Reining Horse Foundation Expands Scholarship Awards for 20th Anniversary

Traditionally, eight scholarships totaling $13,000 have been given each year to promising young National Reining Horse Youth Association members based on financial need, academic achievement, career plans, NRHA/NRHyA involvement, extracurricular activities, and references. To celebrate the Reining Horse Foundation’s 20th anniversary in 2021, the decision was made to award every applicant. This includes four additional scholarships of $500 each.

Longtime RHF Scholarship Committee chairman Mike Hancock was key in this decision. He said, “We are excited that we can provide scholarships for all our 2021 applicants. It is a great way to help them as well as the Reining Horse Foundation as we celebrate our 20th year. This was a great bunch of youth; our world and our sport are in good hands!”

These RHF Scholarships are awarded in addition to NRHyA Affiliate Regional Scholarships, Varsity Reining Club, and special program scholarships such as the CINCH® Speaking Contest. In total, more than $40,000 in academic funds is offered annually by the RHF, financed mostly by private donors and NRHyA fundraisers.

Olivia Klug

Olivia Klug is the 18-year-old daughter of Andrew and Lynette Klug of Columbus, Neb. She received a $2,500 scholarship with which she plans to pursue an Animal Science degree from Oklahoma State University.

Klug has been inspired by many, but one figure in her life stands out, “One person who has really inspired me in the last few years is the NRHA Youth Manager, Sara Honegger. Her passion for the NRHA and the horse industry has inspired me so much. She is a great example of working hard toward what you want. Watching her has really helped me to work harder toward my goals.”

For the past seven years, Klug has been an active member of both the North Central Reining Horse Association and the Central Plains Reining Horse Association. She has held several NRHyA officer positions since 2017 including vice president, treasurer, delegate, and is currently president. She is active in her state 4-H chapter, the American Quarter Horse Association and was also a Nebraska Agriculture Youth Institution delegate.

Klug is grateful for the opportunities she has had through her involvement in NRHyA. She said, “I feel very honored to receive this scholarship. The RHF has been a major supporter in my life through their support of NRHyA, especially since I’ve been on the officer team for the past several years. I really appreciate the opportunity to grow my leadership skill sets, and I have a deep sense of gratitude for the investment that they have made to my future career. It really means a lot to me.”

She went on to thank her parents for allowing her to be involved in the horse industry, her trainer Serena Siebrandt for helping her become the rider she is and for inspiring her to keep showing, and NRHyA for helping her develop leadership skills to expand her horizons.

Morgan Ritz

Nineteen-year-old Morgan Ritz is studying Secondary English Education at Colorado Christian University and plans to be a middle school English teacher. She lives in Comstock, Neb. with her parents, Sterling and Deborah Ritz.

Ritz’s inspiration came from her father’s role during the coronavirus pandemic. “He had to sit down and teach me math a lot, and although math is not my favorite subject, he was very patient with me. He also taught me other things in life, like seeing the value of teachers and teaching others by example. I want to follow in his footsteps because even though he is not in the education field, he is still a great teacher.” She added, “It was a struggle at first, but in the long run it helped me appreciate all that I had and all I was blessed with.”

With this $2,500, Ritz is now a two-time RHF Scholarship recipient, having claimed her first in 2020. “Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me. I feel blessed for the opportunity to apply for it and to be chosen as a recipient. I appreciate the support I have always had in my youth career in NRHA, and they still care about my future. That means a lot to me. It again shows me how blessed I am to be part of this organization,” Ritz said.

During high school, she was involved in FFA, 4-H, AQHYA, and NRHyA. She was also in the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Science Olympiad. In addition to academic activities, she competed in cross country and track and field events. In her spare time, Ritz volunteered at the church nursery, youth group, FFA trash pickup, and the 4-H Community Garden, among others.

Penelope Jae (P.J.) Tubaugh

Seventeen-year-old Penelope Jae (P.J.) Tubaugh earned a $2,500 scholarship that she plans to use at the University of Montana Western. In April, she completed a spring semester internship at Tamarack Ranch in Joseph, Oregon, for college credit.

Tubaugh resides in Livingston, Mont. with her mother, Jordan Aller. She said, “While the reining industry as a whole inspires me, I am most inspired by the professionals and individuals who are working to change it for the better, and who hold the industry to a high standard. After working at Tamarack Ranch, I am also very inspired by Gabe and Susi Hutchins. They have shown me an amazing example of how things should be run and how to always keep the horse’s best interest in mind.”

