The 2019 edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity counted 66 horse-and-rider combinations in the €69.207-added* European Futurity Non-Pro qualifier (*subject to change in Nominations). Riding to the high score in the Level 4 division with a 216.5 were Gina Schumacher and CS Ranch Management SA’s Shiney Dun Face (Pale Face Dunnit x Sheza Shiney Chic x Twice As Shiney).
With only three combinations left to go, the multiple NRHA Non-Pro World Champion and her gelding beat the score posted by Fabienne Kuratli-Suter — a 215 — posted early in the draw. The Swiss rider and her Alpha Top Gun, a gelding by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown and out of Smoking Walla Wanda (by Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]), topped Levels 3 and 2.
A young Francesca Ferrarol, of Italy, riding Spat Enterprise (Spat Olena x Fame Oak Enterprise x ARC Oak Enterprise), owned by Maurizio Ferrarol, posted the high score in the Level 1 division.
The first day of competition also hosted the first section of the €162,223-added* NRHA European Futurity Open go-round. The 2018 NRHA European Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, Gennaro Lendi, rode Grey Stone Ranch’s Showgirl Shining Gun (Colonels Shining Gun x Shes A Lil Showgirl x Lil Ruf Peppy) to a 220, the top score of the day.
On April 2, the second section of the Futurity Open qualifier, which totaled 119 horses, will take place. Riders in the European Futurity Non-Pro who did not automatically qualify for the finals will have a chance to earn a ticket to the finals through the Consolation run, which will close the day.