AustrianRHA Futurity: Two Futurity Championships for Nicola Cordioli – Open Futurity Champion L2 with the 3- and 4-year-old horses / Jeffrey Touroute-Thomas Futurity Champion L1 (3-y-o horses), Daniele Bocchieri (3-y-o horses)

Nicola Cordioli
Nicola Cordioli

17 horses had made it to the L2 and L1 final of the 3-year-old horses. In Level 2, the title was claimed by Italian Nicola Cordioli aboard Gunners Specialolena (Gunners Special Nite x Dolly Jac Olena). The mare bred and owned by Luigi Parise, scored a 221.5. Nicola Cordioli was 2014 Austrian Futurity Champion Open L4 , 4-year-old horses and 2017 NRHA European Co-Reserve Champion.

The Reserve Championship L2 went to Stefano Cerutti aboard Giannitti Domenico’s Great Taris Pine (Great Sun Burst x Lullaby of Melody). The stallion who was bred by his owner, scored a 220. Cerutti’s achievements include the 2012 and 2014 Austrian Futurity Reserve Championship L2 Open.

Jeffrey Touroute-Thomas and Reto Erdin’s AQHA mare Gunworks Finest (Gunwork x BR China Rose) plöaced third in Level 2 scoring a 219.5. This also was the Open Futurity Championship for him L1. Jeffrey Touroute-Thomas had already been leading after the go round in L1.  Gunworks Finest was bred by Reto Erding.

Jeffrey Touroute-Thomas
Jeffrey Touroute-Thomas

The Reserve Futurity Champion title Open L1 was earned by Elias Ernst aboard his mare  Big Lovely Shines (Just Gotta Shine x Cashing Big Chex). The two had given the second best performance of the go round already  and did even better in the final (215).  Zuzana Pacesova and  Andreas Kaiser’s Whiz Little Pep (Tombleweed Power x Whiz Like Hickory) placed third (208.5).

It was obviously Nicola Cordioli‘s Tag: after becoming Open Futurity Champion L2 with the 3-year-old horses, the Italian trainer also took the title with the 4-year-old horses. Aboard Piero Priori’s Ruf Cut Chex (Big Chex To Cash x CT Ruffian) he scored a  219 winning the L2 Open. The Palomino stallion which was bred by Werner and Linda Hermus in the States, was  2017 NRHA European Pre-Futurity Champion Non Pro L2 with his owner. Also Cordioli rode another horse into the L2 final: the mare Unwhizzjable (Star Spangled Whiz x Late Little Jaba) for  Pengo Andrea scoring a 217 which was 4th place.

3j_O__Cordioli_Gruppe_beide_ChampionsTwo riders tied for Reserve Futurity Championhonours: Fabio Polesel aboard his Black Gotta Gun (Dunit Gotta Gun x Be My Sweet Surprise) and Bogdan Czarnik aboard Agnieszka Olchawska’s Whiznmercedes (Cromed Out Mercedes x Covergirl Whiz, breeder Tim McQuay) – both scored a 217.5. With this stallion bred by Arena Alessandro, Polesel had been leading after the go round.

The Futurity Open Champion L1 came from Italy as well: Daniele Bocchieri aboard Gunnalicia (Gunstar x Dunnit With Cash). The mare which was bred by Massimo Rudari and is owned by Rosso Marco Umberto, scored a 218. Daniele Bocchieri was NRHA European Futurity Finalist 2017 with her.

The Reserve Futurity Championship L1 went to Nico Sicuro aboard Emma Villa’s AB Magnolia Taris (OT Taris San Peppy x Mare Made), who scored a 217. Magnolia Taris was a  2016 Austrian Futurity Non Pro Finalist L4 with Emma Villa in the saddle.

Alicja Kula and Katarzyna Roleska’s palomino mare Shining Whiz Olena (Shiner Olena x Shining Whiz) placed third (216). The two were Co-Champion EAC Limited Open this year.

