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. 

For complete results:http://www.showmanager.info/Eventliste.aspx?turnierID=815

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Benelux Reigns in Denmark!

Regstrup, July 19 — Provided by Simona Diale — The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship, managed by NRHA Denmark and NRHA Norway, provided yet another day of intense competition. It was a great day for Benelux as Tiara van Dongen of the Netherlands and Jody Fonck of Belgium clinched the NRHA EA Intermediate Open and Youth 13 & Under Championships respectively.

The $4,000-added NRHA European Affiliate Intermediate Open kept the public glued to their seats until the very last rider. Draw two in a field of 22 qualified riders, Anders Josefsson of Sweden, riding Maganic for owner Annika Bootsman Kleberg, set the bar by scoring a 218.5. In the last set of riders, Pete Perkiö of Finland aboard his Winchesteratomic tied to lead until the last combination to go, Dutch Tiara van Dongen and Don Quintanas Whiz (owned by Kristel Wauters) performed to an impressive 221 and the European title. “I cannot believe we actually won, even though that was our goal,” said van Dongen. “I knew this mare could do it because she’s an awesome horse and really deserves this title. She’s 9-years-old and I’ve had her in training since 2017 but haven’t shown her very much. This year I told her owner that we needed to qualify her for the championship because I knew that we could win…and we did!” Both Josefsson and Perkiö were pleased with their co-reserve Championship. “My horse did really well for me today and, since the other horse I qualified was injured yesterday, he covered up for her,” said an enthused Josefsson. “This gelding, who I’ve had in training for three years, has always been really good for me and truly deserves this result.” Perkiö and his gelding came back to the pen with the 2019 NRHA EA Limited Open Co-Reserve Championship under their belts earned the day before: “Once again he was there for me all the way,” said the 25-year-old professional. “This is the second show together for us and going back home with two reserve championships is simply great.”

For Jody Fonck of Belgium, this was her first European Affiliate Championship and, with a great 218.5 riding Topgun Showtime, the young rider clinched the NRHA European Affiliate Youth 13&Under Championship. “I started riding a year and a half ago and my goal for the past year was to qualify for this event,” she said. “When I went in the pen today I knew I had to give it all we had but, during my run, because she kept her head so low in the circles, the left rein went over her neck so I had both reins on one side. I carried on trying to keep calm, and she was there for me all the way. I could not be any happier for this win!” Sliding to the second step of the podium with was yet another Belgian rider — Alicia Nouwen — who rode her Sheza Tuff Jacky to a 217. “I’m very proud of my horse because before this class, for some reason, she was very nervous. Once she went in the pen she calmed down and was just great for me,” said Alicia who was quick to credit her trainer, Wim Vervecken for her result. “I’ve had her for two years now, and thanks to my great trainer we managed to make it to the podium.” It was a special day for 12-year-old Oliver Svensson of Sweden who took third place honors with Shes Madonna, a mare his father [NRHA Professional Johan Svensson] purchased for him three years ago. “I am so proud of my horse,” said Oliver. “She is 16-years-old and when we bought her she was a lesson horse at a riding facility. My father helped me to train her but I have been the only one to ride her. This is a great day for me and, since she is in foal, this will be her last show…I really look forward to riding her baby!”

Friday Ancillary Action: 

  • In a field of 46 riders, Evelyn Boots of the Netherlands rode to the $500-added NRHA Limited Non Pro win with her own MC Jacs Tuff Girl and a 143 score! Sweden’s Carl Bernadotte, riding Busy Make N Millions, and Teija Pietilä of Finland aboard her Remidoc tied for second place after posting a 141.
  • Belgium took the first three spots in the $5,000-added NRHA Non Pro counting 11 entries: Steve Vannietvelt took the win with a 221.5 riding What A Wave owned by Gina De Pauw. The 11-year-old stallion is the 2018 World Equestrian Games Individual Gold medalist and last week conquered the SVAG FEI World Reining Championship Individual Young Riders Bronze Medal with Nimroid Vannietvelt in the saddle! Piet Mestdagh and Reining Whiz took second honors and Dries Verschueren atop Smart N Sparking placed third.
  • Multiple past NRHA Open World Champion Ann Fonck rode to the win with a 222.5 in the $10,000-added NRHA Open riding Spook N Perla owned by Golden Paint Ranch. Fonck also took reserve honors posting a 217 aboard Made In Walla owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel. Miroslav Baniari closed in third place riding Kam Holly Instep for owner Eliza Olach.

Saturday will close the great edition of the 2019 NRHA EAC and qualified riders will be vying for the $500-added Limited Non Pro, $100-added Youth 14-18, $5,000-added Non Pro and $10,000-added Open Affiliate Championships!

