Bernard Fonck, aboard Steve and Gina Vannietvelt’s What A Wave, risked everything and had a beautiful run, but ended with a 225.5 for the Reserve Championship. Sapergia and Gotta Gold Chain placed third.
“I am very happy with our two horses,” Sapergia said. “They were great at home and even better here in the show arena. Nu Chexomatic and Gotta Gold Chain are very special horses both. Nu Chexomatic was not even impressed by the crowd. It is such a lucky moment for us, I am so grateful for the chance to ride these two horses at this great event. The Americana is fantastic and the crowd is unbelievable.”
Tina Kunstner-Mantl and her husband, Klaus Mantl, bought Nu Chexomatic as a 4-year-old. Kunstner-Mantl was the NRHA European Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Champion with the gelding and won the Italian Reining Horse Association Derby Non-Pro with him twice. With Sapergia, the gelding won the 23 Classic, SVAG CS Classic Open and NRHA Bronze Trophy Open at the NRHA European Championship, was the Italian Futurity Champion and Reserve Bronze Trophy Champion at the Belgian and NRHA Breeders Futurity. They finished 2013 as the NRHA Open World Champion.
After the Bronze Trophy, Manuel Bonzano’s great stallion Great Sun Burst retired from the arena in front of 4,800 visitors. The four-time
Salzmann Reining Horses NRHA Bronze Trophy Reining Limited Open
The winner of the NRHA Bronze Trophy Reining Limited Open powered by Salzmann Reining Horses was Christoph Seiler from Switzerland aboard Walla Dundee Whiz. The 8-year-old gelding who is owned by Eliane Gfeller scored a 213.5. Seiler was the NRHA Limited Open Champion at the NRHA European Derby with this horse. Walla Dundee Whiz was a finalist in the NRHA Breeders Futurity Non-Pro and IRHA Open Futurity and was the Italian NRHA Derby Intermediate Non-Pro Champion. Andrea Bonadomane and BB One Miracled Gun placed second with three riders following on third place: Benjamin Willersin aboard Breeze Of Freeze, Tomasz Turkowski aboard This Is Love and Berni Ostermaier aboard Lil Guns Miss.
i.b.s. Bodyguardagentur NRHA Reining 3-Year-Old Futurity Open
The i.b.s. Bodyguardagentur NRHA Reining 3-Year-OldFuturity Open was won by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner aboard Star Spangled Diva, who scored a 214. The mare is a daughter of Star Spangled Whiz, the stallion Kronsteiner won the Italian Derby with setting a European record score.