The largest reining event in Europe is moving up in the calendar this year. The €647,000 (roughly $726,000)-added Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity show will now be held in November in Cremona, Italy.
Reiner Andreu Nogue Puig made history this week as the first Spanish rider to win the prestigious Santa Hill Ranch Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) 3-Year-Old Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro Championship. The event featured €100,000 (Euros)-added money, or about $113,390 in US dollars.
Another exciting Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) 4-Year-Old Futurity is in the books, with Angelina Shining Gun and Mirko Midili sweeping the top two levels in the Open.
The pedigrees of many of the finalists for the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) National Reining Horse Association Futurity contain names familiar to many American fans of the sport.
Officials in Italy have released the names of eight reining horses killed on Sept. 30 when the transport rig they were riding in caught fire on an Italian highway.
"I can't believe I actually won the Derby in Italy!" were the first words National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) professional and past NRHA Non-Pro World Champion Cira Baeck said after posting the top score, a 224.5 in the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA)/NRHA Derby Level 4 Open. Making the win even sweeter was the fact that Baeck was riding Whizasunnysailor BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine x Shining Spark), owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen and bred by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck of Beglium.