Tubaugh plans to major in Business Administration and minor in Equine Management with the hope of managing the breeding at an equine facility. She said, “My mom was a single mother and raised me with no financial support from my father, so this scholarship means less money for her to have to pitch in to help me, hopefully, get my dream job after the large amount she has already contributed to help me chase my dreams all these years.” She is an active member of the Yellowstone Reining Horse Association and the Montana Reining Horse Association and was a 4-H Club president having won multiple grand and reserve championships with various projects.

Tubaugh had a long list of people to thank for her success. She said, “First, I would like to thank my family. They have supported and backed me up no matter what and have always been there to keep me motivated. My grandpa, Steve Aller, has been my biggest supporter when it comes to my reining horse and showing. I would also like to thank all of my reining horse family including the Anderson family, Kreistal, Ryan, Jay Dee and Jan. Lastly, I would like to thank Tamarack Ranch for helping to make this scholarship possible. Gabe and Susi were vital in this process, and I could not have done it without them and their breeding manager, Stephanie Compton.”

Olivia Badgley

After sustaining an injury after a stirrup broke while jumping, 17-year-old Olivia Badgley spent a lot of time with an orthopedic surgeon who inspired her to become an orthopedic physician’s assistant. She also had a biology teacher whom she credits with instilling a love for biochemistry and biology.

Badgley lives in Hillard, Ohio, with her mother, Rene Badgley, and plans to use her $1,500 scholarship to major in Biology. She said “It is a huge honor to be considered for this scholarship, as I have only been a NRHA member for a few years now. I am honored to have been selected to receive one of the scholarships. While doing the essay, and from what I have read, I value everything that the association is built on.”

Badgley is the Western Representative for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western National Youth Board where she has twice won the IEA Sportsmanship award. She is also a member of the Young Riders 4-H Club, and the Dare Equestrian IEA Team. In school, she was a member of the National Honor Society and Hillard Darby Key Club. Having played the violin since the 5th grade, she was also a musician in the Symphonic and Concert Orchestra.

In her free time, Badgley volunteers her time to food preparation for the Manna Café Homeless shelter, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, 4-H Horse Partnership, Franklin County Fair Cleanup, and Santa’s Visit Pictures.

Olivia thanked her trainer, Patrick Schwartz, by saying, “When we met, he introduced me to reining and made me fall in love with it. He also led me to find my horse. He was a huge part of finding my love for reining.”

Allison Schweller

The youngest of four children, Allison Schweller has her heart set on becoming a cardiovascular surgeon. The 18-year-old daughter of Randall and Nancy Schweller is involved in the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) where she placed in the top 10 at regionals twice in Medical Innovations and once in Medical Photography.

Schweller was Ambassador Leader for a medical summit at Johns Hopkins University. “My inspiration came from my four years of taking a [Project Lead The Way] class for biomedical sciences. We explored all different categories such as heart parts, brain locations and functions. One other deciding factor was when I was nominated to attend the medical summit at Johns Hopkins University. During the summit, we had an activity that stimulated suturing. It came so naturally to me that the doctor insisted that I try a more difficult suture.”

She is also a member of the Midwest Reining Horse Association, the Indiana Reining Horse Association, and the Illinois Reining Horse Association as well as her local 4-H Horse and Pony Club, a drill team and Key Club.

Schweller will make good use of the $1,500 RHF Scholarship as she is currently enrolled at Valparaiso University. She said, “This scholarship puts me one step closer to accomplishing my career goals without the heavy burden of student loan debt. I’m very grateful and honored to receive this scholarship.” She added, “I would like to thank my parents, my grandparents, Dennis and Vicky Schweller, and Juanita and Raymond Bellis, and my trainer, Corey Wilson. The countless hours they’ve dedicated into ensuring my success inside and outside of the arena are never taken for granted. They push me to continuously reach for the stars. I wouldn’t be the rider nor the person I am without any of these lovely people.”

Naomi Allyssa Ornelles

For as long as she can remember, Naomi Allyssa Ornelles has loved horses. The 17-year-old resident of Granbury, Texas, is president of her FFA Chapter and a former secretary. She has enjoyed membership in the Appaloosa Horse Club, American Paint Horse Association, and the American Quarter Horse Association. In her younger years, she competed in 4-H with the Young Riders Club and judging team.

