2019 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA FUTURITY BLOG

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The 35th edition of the IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity offered a total purse of 527,000euro and this year was made even more prestigious with the Elementa 50.000euro-added 4-year-old Futurity. Over 700 horses made their way to Cremona, the Italian city host of the very first IRHA Futurity, and once again a large number of Europe’s best horses and riders showcased reining in front of a full house of enthusiastic fans.

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@Mirko Midili & Not Black At All MS Diamonds TX IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Co-Champions

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“I left my 4-year-old horses at home because I wanted to concentrate on my younger horses,” said Mirko Midilli. “I tried to run a correct pattern knowing that even though the level of competition was high, I could trust Not Black At All — he has a huge heart and a ton of talent.” The Italian trainer rode the black stallion by Not Ruff At All out of Lenas Poco Dunit owned by Luga QH to a 223.5 and the co-championship. The idea of running off for the title never crossed his mind, said Midilli. “It wasn’t only about respect for my horse, it was also about wanting to share the title with one of my best friends, Łukasz [Czechowicz].”

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@Łukasz Czechowicz & Copyride MS Diamonds TX IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Co-Champions Polish Lukasz Czechowicz rode Copyride (Colonels Shining Gun x Finest Copyshot) owned by Katarzyna Roleska to a great performance, and the decision to share the title. “Both our horses were unbelievable keeping up with the pressure of the Futurity which is run in two go-rounds and seeded final,” he said. “My thanks go to Katarzyna for trusting me with her great horses.”

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#MS Diamonds TX Level 4 Open Champion’s Ring For the second year running, Oded Fein's MS Diamonds TX offered the beautiful and prestigious custom-made ring to the Level 4 Open Futurity Champion. Taking home the ring last

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@Massimiliano Ruggeri & Tinselmartin IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 3 Open Futurity Co-Champions After tying to lead the first go-round, Massimiliano Ruggeri went to on claim the Co-Championship in the level 3 open division riding Tinselmartin, a mare by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown out of Tarismartin bred by Marino Pilotto, a long-time friend and customer of the Italian Professional. “This mare’s athletic ability is incredible,” he said. “We started her a little later than the others because we wanted to give her the time to strengthen physically. She’s always been easy to work with and I love her.”

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@Mirko Piazzi & Spook Of Genius IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 3 Open Futurity Co-Champions Mirko Piazzi rode Spooks Of Genius, a bay stallion by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz out of A Sparks Of Genius, owned by Vittorio Rabboni to share top honors. “This horse is extraordinary,” said Mirko “I broke and trained him and before coming here I showed him in a couple of regional shows where he did really well. In the second go, a break in gait kept us out of the Level 4 finals so I really did my best to let him show off his talent and this result is great.”.”

year was NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck. Mirko Midili and Lukas Czechowicz chose to share the ring. From left to right: Oded Fein, Ann and Bernard Fonck.

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@Giacomo Ronchi & Magnetic Master

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IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 2 Open Futurity Champions Giacomo Ronchi, a psychologist with a great passion for horses, took the title riding Magnetic Master (Master Snapper x San July Jo Magic) owned by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi. The young stallion was bred, broke and trained by Ronchi who turned in his non pro card in 2017.

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@Mattia Nadalini & Great Dolomythic IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 1 Open Futurity Champions After qualifying two horses for the finals, Mattia Nadalini claimed top honors in the Level 1 riding his own Great Dolomythic (RS Great Jac Feona x Dolomythic). The 28-year-old rider who trains out of Mandaletti Quarter Horses, Italy, describes his stallion as being a horse “with a strong personality but when you find the right balance, he really gives you his heart.�

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#Gunnatrashya is the Sire with the

highest number of offspring in the Open Finals

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is the number of the 2019 IRHA Futurity Open Finalists sired by the NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses.

