RS Barbaresco Blue and Claudio Risso Win NRHA European Futurity Level 4 Non Pro Championship

Claudio Risso from Italy did it again: the 2009 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Champion rode RS Barbaresco Blue (Spat A Blue x NMSU Bonitas Jo x Lenas Bonita) to the 2013 KL Performance Horses Level 4 Non Pro Futurity. The gelding bred by Claudio Risso is a half-brother of Claudio’s 2009 Futurity Champion RS Linkwood Jac. The two held the fifth highest score in the qualifying go round (211) and scored a 216 in the finals.

RS Barbaresco Blue was level 4 open division finalist at the 2012 NRHA Germany Breeder’s Snaffle Bit Futurity with Gennaro Lendi. Claudio Risso has been NRHA Germany’s Leading Breeder for several years and is a past NRHA Non Pro World Champion, as well as 2012 NRHA Non Pro Reserve World Champion.

“I am so happy and thrilled,” said Claudio before going in for the awards presentation.  “I won this event in 2009 with a 216.  After I my score was posted tonight I thought to myself that this may well be a premonition, and it was!  This is a great horse. His sire is one of my all-time favorites, and his dam has produced so many champions for me!  Being able to win at the age of 60, competing against all these young talented reiners, is a great feeling.  A big thank you to my trainer, Pierluigi Chioldo, for the great work done with this horse.”

The Reserve Champion Level 4 Non Pro title was claimed by Austrian Tina Künstner-Mantl aboard her Justa Twisted Gun (Gunner x Justa Little Twisted). The mare, bred by Victoria Lambert, scored a 215 in the final.  With this horse, Cody Sapergia was level 4 open reserve co-champion at the 2012 NRHA Germany Breeder’s Snaffle Bit Futurity. Past NRHA Non Pro Reserve World Champion. Tina Künstner-Mantl also had a second horse in the level 4 final: Walla Walla Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Walla Walla Wanda) who placed seventh. Tina and the stallion were level 4 non pro finalists at the 2012 NRHA Futurity.


Level 3, 2 and 1 Non Pro Champion Kerstin Lill and Lucy Nifty Jewel

Kerstin Lill and Lucy Nifty Jewel claimed championships in the level 1, level 2 and level 3 non pro divisions scoring a 209. The mare is by Lena Cielo Jewel, the stallion that the Lill’s have had much success with, and out of Colleen Nifty Dream.

“I cannot believe it – I'm so happy,” said Kerstin Lill smiling. “This was the second major show I showed her in and the horse was simply fantastic. I would never have dreamt that we could win, especially as I have not been showing for several years now. The best thing about this is that Lucy Nifty Jewel comes from our barn and was completely trained by my daughter Nina and me. She was bred by Gitta Betz and was born in our barn. We trained her sire, just as we did with Lucy.”

The Reserve Champion titles in level 3 and level 2 non pro divisions were earned by Heidi Wallner and Smooth Move Chex who scored a 208.5. Smooth Move Chex is by past NRHA World Champion Open Chex Enterprise out of Smooth Move Sail. The horse was bred by Heidi Wallner and was a level 4 non pro finalist at the 2012 NRHA Germany Breeder’s Snaffle Bit Futurity.

In level 1 non pro division, Laura Dalla Gassa and Mr Sailin Gas (Sailin Ruf x Covert Enterprise) placed second scoring a 208. The 21-year-old from Italy and her gelding bred and owned by Diego Dalla Gassa marked the highest score in the go-round in the level 1 non pro division.

Make sure you follow the action via the livestream and live score. These links and more information regarding the show are available on the official NRHA European Futurity website: