Morris Kulmer Captures World Championship Title in Reining at the 2017 AQHA Select World Championship Show

Unknown-3The American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo – Morris Kulmer of Bountiful, Utah, captured the world championship title and reserve world championship title in reining at the 2017 AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), on August 28 in Amarillo.

Kulmer won the world championship title with his American Quarter Horse Chics Dream. The palomino gelding, sired by Magnum Chic Dream and out of First Ex Flame, was bred by Nancy Wilkerson-Ditty of Ocala, Florida.

In the reining class, 52 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $7,280. World champions received a prize package that included a custom-designed gold trophy; Montana Silversmiths sterling-silver belt buckle with 14-karat-gold overlay; specially designed logoed jacket, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear; neck wreath; a ribbon; and 100 pounds of Nutrena feed.

Kulmer and Chics Dream, also took home the Super-Select first-place in reining. AQHA recognizes the top three Super-Select competitors in every class at the Adequan® Select World. Super-Select is recognition for exhibitors age 70 and over. Exhibitors winning the Super-Select division receive a plaque, and the achievement will appear on the official records of the horse and exhibitor.

Kulmer won the reserve world championship title with his American Quarter horse Dreamy Little Sailor. The sorrel gelding, sired by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Ejoy A Lena, was bred by Gay and Phillip Verrett of Conroe, Texas.

Reserve world champions received a prize package that included a custom-designed silver trophy; Montana Silversmiths buckle, courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Journal; a specially designed logoed jacket, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear; and a ribbon.

The Adequan® Select World is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors ages 50 and over from around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. More than 1,090 entries from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Belgium are competing for 44 world championships at this year’s event, August 25 – September 2 at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo.

For more news from the Adequan® Select World, visit www.aqha.com/selectworld.

Adequan® is proud to be the title sponsor for the Adequan® Select World. Other corporate sponsors include Adequan, Bank of America, John Deere, Markel Insurance, Boehringer Ingelheim, Montana Silversmiths, Nutrena and SmartPak. The event sponsors are Cripple Creek, The American Quarter Horse Journal, Coors, Cavender’s Boot City, Kiser Arena Specialists and the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council.

Photo courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Journal.
Sarah Davisson
AQHA Manager of Publicity and Special Events
sdavisson@aqha.org or 806-378-4368

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2017 AustrianRHA Futurity – Regular Updates

Rudi Kronsteiner and Spook N Ruffles take lead in Open Futurity Go round 3-year-old Horses

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

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

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

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)

Futurity Champion Non Pro Go L1, 4-year-old Horses: Lisa Weiss & Spinning Beauty Whiz / Non Pro Futurity Champion L1, 3-year-old Horses: Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook 

Massimiliano Ruggeri becomes Austrian Futurity L4 Open Champion der 4-jährig4-year-old Horses, Davide Brighenti wins Open L3  / Huge Success for Lukas Brucek: Open Futurity Champion L4, 3-year-olds Horses / Valentina Sagmeister becomes L3 Open Futurity Champion

Non Pro Futurity Champions 3-year-old horses: Ewald Rifeser & Xtra Dun Wimpy in L4, Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook in L3 / Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook earn second Futurity Champion title / Sarah Ehrenreich claims Non Pro Futurity Championship L4 and L3, 4-year-old Horses

AustrianRHA Futurity: Non Pro Futurity Champions 3-year-old horses: Ewald Rifeser & Xtra Dun Wimpy in L4, Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook in L3 / Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook earn second Futurity Champion title / Sarah Ehrenreich claims Non Pro Futurity Championship L4 and L3, 4-year-old Horses

The Austrian Futurity Championship Non Pro in Level 4 was claimed by Italian Ewald Rifeser aboard Petra Burger’s Xtra Dun Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x SLJ Dun Juice) who scored a 212. The palomino mare was bred by Smart Like Juice Inc. and started by Mathieu Buton Reining Horses. Ewald Rifeser rode this horse to the Reserve Champion title at the  Summer Slide in Italy in 3-year-old Snaffle Bit Reining and had been third with her ion the go round.

Jennifer Nixdorf and her mare Spooks Babe N Chic (Spooks Gotta Gun x Babe And Chic) became Reserve Champion scoring a 211.5. The two had been leading after the go round in L4 and L3. 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. This show is Jennifer‘ s event anyway as her great stallion AB Peppy Diamond was Open Champion last night scoring a 230!

Denise Laengle and Whiz The Way (Walla Walla Whiz x Tuffy Solana) placed third. The horse was bred by Doris Hoefacher. The two had been leading after the go round in L1. 

What a great success: 19-year-old Elena Kölbl from Austria and her Gunners Lee Hook (Dr. Lee Hook x Joaquinspineoak) had become Austrian Futurity Champion Non Pro L1, 3-year-old horses the day before, and now they won the Futurity L3 Non Pro as well scoring a 214.5. Obviously Gunners Lee Hook is like his great sire: you can simply rely on him. Elenas has been highly successful in Youth classes through the years and earned team bronze for Austria at the FEI European Championship Young Riders 2014.

