Draw eight in the second section of the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Open finals on Saturday night in Kreuth were the go-round Level 4 Open winners: Cody Sapergia and Made In Walla, a gelding by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Miss Chilly Chex owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, European nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses.
The duo had scored a 222 in the qualifying go-round of the €92,000-added Level 4 Open Futurity. Once their turn came in the exciting Saturday night finals, they repeated their feat and their score held until the very end. Earning the NRHA Million Dollar Rider and past NRHA Open World Champion their very first NRHA European Open Futurity Championship. “When we went in tonight, my horse felt really good and I just wanted to repeat what we did in the qualifying go-round, and we did,” said an enthused Cody. “This is my first European Futurity title and I’m really happy for the owners, Sabine and Chuck, and of course I would like to thank my team both for their help and their results here tonight.”
The reserve-championship in the Level 4 Open – a half a point behind the winners – went to multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck and Roses For Einstein, the pretty mare by Einsteins Revolution and out of Spark N Pretty, owned by 23 Quarter Horses Azienda Agricola S.S. “I’m so happy with the way my mare went for me tonight,” said the past multiple NRHA Open Champion. “She really tries to give me all she has and has matured so much over the winter.”
Earning both the €40.095-added Level 3 and the €23.375-added Level 2 Open Championship with a score of 214 were Mirko Midili and RS Starfighter Lena, a stallion by Spat Olena and out of RS Cheerry Miss Jac owned and nominated by Claudio Risso of Italy. “I’m thrilled with this double title,” said the Italian rider. “He’s a super horse – unfortunately the go-round didn’t go too well but we made up for it tonight.”
Second place honors in the Level 3 division went to Miroslav Baniari of the Czech Republic riding the Markel Sale grad, Starlit Spook (Smart Spook x Gay Light Star) owned by Wolfgang Hammer and European nominated by Rosanne Sternberg. The pair score a 213.5.
In the Level 2 division, tying for the reserve honors were: Tomas Martinek riding JP Great Lil Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Great Red Dun), a gelding owned by Franz Koldas and European nominated by Jac Point QH and Stephan Rohde aboard Prince Of Guns (I Am Shotgunner x LF Cockys Queen), a stallion owned by Manfred Klaus Getz and European nominated by Anja Deutzmann. Stephan and his mount also took reserve honors in the Level 1 division.
Winning the €11.687-added Level 1 division, with a 212, was Roberta Dubini of Italy with One More Whiz Girl, a mare by Topsail Whiz and out of Dun It Precociously, owned and European nominated by Luga Quarter Horses. “We made the finals thanks to the Consolation and I am so happy,” said the young Italian lady reiner. “This is my first time here at the European Futurity and it’s wonderful to be able to go home with this title.”
The seventh edition of the NRHA European Futurity once again proved to be a great success with the numbers that went up both in the Futurity divisions and in the Level 3, 2 and 1 Open and Non Pro added increasing thanks to the NRHA European Nomination Program.