• Wimpytrashya, (out of Ruff And Tuff Wimpy) shown by Yoav Sugar, owned by Tsvi Liberman • Gunna B A Rockstar, (out of Just Like A Jerry) shown by Kaya Ahissar, owned by Eyal Carmon • Danger Trash, (out of Holiday With Peppy) shown by Saul Luca Bruzzi, owned by Soc. Agr. CD Horses • Im Gunnamoonya, (out of Moonlite Chex) shown by Machado Edvaldo Gonzalves, owned by Maria Cecilia Fiorucci • Frozen Trashya, (out of Heidi Sailor) shown by Pierluigi Chioldo, owned by Antonia De Laurentiis • Chicntrashya, (out of MV Miss Chocolatekid) shown by Giovanni Masi De Vargas, owned by Beate Plueckhan • ND Pop Gun Trash, (out of Pop Tart) shown by Bernard Fonck, owned by Nathalie Derua

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IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA 3-Year-Old Non Pro Futurity @Edoardo Bernardelli & Shine Pop IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 4 and 3 Non Pro Futurity Champions Run in a qualifying go round and seeded finals, Italian Edoardo Bernardelli and his mount, Shine Pop, wore the Level (L)4 and L3 Non Pro Futurity crowns. By Shine Chic Shine and out of MM Lollipop, the sorrel stallion was purchased when he was one month old by Bernardelli and was broke and trained by the Italian rider. “There was something about him when I first saw him that made me want to take him home,” he said. “I love the way he’s bred and

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thought he was a great mover from the first time I set my eyes on him. Before coming here, I showed him twice at a Lombardy regional show and things did not go too well, I guess because we still needed to get to know each other. In coming here, I knew I could place my trust in him because he has such a big heart, and he proved me right. I would like to thank Guglielmo Fontana for helping me tonight during the finals and my parents for supporting me all the way.”


@Gabriele Carrarini & CG Smart N Gold IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 2 Non Pro Futurity Champions Gabriele Carrarini and his home-bred CG Smart N Gold (Arc Surprising Smart x Arc Girl Chic N Gold) took home the L2 Non Pro Championship as well as the Reserve Championship in the L4 and L3 divisions. “This is a very special night for me,” he said. “Not only was he born at our place, we actually own both the sire and the dam. Chris Lucchina broke him and then he was in training with Cristina Fiscella for a few months. I took over the reins after that short period and have mainly trained him myself, even though I try to go and ride with Max Ruggeri who has been my mentor for the past ten years. It’s been a pretty special show season as I won the Austrian Futurity as well as the Lombardy regional futurity.”

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@Sharon De Groot & Tinsel Whizington IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 1 Non Pro Futurity Champions Sharon De Groot of the Netherlands and her own Tinsel Whizington (Tinsel Jac x Conquistador Sis) added another title to the string of accolades they’ve had in the show pen this year by winning the L1 Non Pro division. The duo earned the Austrian Non Pro Futurity Reserve Championship, the NRHA Belgium L2 and L1 Non Pro Futurity Championship and the NRHA France L4 Non Pro Futurity. “He’s really sweet and he does everything for me,” said the Dutch Rider. “He’s a funny horse, he loves to play around, but when you ride him he’s always ready to go. I’m really proud of him and I have to thank my trainer Quentin Galliere and his wife Kimmy Obenhaus for the work they did with him, and Dominik Reminder for helping me here since Quentin and Kimmy just had a baby and of course stayed home.”

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@FuturityResults IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA L4 Open Futurity Top 10

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA L3 Open Futurity Top 10

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA L2 Open Futurity Top 10

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA L1 Open Futurity Top 10

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA L4 Non Pro Futurity Top 10

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA L3 Non Pro Futurity Top 10

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA L2 Non Pro Futurity Top 10

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA L1 Non Pro Futurity Top 10

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@Massimiliano Ruggeri & MR No Guns In Town Elementa IRHA 4-year-old Level 4 and 3 Open Futurity Champions Italian Professional Massimiliano Ruggeri aboard MR No Guns In Town (Gunstar x Dunnit With Cash) owned by Az. Agr. Equiesse laid down a run worth 219, enough to take home both the Level L(4) and L3 Open Championships. “This victory is for all of us: the breeder, the owner and all my team,” said Ruggeri. “I saw this horse when he was a 2-year-old, bred by Max Rudari, and when he was a baby he was already a great mover. One of my

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clients purchased him; after that I moved and met up with this horse five months ago after his new owner contacted me to ask me if I would be willing to take him in training. He hasn’t been shown much, and I am certain he still has a lot of potential as he is very talented and still has a lot to learn. Tonight he showed everyone how good he is and now we’ll decide his future step by step.”


