It took a 222.5 to win the Euro16,000-added IRHA/NRHA Non Pro L 4 championship. That was the score that appeared on the score board when Austrian Tina Kuenstner-Mantl and Nu Chexomatic (Nu Chex To Cash x Tejons Texie Lena x Tejons Peppy Doc) walked through the out gate of the Salone del Cavallo Reining Arena in Reggio Emilia.
“I am so thrilled that we finally made it to the highest step of the podium. Lately it’s always been about being half a point behind the winners, today we finally scored a half a point higher!”, said an enthusiastic Tina. “My horse was just great for me, especially in his stops, and I would like to thank our trainer Cody (Sapergia) for the great work he did for us.”
The reserve-championship went to the winners of the qualifying go-round, Manuel Cortesi and PC Sliderina For Me (Dualin For Me x The Slide Surprise x ARC Sparkle Surprise).
It was a big day for Ulrike Krueger, also from Austria, and her Hang Ten Creek (Hang Ten Surprize x Golden Dry Creek x Jac O Rima). The pair closed their performance with a 214.5, enough to win the Euro8,000-added L 3, the Euro3,000-added L 2 and the Euro1,500-added L 1 Non Pro Derby championships.
“This is the first show of the season for us and taking home three titles is just incredible,” said Ulrike. “I have to thank Cody (Sapergia) who I rode with in Austria to get back on track and Bernard (Fonck) who has been coaching me.”
Reserve honors, a half a point behind the winners, in the three levels went to German Sigrid Gooris and Shes Got Big Guns (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x BH Top Gun x Be Aech Enterprise).