboard PC Sliderina For Me owned by Francesco Mendolia. Italian riders also had a chance to ride for a spot on the Italian WEG Team as the CRI3* held on home turf is one of the qualifying competitions valid for team qualification.

A special thank you to the 2018 NRHA European Futurity main sponsors KL Performance Horses, presenting sponsors Markel Insurance —Official Insurance of NRHA — and all the platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors recognized at http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/sponsors

If you cannot make it to CremonaFiere, you can follow the action live on www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com where you will also find any information you may need.

Photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga

Media Contact: Simona Diale – simonadiale@gmail.com – Cell: +39 340 5354629

Giuseppe Prevosti leads the NRHA European Futurity Open Qualifier

April 9, 2018
Giuseppe Prevosti

Giuseppe Prevosti

Cremona, 9 April – Provided by Simona Diale – The 10th edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity opened the CremonaFiere arena to the Open Futurity qualifier. In a field of 104 horse-rider combinations, NRHA Giuseppe Prevosti posted a 223 to lead the Level (L)4 division riding Walla Golden Arrow, a mare by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz out of Nu Chucka. “I got this stallion in training shortly after the 2017 Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity where he was ridden by [NRHA Professional] Pierluigi Chioldo,” said a thrilled Prevosti, who also placed on his second mount in the Open finals. “Chioldo moved to the south of Italy and his owner, Francesca Bertazzi, did not want to be so far away from her horse so – along with Chioldo – they thought he would be a good match for me. He is a very charismatic and talented horse who was nominated and bred by his owner, who is also the owner of his dam.”

Stephan Rohde

Stephan Rohde

Leading the L3 division with a 220 score were NRHA Professionals Stephan Rohde of Germany and Lukas Czechowicz of Poland. Rohde rode Michaela Maltz Szrama’s Glamshot, a stallion by I Am Shotgunner out of Boomernics Command, nominated by Sabrina Bojes. Czechowicz was seen riding CSG Piggiemove, a stallion owned, bred and nominated by Katarzyna Roleska.

Lukas Czechowicz

Lukas Czechowicz

With a 216.5 score, two lady reiners tied to lead the L2 Open division: NRHA Professional Mona Dorr riding G Whiz Gus (Inwhizable x Peppiment Patti), a gelding owned by Martin Bachmann and nominated by Heike Melanie Ebler, and NRHA Professional Petra Van Ede riding Cee U In Tinseltown (Hollywoodtinseltown x Miss Wimpy Hollywood), a mare owned, bred and nominated by Gisela Haas. Van Ede and Cee U In Tinseltown also lead the L1 Open division.

Mona Dorr

Mona Dorr

Open to 4-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program, the European Futurity is run in a qualifying go round and clean slate finals. The tenth edition of the NRHA European Futurity will continue with the Non Pro qualifier on Tuesday, April 10, and will be followed by the Open Consolation.

Petra Van Ede

Petra Van Ede

A special thank you to the 2018 NRHA European Futurity main sponsors KL Performance Horses, presenting sponsors Markel Insurance —Official Insurance of NRHA — and all the platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors recognized at http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/sponsors

If you cannot make it to CremonaFiere, you can follow the action live on www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com where you will also find any information you may need.

Photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga

Media Contact: Simona Diale – simonadiale@gmail.com – Cell: +39 340 5354629

The NRHA European Futurity marks its 10th anniversary

For Immediate Release
2018 NRHA European Futurity
Cremona, April 9-14

Cremona, April 8 —Provided by Simona Diale — The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity marks its 10th anniversary this year. The prestigious European event, open to 4-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program, saw its debut in 2009 in Kreuth, Germany.

Bernard Fonck

Bernard Fonck

Winning the $125,000-added Level (L)4 Open in the very first edition was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck aboard Danny and Mireille Cerato’s Sail On Top Whizard. The duo continued their winning streak earning two NRHA European Affiliate Open Championships as well as the NRHA Open World Championship. With Fonck in the saddle, the talented stallion by Whizard Jac out of Miss N Sis closed his career in 2015 with over $287,000.

The L4 division of the very first $50,000-added Non Pro European Futurity was clinched by past NRHA Non Pro Champion and renowned breeder Claudio Risso of Italy riding home bred mare, RS Linkwood Jac (McJac Flash x NMSU Bonitas Jac).

Claudio Risso

Claudio Risso

For the second year running, the European Futurity will be held in Cremona, Italy, under the Italian Reining Horse Association’s (IRHA) management. Once again, Europe’s best horses and riders will be vying for the €130.740*-added Open and €48.350*-added Non Pro titles (*subject to change based on nominations). The event will also offer a full-slate of NRHA ancillary classes including the €7.000-added Open and the €3.000-added Non Pro.

Run in a qualifying go round and clean slate finals, the tenth edition of the NRHA European Futurity will start with the Open qualifier on Monday, April 9. Download a schedule http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/2018/schedule.pdf

A special thank you to the 2018 NRHA European Futurity main sponsors KL Performance Horses, presenting sponsors Markel Insurance —Official Insurance of NRHA — and all the platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors recognized at http://nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com/sponsors

If you cannot make it to CremonaFiere, you can follow the action live on www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com where you will also find any information you may need.

Media Contact: Simona Diale – simonadiale@gmail.com – Cell: +39 340 5354629