Gennaro Lendi and Showgirl Shining Gun hold the lead in the Open Futurity

April 3, 2019

Cremona, April 3 – Provided by Simona Diale/IHP – The second day of competition in Cremona, Italy, where the eleventh edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity is held, saw riders competing in the second section of the €162,223–added* (subject to change in nominations) NRHA European Open Futurity qualifier.

Once the last horse-rider combination left the show arena, leading the Level (L)4 Open division was Gennaro Lendi aboard Grey Stone Ranch’s Showgirl Shining Gun, a mare nominated by Vincent Miot. The duo had posted a 220 in the first section. A half-point behind the go-round leaders were the 2018 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA L4 Open Futurity Champions, NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck and Spook Sunburst (Great Sun Burst x All About Spook), a gelding owned and nominated by Koen Symoens. The pair posted the highest score in the second section. The bubble score to make the L4 finals was a 214.5.

Topping the L3 division with a 217.5 score was Davide Brighenti riding AR Spat Snapper (Spat A Blue x Doc Snapper Bar) owned and nominated by Renato Fiorio. For Brighenti, who posted a 217.5. For the Italian Professional, posting the highest score in the in this division he rode to the lead with a multiple leg fracture. The bubble score to make the L3 finals was a 214.5.

In the L2, Frassa Alessandro and Giovanni Masi De Vargas closed their runs with a 215.5 score. The first rode his own Spat Gun Showtime (Spat Split And White x Jamie Showgune), a mare nominated by Ambra Alice Bergese. The second rode Bugs At Nite, a Markel Graduate by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite out of Scats Ebony Shiner. The flashy stallion is owned by Mariangela Di Pierro and was nominated by Cheryl Kaefer. In the L1, Stefano Ladetto rode Nikola Neef’s White And Whizzy (Spat Split And White x Rooster Roohide), a stallion nominated by Nicola Roberto Occleppo, to a top score of 215. The bubble score for the L2 and the L1 divisions respectively was a 210 and a 208.5

Those riders who did not make the finals had the chance to make it back to through the Open Consolation Run held on Wednesday, April 3.

The NRHA European Futurity Open finals will be held on Saturday, April 6.

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Photos courtesy Andrea Bonaga