Ann Fonck and Gunners Specialolena at the Americana 2019.
Ann Fonck, the NRHA Million Dollar Rider from Belgium, had a good weekend on Gunners Specialolena.

Americana 2019 Wrapup: Belgian Tops NRHA Field

Ann Fonck, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Million Dollar Rider from Belgium, had a good weekend. 

Fonck and Gunners Specialolena (Gunners Special Nite x Dolly Jac Olena x Spat Olena), a 5-year-old mare bred by Luigi Parise and owned by Diego Dalla Gassa, captured the $44,000-added NRHA Bronze Trophy Open at the Americana 2019 in Augsburg, Germany.

The twosome rode to a final-round 228. Grischa Ludwig and Coeurs Little Tyke (Coeur D Wright Stuff x Sweet Remy Chexs x Little Remedy Chexs), a 9-year-old stallion, scored a second-best 225 for owner Hans Georg Holzwarth.

Last month, Fonck won her third NRHA European Derby Open.

In total, Americana 2019 consisted of about 48 classes and approximately 650 starts, according to organizers, who also said more than 52,000 visited the show and trade fair. Prize money of $176,190-added was awarded. 

“The biggest export hit is the American lifestyle,” said Meghan Gregonis, the U.S. Consul General, who dubbed the event the “largest ranch in Germany.”

“The fascination of the Wild West is particularly noticeable in Germany.”


Tinseltownsmokingun goes International
Tinseltownsmokingun, the 9-year-old sorrel stallion and his Austrian owner, Julia Gaupmann-Lechner, had a big show.

The son of Colonels Smoking Gun and Miss Tinseltown (by Great Red Pine), working under Austrian Klaus Lechner, won the NRHA Intermediate Open Bronze Trophy with a 219. With Gaupmann-Lechner, he also rode to the Intermediate Non Pro championship with a 217.

In the Non Pro, Gaupmann-Lechner, with her horse again in a starring role, were runners-up to Celina Bachleitner, a 17-year-old Austrian, and gelding Paintball Gun, another son of Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Darlins Not Painted (by Smokin Chic Olena).

Gaupmann-Lechner and Tinseltownsmokingun shared Reserve status with Piet Mestdagh and 12-year-old stallion Reining Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Rush N Cat x Little Rush) in. Both scored a 217. 

The winners turned in a 220.5.

The success of Tinseltownsmokingun was all the more remarkable considering he only came out of the breeding station in July, where he stood for eight months. It was also Gaupmann-Lechner’s second show with the stallion after a two-year baby break. 

In the Intermediate Open, three riders shared the Reserve Champion title behind Tinseltownsmokingun with a 214.5: Attilo Bonarelli with GH Dreaming Dirty (Dirty Dancer x OT Taris Minnik), who was already co-champion in the Limited Non Pro division with this horse; and second appearances by Mestdagh Reining Whiz and Bachleitner and Paintball Gun.

In the International Open, the Reserve Champion was Niklas Ludwig aboard Margot van Doorne’s 6-year-old Mr Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Docs Oak Rosy x Doc Sail Win), who scored a 218.5.


Limited Open split in two
Doug Allen, aboard his 5-year-old gelding Hard Not To Like (Pale Face Dunnit x Lost In Tinseltown x Jacs Electric Spark), and Kevin Gasser and A Surprising Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Surprise Me Gamble x Arc Sparkle Surprise) shared the NRHA Limited Bronze Trophy with a 216 each. Henry Kühnel and Trudy Sailor Bar (Frozen Sailor x Snappy Bleach x Snapper Cal Bar) placed third, scoring a 215.


NRHA Limited Non Pro Trophy: It’s Richard Forster
Forster and Jacs Royal Boonsmal (Royal Boonsmal x Zans Glenda Jac x Mr Smokin Eighty Six) were a tad better at 215 than Co-Reserve Champions Robert Hesse, aboard SB Great Rendition (Great Resolve x Hot Rendition x Jalapeno Peppy), and Attilo Bonarelli and GH Dreamin Dirty (Dirty Dancer x OT Taris Minnik x Taris Valentine), who each posted 213.5.


NCHA European Champion Open 
Highbrowcd Is Playin (Highbrow CD x Playing Lucinda x Playbox), an 8-year-old mare, and Federico Fanti stood tallest among the cutters, posting a 150 for owner Hansruedi Baumann and winning the $13,214-added European Championship Open. 

Highbrow CD had another daughter challenge for the title.

At 147, 5-year-old mare Zen And Tonic, out of Dual Citizen (by Dual Pep) and owned by Imre Katona, was the Reserve Euro Champion under the direction of rider Gildo Minichiello.


The Italian and the stallion
Iminent Cat (Metallic Cat x Peekaboon x Freckles Playboy) and Italian Maurizio Battista Sandei celebrated the Euro Championship Cutting Non Pro title with a 150. Yvonne Heinzer from Switzerland and her Snappy Hunter (Be A Smart Hunter x Sweetly Snapper x Snapper Cal Bar), a 6-year-old mare, were second at 147. Those two walked away with something more than consolation with the Masters Cutting Non Pro title.


Markus Schöpfer ERCHA Cow Horse Futurity Champion
In the European Reining Cow Horse Futurity, Markus Schöpfer and Oh Cay MC (Metallic Cat x Oh Cay Meriah x Light N Lena) edged Giovanni Campanaro and Cute Little Tassa (Tassas Aristocrat x Cute and Cash x Clovis Cute) with a 219 in fencework and an 874.5 total.

The runners-up rode out with an 869.5 total after a 218.5 in fence.


National gold? Bel Paese
Italy retained its grip on the Nations Cup, winning for fifth time in the event’s five years. 

In the final Cow Work, Italy extended its already big lead. The team of Alessandro Coppari, Ricky Bordignon, Samuele Poli Barberis and Markus Schöpfer collected 655 points in the Cow Work, reaching a total of 1,971 points. 

Switzerland and Germany, the home team, were second and third. 

Switzerland scored 640.5 points in the Cow Work. Christoph Seiler, Shirley Schalcher, Eliane Gfeller and Antoine Cloux provided the silver medal with 1,924.5 points. In the fencework, Germany was able to displace the Czechs from third place. 

Joschka Werdermann, Martin Schemuth, Patrick Sattler and Philipp Haug made sure of this. Werdermann even managed the high score in the fence work on Rock Me Graygun (Nu Tivio Chex x Two Acres x Playgun) with a 223. Germany scored a total of 1,899.5 points.

Individually, Werdermann also set a high score in winning the European Championship Ranch Riding Open with a picture-book ride. The young professional trainer, who works at the Appaloosa Company near Frankfurt, was also the ERCHA Limited Open Bridle. 

Aboard 8-year-old black Criollo stallion La Esperanza Santoro (by Estoque Las Piedritas), Werdermann nailed down a 232. Morever, Werdermann rode his mare Rock Me Graygun to fifth with a 224. 


Austrian tops field in Euro Ranch Riding Non Pro
Sandra Stangel-Sapergia and her 10-year-old gelding Fancys Lil Step (Wimpys Little Step x Fancy My Sail x Topsail Cody) won with a 156, presented Ranch Riding at its finest, so said event officials. Stangel-Sapergia has been with her gelding for seven years.

Sina Korzer and her 15-year-old gelding Hollywood Poco Bruce (Goldun Poco Blue Jaz x Boggie Dun Flashy x Boggies Flashy Jac) were relegated to second at 153.5.