NRHA European Derby – Daily Updates

2019 NRHA European Derby
July 27 – August 3
Kreuth, Germany

NRHA European Derby – Day 1

NRHA European Derby – Day 2 – The second day of competition determines the European Derby Non Pro Finalists as the first section of the Open Derby qualifier concludes

NRHA European Derby – Day 3 – It’s all about NRHA European Derby Finals in Kreuth!

NRHA European Derby – Day 4 – Ann Fonck takes the NRHA Open Pre Futurity title, Wolfgang Hammer sweeps the Non Pro Pre Futurity

NRHA European Derby – Day 5 – It’s NRHA Ancillary Action and Girl Power Wednesday in Kreuth

NRHA  European Derby – Day 7 – Girinon takes the NRHA Mid Summer Futurity Open Championship, Kuenstner-Mantl wins the Non Pro title

NRHA  European Derby – Day 7 – Bernardelli and Hammer tie to win the NRHA European Non Pro Derby; Francesca Ferrarol sweeps the L3, 2 and 1 Championships

NRHA European Derby – Day 8 – Saturday Ancillary Action in Kreuth!

NRHA European Derby – Day 8 – Hat trick for Ann Fonck as she claims her third NRHA European Derby Open Championship!

David Silva to Receive Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

For Immediate Release – July 25, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – In 2007, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame Committee initiated the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award, supported by the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF). Each year, the NRHA Board of Directors and past Hall of Fame inductees vote to approve a worthy candidate for recognition. This year’s recipient is David Silva.

David Silva and his wife, Bonnie, have both supported NRHA for well over 30 years as exhibitors, breeder, sponsors, and owners. Silva’s loyalty to the sport has encompassed all levels of reining, from grassroots all the way to elite competition. Silva has been a major donor to the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) as well as RHF. He’s also sponsored a variety of shows throughout the Northeast Region. Together, the Silvas have served as leaders for both the Connecticut Reining Horse Association (CRHA) and the Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association (EPRHA), hosting meetings at their home, donating equipment, funding programs, and dedicating time to running the shows.

During his years in the industry, Silva has cultivated and provided support for several well-known and respected reining trainers including Tim McQuay, Randy Cutbirth, Luke Gagnon, Sam Schaffhauser, Roger Brazeau, Borak Gibori, Lars Mortenson, Barbara Williams, Debbie Brown, Melanie Petroll, and Brad Giesbrecht.

In 2012, David Silva was the sixth person to join the NRHA Million Dollar Owners list. Some of his more notable horses include Hollywoodstinseltown, an NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire, and NRHA Hall of Famer Miss Tinseltown. Silva has bred, raised, and shown several other top reining horses including Gunners Tinseltown, Footworks Finest, Hollywood Downtown, Shiney Workboots, Great Footwork, and Reminic N Dunit.

David Silva is a prime example of the dedication to and support of reining and its continued growth that NRHA’s Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award embodies.


This award is named after the legendary reining horse trainer known as the “father of reining,” Dale Wilkinson, the first inductee into the NRHA Hall of Fame. Wilkinson is a multiple NRHA Futurity champion and one of the founding members of NRHA. Wilkinson was an educator, promoter, and mentor to all reiners—professional and non pro—exemplifying how riders should conduct themselves and train and exhibit their horses. Because of his unmatched lifetime of accomplishment in reining, it’s entirely appropriate that the NRHA Lifetime Achievement Award is named for Dale Wilkinson.

David Silva will be recognized with this year’s class of NRHA Hall of Fame inductees at Sliders’ Night Out presented by Toyon Ranch on December 4 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Futurity. RHF is creating a special night, recognizing new and previous NRHA Hall of Fame inductees. For details on how to become a hall of fame table host or major event donor, contact RHF Executive Director Leslie Baker at, (405) 946-7400.

NRHA Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

For Immediate Release – July 24, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Following the presentation of the Hall of Fame Committee’s recommended nominees, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors and past Hall of Fame inductees voted to approve Snip O Gun, Roberto Cuoghi, and Claudio Risso for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame, a project of the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF).

Snip O Gun
Snip O Gun, by One Gun and out of Miss Kim O Lena, was purchased by her current owner, Tammye Hutton of Hilldale Farm in Brashear, Texas, as a 4-year-old from Hill and Dollie Clements. While she has never shown in the arena, this exceptional mare has proven herself as a star dam from her first foal, producing some of today’s most recognizable reining horses.