Riding with Temple’s +1 Performance Horses Show Team, she earned ApHC world championships in Ranch Reining and Boxing and two reserve world championships in reining on the first horse she was able to buy with her own money. Recently, her FFA Horse Judging team won the Houston Livestock Show Horse Judging Contest. She keeps her knowledge honed by volunteering as a scribe at local horse shows.

Ornelles’ interest in reining began when she first visited her aunt, Leslie Temple’s, facility. “I saw my aunt riding one of her reiners in the arena and she said, ‘Let me show you something.’ She ran down the fence and stopped, and I fell in love with the sport. She taught me everything I know.” She noted. “Also, my great grandma was one of the first female jockeys back in the day, so I’m definitely driven to be like the people I looked up to.” Ornelles intends to make her love of horses a career by using her $1,000 RHF Scholarship to pursue an Animal Science degree on her way to becoming an equine veterinarian.

“I originally wanted to become an all-around livestock vet until we lost a yearling filly to strangles. Since then, I’ve especially wanted to work with horses. They are amazing, beautiful creatures and I want to do all I can to be sure they are healthy, happy, and comfortable,” she said. “I was beyond excited to receive that letter. I am very grateful for the Reining Horse Foundation’s help in pursuing my dreams. I am also so happy to have a horse foundation step up to help me give back to the horse industry.” She also thanked her parents, Steven & Heidi Ornelles, and her Aunt Leslie.

Riding with Temple’s +1 Performance Horses Show Team, she earned ApHC world championships in Ranch Reining and Boxing and two reserve world championships in reining on the first horse she was able to buy with her own money. Recently, her FFA Horse Judging team won the Houston Livestock Show Horse Judging Contest. She keeps her knowledge honed by volunteering as a scribe at local horse shows.

Kate Lilley

Hailing from Weatherford, Texas, Kate Lilley has been a member of the South Texas Reining Horse Association since she was about 10 and comes from a reining family; Greg Lilley, her father, is a successful Non Pro. Her mother, Kristen Lilley, is an NRHA and AQHA judge. Lilley competed at the state level in 4-H, in the North Texas High School Rodeo Association, and qualified for the National High School Rodeo Association Finals in reined cow horse.

The 17-year-old senior completed dual classes at Weatherford High School, so she  graduated with a year of college credits already under her belt. She participated on the Student Council, the Sports Medicine Staff, and Health Occupation Students of America. She was active on the archery and high school rodeo teams. She also volunteers for Meals on Wheels, and Rafter J Exceptional Rodeos for Children with Disabilities.

Lilley’s $750 award is designated as the RHF John McQuay Memorial Scholarship. Her plan to major in Biomedical Science was inspired by her veterinarian. “I wanted to be a vet at first, but she told me, ‘Hey, if you are going to be in school the same amount of time, why don’t you become a doctor?’”

Maddisen Schulz

Growing up, Maddisen Schulz would often go on emergencies with her mother, Tracy Schulz, a veterinarian, “She would always have me count pills and get prescriptions ready. It was fun for me so that is what sparked my interest,” Schulz recalled. She will use her $750 RHF Scholarship to pursue a major in Pharm. D.

The 18-year-old from Shelby, Nebraska, is an Honor Roll student at Columbus High School and takes concurrent college courses. She has been captain of her swim team for two years. She is an active member of the Central Plains Reining Horse Association and the North Central Affiliate. She has also been showing horses in 4-H for the last 11 years.

Shultz is thankful to have such supportive people in her life who have helped her with her education. “I’d really like to thank my teacher Mrs. Shannon McDonald. Shannon has really helped me get through school. I also thank my trainer Josie Bonner, because she is always there helping no matter what.”

With full appreciation, Schultz added, “It means a ton to me. It helps me better my future, and it is honestly a blessing because I did not think I would get it. When I got the letter, I was rejoicing. I called up my trainer, first thing, and said ‘We got it!’” 

The other applicants to receive $500 RHF Scholarships are:

Kelsey Cremia

Eighteen-year-old Kelsey Cremia lives in Auburn, Pa., with her parents Bernard and Terri Cremia. She graduated from Blue Mountain High where she participated in the International Club. Kelsey is a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association. She also volunteers every summer at the local SPCA walking dogs. She plans to major in Business at college.

