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

Czechowicz and CSG Magnifique Gun clinch the first IRHA Open Derby Championship for Poland!

Cremona, May 26 — Provided by Simona Diale, International Horse Press —The 67.000-added euro IRHA/NRHA Open Derby finals wrapped up the 2019 edition the show open 4-, 5-, 6-, and 7-year old horses. Once the last horse-rider combination left the show arena, three of the four Open Championships were conquered by two European professionals in their early 20s: Lucasz Czechowicz of Poland and Nico Sicuro of Italy.

Lucasz Czechowicz

Czechowicz and Katarzyna Roleska’s CSG Magnifique Gun (Colonels Shining Gun x Im Magnifique) had already proven their worth in the Open qualifier by posting a 221.5 for the lead along with multiple NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck riding Gunners Specialolena (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Dolly Jac Olena) for owner Diego Dalla Gassa. When the 23-year-old and his mount entered the arena on Saturday night, the score to beat was the 223.5 scored by Gennaro Lendi and Anna Parodi’s Arc A Step Above (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz x Wimpys Little Chic). Determined to show off the 6-year-old gelding’s talent, Czechowicz lay down a run that kept the public in the stands glued to their seats: his impeccable run and amazingly fast, correct and powerful spins resulted in a 225 score along with the coveted L4 Open Derby Championship. “This is a dream come true and I cannot wait to see our run!” said Czechowicz. “I am fortunate to be able to show such great horses for Kate [Katarzyna Roleska) and this is certainly one of the best.” Broke and first trained by Cira Baeck, the reins were handed over to NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck and his wife Ann. “Both Baeck and the Foncks’s did an amazing job with him and I have now been riding him for two years,” added the Polish professional. “We clicked from day one and he always tries as hard as he can for me. Tonight he was amazing and never would I have imagined that we could actually make it to the winner’s circle.”

Lendi and Arc A Step Above settled for the L4 Open Derby Reserve Championship adding this title to the 2018 L4 Open Derby International de Lyon title and 2019 Open Shoot-In Reserve Championship.

Nico Sicuro

With Sugar Little Step between the reins, Nico Sicuro had already topped the L3 and L2 Open qualifier with a 219. The flashy 7-year-old stallion by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step out of Ah Sugar Sugar and the 23 year old professional stepped up to an impressive 223 in the finals which earned them the L3 and L2 Open Derby titles. “I tried to add a bit of speed and risk in each maneuver tonight and it worked,” said a beaming Sicuro. “He was great and we had a lot of fun in the pen. I am very grateful to owner Pietro Marseglia of Quarter Dream for giving me the opportunity to show this great horse and would like to thank all our team.” Earning reserve honors in the L3 division with a 218 was Italian Giuseppe Prevosti aboard Luigi Parise’s Gunna Sparkle (NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire Gunner x Custom Sparkler).

Elio Simonini

Clinching the L1 Open Derby Championship with a 216 score was Italian Professional Elio Simonini riding Sevenchextocash (Big Chex To Cash x Lil Chic Peppy) owned by Susanna Sodi. “We came to the Derby with four horses of which three were ridden by Susanna,” said Simonini. “Since this is the last year Sevenchextocash is eligible to show in the Derby, we decided that I would show him here. Our goal was to take home the L1 title…we also took home the L2 Open Co-Reserve Championship and we could not be any happier for this wonderful gelding.”

Taking co-reserve honors in the L2 was Silvia Venezia riding Lotsa Smokinguns (NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire Gunner x Lotsa Trains) owned by Sara Galimberti.

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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!

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Saving the best for last, Carlo Ambrosini and Gunnalittlestep conquer the 38,000-added IRHA Non Pro Derby

Carlo Ambrosini

Cremona, 24 May — Provided by Simona Diale, International Horse Press — Gunnalittlestep (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya x Gay Jays Llittle Step), owned by Ambrosini Quarter Horses ASD, made the Level (L)4 and L3 Non Pro European Futurity finals with Paolo Ambrosini in the saddle. A few days before the IRHA Derby, Paolo decided to let his son, Carlo, show him. With the 4-year-old gelding between the reins, the 19-year-old Italian rider posted the highest score in the L4 Non Pro qualifier with a 217.5. On Friday night, last to go in the seeded finals, Carlo and his mount rode in the show pen to perform the first stop and back, determined to leave their mark in the oval CremonaFiere arena… and so they did. “The pressure was on from the moment my dad made the decision to let me show his horse here,” said the young Italian rider. “He is a really great horse and I know I had to stay focused in order to make it to the top step of the podium.” With a 217 score to beat, posted by both Italian Edoardo Bernardelli and Whiz Wild West (Spark N Whiz x West Coast Oak) and Andreu Nogue Puig riding Nuria Puig Ribas’ Ricostyle (Ricochet Rooster x Gangsters Chrome), Ambrosini gave all he had. Once he performed his last stop, the score board said it all: 218 and the Championship.

Edoardo Bernardelli

Spain’s Nogue Puig and Italy’s Bernardelli settled for the L4 Non Pro Co-Reserve Championship and the latter also took the L3 Non Pro win. “This guy is super amazing and has a huge heart,” said Bernardelli about his mount. “Tonight he gave me everything he had and I am thrilled with this title.”

Wolfgang Hammer

In the Non Pro Derby qualifier, Wolfgang Hammer lead the L2 division with a 214 score aboard his two mounts, Chicago Lena (Smart Chic Olena x Bright Gun City) and Mr Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Docs Oak Rosy). In the finals, Hammer posted a 214.5 to win the L2 Non Pro Derby Championship riding Mr Ricochet as well as third place with Chicago Lena.

Franziska Wallner

Taking the reserve championship in the L2 division as well as the L1 Non Pro Derby Championship with a 211.5 score was German Franziska Wallner riding Mai Tai Enterprise (Chex Enterprise x Revolutions Chic Jac) owned by Heidi Wallner. One point behind the winners, Katharina Dejori of Italy steered her own Unique Remediz (Remins Remedy x Margaritaz) to the L1 Reserve Championship

Saturday action in Cremona will include the 2019 NRHA/RHF/IRHA Global Youth World Cup as well as the finals of the IRHA Open Derby finals.

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