Bernardelli & Shine Pop are the 2019 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Non Pro Futurity Champions

Edoardo Bernardelli

Cremona, November 29 — Provided by Simona Diale, International Horse Press — Run in a qualifying go round and seeded finals, the 2019 edition of the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity saw Italian Edoardo Bernardelli and his mount, Shine Pop, wear the 76.000 euro-added Level (L)4 and 37.000 euro-added L3 Non Pro Futurity crown. By Shine Chic Shine and out of MM Lollipop, the sorrel stallion was purchased when he was one month old by Bernardelli and was broke and trained by the Italian rider. “There was something about him when I first saw him that made me want to take him home,” he said. “I love the way he’s bred and thought he was a great mover from the first time I set my eyes on him. Before coming here, I showed him twice at a Lombardy regional show and things did not go too well, I guess because we still needed to get to know each other. In coming here, I knew I could place my trust in him because he has such a big heart, and he proved me right. I would like to thank Guglielmo Fontana for helping me tonight during the finals and my parents for supporting me all the way.”

Gabriele Carrarini

Gabriele Carrarini and his home-bred CG Smart N Gold (Arc Surprising Smart x Arc Girl Chic N Gold) scored a 214 in the finals taking home the 16.000 euro-added L2 Non Pro Championship as well as the Reserve Championship in the L4 and L3. “This is a very special night for me,” he said. “Not only was he born at our place, we actually own both the sire and the dam. Chris Lucchina broke him and then he was in training with Cristina Fiscella for a few months. I took over the reins after that short period and have mainly trained him myself, even though I try to go and ride with Max Ruggeri who has been my mentor for the past ten years. It’s been a pretty special show season as I won the Austrian Futurity as well as the Lombardy regional futurity.”

Sharon De Groot

Sharon De Groot of the Netherlands and her own Tinsel Whizington (Tinsel Jac x Conquistador Sis) added another title to the string of success they’ve had in the show pen this year by winning the 11.000 euro-added L1 Non Pro division with a 210. The duo earned the Austrian Non Pro Futurity Reserve Championship, the NRHA Belgium L2 and L1 Non Pro Futurity Championship and the NRHA France L4 Non Pro Futurity.  “He’s really sweet and he does everything for me,” said the Dutch Rider. “He’s a funny horse, he loves to play around, but when you ride him he’s always ready to go. I’m really proud of him and I have to thank my trainer Quentin Galliere and his wife Kimmy Obenhaus for the work they did with him, and Dominik Reminder for helping me here since Quentin and Kimmy just had a baby and of course stayed home.”

Taking L1 reserve honors was Giuliano Mercuri aboard Doctor Dre (Doctor In Diamonds x JC Hollywoodspunette).

The Open Futurity finals will close the 35th edition of the IRHA Futurity & FISE Italian Championship Finals on Saturday, November 30.

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Annual NRHA Sire & Dam Auction Under Way

Not only does Nov. 29 mark the beginning of the NRHA Futurity, the annual Sire & Dam auction also starts on Thanksgiving. Running through 12 p.m. CST on Jan. 10, 2019, bidders can buy their lots through the online auction platform.

Starting bids for the auction are 60 percent of the originally advertised breeding fee or $500 (whichever is higher). Any unsold breedings in the auction are available afterward on a first-come, first-serve basis. All available breedings can be found here.

Created in 1966, the NRHA Sire & Dam program provides significant benefits to participants while helping support the NRHA. Featuring benefits for both stallion and mare owners, this program is the perfect addition to any breeding program. Mare owners have the opportunity to purchase breedings that they may not otherwise have access to at reduced rates.

Offspring resulting from the NRHA Sire & Dam program are automatically eligible to compete at both the NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby without a nomination. Additionally, Sire & Dam offspring have reduced entry fees and later entry deadlines to the NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby.

Stallion owners who wish to participate in this year’s auction can still donate to the program. For more information contact Lauren Loeliger, Sire & Dam Program Representative, at (405) 946-7400×133 or with any questions.

Madison Rafacz Wins NRHA Adequan® NAAC Limited Non Pro on Whizenboonsmal

On Friday, the Limited Non Pro competition of the National Reining Horse Association Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships took place in the Adequan® Arena at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

Madizon Rafacz traveled all the way from Ocala, Florida, to win the Adequan® NAAC Limited Non Pro title on her horse Whizenboonsmal. The pair marked a 220 to best a field of more than 65 horses and also take top honors in the ancillary Limited Non Pro class that was run concurrently.

Rafacz, only 12 years old, won a bevy of prizes, including a Bob’s Custom Saddle, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, and Classic Equine product. She also earned more than $500.

Whizenboonsal is by Peptoleap and out of She Whiz A Star. “He’s a seven-year-old gelding I’ve had for almost two years. We’ve won a lot. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse,” Rafacz explained. “After today, he’s going to get lots of treats.”

Rafacz shared she wasn’t planning to show hard in the Limited Non Pro. “It went really good today, but I didn’t plan to do that good. I was planning to show bigger in the non pro on Tuesday,” she added. “He was just always there for me and he stopped great today. I’m feeling really good about the non pro on Tuesday.”

She will also compete in the NAAC Non Pro, NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro, and the NAAC Youth 13 & Under. “After that, we will have a break until the Florida Classic in 2020,” she said. “I thank my parents [NRHA Professionals Mark and Shannon Rafacz], Kyla Thurlow, Jenna Webb, and Stephen Graycheck. They’re always there for me.”

Finishing with the both the Adequan® NAAC and ancillary Limited Non Pro Reserve Championships was McKinnon Larcombe and Designed With Shine (Smart And Shiney x Taris Designer Genes) with a 219.5. Along with a check for $368, the pair won an Adequan® champions vest, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine.

Tremblay & Muehlstaetter Lead NRHA Futurity Open Preliminaries First Go after Second Section

The National Reining Horse Association Open Futurity preliminary rounds continued Friday, Nov. 29, with the second section of the first go. More than 100 horses walked through the gate of the Jim Norick Coliseum at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

Dany Tremblay

Currently leading the Level 4 Open are Dany Tremblay and Martin Muehlstaetter, who piloted their horses to scores of 221.5. Tremblay was riding Amazing Gun, while Muehlstaetter rode Seven On Seven. Seven On Seven, by Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Anne Get Your Gun, is owned by Anne Solbraekke.

Tremblay and Amazing Gun, by Colonels Shining Gun and out of Miss Whizard Star, also lead the Level 3 Open. Amazing Gun is owned by Daniel Bouchard and Tremblay Reining Horses.

Cade McCutcheon and Deja Vu With A Gun maintained their lead of the Level 2 Open with a 220. Deja Vu With A Gun, owned by David Silva, is by Gunner and out of Dun Its Deja Vu.

Martin Muehlstaetter

Also holding onto their lead in the Level 1 are Hava Vital and Dee Dee Boeckman’s A Sparkling Dream with a 218.5. A Sparkling Dream is by A Sparkling Vintage out of Msdreamy.

Todd Sommers and Amarilla Gunner lead the Prime Time Open with a 219.5. Amarilla Gunner, by Gunnatrashya and out of RHM Nu Amarilla Chex, is owned by Stephany Monteleone.

The first go of open competition concludes Saturday, and the top 75 from each division will advance to the Open Semi-Finals which will begin Monday, Dec. 2.

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