Masked Gun and Franco Bertolani finished fifth in the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open, helping push Bertolani to NRHA Million Dollar Rider status. • Photo by Alex Lynch

Brazilian Horseman Earns NRHA Million Dollar Rider Status

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) announced this week that Franco Bertolani, a Brazilian native, crossed the NRHA Million Dollar Rider threshold at the recent NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. Bertolani reached the marker aboard a pair of half-siblings owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC.

He tied for fifth in the Futurity Level 4 Open with Masked Gun (by Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]) and twentieth aboard Chex For Nite (by Gunners Special Nite), both of which are out of Dun It For Chex (by Hollywood Dun It). They earned checks of $45,063 and $10,541, respectively.

Dun It For Chex is a 1996 mare and is the mother of another horse Bertolani rode to riches, 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Level 4 Open Champion Dun It For Whizkey (by Topsail Whiz). 

Dun It For Whizkey and Franco Bertolani. • Photo by Waltenberry

Bertolani, the head trainer for Cardinal Reining Horses, also rode the gray 2013 stallion to the 2016 Tulsa Reining Classic Futurity Level 4 Open Championship and NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Co-Championship.

He posted his first check to Equi-Stat by virtue of Team Brazil’s bronze effort in the 2002 CRIO Nation’s Cup aboard Pete and Tamra Kyle’s Peppy Sol Anson (Solanos Peppy San x Too Tall Tess x Dancin Doc).