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
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.