More girl power! Today in Manerbio, Italy, the 2013 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Non Pro Derby Champions were crowned. The Derby is open to 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-year-old horses and run in a qualifying go-round and clean slate finals. In the finals, 29 riders competed in the first section while another 18 riders took to the pen in the second section.
Taking the level (L) 4 non pro championship, with an impressive score of 223, were Susy Baeck of Belgium and Pop Gun Cash BB (Nu Chex To Cash x Sugar Pop Gun). Together the pair earned the L4 non pro co-championship at the 2012 NRHA European Futurity, as well as the championship in L3 and L2 divisions. With Cira Baeck in the saddle, the 2008 gelding, bred by Deborah Strahman and who boasts $25,235.16 NRHA LTE, won the L3 open championship at the 2012 Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) 4-Year-Old Futurity. “I am just so happy with the way he went for me today,” said an enthused Susy. “Everything was just right and he did the best he could for me!”
Claiming the L4 reserve championship, as well as both the L3 and L2 European Derby Non Pro championships, with a score of 221, were German Pia Kalle and Lil Kali Pep. “This is a very special horse for me who I train at home by myself, even though I sometimes ride with Volker Schmitt,” said Pia. “This evening he was great he always listened to me, and now he will get a well deserved rest until next year.” The German rider, who tied to win the L4 qualifying go-round as well as the L3 and L2 divisions, bred this stallion by Lil Dry Peppy and out of Kaliz Golden Happily. To-date his earnings are $14,932.88 LTE. Prior to coming to Manerbio, the two had placed fourth in the L4 non pro division at the 2010 NRHA Germany Breeder's Snaffle Bit Futurity and had made the finals in all non pro divisions at the 2011 NRHA European Futurity.
The L3 and L2 reserve championship as well as the L1 co-championship went to Nuith Lindhorst of The Netherlands. Draw 2 in the first section aboard her 6-year-old mare Just Miss Enterprise (Surprise Enterprise x Jiggs Partner), Nuith set the bar after scoring a 218. The pair, who won the 2013 NRHA European Limited Non Pro Affiliate Championship, remained unbeaten and took home the second prestigious title of their career. “I was really nervous going in so early, but I tried to stay focused and do the best I could with this mare who I bought as a two year-old from the pasture,” said the 19-year-old Nuith.
Tying for the L1 reserve championship with a score of 213.5 were Sigrid Gooris riding her 6-year-old mare Shes Got Big Guns (Gunner x BH Top Gun) and Barbara Seibold riding her Trigger Happy Chic (Gunner x Chic Is Bonde, by Stone Canyon Ranch), also a 6-year-old mare.
Shes Got Big Guns, bred by Fredrick Pursell, to date counts $35,341.41 NRHA LTE. The pair were recently reserve champions in levels 1-3 non pro at the 2013 IRHA Derby and were 2011 NRHA European Futurity finalists in all four open levels with Lukas Brucek.
Tomorrow the last day of competition at the Palasturla will keep on thrilling the crowd. In the morning, the FEI Reining Junior and Young Riders Individual championship will be held. At 3 p.m. (CET), the KL Performance Horses Open European Derby finals will take place.
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