For complete results and livescore: http://www.showmanager.info/Eventliste.aspx?turnierID=815

If you cannot make it to Tuse Creek Ranch, follow the livestream here:

https://rh-video.de/livestreaming…

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Media contact:  Simona Diale
International Horse Press
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2019 NRHA European Affiliate Championship

140 horses with riders representing 12 Nations (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, and Sweden) made their way to Tuse Creek Ranch in Regstrup, Denmark, where the 2019 edition of the $23,800-added NRHA European Affiliate Championship is being held along with $21,900-added NRHA approved show.

Day 1 – The 2019 NRHA European Affiliate Championship Opens

Day 2 – The first 2019 NRHA European Affiliate Champions are Crowned!

Day 3 – Norway Flies High at the NRHA European Affiliate Championship

Day 4 – Benelux Reigns in Denmark!

Day 5 – Ann Fonck Unofficially Surpasses the NRHA Million Dollar Rider Mark at the NRHA EAC!

Day 3 – Norway Flies High at the NRHA European Affiliate Championship

Regstrup, July 18—Taking home the 2019 NRHA European Affiliate Rookie Championship, in a field of 40 qualified riders, was Britta Spies of Norway aboard her Chics Special Nite. The duo scored a 218.5 for the win and it could not have been a better way to start the day for Spies. “I purchased my horse in Texas from Brian Bell two years ago,” she said. “When he arrived, in November 2017, it was freezing in Oslo, so I didn’t get to ride him much in the beginning, but last year we made up for it and qualified for the EAC. It’s been a great ride and I am thrilled with this prestigious title.”

Tying for the reserve championship, with a 215.5 score, was Kyra te Paske of the Netherlands riding Hit The Rode Jac, and Anna-Maria Zehetbauer of Austria aboard Big Leo Gun. “I’m very excited about my score – it’s the highest ever for me – and making it to the second step of the European podium in such a big class is unbelievable,” said te Paske. “I’ve had my horse for two years, and this is a very proud moment for us.” For the youngest rider of the Rookie Championship finals, it was just as thrilling. “I never expected this; today is my birthday and this is certainly the best gift I could ever receive,” she said. “I cannot thank my horse and my team enough and I so look forward to the future with him.”

In the $500-added NRHA European Affiliate Limited Open Championship, Norway conquered the highest step of the podium and the second gold medal of the day. Tor Erik Eggen, the only NRHA Professional in Norway, rode Hollys Final Spark for owner TP-Ranch to the Championship with a 219 score. “I knew I had a 218 to beat, but I tried not to think about it and just went in and did my thing,” said Eggen. “My mare was really good for me; she is truly a show horse.” Eggen purchased the 6-year-old mare a couple of years ago from [NRHA Million Dollar Rider] Brian Bell and she is now in foal to Gunners Tinseltown. Claiming co-reserve honors a point behind were Pete Perkiö of Finland, riding his own Winchesteratomic, and Doug Allen of Great Britain aboard Spooks Gotta Lena. “This is my second year as an open rider and I am thrilled with this result,” said Pete. “I purchased my horse from Kate Roleska at the beginning of this year and my first real show with him was the NRHA Germany Breeders Derby where lady luck wasn’t on our side. This is only the second time that I’ve shown him and I am very happy with this title.”

Just as happy was Allen: “I’m very happy with my horse, she loves to do her job and is really good-minded,” he said. “We went in early in the draw, she did really well for me, and our score held to tie for reserve. I think my wife Francesca [Sternberg] will take her to the AQHA World Show and show her in the Amateur and since will still be eligible for the NRBC next year, might show her there.”

The $2000-added NRHA European Affiliate Intermediate Non Pro Championship was all about Belgian Piet Metsdagh aboard his own Reining Whiz, a 12-year-old stallion the multiple past NRHA Non Pro Reserve World Champion purchased four years ago. The duo scored a 219.5 for the win and Mestdagh, who is currently leading the NRHA Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Top Ten rankings with his stallion confirmed that the ‘long haul’ for the World title is their goal. “He is such an amazing horse,” he said. “He is so consistent, never says no, and is always there for me. This title means a lot to me and I look forward to the rest of the year showing him around Europe.” Lia Freriks made her way to Regstrup from the Netherlands with her 9-year-old stallion, Ready For Revolution, ready to give his best. The duo took reserve honors two points behind the champions. “This was a tough class, so I’m twice as happy with the result my super horse achieved today,” said Freriks about her mount who she trained herself since he was a 3-year-old. “He was great for me since day one and since we know each other so well, we always give each other everything we have. I now look forward to showing him in the Non Pro EAC on Saturday.” The third step of the podium was for Tabitha Sternberg Allen who rode her mother’s [Francesca Sternberg] Dunnit In Pale to a 216. “I’m super thrilled with this result,” said the young rider from Great Britain. “I didn’t have the best first stop today, so I was a bit worried, but I stepped on the gas after that and it only got better. He tried really hard for me and this result is twice as special after my dad [Doug Allen] was co-reserve in the NRHA EA Limited Open Championship finals.”

