Made In Walla & Cody Sapergia Top NRHA European Futurity

MadeInWallaMade In Walla & Cody Sapergia • Photo by Andrea BonagaDraw eight in the second section of the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Open finals on Saturday, April 25, in Kreuth, Germany, were the Level 4 Open go-round winners – Cody Sapergia and Made In Walla (Walla Walla Whiz x Miss Chilly Chex x Nu Chex To Cash), owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, and European nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses.

The duo had scored a 222 in the qualifying go-round of the €92,000-added Futurity Level 4 Open. Once their turn came in the exciting Saturday-night finals, they repeated their feat and their score held until the very end, earning the NRHA Million Dollar Rider and past NRHA Open World Champion their very first NRHA European Futurity Open Championship.

“When we went in tonight, my horse felt really good and I just wanted to repeat what we did in the qualifying go-round, and we did,” said an enthused Sapergia. “This is my first European Futurity title and I’m really happy for the owners, Sabine and Chuck, and of course, I would like to thank my team both for their help and their results here tonight.”

The Level 4 Open Reserve Championship – a half-point behind the winners ­– went to multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck and Roses For Einstein (Einsteins Revolution x Spark N Pretty x Shining Spark), owned by 23 Quarter Horses Azienda Agricola S.S.

“I’m so happy with the way my mare went for me tonight,” Fonck said. “She really tries to give me all she has and has matured so much over the winter.”

Levels 3 & 2 Open

Earning both the €40.095-added Level 3 and the €23.375-added Level 2 Open Championships with a score of 214 were Mirko Midili and RS Starfighter Lena, a stallion by Spat Olena and out of the Mcjac Flash mare RS Cheerry Miss Jac who is owned and nominated by Claudio Risso, of Italy.

“I’m thrilled with this double title,” the Italian rider said. “He’s a super horse – unfortunately the go-round didn’t go too well, but we made up for it tonight.”

Second place honors in the Level 3 Open went to Miroslav Baniari, of the Czech Republic, riding the Markel Sale graduate Starlit Spook (Smart Spook x Gay Light Star x Grays Starlight), owned by Wolfgang Hammer, of Austria, and European nominated by Rosanne Sternberg. The pair scored a 213.5.

In the Level 2 Open division, tying for the Reserve honors were: Tomas Martinek riding JP Great Lil Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Great Red Dun x Great Red Pine), a gelding owned by Franz Koldas and European nominated by Jac Point Quarter Horses, and Stephan Rohde aboard Prince Of Guns (I Am Shotgunner x LF Cockys Queen x Kings N Little ones), a stallion owned by Manfred Klaus Getz and European nominated by Anja Deutzmann. Rohde and his mount also took Reserve honors in the Level 1 Open division.

Level 1 Open

Winning the €11.687-added Level 1 division with a 212 was Roberta Dubini, of Italy, with One More Whiz Girl, a mare by Topsail Whiz and out of the Hollywood Dun It mare Dun It Precociously who is owned and European nominated by Luga Quarter Horses.

“We made the finals thanks to the consolation [round] and I am so happy,” said the young Italian reiner. “This is my first time here at the European Futurity and it’s wonderful to be able to go home with this title.”

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