This 1993 mare’s 17 money-earning offspring have placed her fourth on the NRHA Leading Dams list, with a total of more than $930,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). Snip O Gun’s first offspring, by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Nu Chex To Cash, was Flash Me A Chex who was a 2013 NRHA Limited Non Pro Futurity finalist. She’s produced 13 additional foals by Nu Chex To Cash, nine of which were NRHA money earners. Some of the pair’s most successful offspring include:

  • Big Chex To Cash ($194,260 LTE) who holds the titles of 2005 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion and 2007 NRHA Open Derby Reserve Champion. He’s also a prolific sire of reining horses with offspring approaching the million-dollar mark in NRHA competition.
  • Hot Smokin Chex ($186,598 LTE) who won the 2004 All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity and placed in the top 5 at the 2004 NRHA Open Futurity, 2005 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open, and 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games.
  • Chexmaster ($103,911 LTE) who was the 2014 NRHA Second Go Open Futurity finalist, 2015 Reining By The Bay Open Derby Reserve Champion, and two-time NRBC Classic finalist.
  • Snip O Satellite ($52,057 LTE) who was the 2015 NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level One Futurity Champion, a 2016 NRHA Derby L3 Non Pro finalist, and the 2018 NRHA Intermediate Non Pro World Champion.
  • Snip O Chex ($50,648 LTE) who was a 2006 NRHA Non Pro Futurity finalist and a 2008 NRHA Open Derby finalist.

Snip O Gun has also been matched with several other well-known NRHA stallions, delivering high achievers. Her most successful son in the arena is Inferno Sixty Six ($205,690 LTE) by Gunnatrashya, an NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire. She also produced Snip O One ($32,261 LTE) by A Sparkling Vintage, an NRHA Million Dollar Sire.
She had three offspring who were NRBC open finalists in 2019 and continues to produce quality offspring that leave their marks in NRHA history.

Roberto Cuoghi
Roberto Cuoghi has been involved in the reining world for more than 30 years. Today, he’s one of NRHA’s most successful European owners, breeders, and nominators with offspring both on the top and bottom side of well-known, performing reiners. Cuoghi was the first owner to enter an Italian-bred horse, Master Snapper, in the NRHA Derby. Master Snapper went on to win all three divisions of the 2006 NRHA Open Derby with Kelly Zweifel. Cuoghi paved the road for many European breeders who’ve followed in his footsteps.

Cuoghi established Europe’s successful Italian Reining Horse Breeders Association (IRHBA). He has an ongoing partnership with Eleuterio Arcese to purchase reining horses from the United States to use in the program. The IRHBA has played a vital role in the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) through consistent sponsorships.

Beyond his success in the European breeding industry, Cuoghi has influenced other realms of the sport. He has served as an NRHA and IRHA board member, held the title of IRHA President since 2007, and been President of the NRHA European Council since its inception.

Additionally, Cuoghi supports and sponsors youth reining programs. His involvement spans the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) European Championships for Seniors, Juniors and Young Riders, the NRHA World Reining Championship, and his latest contribution hosting the inaugural NRHA/RHF/IRHA Global Youth Reining Cup in Cremona, Italy.

Cuoghi continues to be fundamental in serving as an intermediary between European members and NRHA leadership on important matters regarding the reining industry.

Claudio Risso
Claudio Risso’s name is synonymous with reining all over the world. His NRHA membership dates back to the early 90s and spans many categories—owner, exhibitor, breeder, nominator, and mentor.

Risso is 14th on NRHA’s Leading Owner list by breeding money-earning offspring that have accumulated more than $912,000 in LTE. Most recently, his horse Spat Olena made history as the first European horse to make NRHA’s Million Dollar Sire list.

Not only has he supplied reining horses to almost all of Europe, but Risso is a big promoter of reining throughout Western Europe. He’s mentored many well-known European reining trainers’ careers including Maurizio Tonini, Mike Davis, Jim Kiser, Stefano Massignan, Martin Gamper, Nicoli Bruneli, Peirlugi Chioldo, Matteo Cunillo, and Matteo Nadalina. Risso is also an IRHA Past President and Board Member.

Risso has earned many accolades in the arena. Some of his top triumphs include 2002 NRHA European Championship Show Non Pro Champion, 2008 IRHA Non Pro Closed Futurity Reserve Champion, 2009 and 2011 IRHA Non Pro Futurity Champion, 2010 NRHA Breeder’s Non Pro Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, and 2009, 2013, and 2014 NRHA European Non Pro Futurity Champion. In the race for NRHA World Championships, Risso is the 2010 Non Pro World Reserve Champion, 2011 Non Pro World Champion, and 2012 Non Pro World Reserve Champion.