Informationen: Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Tel. +43-2238-8484 mobil +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545, office@nrha.atwww.nrha.atwww.futurity.at

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AustrianRHA Futurity: Chiara Bartoletti and Holly Jolly Jaba dominate Futurity Non Pro Go round L4 4-year-old Horses

Sarah Ehrenreich
Sarah Ehrenreich

In the Non Pro Futurity go round of the 4-year-old horses, Italian Chiara Bartoletti and her  Holly Jolly Jaba (Jaba Oak x Smart Dolly Hickory) took the lead in L4 scoring a 219.5. With this mare the young University student won the IRHA Futurity Non Pro Level 4, 3 and 2 last year. Chiara, who trains with Adriano Meacci, was 2007 Futurity Champion – when she was only 15. Also, she was 2008 NRHA of Germany Breeders Futurity Non Pro Champion, 2009 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Level 3 and 4 Reserve Champion, FEI European Reining Championship Young Rider Team Silver Medalist and Individual Gold Medal, 2010 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Level 3 Reserve Champion, 2011 FEI European Reining Championship Young Rider Team Gold Medal as well as 2016 IRHA/NRHA Derby Non Pro Champion Levels 4, 3 and 2.

Attilio Bonarelli
Attilio Bonarelli

Two riders tied for second place in L4 scoring a 217 each: Sarah Ehrenreich aboard her mare Diabolika Gunmachine (Colonel Smoking Gun x Chic Luv Chocolate) and Franziska Wallner aboard Heidi Wallner’s Mai Tai Enterprise (Chex Enterprise x Revolutions Chic Jac). Diabolika Gun Machine  and Sarah were Ltd. Non Pro Reserve Champion at the  Euro Futurity and Res. Champion Breeders Futurity

Piero Priori
Piero Priori

This also meant the lead in Level 3 for the two together with Attilio Bonarelli aboard Spartaco Elvis (Elvis Peppys Taco x Lil Matt Dun) – a stallion he ride into the European Futurity final 2016. Piero Priori and Frozen Jessie (Frozen Sailor x Jessie Oak Tari) as well as Wolfgang Hammer aboard Mr Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Docs Oak Rosy) who scored a 216.5..

Franziska Wallner and Attilio Bonarelli also tied for the lead in  L1 with Piero Priori and Frozen Jessie placing third.

Informationen: Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Tel. +43-2238-8484 mobil +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545, office@nrha.atwww.nrha.atwww.futurity.at

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AustrianRHA Futurity: Jennifer Nixdorf takes lead in Non Pro Futurity Go Round 3-year-old Horses

Jennifer_Nixdorf_Spooks_Babe_N_Chic_1What a great performance of Jennifer Nixdorf and her AQHA mare Spooks Babe N Chic (Spooks Gotta Gun x Babe And Chic): the two scored a 214 in the Non Pro Futurity Go round of the 3-year-old horses taking the lead both in Level 4 and Level 3.  Spooks Babe N Chic was bred by Karin and Ruggero Prevedel. 23-year-old Jennifer, who trains with Rudi Kronsteiner, was 2016 French Futurity Champion Non Pro and AustrianRHA Futurity Non Pro Reserve Champion.

Denise Laengle and her Whiz The Way (Walla Walla Whiz x Tuffy Solana) placed second in Level 4 and Level 3 scoring a 213 which was also the lead in Level 1. The AQHA mare was bred by Doris Hoefacher.

In Level 4 Non Pro, two riders tied for third place scoring a 212.5 each: Chiara Bartoletti aboard her mare Spat N Frost Nowhite (Spat Split And White x Frozen Spider Girl) and Ewald Rifeser aboard his mare Xtra Dun Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x SLJ Dun Juice) .In  Level 3, Pietro Priori laced third aboard Hollywood Dun Angel (Hollywoodstinseltown x Shing Little Angel) scoring a 211.5 which was also second place in Level 1. Here, Blanka Dolezal and her  AQHA gelding HH Black Qt (Dun It On The QT x Regna War Blossom) placed third (207).

