Cromed Out Mercedes Takes the Million Dollar Sire Title for a Spin

For Immediate Release – May 28, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Cromed Out Mercedes has officially joined the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Million Dollar Sire club. NRHA congratulates the 2005 stallion and his owners, Silver Spurs Equine.

Cromed Out Mercedes is by NRHA $4 Million Dollar Sire Custom Crome and out of Princess In Diamonds. As a competitor, Cromed Out Mercedes has won in excess of $147,000. Andrea Fappani, an NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider, piloted Cromed Out Mercedes to a top-10 finish in the 2008 NRHA Futurity Open, won the 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic Open Classic, and finished just out of the top 10 in the 2009 NRHA Derby Open.

Cromed Out Mercedes has 211 money-winning offspring, whose earnings total just under $1,002,000. Here are his top-earning offspring.

  • Ms Mercedes Whiz (out of Ms Hollywood Whiz): $110,151.78 NRHA LTE
  • Mercedes Kenz (out of Mifilady): $38,828.59 NRHA LTE
  • Benz Smokin (out of Dontquestionthischic): $38,723.91 NRHA LTE
  • Diamonds N Mercedes (out of Lemon Twist Nic): $37,915.77 NRHA LTE
  • Cromed Out Gunner (out of Smoking Gypsy Rose): $33,453.64 NRHA LTE

Global Youth Reining Cup – Worldwide Youth Win in Cremona!

Cremona, May 25 — Provided by Simona Diale, International Horse Press — An amazing 19 countries were represented in the inaugural NRHA/IRHA/RHF Global Youth Reining Cup: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Poland, Spain, Thailand, Uruguay, and USA. The event took place in Cremona, Italy, during the IRHA Derby and on Saturday morning the spotlight was on the 19 riders that rode for their country’s flag. Though competition was heartfelt, the spirit that filled the air during the week was camaraderie, joy and pride in being part of the very first edition of the Cup!

Andreu Nogue Puig

“This has been a wonderful experience and it is a great honor to be part of it,” said Joao Marcos, RHF board member and strong supporter of the Global Cup concept. “It has truly been a joint effort with NRHA, IRHA and RHF. I cannot thank the riders, parents, horse owners and organizers enough for putting this together.” Just as proud and enthused was Roberto Cuoghi, IRHA and NRHA European Council president. “It is an honor to have been able to host this inaugural competition in Italy,” he said. “I would like to thank all those involved; I am extremely proud of these young riders. They did a wonderful job inside and outside the show arena.”

Matteo Manuel Bonzano

Tying for first place with a 216.5 was Andreu Nogue Puig of Spain riding A Whiz N Cash and Italy’s Matteo Manuel Bonzano riding his High Point Reiner. Third place was for Belgium thanks to Nimroid Vannietvelt’s 213.5 score.

Winning the Invitational Global Cup division — open to non EU riders — was USA’s Grace Wilson who scored a 212.5 riding Jokin Whiz. The past NRHA Intermediate Open World Champion is owned by Markus Schopfer. Sliding to reserve honors was Jennifer Anna Layne Neudorf of Canada with Harry Gotta Whiz, owned and graciously donated by Quarter Dream. Paraguay slid to third place honors thanks to Jan Lucas Wiens Eitzen who posted a 206.5 aboard Arianna Aspersi’s Highclass Master.

Grace Wilson

Winners in both divisions took home a Lawson trophy offered by IRHA and top three received a Montana Silversmiths buckle offered by Montana Silversmiths and Cardinal Ranch.

Representatives from all the participating countries were recognized and nominated as Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) Ambassadors. “This event is very much about growing awareness of RHF. There are many misperceptions about RHF and its international scope, but we do give Crisis Fund grants and scholarships internationally, and any NRHA member may be eligible for consideration for the NRHA Hall of Fame and Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Leslie Baker, RHF executive director. “This inaugural event give exhibitors the opportunity to support the Foundation through donations of any size and it amounts to a big impact. I was in Cremona in spirit and I thank you all!”

Congratulations to all the riders that took part in the Global Youth World Cup, to the owners and a special thank you to those owners that donated a horse!

Photos credit Bonaga Communication

Ann Fonck and Łukasz Czechowicz lead the Open Derby Qualifier

Carlo Ambrosini rides Gunnalittlestep to lead the Non Pro Qualifier

Ann Fonck

Cremona, May 23 — Provided by Simona Diale, International Horse Press — The 2019 edition of the Euro 67.000-added Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Derby opened the arena on Monday, May 20, to the Open and Non Pro go-round. The Open division counted 104 entries across the four levels

In the first section of the 2019 IRHA Level (L)4 Open Derby qualifier, Ann Fonck riding Spook N Ruffles (by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up) for owner Brigitte Steiner of Belgium posted a 220.5 to lead the first section. In the second section the multiple past NRHA Open World Champion rode her second mount, Gunners Specialolena (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Dolly Jac Olena) owned by Diego Dalla Gassa to top the qualifier after posting a 221.5 along with Łukasz Czechowicz aboard CSG Magnifique Gun (Colonels Shining Gun x Im Magnifique) owned by Katarzyna Roleska.

