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.
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.”
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.
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.
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:
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NRHA Senior Director of Publications
Photos by Andrea Bonaga