Jennifer Nixdorf and her mare Spooks Babe N Chic became Reserve Champion with Renata Rudolecka and her Paint Horse mare HH Be A Legend (Gunnersaurus Rex x Bit of a Diva) following on third place (207.5). The horse was bred by Miroslav Dolezal.

With a great 222.5, Sarah Ehrenreich and her Diabolika Gunmachine (Colonel Smoking Gun x Chic Luv Chocolate) claimed the Futurity Championship Non Pro L4 and L3 of the 4-year-old horses. The two had been second in the L4 go round and leading the L3 together with Franziska Wallner aboard Heidi Wallner’s Mai Tai Enterprise. Diabolika Gun Machine  and Sarah were Ltd. Non Pro Reserve Champion at the European Futurity and Res. Champion Breeders Futurity

The Reserve Championship  L4 was claimed by the best of the go round Chiara Bartoletti aboard her Holly Jolly Jaba (Jaba Oak x Smart Dolly Hickory), who scored a 221.5. With this mare, the young University student was 2016 IRHA Futurity Non Pro Level 4, 3 and 2. Chiara, who trains with Adriano Meacci, was 2007 Futurity Champion, 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 Medal 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.

Two riders tied for third place honours in L4: Austrian Andreas Lukner aboard Onceuponastar (Spark N Whiz x Starmax RM) and Jürgen Pritz aboard Rose of Mercedes (Cromed Out Mercedes x Smooth Star Freckles)– both scoring a 218.

Reserve Futurity Champion L3 was Wolfgang Hammer aboard Mr Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Docs Oak Rosy), who scored a 220.Simone Eitzinger aboard Hannes Kirchberger’s Rowdys Smart Diamond (Hollywood Yankee Kid x GH Redskin Lady) placed third scoring a 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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AustrianRHA Futurity: Massimiliano Ruggeri becomes Austrian Futurity L4 Open Champion der 4-jährig4-year-old Horses, Davide Brighenti wins Open L3 / Huge Success for Lukas Brucek: Open Futurity Champion L4, 3-year-olds Horses / Valentina Sagmeister becomes L3 Open Futurity Champion

What an Austrian Futurity Open final of the 4-year-old horses: Dominik Reminder who had been leading after the L4 go round scored a 228 aboard Clemens Hefel’s Selectively Whiz (Amendago Whiz x Selectively Done). This looked like the Futurity Championship for a long time, but in the end the Austrian Futurity Champion L4 of the 4-year-old horses was Massimiliano Ruggeri aboard Maurizio Ferrarol’s Wimpy Margarita (Wimpys Little Step x Custom Margarita) who scored a 228. Massimiliano Ruggeri was an NRHA European Futurity Finalist with this stallion.

Dominik Reminder and Selectively Whiz became Resyesrve Champion. The horse was bred by Jan Dirk Bodenstab and placed nith at the NRHA Breeders Futurity 2016. Dominik Reminder, who trains in Italy, earned individual and team silver for Germany at the 2017 European Championships. Reminder is a multiple Bronze Trophy Open Champion and earned team silver at the 2016 World Championship. He was  NRHA Open World Reserve Champion 2013 and won the AMERICANA Bronze Trophy Open.

Two riders tied for the Reserve Futurity Championship: Markus Gebert aboard  Whiz A Lot (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Lotti vom Letter Berg) and Davide Brighenti aboard Francesco Bonadeo’s Spooks Gotta Crome (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chics Love Crome). Both scored a 226.5.

This was also the  Futurity Championship L3 for Brighenti and Spooks Gotta Crome . Reserve Futurity Champion L3 was Klaus Lechner aboard Astrid Eisendle‘s Trashy (Gunnatrashy x ARC Martha Surprise).

Spooks Gotta Crome was bred by Carlo Orsi.  Brighenti, who eaned team gold at the FEI European Championship 2008, was AustrianRHA Futurity Finalist 2016.

Emanuel Ernst and Rooster in Command (Reds Rooster Demaso x Freckled Piroska) placed third scoring a 222.5. The horse is owned by H.P. Reiss. Multiple DQHA Futurity and NRHA Breeders Futurity Champion Emanuel Ernst already placed third at the  Austrian Futurity Open L3 3-year-old horses.

What an unbelievable 3-year-old Futurity Open final  L4 and 3! The go rounds had already predicted a great final, and it got even better!! For a long time it looked like no one could beat  NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner and Brigitte Steiner’s Spook N Ruffles (Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up). The multiple Austrian Futurity Champion and multiple NRHA World Champion had scored a great 223 with the mare bred by Greg Hill after leading the L4 go round with a  222.5. But then the second of the go round, Lukas Brucek aboard Magico Gallo (Rize Rooster x Snappy My Magic) did even better then. The two scored a  224 becoming  Austrian Futurity Champion Open L4.