“Last year I showed this mare a few times and have been riding her again for the past six weeks,” said Fonck about the 5-year-old mare. “She always tries to do her best and if she makes any mistakes it’s because she tries too much, not because she doesn’t try hard enough!”

Łukasz Czechowicz

Czechowic only had good things to say about his 6-year-old gelding who was shown in the past by Ann Fonck. “This is a very talented horse and was really good in the qualifier,” said Lukasz. “He knows his job and in these days prior to the finals, we will take it easy.”

Leading the L3 and L2 with a 219 was Nico Sicuro riding Quarter Dream’s 7-year-old stallion Sugar Little Step (NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Ah Sugar Sugar). “I have not been riding this horse for very long and my main goal since I’ve had him is to get to know and trust each other,” said Sicuro about his mount who boasts over $45,500 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE).

With a 216.5 score, Luca Dossetto rode Surprise Me Chic (Arc Antares Surprise x Babe And Chic) owned by Natalia Gambino to lead the L1 Open division. Head trainer for KN Reining Resort, Dossetto was quick to thank the owner for giving him the opportunity to ride the 6-year-old stallion.

The 38,000-added IRHA Non Pro Derby: All about family 

Carlo Ambrosini

Gunnalittlestep (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya x Gay Jays Llittle Step) was a L4 and L3 Non Pro European Futurity finalist with Paolo Ambrosini in the saddle. It was a last-minute decision for Paolo to let his son, Carlo, show him at the Italian Derby. With his father’s 4-year-old gelding between the reins, the 19-year-old Italian rider rode to lead the L4 Non Pro division of the Derby to a 217.5. “I have to thank my dad for giving me this opportunity, especially as I did not make the finals on my own horse,” said Carlo. “The pressure is certainly on, now that my dad gave me his best horse!”

In the first section of the Non Pro Derby qualifier, Edoardo Bernardelli took the lead in both the L4 and L3 divisions after scoring a 216.5 aboard his own Whiz Wild West (Spark N Whiz x West Coast Oak). The pair now detain the top score in the L3 division. “I am super pleased with the way my horse went,” said the 29-year-old from Italy. “I now have to manage him as best as I can leading up to the finals and, being the big-hearted horse he is, if I don’t mess up, I know he will do well.”

Wolfgang Hammer dominated L2 division with a 214 score aboard his 2019 NRHA European Futurity L3 and 2 Champion, and L4 Reserve Champion. Chicago Lena  (Smart Chic Olena x Bright Gun City) and his Mr Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Docs Oak Rosy). In the L1, two riders topped the qualifier with a 212 score: German Vanessa Kock, and Gilberto Bonzi of Italy. The first rode her 7-year-old stallion QT Red Dun (fDun It On The QT x Moms Lil Ruffian); the second rode CMP Long Legs Jac, a 5-year-old gelding by Arc Surprising Smart out of Leolena Jac.

The IRHA Non Pro Derby finals will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019.

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2019 NRHA/IRHA/RHF Global Youth Reining Cup

Cremona, Italy, unites youth from around the world! 

Cremona, May 17 — Provided by Simona Diale, International Horse Press —“Globalization” is certainly one of the most used words by Joao Marcos, owner of Cardinal Ranch in Texas and owner of NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Dun It For Chex. After two successful events held in Brazil where the youth were in the limelight, Joao Marcos turned his attention to Europe in collaboration with IRHA and European Council president, Roberto Cuoghi. The idea of reuniting young riders from all over the world is about to become reality; the international competition is open to riders age 12-18 [run under NRHA Category 11] and each country is represented by one rider selected by their national affiliate. An amazing 19 countries will be represented in the inaugural National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)/Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA)/Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) Global Youth Reining Cup: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Poland, Spain, Thailand, Uruguay, and USA. Each country will be represented by one youth rider holding an NRHyA membership and competitors from outside Europe will ride horses generously made available by owners based in Italy.


“I am thrilled to see this dream come true for so many young riders around the world,” said Joao Marcos. “It is a wonderful opportunity for our sport and we look forward to hosting youth representing 19 countries. I would like to thank Roberto Cuoghi for his collaboration, NRHA, RHF, IRHA staff and International Horse Press for their support and hard work.”


Italy has been host to many an international competition organized by IRHA and, for Cuoghi, the Global Youth Reining Cup is yet another event that will make history. “It is an honor to be able to host the Global Youth Reining Cup in Italy and I look forward to welcoming youth from around the world to Cremona,” he said. “I have always believed in helping our youth grow and I would like to thank our sponsors, the owners that graciously provided the horses, and all those that contributed to the making of this event. I wish all the riders from around the globe the very best and, make sure you enjoy the ride. A special thank you goes to the parents of the youth riders: They are our Main Sponsors!”

The first edition of the NRHA/IRHA/RHF Global Youth World Cup will be held on May 25 at 9 a.m. in Cremona during the Salone del Cavallo Americano prior to the IRHA Open Derby Finals take place.

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