Stare Zukovice, July 9 – For the first time the NRHA European Affiliate Championship was held in Eastern Europe. The event was a truly successful one with 130 qualified riders vying for the ten EA Championship titles and counted close to 400 entries. Host of the event was the beautiful Roleski Ranch owned by the Roleski family. Next year the Championship will return to Poland.
Saturday EA Champions:
Bgz Bnp Paribas $10,000-added NRHA European Affiliate Open Championship
A truly exciting NRHA EA Open Championship finals closed the prestigious event. First to draw in a field of 12 qualified riders were Bernard Fonck of Belgium and What A Wave. The pair set the bar scoring a 223.5 and remained unbeat. Aboard the 8-year-old stallion by Tidal Wave Jac and out of What A Sunrise, owned by Vannietvelt/De Pauw, the NRHA Million Dollar Rider last year claimed the NRHA Open World Championship. “What can I say, he is a great athlete with a big heart and I have to give credit to Craig Schmersal, who we bought him from, for the wonderful job he did with him,” said Fonck.
Sliding to the second step of the podium was yet another NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Rudi Kronsteiner of Germany. Aboard the 8-year-old stallion owned by Glis Ranch, Dr Lee Hook (Ray Gay Quixote x Chickadualsha), Kronsteiner posted a 221.5.
The 2015 NRHA Open World Reserve Champions, Cira Baeck and Whizasunnysailor BB owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen placed third. The 8-year-old stallion is an own son of NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz and out of Walla Walla Sunshine. The duo closed their run with a 220.5.
23 Quarter Horses $5,000-added NRHA EAC Non Pro
In front of a full house, Italian Manuel Bonzano and his 7-year-old gelding, High Point Reiner (Sailin Ruf x Scarlet High Listo), scored a 219 to claim the Championship. The pair are the 2015 NRHA Non Pro World Champions. “This horse is simply amazing,” said Bonzano. “He may not have great maneuvers but he has the biggest heart and is the most consistent horse I’ve ever ridden. I now look forward to my son, Matteo, representing Italy at the upcoming SVAG FEI Junior and Young Rider European Championships in Givrins, Switzerland.”
Gina-Maria Schumacher of Switzerland and Gotta Nifty Gun S 6 – (Dun It Gotta Gun x Custom Nifty Nic), a 6-year-old stallion owned by Chanay Sky Management SA, scored a 216 for the reserve championship.
A point behind, Steve Vannietvelt of Belgium riding his 8-year-old gelding (Ricochet Rooster x Minnie Nic), placed third.
The Smiraprint $500-added NRHA EAC Limited Open Championship
Johan Fridberger of Sweden rode Anna Pettersson’s 14-year-old stallion, Mega Jac Dance (Marthas Mega Jac x BH Song And Dance), to the highest step of the podium with a 212.5.
Charita Harman of Belgium and her 8-year-old gelding, Im Smart And Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Smart San Pep) scored a 212 for reserve honors. A half point behind, Karol Bryla of Poland and her 7-year-old Quarter Horse stallion, A Diamond Enterprise (I Cee Diamonds x BH Frosty Lena), closed in third place.
The Donn Leson $500-added NRHA EA Limited Non Pro Championship
Limited Non Pro
Taking home the championship was Marie Baralon from France riding Chicken Sandwich. The 15-year-old has owned her 8-year-old mare by Ricochet Rooster by Ms Sanditch for two years and today scored a 213.5 for the win.
The reserve championship was for Polish Karol Bryla who closed her run win a 212 riding A Diamond Enterprise (I Cee Diamonds x BH Frosty Lena), a 7-year-old stallion she owns.
A point behind, Ella Wellinger of Austria and her 10-year-old gelding, Red Pine Command (Tuck R Commnd X Pretty As A Pine), claimed third place honors.
The Pro Invest $ 4,000-added NRHA EAC Intermediate Open
Counted 13 qualified riders from 7 countries. Firmly clinching the title were the 2015 NRHA Intermediate Open World Champions, Markus Schöpfer and Jokin Whiz. Aboard the 8-year-old stallion by Who Whiz It and out of Jokin Peppy, the Italian NRHA Professional scored a 217.5. “My goal this year was to take home this title and once again my horse gave me his heart and we achieved that goal!” said Schöpfer.
In the run for the NRHA Intermediate Open World title, one of the contenders was Anne Grether of the Netherlands riding Wimpys Little Tejano (WimpysLittle Step x Tejana Chic), a 10-year-old stallion owned by Nancy Schmidt. Once again, this time in Poland, she ran against Markus. The two friends battled in the pen with Grether settling for co-reserve honors along with Austrian Valentina Sagmeister riding Robert Hahn’s 7-year-old stallion, Sz Gunners Newcomer (Gunner x Cowboys New Comer).
Roleski Ranch & Firma Roleski $100-added NRHA EAC Youth 14 – 18
Gina-Maria Schumacher of Switzerland and Chanay Sky Management SA’s CS Eye Catchin Gun (Gunners Enterprise x Jessie Wright On), a 5-year-old gelding, posted the high score to claim the Championship 219.
A point behind the winners, with an impressive ride, were Nimroid Vannietvelt of Belgium riding Nic Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Minnie Nic), owned by Steve Vannietvelt and De Pauw. Indy Henrard, also of Belgium, riding Steadys WR Diamonds (Steadys Dude x Arc Oak Diamonds), placed third.
Youth 13 & Under
Winning the Roleski Ranch & Firma Roleski $100-added NRHA EAC Youth 13 & Under was Keanu De Pauw (BEL) riding Toosexy For Ricochet, an 8-year-old mare owned by Vannietvelt/De Pauw by Ricochet Rooster and out of Miss Sexy Salano). The duo closed with a 210.5.
Second place honors went to Wiktoria Stanco (POL) riding Frostys Chic It owned by Maciej Stanco. Aboard the 10-year-old gelding by Frostys Chic Olena and out of Dun Its Topnotch, she closed with a 208. In third place – a half a point behind – was Kitty Horvath riding Champagne Showers (Ricochet Rooster x Dunnit Like A Queen).
A full-slate of NRHA approved classes were also offered. For complete results visit roleskiranch.com
2016 NRHA European Affiliate Championship Supporters
We would like to thank NRHA corporate partners and event sponsors for their support: Classic Equine – NRHA Official Equine Leg Protection, Markel Insurance – NRHA Official Insurance Partner, Roleski Ranch, Colonels Shining Gun, Firma Roleski, BGZ BNP Paribas, Smiraprint, Equine Performance, Pro-Invest, 23 Quarter Horses and Fonck’s Performance Horses, Cowboy’s Magazine, Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, Fano Sp. Zo. o., Radio VOX FM, Showmanager.info, Werner Kenkel, Skoda Auto Baczek and La Bombastic.
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