Informationen: Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Tel. +43-2238-8484 mobil +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545, office@nrha.atwww.nrha.atwww.futurity.at

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NRHA Board of Directors Concludes Another Successful Meeting This Year

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – August 25, 2017 – The National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Executive Committee and Board of Directors converged together in Oklahoma City for two days to review committee recommendations and show conditions, as well as a variety of other items. This marked the third in person meeting held by both groups in 2017.

“I continue to be tremendously proud of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and staff,” said NRHA President Mike Deer after the conclusion of the meeting. “The amount of hours, dedication, and passion that each one of them pour into the association, day in and day out, to make the sport of reining the pinnacle of the western world is just astounding.”

NRHA Strategic Plan
In the Spring of 2017, more than 1,000 NRHA members participated in an electronic survey, and another group of members gave input via phone interviews. The results were shared with the board and an appointed planning group. After several months of work, their recommendations for a strategic, long-rang plan were presented to the board for their consideration. The NRHA Board of Directors approved the following Core Strategies to guide the association’s endeavors for the next several years. More background and details on these strategies will be shared in an upcoming issue of the NRHA Reiner magazine:

  • Respect the horse, respect the sport
  • Strengthen our affiliates
  • Improve member communications, education, and satisfaction
  • Re-evaluate eligibility and purse structures
  • Explore alternative business models, partnerships, and alliances

2017 NRHA Derby:
Board members also were supplied with statistical information and an update from the 2017 NRHA Derby. Upon conclusion of the event, the following was reported:

  • The total payout of the 2017 NRHA Derby reached nearly $1 million ($996,911)
    • $94,434 to ancillary classes
    • $317,174 to the Non Pro Derby
    • $585,303 to the Open Derby
  • The Open Derby was the second largest since the inception of the Nomination Program
  • The Youth Derby and Non Pro Derby were the largest in the history of the event
  • Ancillary entries were up 17% from the previous year

Preliminary results from the NRHA Derby exhibitor survey were also shared to the Board to assist with future planning.

NRHA Elections:
The group also received an update on the 2017 NRHA Elections. NRHA Board members voted unanimously to accept Brett Walters (East Central), Larry Handley (North Central), Jeanine Kern (Northwest), and Ann Salmon Anderman (South Central) by acclamation as North American Directors. They will serve a two-year term that starts January 1, 2018. Online elections for two Director-At-Large positions and for the Northeast Regional Director position are scheduled to open on October 1. Candidates are provided online at nrha.com/elections.

2018 Event Conditions:
2018 Futurity Conditions were approved with changes brought forward from the Aged Events Committee. Those changes included moving the first payment for 2018 Futurity to January 15, 2018. Conditions for the 2018 North American Affiliate Championships were also approved with no changes from the previous year.

2018 Fee Changes:
As NRHA continues to invest in its judges and judging program, a fee increase of $50 for renewing judges was approved. Starting in 2018, renewing judges will now pay $200 to attend the judges school. No changes were made to fees for recertifying judges. The last price increase for NRHA Judges Schools was seen in 2008.

In order to meet customers’ needs for speedy service, the 2018 Fees Policy was approved with the following additions:

  • Nomination 3-day rush (per horse) – $50
  • Same-day phone rush – Membership renewals (confirmation not included) – $25
  • Faxed or emailed confirmations for Nominations – $25

2018 Eligibility Policy:
An updated eligibility policy from the Eligibility Committee was presented to the Board of Directors for approval. Changes for the 2018 show season were made to Category 1, 2, 6, and 10. The updated policy will be available online in the upcoming weeks.

2018 Rule Changes:
During the meeting, the Board of Directors approved refined and final language for 2018 rule change proposal 126-01-18 that was previously approved in May 2018. This rule states that “the act of a horse dropping to its knees or hocks” will result in a 5-point penalty.

