Kreuth, Germany – An exciting KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity excited the crowd in the Ostbayernhalle arena tonight as thirty horse-rider combinations rode their 4-year-old horses vying for the championship titles in the prestigious competition.
Draw 11 in the second section was Marina Becker of Germany riding her Walla Whiz Crome (Walla Walla Whiz x Custom Rome), nominated by breeder Michel Rose, with lte over $17,700. Their run was worth a 215, score which held until the very last contestant and which earned them the €36,000-added Level 4 KL Performance Horses Non Pro Futurity Championship. “I didn’t expect this all!” said an enthused Marina. “It’s the first time that I make the finals here and I’m so happy. This is the first year I’m only eligible for the level 4 and I was a little bit afraid to show but it went well. I still cannot believe it, my horse is so talented and is just awesome. I want to be careful not to make any mistakes this evening so I start a little bit slow but then everything went just great at the end!”
Tying for the reserve championship in the Level 4 championship was Gina Maria riding Star Bleach (Star Spangled Whiz x Snappy Bleach) owned by Chanay Sky Management SA – and nominated by Fabrizio Bevilacqua – and Manuel Bonzano of Italy riding his Spook O Jay, a stallion by Smart Spook and out of Holly O Jay nominated by Rosanne Sternberg. Both scored a 213. “I’m happy for both of my horses, they were really good. Honestly, I expected something more from LC Shining Gun. I tried but it did not go as I had hoped,” said Bonzano.
“I’m ok but could be happier,” commented Gina Maria about her finals which she earned with two horses. “I made some mistakes, but both my horses are fantastic and I hope to do better in the future with them.”
Earning the €17.531-added Level 3 and the €10,017-added Level 2 Non Pro Championship was Fabienne Suter aboard her SL Wild Spook, European nominated by breeder by Sandra Linnig-Fohl, with a score of 208.5. The duo had already tied to win the Level 4 qualifying go-round as well as the Level 3 and Level 2. “I’m really happy with my horse and the way my trainer Cody (Sapergia) prepared him for me tonight,” said the Swiss rider. “I didn’t concentrate on my last my manoeuver because my horse had done so well for me until then and … I missed the marker in the last stop. I’m happy with these two titles and now look forward to showing him at the Italian and German Derby.”
Earning the reserve championship in both the Level 3 and Level 2 was Andrea Bianchini riding his Jac Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x Donnola Chex), European nominate by Luigi Parise, with a score of 207.5. “This my first time riding this horse so I am so happy with the reserve championship in both these divisions here,” said the Italian rider.
Italian Emma Villa, draw one in the first section of the Non Pro finals, posted a 209.5. Her score held until the very end and slid her to the €5,000-added Level 1 Championship aboard Dual Spirit (Dualin For Me x RDH Spirit Of Dun It) owned and European nominated by her. “I still cannot believe it and I’m thrilled with the title and my mare,” she said. “I cannot thank my boyfriend and trainer, Davide Brighenti, enough for being such a huge support.”
Riding Remin Lilly Whiz (Remin Whiz x Precocious Lil Chic), owned and ridden by Tullio Mascarello and European Nominated by Daniele Mascarello took the reserve championship in the Level 1. “I expected a little bit more, I made a few mistakes, but I am overjoyed! It went very well, better than I expected. This is my mare’s second show and I have to thank my trainer Beppe Prevosti for the great job he did with her,” said Tullio.
The NRHA Youth classes will open the day on Saturday followed by the €5,000-added Arcese Non Pro. The seventh edition of the NRHA European Futurity will close with the Open finals tomorrow afternoon
For more information, live scoring and results of the action already in the books, visit www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.