Thne 3-year-old stallion Magico Gallo is owned by his breeder Andrea Parolari. It was another big success for the 33-year-oild professionael Lukas Brucek, who started his career as a Co-Trainer of Rudi Kronsteiner and Morey Fisk. Today, he operates his own training facility Lukas Brucek Performance horses at the Prosper Horse Ranch in the Czech Republic and has got NRHA LTE of over $ 108,000. He is a multiple Futurity and Derby Finalist as well as multiple Bronze Trophy Champion.   Also he was 2010 European Futurity Reserve Champion Level 1 and 2 and 2011 Reserve Champion Open Level 3, Belgium Futurity Champion and French Derby Champion Open..

Rudi Kronsteiner and Spook N Ruffles became Reserve Champion.FEI World Champion  Gennaro Lendi placed third aboard Luigi Parise‘s Maytheforcebewhizyou (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Jacs Golden Faith) scoring a 222.5. The horse was bred by Claudia Hahn.

What a great an well earned success for the long and solid work of Austrian professional Valentina Sagmeister: Aboard Sylvia Schützenhofer’s The Spacegun (Gunner x Sterling Peppy San) she scored a 220 in the L3 final winning the Non Pro Futurity, The stallion bred by Ramona Levai had been third after the go round.

Wther 2nd and 3rd place in Int. Open at this Futurity, European Affiliate Reserve Champion Int. Open 2017 or Limited Open beim NRHA Breeders Derby in Kreuth – Valentina Sagmeister is one of the most consistent and successful professionals  of Austria and well known for her Non Pros as well.

Giovanni Masi de Vargas placed second aboard Katharina Dejori‘s Unique Remediz (Lotta Doc x Mollie Kettie) scoring a 219. The stallion was bred by  Garry Biggs. Giovanni Masi, who started his riding career as a multiple FEQHA Eureopan Champion in various disciplines, is one of Italy’s shooting stars in Reining. He was 2015 FEI European Champion and 2014  Austrian Futurity Champion Ltd. Open.

One of Germany’s most successful professionals placed third with only half a point apart: Emanuel Ernst aboard Smaq Lil Gun (Gunner x Spooks Pearl) owned by Derk Wuyster. The mare was bred by SARL La Maqueline. Emanuel Ernst is well known for training young horses for the Futurity which he proved by being a multiple DQHA Futurity Champion and NRHA Breeders Futurity Champion. But he also knows how to show aged horses successfully like the 11-year-old stallion Sailin Playboy with whom he was Equitana Cup Champion and Int. German Champion.

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.at, www.nrha.at, www.futurity.at

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AustrianRHA Futurity: Futurity Champion Non Pro Go L1, 4-year-old Horses: Lisa Weiss & Spinning Beauty Whiz / Non Pro Futurity Champion L1, 3-year-old Horses: Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook

In the Non Pro Futurity L1 final of the 4-year-old horses, the three best horses lay only ½ point apart. The Futurity Champion L1 was Lisa Weiss aboard Spinning Beauty Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Spinng Beauty), who scored a 217.5. The mare was bred by Bob Loomis. Lisa won the Limited Non Pro and the Jackpot Non Pro with her at the  Breeders Derby 2017.

The Futurity Reserve Championship was claimed by  Italian Piero Priori aboard his Frozen Jessie (Frozen Sailor x Jessie Oak Tari). The two had had the second best score of the go round and earned a 217 in the final. The mare was bred by Angelucci QH. Piero Priori was 2016 NRHA European Champion Non Pro L2.

Tommaso Fedeli and Lil Plain Mercedes (Cromed Out Mercedes x Lil Plain Pep) placed third scoring a 216.5. The stallion was bred by Karl and Debbie Hacic.

Elena Kolbl
Elena Kolbl

The Austrian Futurity Champion Non Pro L1, 3-year-old horses, comes from Austria: 19-year-old Elena Kolbl aboard her Gunners Lee Hook (Dr. Lee Hook x Joaquinspineoak). The two scored a 215.5. Piero Prioro who hat been second best in the go round, and his Hollywood Dun Angel (Hollywoodstinseltown x Shining Little Angel) placed second scoring a 215.  Denise Laengle and her  AQHA mare Whiz The Way (Walla Walla Whiz x Tuffy Solana) placed third scoring a 208.5. The two had been leading the L1 Non Pro go round.

So Gunners Lee Hook proved to become another successful son of the great Dr Lee Hook. Elena Kolbl won with him the  NRHA Non Pro Snaffle Bit/Hackamore 4-year-old & Under 2017 at  Roleski Ranch. Elena has been a successful Youth competitor for years, earning team bronze for Austria in the Young Riders division of the 2014 FEI European Championships.

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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