Affiliate Regional Championships:
Two Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC) locations were up for bid at this meeting. After reviewing the recommendations by the Affiliate Committee, the Board of Directors unanimously approved Eastern Plains Reining Horse Association as the 2018/2019 host for the Mountain Region ARC and Great Western Reining Horse Association as the 2018-2022 host for the Northwest Region ARC.

NRHA Reiner Advertiser Guidelines
The NRHA Executive Committee approved advertising guidelines for the NRHA Reiner magazine. These guidelines will be used when advertisements are submitted to the magazine and to determine if they are appropriate for the publication and its audience. These are the first set of written guidelines for the NRHA Reiner and come in response to member input regarding their expectations.

Other highlights from the meeting include:

  • 2017/2018 Budget Approval
  • Update from the Nomination/Payout Task Force
  • Update on the Animal Welfare and Medications Program
  • 2018 NRHA Winter Meeting tentative dates announced (February 7-11 in Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Candidates for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame and the Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Discussion of European Nomination Program conditions and European Derby competition ages
  • Update from the Corporate Relations Department, Member & Show Services, and Reining Horse Foundation

Minutes from all NRHA Board of Directors meetings can be found in the Members Only section of nrha.com. Minutes are posted online shortly after being approved by the body at their next meeting. In addition, the NRHA Corporate Record Book, Annual Audit Reports, and Financial Overview can be found in Members Only.

AustrianRHA Futurity: Dominik Reminder takes lead in Open Futurity Go round 4-year-old Horses

43 horses had been nominated  for the Futurity Open Go round 4-year-old horses, and what a sight it proved to be! Scoring a 224 Dominik Reminder and Clemens Hefel‘s Selectively Whiz (Amendago Whiz x Selectively Done) took the lead in Level 4. The stallion bred by Jan Dirk Bodenstab, was ninth at the NRHA Breeders Futurity 2016! Dominik Reminder who is training in Italy, just earned individual and team silver for Germany at the FEI European Championship in Givrins. He is a multiple Bronze Trophy Open Champion and earned team silver at the 2016 FEI World Championship. He was NRHA Open World Reserve Champion 2013 and won the AMERICANA Bronze Trophy Open.

With a score of 223,  Davide Brighenti and Francesco Bonadeo’s Spooks Gotta Crome (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chics Love Crome) placed second. The mare was bred by Carlo Orsi.  Brighentiwho earned team gold at the 2008 FEI European Championship, rode this horse into the 2016 AustrianRHA Futurity finals.

Markus Gebert and Angelika Gerbert‘s Paint stallion Whiz A Lot  (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Lotti vom Letter Berg) placed third scoring a 222. Angelika Gebert rode this horse bred by Monika Peterka to the 2016 ARHA Futurity Championship Non Pro Level 3 and 4.

Davide Brighenti leading in L3, Fabio Polesel in L2 and Alicja Kula in L1 Open

This also meant the lead in Level 3 Open for Davide Brighenti and Spooks Gotta Crome with Fabio Polesel and Black Gotta Gun (Dunit Gotta Gun x Be My Sweet Surprise) following on second place with a score of 221.5 scorten. The stallion which was bred by Arena Alessandro took the lead in Level 2 with Alicja Kula aboard Katarzyna Roleska’s mare Shining Whiz Olena (Shiner Olena x Shining Whiz) placing second (219.5). With this, Alicja Kula and Shining Whiz Olena also won the Level 1 Open with Mike Baloun and his Gotta Custom Turbo (Spooks Gotta Gun x Custom Gunners BH) placing second (217) and Nico Sicuro aboard Emma Villa’s AB Magnolia Taris (OT Taris San Peppy x Mare Made) placing third (215)

Third place honours in Level 3 Open went to Klaus Lechner aboard Astrid Eisendle’s mare Trashy (Gunnatrashya x ARC Martha Surprise, 221), in Level 2 to Verena Klein aboard Melanie Peter’s Gunners Dark Edition (Hollywood Gun Dunnit x Well Dun In Sparks, 219)

Informationen: Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Tel. +43-2238-8484 mobil +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545, office@nrha.atwww.nrha.atwww.futurity.at

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