Due to health complications, Manuel Cortesi of Italy was forced to leave the show pen for most of 2012. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby was his first major competition this year; and once again, the young rider who boasts NRHA LTE of $91,967.60 made sure he made himself heard!
|Manuel Cortesi and PC Sliderina For Me (Andrea Bonag photo)|
With a score of 217.5, aboard his 2010 Italian Reining Horse Association Futurity Level 4 Non Pro Champion and 2011 NRHA European Futurity Level 4 and Level 3 Non Pro Champion, PC Sliderina For Me (Dualin For Me x The Slide Surprise by ARC Sparkle Surprise), Cortesi today led the €15,000-added Level 4 Non Pro Derby qualifying go-round. The six-year-old mare, bred by the Cortesi family, boasts NRHA LTE $45,457.85.
High score in the €9,000-added level 3 non pro division, and second highest score in the level 4 non pro division, went to Swiss Fabienne Suter who scored a 217 aboard her Walla Dundee Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Walla Wanda by Shining Spark). Suter has $20,571.27 NRHA LTE.
The €3,000 added level 2 non pro division saw Edoardo Bernardelli of Italy post the highest score, a 216, aboard his Missin The Whiz (Conquistador Whiz x Missin The Reys by Dual Rey). Bernardelli and his mount also lead the €1,500-added level 1 non pro division.
The level 1,2,3 and 4 non pro Consolation will be run in a clean-slate format on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. The Non Pro Derby finals will take place on Friday at 4 p.m.
The Derby is open to 4-5-6 and 7 year-old horses and is run in a go-round and clean slate finals. On top of a full-slate of NRHA approved ancillary classes, an NRHA European Pre Futurity is also offered for 3-year-old horses. The Pre Futurity includes level 4 and level 2 open and non pro divisions and will be held on Thursday following the Non Pro Consolation.
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