Emma Dillon

Emma Dillon, from Ventura, Calif. is the 17-year-old daughter of Thomas and Dawn Dillon. She was an honor student at Foothill Technology High School where she played soccer and was a member of the Bioscience Academy. She plans to major in Animal Science to become an equine veterinarian.

Brogan Hill

Brogan Hill lives in Saint Anthony, Idaho, with her parents Randy and Melinda Rumsey. The 18-year-old graduated from Sugar City High where she was the president of the Karaoke Club and a member of the Spirit and Rodeo Clubs. She is also active in the Idaho Reining Horse Association, AQHYA and the AjPHA. She plans to major in Communication and Business to pursue a career as a motivational speaker.

Allyson Nicklous

Eighteen-year-old Allyson Nicklous lives in St. Paul, Ore, with her parents David and Laurie Nicklous. Allyson attended St. Paul and Blanchet Catholic where she was active in basketball, volleyball, band, speech, debate, Reading Club, and the National Honor Society. She is a member of Oregon Reining Horse Association and plans to major in Pre-Med and Biology to become an orthopedic surgeon.

NRHyA is a program funded through the Reining Horse Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is the charitable arm of NRHA. Along with youth leadership development woven throughout NRHyA programs, the Foundation supports scholarships for NRHyA members. Donors are invited to support these programs in a myriad of ways including individual donations, memorials/honorariums, and participation in NRHyA fundraisers. One of the benefits of maintaining NRHyA membership is eligibility for those scholarships.

2020 NRHA European Derby Entry Deadline

Wiener Neustadt, June 2—The 2020 edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby will be held at Western Training Center H&D Schulz Quarter Horses Wiener Neustadt, Austria, on June 28 – July 3, 2021.

Originally scheduled to be held in May during the Western Horse Show Fair in Wels, Austria,—and following cancellation of the same due to COVID restrictions—Austrian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) President Helmut Schulz of Western Training Center graciously offered his facility to host the €106,200-added* Colonels Shining Gun Open Derby and €45,510-added* Smart Spook Non Pro Derby (*subject to change in nominations).

The event presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Markel, Official Equine Insurance Partner of NRHA, is open to NRHA nominated horses that are 6 to 9 years old and will be held behind closed doors.

The entry deadline is June 10, 2021.

For online entries click here or email Show Secretary Andrea Papaianni: shows@ai-pap.com

For further information:
nrhaeuropeanderby.com

The 2021 NRHA European Derby will be held in Lyon, France in conjunction with Longines Equita Lyon October 27–31, 2021. This event will be open to NRHA nominated horses that are 5 to 8 years old in 2021.

NRHA European Derby Media Contact:
Simona Diale/International Horse Press
Email: internationalhorsepress@gmail.com

The Run For A Million To Host Raise a Million Auctions to Benefit Reining Horse Foundation

For Immediate Release – May 28, 2021 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Run For A Million, set for August 18-21, will feature two auctions to benefit the Reining Horse Foundation. The South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas will welcome both a silent auction featuring items for bidding throughout the competition and a live auction that will precede the Gala Select Sale on August 21.

NRHA President and Foundation Board Member Rick Clark reached out to The Run For A Million team leaders Taylor Sheridan and Amanda Brumley about a fundraiser at the event. He said, “We were already set to have our volunteers run an RHF booth at the event to encourage people to be part of the Reiners Club, and I asked what we could do to raise money while we were there. Amanda suggested a silent and live auction and this grew from that. I ran the idea past the RHF Development Committee and Board and got their blessing, then challenged each of them to get donations for the auction.”

Clark continued, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the Foundation and we can’t thank Taylor and Amanda enough. This is really big and really appreciated.”   

Brumley agrees that the auctions will be massive – both in content and in result. “When Rick asked me what we could do, I thought this would be a perfect venue and a big moneymaker for the Foundation – considering the huge crowd.  The energy of the event will help the items sell.”

With Las Vegas opening completely on June 1, The Run For A Million event is expected to be a sellout, and the response to the auction should result in considerable benefit for the Foundation. She added, “We encourage people to get creative with what they can donate – with items in all price ranges. I urge everyone to take part and help the Reining Horse Foundation so it can help others. We are all paying it forward.”  

