Do not adjust your calendars, Manuel Cortesi just won the 2020 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity with a son of EquiStat Elite $2 Million Sire A Sparkling Vintage.
It took over year to hold the show, which was postponed multiple times due to COVID-19, but the event recently concluded on May 20, 2021, in Cremona, Italy. It was held in conjunction with another major show originally scheduled for last year, the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity.
Cortesi won the NRHA European Futurity Levels 4 & 3 Open championships aboard AR Vintage Dream, a 2016 stallion owned by Azienda Agricola Cortesi Pietro and bred in Italy by Luigi Parise. They won with a 223.5.
“This is truly a great horse who has always shown me how generous he is,”Cortesi said. “He was bred by Luigi Parise and nominated by Elisabetta Raviola, who we purchased him from as a 2-year-old. I’ve had him in training since and showed him at the 2019 IRHA Open Futurity where we had the highest composite score after the go rounds.
The horse was nominated by Elisabetta Raviola, who his current ownership bought him from as a 2-year-old. He showed Cortesi talented early on in his career, marking the highest composite score after the go-rounds of the 2019 Italian Reining Horse Association Futurity Open before getting hurt.
“Unfortunately, he had an injury the night before the finals and we had to retire him from competition for a while,” Cortesi said. “Because of the pandemic, he had more time to reach tip-top condition and after showing him for the first time at a regional show a month ago, we came back to Cremona to make up for the lost time and I am thrilled because he truly deserves this!”
AR Vintage Dream is out of the mare Sweet Candy Dream (by Magnum Chic Dream).
Taking reserve honors in the NRHA European Futurity only a point behind was Gennaro Lendi—who qualified all three of his mounts in the finals—riding Davide Rossi’s Hollywood Dr, a stallion by Shiners Voodoo Dr and out of Mistopsail Hollywood (by Hes Dun His Time).
The 2016 stallion was bred by Valentin Rascon, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.