Cremona, May 22—The 15th edition of the $250,000-Added NRHA European Futurity held in Cremona, Italy, opened today with the Non Pro qualifier. In a field of 61 combinations, Italian Matteo Capello and Shya Shine (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Shine Chic Shine x Shyawhiz) came back strong to win the Level (L)4 go round with a 220 score.
The talented blue-eyed mare, owned by Matteo’s father Alberto Capello, and nominated by Piergiuseppe Guidetti, slid to the 2022 IRHA Non Pro Futurity L4 and L3 Championships with Matteo in the saddle The pair have been together since last summer when the Capello family purchased here from Maurizio Ferraris.
Fresh off her win at the 2023 IRHA/IRHBA Derby where she rode to the IRHBA L1 Non Pro Championship on her Gun Spark Hollywood, a 7-year-old American Paint Horse mare, Rebecca Sudati returned to Cremona to top the L3, 2, and 1 Non Pro qualifier aboard her Onefashionablegun (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Colonels Shining Gun x PC Fashion Electrix) nominated by Daniel Moro. The duo scored a 214.5.
Little Perfect Face (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit x Wimpys Little Bonita) ridden by Jurgen Pritz, owned by Denise Längle-Pritz, and nominated by Doris Hoeflacher, scored a 213 to lead the APHA Futurity L4 Non Pro Chrome Cash Incentive go round.
Action will continue on Wednesday with the NRHA European Futurity Open Qualifier.
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. Click here for the Salone del Cavallo Americano & NRHA European Futurity Show Program.
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