NRHA European Futurity, as 30 horse-rider combinations rode their 4-year-old horses vying for championship titles in the prestigious competition.The KL Performance Horses Futurity Non-Pro excited the crowd in the Ostbayernhalle Arena at the
Draw 11 in the second section was Marina Becker, of Germany, riding her Walla Whiz Crome (Walla Walla Whiz x Custom Rome x Custom Crome), a stallion with lifetime earnings of more than $17,700 who was nominated by breeder Rose Michel. Their run was worth a 215 score, which held until the very last contestant and earned them the €36,000-added Level 4 KL Performance Horses Futurity Non-Pro Championship.
“I didn’t expect this all!” said an enthused Becker. “It’s the first time that I made the finals here and I’m so happy. This is the first year I’m only eligible for the Level 4 and I was a little bit afraid to show, but it went well. I still cannot believe it! My horse is so talented and is just awesome. I wanted to be careful not to make any mistakes this evening, so I started a little bit slow, but then everything went just great at the end!”
Tying for the Reserve Championship in the Level 4 was Gina Maria riding Star Bleach (Star Spangled Whiz x Snappy Bleach x Snapper Cal Bar), owned by Chanay Sky Management SA, and nominated by Fabrizio Bevilacqua, and Manuel Bonzano, of Italy, riding his Spook O Jay, a stallion by Smart Spook and out of the Master Jay mare Holly O Jay who nominated by Rosanne Sternberg. Both scored a 213.
“I’m happy for both of my horses, they were really good. Honestly, I expected something more from LC Shining Gun. I tried but it did not go as I had hoped,” said Bonzano.
“I’m ok, but could be happier,” commented Maria about her finals, in which she qualified two horses. “I made some mistakes, but both my horses are fantastic and I hope to do better in the future with them.”
Levels 3 & 2 Non-Pro
Earning the €17,531-added Level 3 and the €10,017-added Level 2 Non-Pro Championships was Fabienne Suter aboard her SL Wild Spook with a score of 208.5. The duo had already tied to win the Level 4 qualifying go-round, as well as the Level 3 and Level 2.
“I’m really happy with my horse and the way my trainer, Cody [Sapergia], prepared him for me tonight,” the Swiss rider said. “I didn’t concentrate on my last my maneuver because my horse had done so well for me until then and … I missed the marker in the last stop. I’m happy with these two titles and now look forward to showing him at the Italian and German Derby.”
Earning the Reserve Championship in Levels 3 and 2 was Andrea Bianchini riding his Jac Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x Donnola Chex), European nominated by Luigi Parise, with a score of 207.5.
“This my first time riding this horse so I am so happy with the Reserve Championship in both these divisions here,” the Italian rider said.
Level 1 Non-Pro
Italian Emma Villa, draw one in the first section of the Non-Pro finals, posted a 209.5. Her score held until the very end and slid her to the €5,000-added Level 1 Championship aboard Dual Spirit (Dualin For Me x RDH Spirit Of Dunit x Planet Hollywood), owned and European nominated by Villa.
“I still cannot believe it and I’m thrilled with the title and my mare,” she said. “I cannot thank my boyfriend and trainer, Davide Brighenti, enough for being such a huge support.”
Riding Remin Lilly Whiz (Remin Whiz x Precocious Lil Chic x Smart Chic Olena), European Nominated by Daniele Mascarello, Tullio Mascarello took the Reserve Championship in the Level 1.
“I expected a little bit more. I made a few mistakes, but I am overjoyed! It went very well, better than I expected. This is my mare’s second show and I have to thank my trainer, Beppe Prevosti, for the great job he did with her,” Mascarello said.
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