Reining Horse Foundation Executive Director Leslie Baker said, “The Run For A Million was developed to celebrate and grow the sport. Now, this new collaboration has resulted in the creation of The Raise A Million Auctions with the sole purpose of giving back to the reining community through NRHA’s charitable, nonprofit organization. This is especially meaningful given that we are celebrating the Reining Horse Foundation’s 20th anniversary throughout 2021. We are grateful that those attending The Run For A Million will have a chance to get to know more about our mission and programs.”

Already, the items donated for the auctions are indicative of the impact of the event and promise to create a fun event that raises money for an important cause.

  • 2022 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo VIP “Night at the Rodeo” donated by BMW Quarter Horses
  • 100X Custom J.W. Brooks Hat donated by J.W. Brooks
  • Custom Belt made and donated by Eclectic Beadwork
  • Headstall donated by Mullinax Custom Leather
  • Custom Headstall donated by Bob’s Custom Saddles
  • Show Pad by Golden West donated by Nancy Tague
  • Show Pad donated by Show Diva
  • Show Pad donated by Show Stoppin
  • Moody Chic Scrap Sketch Ink/Watercolor by artist Josey Butler, donated by Terri Mainey
  • Commissioned Drawing created by and donated by Kaci O’Rourke
  • A Breeding and Chute Fee for No Smoking Required, the co-champion of The Run For A Million 2019 donated by owners Schmersal/ThorSport Inc.

Other items are being received daily and there is still plenty of time to take part in the auctions! Donations of trips, unique experiences, services, training packages, artwork, jewelry, goods and more are all welcome. Donors should submit by August 1 to Brumley Management Group,

Attn: RHF Auction, 28150 N Alma School Pkwy #103-619, Scottsdale, AZ 85262. For information on the auction or RHF, contact Leslie Baker at lbaker@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400, ext. 106.

The mission of the Reining Horse Foundation is to care for and honor the reining community. Core programs include the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund to benefit reiners enduring hardships such as major illness, accidents and disasters; youth leadership development and scholarships for members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association; and perpetuation of the sport’s history through the NRHA Hall of Fame. For information on the RHF auctions, visit reiningfoundation.com/auctions.

Transfers are Simple with ReinerSuite

The National Reining Horse Association’s phenomenally successful ReinerSuite program has changed the lives of reiners, trees, and landfills worldwide by making it easier to do “paperwork” online. Eighty percent of NRHA members are using ReinerSuite to do things like check eligibility, renew memberships, research records, and access member reports.

Angie Honeywell, NRHA Senior Manager of ReinerSuite and the Futurity Sale, wants to urge more members to take full advantage of the easy-to-use software. “Transferring a horse’s competition license is a top transaction, and it’s the first step to showing your new reining horse. We want more members to know how simple and convenient it is to process a transfer through ReinerSuite,” Honeywell shared.

NRHA member Cappy Dryden is delighted with the ease of use. She said, “ReinerSuite has made transferring horses so easy. I wasn’t sure how to start it, so I went to their Help section, and it walked me right through the easy process. I simply scanned the signed transfer, attached it, and submitted it. Within an hour I had my new papers!”

As Dryden said, the process is pretty self-explanatory. Users simply click on “Horses” on the sideboard on the left side of the screen, then click on the “Finder” tab, and enter any part or all of the horse’s info (depending on how the switch is toggled). When the search results come up at the bottom of the screen, click on either the horse’s name or the “Select” button. After the horse’s information appears, find “Transfer Competition License” on the bottom left of the screen. Specify the new owner(s) by typing in the name(s), then click “Browse” to upload the proof of purchase. All that’s left to do is click submit and pay.

To clarify, Honeywell said, “Ownership can be proven in several different ways: a signed transfer, a bill of sale, a breed association transfer or registration papers with the new owner’s name, a cash receipt, or insurance documentation for the horse that lists the owner. This feature is so easy for our members, that I want to encourage more to give it a try.”

To register for a ReinerSuite account or access the library of how-to videos, visit https://nrha.com/reinersuite. Questions can be submitted via email to memberships@NRHA.com.

2020 Arcese/MS Diamonds TX IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA 3-year-old Open Futurity

It’s Dream of a Lifetime and a Lifetime of Dreams for Quarter Dream as Nico Sicuro and Dance Wimpy Spook Capture the IRHA Open Futurity Championship

Cremona, May 22— The 2020 Arcese / MS Diamonds TX €204.000,00-added IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Open Futurity Finals closed the first major event held in Europe this year. Held in conjunction with the 2020 NRHA European Futurity and the ELEMENTA Italian Reining Championship Finals in Cremona, Italy, over 600 horses made their way to the city of violins vying for the prestigious titles.

