It was truly an amazing night at the Palasturla facility in Manerbio! Winning the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Open Derby Levels 4, 3 and 2 championships, with an impressive score of 222.5, was Alfredo Ciabattoni and Dun It After The Rain (Frozen Sailor x Pap Little Sol x Sure Slide Solano). For the Italian NRHA professional, who has been promoting the sport of Reining for the past 30 years, winning three titles with the talented 6-year-old mare, owned by Florenzo Barbonetti and nominated by Fabrizio Bevilacqua, was ‘three times’ as special. “This is the most emotional night of my life,” said Alfredo. “I truly believed that we could do it, and we did! The crowd was impressive and thanks to this little mare, I can dedicate this victory to my dad…”
Earning the reserve championship in the Level 4, with a 221, was Cira Baeck. It was thanks to Shine N Whiz, a 5-year-old stallion by Topsail Whiz and out of Spark N Pretty (by Shining Spark), owned by Chanay Sky Management, and nominated by Sandra Friesenbiller, that the Belgian professional made it to the second step of the podium. “I got this horse in training six weeks ago and I couldn’t be any happier,” she said. “He’s the sweetest horse ever, really nice, very good, and very quiet. It’s a great result for us!”
Winning the Level 3 reserve championship, with a 218, was Pierluigi Chioldo aboard Spook O Lena (Spooks Gotta Gun x Lonesome Sally Lena x Doc O Lena). The talented 6-year-old Quarter Horse mare is owned and was nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses ASD and Davide Rossi. “This is a once in a lifetime mare and I could not be any happier. She deserves to be in the limelight!”
The Level 2 reserve championship, with a 216, went to Francesco Barbagli aboard Smart Whiz Delmaso (Easy Otie Whiz x Playin Dress Up x Smart Chic Olena). The 7-year-old Quarter Horse stallion is owned by Stefano Scardina and boasts $21,900 LTE.