It took a 221 to win the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby Level(L) 4 Open Championship, sponsored by KL Performance Horses. When Cira Baeck of Belgium, riding Colonels Shining Gun for Katarzyna Roleska, burst in the pen, she set a 219.5 to beat. Her deep stops, fast spins and trademark circles earned her a 221 and the title!
“He was just amazing,” said the NRHA Professional about the 2007 stallion bred by KC Performance Horses, LLC. Colonels Shining Gun is by Gunner and out of Shining Little Peach (by Shining Spark) and boasts $80,270 NRHA LTE.
“We got back from the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, where we won the team silver medal, two weeks ago. He had time in the pasture at home, and I hardly ridden him. Tonight I nearly fell off during the spins but then everything went well. He was really great! I love this horse. He is amazing! He can stop so good, and yes, he is the most amazing horse I’ve ever ridden and probably will ever ride.”
Three horse-rider combinations tied for the L4 reserve championship: NRHA Professional Grischa Ludwig and Custom Del Cielo (Custom Crome x Lena Del Cielo x Gallo Del Cielo, owned by Fabian Strebel); Ludwig riding Lil Smokeing Gun (Smart Chic Olena x Playguns Smoking x Playgun, owned by De Bruin Reining Horses) and NRHA Professional Morey Fisk and Chic Dreamn Whizard (Magnum Chic Dream x The Roan Whizard x Whizard Jac, owned by Larissa Rizzi).
Winning the L3 open championship, with a score of 219, was Kelly Zweifel riding Dunnit Like A Master (Master Snapper x Justanother Dun It x Hollywood Dun It). The 5-year-old stallion, owned by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi and bred by Lewisville Development LP, has $20,670 NRHA LTE. In 2012, he was fourth in the L1 open and sixth in the L2 open at the NRHA Futurity with Bobby Barko. In 2014, he was 3rd in the L3 open division at the 2014 Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Derby with Kelly’s husband Pietro Artinghelli.
“I had a baby boy last year, who is now 20 months old, and another this year, who is now 6 months old so I’ve been out of the show pen for a while,” said Kelly who placed her three mounts in the finals. “It’s great to be back, I had three great horses to show and am very happy to have made it to the winners circle.”
Guglielmo Fontana, riding Wimpys Smoking Gun (Gunner x Wimpys LIttle Scoot x Wimpys Little Step) for owners Paint Ranch Golden, took the L3 open reserve championship after scoring a 217.
Winning the L2 open championship with a 216 was young Giovanni Masi of Italy with Renata Vanzo’s Smart Whiz Delmaso. The 2008 stallion by Easy Otie Whiz and out of Playin Dress Up (by Smart Chic Olena) was bred by Renata Vanzo. He won the L2 open division and placed second place in the L3 open division at the 2014 IRHA Derby with Giovanni.
“Every time I show this horse he is amazing!” said Giovanni. “Even though he was a little bit tired after being here for over a week, he gave me all he had. When you are lucky enough to ride horses as this one, all you need to do is go in and trust them completely. I did and we won!”
Fabien Boiron of France took home both the L2 open reserve championship and the L1 open championship riding Jac Whiz (Conquistador Whiz x Honeys Melody Jac x Mr Melody Jac), owned by Philippe Castel. Aboard the 5-year-old gelding bred by Catherine Castel, the French rider scored a 215.5. The pair won two championships at the 2014 NRHA European Affiliate Championships, the Limited Open and Intermediate Open, and won the L4 and L2 open divisions at the 2014 French Derby.
“It was a little bit hard in the qualifying round where I made a big mistake in the first stop. I tried to do my best in the finals tonight, and it went well even though I had a bobble in my spins,” said Boiron. “This NRHA European Derby has been a great experience, and I am really happy to have won with a horse ‘made in France’!”
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Saturday: Ancillary Action
Youth 13 & Under
The day at the Palasturla in Manerbio began with the NRHA Youth 13 & Under class. In this class, with a score of 204, young rider Matteo Capello rode his RS Knockout Olena (Spat Olena x Boggie Bar Linda x Boggie Mania). After the awards presentation, the 13-year-old Italian rider said, “Today, my go went pretty well. Our lead changes in the first go of the Cardinal Reining Horses Non Pro Derby did not go too well. I'm happy, and I cannot wait to present this horse at the 4-year-old futurity in November.”
Reserve champion honors went to Jinke Stevens (197) riding her Don John Escapes BB (Don Quixote Escapes x Soft Whizpers x Topsail Whiz).
Winning the Youth 14-18 class was the Italian duo composed of Aurora O’Keeffe and her Im So Pretty CA (Im A Topsail Cody x Freedom Dun It CG x Planet Hollywood) with a score of 207. “This is my second show with one hand, and my mare did really well. We worked hard for this first place, and for this I am very happy!”
Reserve champion title for Maria Gina (206.5) and Captain Igloo (Frozen Sailor x Whiz Sandy x Topsail Whiz), owned by Chanay Sky Management.
In the NRHA Intermediate Open, with a score of 213, Terry Schultz took the lead with his own Gunwork (I Am Shotgunner x Its Another Footwork x Footworks Finest). “This is a super horse that I have been riding for about a year. Manerbio is a fantastic experience for us, and next year we will probably show in the Maturity and the Derby.”
Second place honors in this class went to Guglielmo Fontana of Italy riding The Genuine Rooster (Ricochet Rooster x Genuine King Glo x Genuine Doc) and a score of 212.
It took a run-off to determine who would win the Limited Open class. Alberto Villani, of Italy, riding BB One Miracled Gun (One Gun x ARC Chic O Please x Chic Please, owned by Mario Cortelletti) and Christoph Seiler with Walla Dundee Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Walla Wanda x Shining Spark, owned by Eliane Gfeller) between the reins both posted a 205.5. After the run-off, Seiler took the win with the new score of 208.5. “This show is over for me in the best way. The horse was fine, and in the run-off he was even better.”
Tina Kunstner-Mant, riding Cashn Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo x Booming Cash x Boomernic) owned by Jac Point QH, won the Non Pro after scoring a 214. “I decided to participate in this class to relax my horse after yesterday's final. It was very good and fun to ride. I'm glad to have won."
The second place in this class was for Aniek Hagelaars and FS Rio Good Gunner (Gunner x Rio Dun Good x Hollywood Dun It). The Dutch duo posted a score of 210.5.