Competition tomorrow will offer more great reining at the beautiful Tuse Creek Ranch where the $4,000-added NRHA European Intermediate Open as well as the European Youth 13&Under Champions will be crowned.

Thursday NRHA Ancillary Action:
Taking the NRHA Youth 13 & Under Co-Championship was Oliver Svensson and Shes Madonna along with Ruut Vidgren & Guntinius.

It was a win for Italian Markus Schopfer in the $2,000-added NRHA Intermediate Open riding his past NRHA Intermediate Open World Champion, Jokin Whiz

NRHA Youth 13 & Under Co-Champions Oliver Svensson & Shes Madonna along with Ruut Vidgren & Guntinius
NRHA Intermediate Open Champions Markus Schopfer & Jokin Whiz

More ancillary action will return on Friday with the $500-added NRHA Limited Non Pro, $5,000-added NRHA Non Pro and $10,000-added NRHA Open classes.

For complete results and Livescore: http://www.showmanager.info/Eventliste.aspx?turnierID=815

If you cannot make it to Tuse Creek Ranch, follow the livestream here:
https://rh-video.de/livestreaming…

For any further information you may need, log on to https://www.nrha-eac2019-20.com/

Media contact: Simona Diale
International Horse Press
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Cell: +39 340 5354629

Day 2 – The first 2019 NRHA European Affiliate Champions are Crowned!

NRHA European Affiliate Championship – Rookie Professional Podium

The second day of the $23,800-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship and $21,800-added NRHA Show held at the Tuse Creek Ranch in Regstrup, Denmark, offered a full day of reining competition in the beautiful Mega Arena. Close to 150 horses with riders representing 12 Nations (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden) are at the Scandinavian show vying for the prestigious titles. Today, the first Championship crown was conquered and it took a run-off to determine who would wear it.

Regstrup, July 17 — Provided by Simona Diale, IHP — In a field of 11 qualifiers, Jolien Rottiers of Belgium riding ND Spooks Shaggy Gun owned by SV Quarter Horses and Dutch Mariska Hak aboard her own Ripped Wrangler both scored a 214 tying for the lead in the $500-added NRHA European Affiliate Rookie Professional Championship. After the two came back to the arena, the title, with a 215.5 score, was for Hak. “I am thrilled with this win,” said the young professional. “It’s tough to qualify, to tie for the lead and to come back for the run-off. The good thing about running off is that if you’re not first, you’re surely second! I’m super happy with this title, especially since I’ve had this horse for five years; he’s now 12 years old, he’s always been good for me and I love him to death.” Rottiers settled for the second step of the podium. “I was really excited, I didn’t expect to tie for the highest score nor to have to come back and perform again,” she said. “This is a great result and I could not be any happier.” The third step of the podium, with a 211.5, went to Sweden’s Jan Persson riding Mikael Körner’s Tangys Walla Whiz. “I rode this horse last year and got her back in training three weeks ago,” said Persson. “I did not expect to do so well, considering that we come from the northern part of Sweden where there aren’t very many reiners, so I am very happy with this result we achieved. She’s a small mare with a big heart.”

The great competition in a relaxed atmosphere will come back tomorrow where, following the NRHA Youth 13 & Under class, the NRHA European Affiliate Rookie, Limited Open and Intermediate Non Pro Champions will be determined. Adding to the excitement will also be $2,000-added NRHA Intermediate Open.

Wednesday NRHA Ancillary Action:

Co-champions in the NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2, with a 141.5 score, were Britta Spies and her Chics Special Nite along with Liza Groot Severt riding her Its Five to Midnight.

Sliding from Finland to Denmark to win the $500-added NRHA Limited Open with a great 143.5 were Pete Perkiö and his Winchesteratomic. Second place honors, a half-point behind, was Tor Erik Eggen riding Hollys Final Spark for TP Ranch.

Congratulations Line Faxe from Denmark for winning the World Para Reining class aboard Rayo Del Cielo, owned by Jytte Andersen. Linda is the first Scandinavian rider to take part in the Para Reining classes.

It took a run-off to determine the NRHA Youth 14-18 winners and the champions were Amalie Johansen and Shirley Spook. Second place, after the two went back to the Mega Arena, went to Oskar Eriksson and Legends Topsail.

Three ladies tied to win the NRHA Rookie Level 1 and Rookie Level 2 with a 144 score: Silke Hendrix and her AM Lil Birdy Gun, Anna-Maria Zehetbauer riding Big Leo Gun and Kyra te Paske atop Hit The Rode Jac.

For complete results and Livescore: http://www.showmanager.info/Eventliste.aspx?turnierID=815

If you cannot make it to Tuse Creek Ranch, follow the Livestream here:
https://rh-video.de/livestreaming…

For any further information you may need, log on to https://www.nrha-eac2019-20.com/

Photos by Troullioud Fotografie

Media contact:  Simona Diale
International Horse Press
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