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).
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).