The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) welcomes NRHA Professional Bernard Fonck to the Million Dollar Rider list. Unofficially, Fonck is the second international rider added to this prestigious list.
With successful rides aboard BH Most Wanted (Marjon Nieuwenhuijs owner), Cattlemans Cash (Bvba Van Roosbroeck owner), Frozen Spook (Tanja Mahnke owner), Queenelisabetrooster (Elisabeta Picotto owner), Sail On Top Whizard (Danny and Mireille Cerato owner), Smart N Sparkin (7 Heaven Reining Horses owner) and Wimpys Snow Step (23 Quarter Horses Az. Agr. S.S. owner), Fonck reached this historic milestone by unofficially winning more than $19,600 at the NRHA European Derby and Austrian Reining Horse Association Western Star Futurity.
The Belgian rider and current Italian resident has competed in European and North American NRHA events since 2002. Fonck has received multiple honors including:
Federation Equestre International (FEI) World Reining Masters Series CRI-A Restricted Open Reserve Champion,
CRI-A Open Finalist riding One Fine Remedy (owned by Francois Verschueren, Belgium)
FEI World Equestrian Games Team Member riding Custom Wrangler (owned by Ann Fonck, Italy)
NRHA Open Reserve World Champion riding Roosters Spurs (owned by Sabine Wagner, Germany)
FEI World Reining Masters CRI-A Restricted Open Reserve Champion and CRI-A Open Finalist riding Don Quintana (owned by Francois Gauthier, USA)
Mallorca Reining Trophy Open 3rd place riding Peek A Boom (owned by Arthur Baeck, Belgium)
Open Top Ten 6th place riding Peek A Boom
FEI World Reining Masters CRI-A Restricted Open 3rd place and CRI-A Open Finalist riding Don Quixote Escapes (owned by Susy Baeck, Belgium)
NRHA Open World Champion riding Lenas Pegesis (owned by Michelle Mertens, Belgium)
Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion riding Sail On Top Whizard
Americana Open Champion riding BA Reckless Chick
Mallorca Western Festival Open Champion riding Don Quixote Escapes
FEI World Reining Masters CRI-A Open and CRI-A Restricted Open Reserve riding Great Sun Burst (owned by Roy De Bruin, Netherlands)
NRHA European Futurity Levels 3 and 4 Open Champion riding Sail On Top Whizard
NRHA Open World Champion riding Great Sun Burst
NRHA Breeder’s Snaffle Bit Level 4 Open Futurity Reserve Champion riding Big Sky Whizard (owned by Color Invest A & S Deredowscy, Poland)
Americana Open Champion riding Sail On Top Whizard
Germany Breeder’s Snaffle Bit Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion riding Lil Ruf Lancer (owned by Niels Langhammer, Germany)
IRHA Derby Level 4 Open Co-Champion riding Sail On Top Whizard
Other reiners who have surpassed the Million Dollar NRHA Lifetime Earnings mark include Bill Horn (1995), Tim McQuay (1997), Shawn Flarida (2003), Duane Latimer (2003), Todd Bergen (2004), Dell Hendricks (2005), Craig Schmersal (2005), Andrea Fappani (2006), Tom McCutcheon (2006), Mandy McCutcheon (2007), Brent Wright (2008), Craig Johnson (2008), Randy Paul (2008), Todd Sommers (2010), Rudi Kronsteiner (2011), Jordan Larson (2011) and Rocky Dare (2012).
Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit http://nrha.com