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Elementa IRHA 4-year-old Level 2 Open Futurity Champions Stefano Ferri aboard UB Electric (Electric Code x UB Stylin With Me) owned by Luga LLC., who also took tied with three other horse-rider-combinations for the L4 Open Championship, took the L2 all for himself. “I’ve only been riding this horse for a short while, as a matter of fact he was shown by my colleague and friend Mirko Midili,” said Ferri. “I still have to get to know him, it’s the second time I’ve shown him, and I have to thank Mirko for helping me out here. I look forward to showing him in the derbies as I know he has a lot of potential.”

@Alberto Ferrara & Little Bingo Player Elementa IRHA 4-year-old Level 1 Open Futurity Champions The L1 Open Futurity Championship went to Alberto Ferrara aboard Little Bingo Player (Peptos Lil Bingo x Supertrump Out), owned by Riccardo Morichi, between the reins. “This is a particularly sweet win since I convinced the owner [Morichi] to breed his mare to Peptos Lil Bingo,” said Ferrara. “This gelding is a product of this cross and I am really happy for this sweet and talented horse. His future includes working on cows, like his sire, and then we’ll go from there.”

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$50,000-added ELEMENTA IRHA 4-Year-Old Non Pro Futurity

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@Andreu Nogué Puig & A Whiz N Cash Elementa IRHA 4-year-old Level 4 Non Pro Futurity Champions One of Europe’s rising star rode to the top of the finals standings in the Non Pro division: winning the Level (L)4 was Andreu Nogué Puig and his faithful companion A Whiz N Cash (Custom Cash Advance x A Whiz N Wranglers) take the prize with a final score of 218. “This is really a special win. It’s is our second here at the Italian Futurity since last year we won all levels of the 3-year-old Futurity,” said the 17-year-old. “I would like to dedicate this Championship to my grandmother who passed away one week ago. It’s still a very fresh loss and I thought about her during my

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whole run — I felt she was with me from the beginning of the pattern to the end. She didn’t care that much about horses but A Whiz N Cash was always special to her. She loved him and she always said that he was great for me. Of course, I need to thank my parents for being such great supporters and sponsors as well as my trainers, Mirko Midili and [NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider] Bernard Fonck for helping me out during this year. The L4 Reserve Championship went to Giovanni Lugará riding Big Code (Electric Code x Roosterina).


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Elementa IRHA 4-year-old Level 3 and 2 Non Pro Futurity Champions Non Pro 4-Year-Old Futurity Levels 3 and 2: It was yet another win for Swiss Fabienne Kuratli-Suter and her Alpha Top Gun (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown x Smoking Walla Wanda): After topping the L4-3- and 2 qualifiers, the pair swept both the L3 and L2 Futurity Championships with a 214.5 after taking home the NRHA of Germany L3 and L2 Futurity titles. “I stopped riding for a couple of years after my second son,” said a smiling Fabienne. “I love showing, this is my life, so I going back into the show pen came easy…especially thanks to my great trainer Grischa Ludwig. I really could not have done this without him. He keeps my horses so tuned and in tip-top condition. I am really thrilled with this win and, to tell the truth, I did not know I had also won the L3 until it was time to go in for the awards presentation.”

@Susanna Sodi & Ladydreamofblueeyes Elementa IRHA 4-year-old Level 1 Non Pro Futurity Champions An enthused Susanna Sodi took the L1 Championship aboard her Ladysdreamofblueeyes (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream x Check Your Gun Lady). “He’s a USA-bred horse. I purchased him from [NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider] Craig Schmersal after last year’s NRHA Futurity and this is our first big show together,” she said. “He’s such a good and nice show horse; he loves to work and he has amazing rollbacks. Also in barn life, he’s adorable. His barn name is “Cinghialone [big boar] — she added with a laugh — he always wants to touch and stay with the humans! I’m planning to show him at the Derby here in Cremona the next May and I cannot wait.”

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