Nico Sicuro

An Open Final full of emotion, first of all because of the long pause away from the show arena due to the pandemic, closed with 24-year-old Nico Sicuro claiming his first Futurity title: The

€138.750- added Level (L) 4 Open Championship. Sicuro and Dance Wimpy Spook, a mare by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step out of Dance Little Spook (by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook), owned and bred by Pietro Marseglia’s Quarter Dream, scored a 223 for the win which also earned Quarter Dream the International Reining Horse Breeder Association (IRHBA) 2020 Breeders Award. “This is incredible, it’s every professional’s dream, and it certainly has always been mine,” said Sicuro. “I am very happy and still can’t believe this happened. My mare was great and couldn’t give any more than she did. What makes this win even more special is that I started working for Quarter Dream in 2019, and this mare comes from the first string of horses that I trained from the start. I could not have done this without Pietro Marseglia and the team behind me, and of course my family.”

Tying for the Reserve honors were Giuseppe Prevosti aboard BH Walla Whiz On Top (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz x ARC Jersey Lil BH), owned by Ambrosini Quarter Horses and bred by Hubert Bosin, and Francesco Barbagli on Jerzy Szumanski’s Lil Jo Gunner (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Lil Joe Cash x Designed By Gunner), bred by Green Valley Ranch, scoring 220.

Francesco Barbagli

On home turf, Barbagli laid down a great performance tonight that also earned him and the flashy palomino blue-eyed mare the €37.500- added L3 as well as the €18.750- added L2 Open Championships. “This has been a dream that I’ve had ever since I was a kid,” he said. “There are no words to describe how amazing this mare is. She has never said no: She’s always tried to do everything to the best of her ability putting her whole heart into what she’s doing. I’ve had her for a while now and she loves reining—I simply had to ride her. I didn’t train her…I found myself in her path, and I didn’t have to do anything other than respect her.”

Stefano Angelucci and Capitain Sparked (Frozen Sailor x Sparked In the Shade), a mare owned by Giulia Rossi and bred by Tiziana Rancitelli, closed with the Reserve Championship in the L3 Open with a score of 218. Pierluigi Chioldo & RTR Whizard Of Oak (My Showbiz Whiz x Hickory Penny Oak) bred and owned by Massimiliano Rossi scored 217 for their L2 Reserve Champion finish.

Fabio Russo

The €9.000- added L1 Open Futurity Champions were determined after the conclusion of the first section of the Open Finals. Draw #13, Fabio Russo and Valerie Zozin’s Great Gunna Whiz, a gelding by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya out of Great Dudes Whiz, posted a 215.5 which held and was enough to capture the L1 Open Futurity Championship. “The horse was really great today,” said Russo, Italian professional Pierluigi Chioldo’s assistant trainer. “He has been with us for almost a year and here his performance improved consistently from the first qualifying go round up to the finals. He is always willing to work at home and only needs to be ridden 15 minutes a day. He is a really special horse and I would like to thank the owners and Pierluigi [Chioldo] who has always been close to me helping me throughout this amazing journey.”

The titles and the reserve spots in the top three levels all went to Italian professionals. In the L1, Czech Jonáš Bujnoch rode Lucky Valley Ranch’s PL Not Trashy, a mare by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya out of Nu Chex Donna, to a 214.5 and Reserve honors. “I really like this mare and I’m happy with our run today. We plan to show her at other futurities in Europe this season, such as the Austrian Futurity, and then come back to Cremona for the European Futurity in the fall.” The long haul was well worth it!

Following strict COVID-19 and EHV-1 protocols, the first major show of the season was held behind closed doors. It could not have been done without the joint effort of IRHA, NRHA, CremonaFiere, the local authorities, the staff, and Giancarlo Doardo’s organizing committee, TfY.

A special thank you to Andrea Bonaga, the man behind Bonaga Communication. It is thanks to Bonaga and his team that reining fans worldwide could be part of the event thanks to the great images and videography!

For complete results:  https://www.showmanager.info/Eventliste.aspx?turnierID=1024

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity Media Contact:

Simona Diale/International Horse Press

internationalhorsepress@gmail.com