He has also been instrumental in the promotion of the FEI Reining Championships in Manerbio and worked very closely with Ceasare’ Croce, the Italian Equestrian Federation, and the FEI to promote youth events around the world.

Hall of Fame Inductions
The inductees and soon-to-be-announced NRHA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be honored at Sliders’ Night Out presented by Toyon Ranch on December 4 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Futurity. RHF is creating a special night recognizing new and previous NRHA Hall of Fame inductees. For details on how to become a Hall of Fame table host or major event donor, contact RHF Executive Director Leslie Baker at or (405) 946-7400.

Ann Fonck Joins NRHA’s Million Dollar Rider List

For Immediate Release – July 24, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) unofficially welcomes NRHA Professional Ann Fonck as the third female, and second European female, to join the list of Million Dollar Riders. Fonck’s winning ride at the $10,000-added 2019 NRHA European Affiliate (EA) Championship in Denmark this past weekend pushed her past the earnings milestone.

Riding Spook N Perla, owned by Golden Paint Ranch, Fonck earned a score of 225 to take the NRHA EA Open title on Saturday. During Friday’s action, Fonck rode Spook N Perla to a score of 222½ and the class win in the ancillary open. She also piloted Made In Walla, owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, to a Reserve Championship with a score of 217.

The Belgian’s earnings have come from European events. Fonck won her first NRHA paycheck in 2001 and has actively competed in European NRHA events ever since. Fonck has received multiple honors during the past decade and a half, including the following:

  • Two-time NRHA Open World Champion: 2008 on Lenas Pegesis and 2014 on Ebony Spook
  • Multiple FEI World Equestrian Games medalist: 2010, 2014, and 2018 Team Silver Medalist for Belgium
  • Three-time NRHA European L4 Open Futurity Reserve Champion: 2010 on Gunspinner, 2013 on Roosters Minnie, and 2015 on Roses for EinsteinTwo-time NRHA European L4 Open Derby Champion: 2012 on Spook A Little and 2018 on Shiners Voodoo
  • Three-time NRHA European L4 Open Derby Reserve Champion: 2013 on Ebony Spook, 2017 on Made In Walla, and 2018 on Made In Walla
  • Two-time NRHA European Level (L) 4 Open Futurity Champion: 2016 on Roosters Attitude and 2017 on Shiners Voodoo
  • 2016 NRHA Open Reserve World Champion on Ebony Spook
  • Two-time NRHA EA L4 Open Champion: 2017 on Gunnerlicious and 2019 on Spook N Perla

NRHA extends a big congratulations to Ann Fonck on this accomplishment.

Ann Fonck Unofficially Surpasses the NRHA Million Dollar Rider Mark at the NRHA EAC!

Ann Fonck & Spook N Perla – Photo Hayley Eberle/NRHA

Saturday closed the great edition of the 2019 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship held at Tuse Creek Ranch, Regstrup, Denmark, managed by NRHA Norway and NRHA Denmark. Close to 150 horses made their way to the great facility where a total of over 450 entries made their way to the show arena!

Regstrup, July 20 — Provided by Simona Diale, IHP — Making the great Scandinavian event even more special was the last class of the day on Saturday when multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck unofficially surpassed the NRHA Million Dollar Rider mark winning the $10,000-added NRHA EA Open Championship aboard Spook N Perla. The talented lady rider with the pretty mare owned by Golden Paint Ranch between the reins had won the $10,000-added NRHA Open the day before and had placed second on Made In Walla for owners Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel. “I’m really happy,” said Ann Fonck. “Becoming a million-dollar rider was never in my plans! My priority was being a good mommy and for a couple of years, I showed very little. When I went back to showing again, I wanted to prove to myself that I could do something special in a ‘man’s world.’ This is the outcome and I still cannot believe I made it, thanks to the great horses I have had the honor of riding.”

The podium was all Belgian as Wim Vervecken scored a great 220 riding Janne Beate Melby’s Wimpy Genuinediamond and NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck claimed third place honors aboard Missedouttinseltown, also owned by Golden Paint Ranch. “This was a great show, really well organized, and all my horses and non pro and youth riders did really well,” said Vervecken. “It was great to be on the podium with Ann and Bernard Fonck. My horse is now 10-years-old and I had bought him for my wife. Since I qualified for the Open, I’m happy that I showed him here and am super proud of this result.”

