Kreuth, Germany - The inaugural edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship was held in Egna Ora, Italy, in 2002. Every two years the prestigious event has changed location and, for the first time in history, it is held in Kreuth, Germany, alongside the 2018 NRHA European Derby.
The Ostbayernhalle arena opened its doors to competition today with the first go round, first section of the NRHA European Non Pro Derby and closed the day by crowning the NRHA European Affiliate Open Champions. NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck rode What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jac x What A Sunrise) to yet another championship: The duo clinched the NRHA Open World Championship for three consecutive years in a row (2015-2017).
“Wave is a baby!” says Fonck. “He is the easiest horse I have ever ridden and I am so fortunate to be able to add him to the ‘once in a lifetime’ horses I have been lucky to show in my career.”
The NRHA professional, who boasts over $1,837.000 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE), is looking forward to showing the talented stallion in the upcoming FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon for representing his home country, Belgium. “Today I wanted to see how he would react to my requests and, as usual, he delivered,” he said after posting a 225 score. The champions received an NRHA Corporate Partner Silver Spurs Saddles saddle, an NRHA Lawson trophy, a pair of NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine splint boots and an NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silver Smiths buckle.
The second step of the podium was conquered by NRHA Professional Cira Baeck riding Wimpys Cute Tune (Wimpys Little Step x Gwyneth) for owner CS Ranch Management SA. The pair scored a 219.5. The pair received a pair of bell boots offered by NRHA Corporate Partner Classic Equine and a pair of spurs offered by NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths.
With a 217.5, sharing the third step of the podium were NRHA Professional Ann Fonck riding Gina De Pauw’s Gunnerlicious (Gunner x Mifs Doll) and NRHA Professional Morey Fisk aboard Chicks Smokingun (Gunner x Dun It By Chick). They each received a pair of stirrups offered by the National Reining Horse Association and an NRHA Plaque.
Claiming reserve honors in the NRHA Open ancillary class with a 223.5 were past NRHA Non Pro World Champions Gina Schumacher and her Gotta Nifty Gun (Dun It Gotta Gun x Custom Nifty Nic) owned by CS Ranch Management SA.
On Wednesday, July 25, the NRHA European Rookie Level 1 and 2 Champions will be crowned.