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.
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.
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.
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
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
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