Prior to the closing Championship class, three European Affiliate Championship finals were held:

In a field of 38 qualified riders, Leonoor De Bruin of the Netherlands riding Crome Dont Corrode owned by De Bruin Reining Horses and George Allen Sternberg of Great Britain aboard RS Barbaresco Blue (owned by Francesca Sternberg) between the reins both posted a 216 in the $500-added NRHA EA Limited Non Pro Championship. The two chose to run off for the title and, once they had both performed again, the highest step of the podium was for De Bruin! “This is a dream come true,” said De Bruin. “My horse was really nice to me and yes, I really wanted to make it to the highest step of the podium, especially after having taken part in the Affiliate Championship the past and never placing higher than third a few times. My 11-year-old horse is fantastic and I’ve been riding him for six years now. He truly deserves this Championship title.”

Settling for reserve honors, Allen Sternberg was pleased with his performance. “I had to go to the Belgian Futurity to get enough points to qualify my two horses here,” said George. “It was a goal to do well with both, but I must admit I do have a soft spot for RS Barbaresco Blue. I started riding and showing two years ago; he was the first horse I showed and has pretty much been the only one I’ve been showing. He has done really well for me, is really good minded and is a lovely mover. I would have liked to have been on top of the podium but am happy to have had the joint top score in the first run.”

MC Jacs Tuff Girl slid Evelyn Boots of the Netherlands to third place honors with a great 215.5 score. “I leased this horse just before the Belgian Futurity last year,” said Boots. “I wasn’t really thinking about qualifying for the Affiliate Championships but when I found out we had a second qualifying period, we went for it! She was shown quite a bit until she was 5 years old — she is now 11 — and was out of the show pen for about four years. We brought her back and is now winning everything. We are thrilled!” Boots thanked her trainer Jurgen Pouels who was unable to come to Denmark, and trainer Kim Verveken for helping her out during the Championship.

The $100-added NRHA EA Youth 14-18 Championship counted 27 qualified young reiners from Europe. Nimroid Vannietvelt of Belgium did it again, this time aboard Nic Ricochet owned by Vannietvelt/De Pauw. With a great performance, he rode his mount to a 221 score and the Championship. “I really love this horse,” said Nimroid. “He already rode me to an Affiliate Championship two years ago, which is when I started riding him. He suffered a small injury three months ago and was in the pasture until two weeks ago. That’s when I started riding him again and he was right there for me. He’s 11-years-old and never tries to trick you in the show pen…he’s simply special!

With only two horses left to go, Isabeau Keiser of Sweden performed a great run riding her own Gumps Hummer BB. Once they left the show arena, a 218.5 appeared on the scoreboard and the second step of the podium was theirs. “I’ve never scored a 72 with my horse before today and I am thrilled,” said the 15-year-old. “I’ve had my 7-year-old gelding close to three years ago. I fell in love with him when I tried him; he’s a sweet little horse, and was super special for me today.”

Nicoline Andersen Lau of Denmark riding Chic N Charme owned by Annette Andersen and Cora Kümmerling of Sweden reining Asa Kümmerling’s Freckles Whiz Delmaso posted a 213 thus sharing the third step of the podium.

Clinching the $5,000-added NRHA EA Non Pro Championship with a 218.5 score was Dries Verschueren of Belgium riding Smart N Sparkin owned by Golden Paint Ranch. “I am really proud of my horse because he was in the breeding barn until 3 weeks ago and once again when he was back to work, he did an excellent job,” said Verschueren. “My little boy is 11-years-old now and since he was 3-years-old he has done nothing but earn great results. I would like to thank Bernard Fonck for the work on this horse and my parents — without them, I would not have these great horses to show!”

Taking reserve honors was Great Britain’s Francesca Sternberg who posted a 217.5 riding her own Spooks Gotta Lena and in third place, a point behind was Lia Freriks of the Netherlands atop Ready For Revolution. “This has been a fantastic show and we’ve come as a family, and each component of our family made it to the podium here,” said Sternberg. “My horse is technically Doug’s, who was kind enough to lend her to me for the non pro, and she was great for me: her heart is as big as a house!”

Once the curtain fell upon the Mega Arena at Tuse Creek Ranch, Sweden officially topped the 2019 NRHA European Affiliate Championship Country Standings with 413 points. The Swedish Reining Horse Association will receive $500 from the National Reining Horse Association for leading the standings!

The NRHA European Affiliate Championship Youth Team Tournament counted 14 teams, each composed of two 14-18 Youth and two Youth 13 & Under riders. The top 10 teams each received a medallion offered by NRHA and the winning team components each received Montana Silversmiths buckle. 

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