2022 NRCHA/ERCHA SR FOUR CROWN SPECTACULAR presented by INTERNATIONAL HORSE PRESS

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The first rider to earn the title of 'Europe's Greatest' was Italian Professional Giovanni Campanaro riding Hot As Wasabi for owner Sarah Destefanis.

The Inaugural 2022 NRCHA/ERCHA SR FOUR CROWN SPECTACULAR presented by International Horse Press

SR Four Crown Spectacular

For the first time in Europe, Reined Cow Horse Competition featured Steer Stopping.

The $1,000-Added SR National Reining Cow Horse Association/European Reined Cow Horse Association Four Crown Spectacular, presented by International Horse Press, made its debut at Samisa Ranch, Sarzana, Italy, on July 22-24.

INTERNATIONAL HORSE PRESS BLOG • By Simona Diale | IHP • Graphics by Chiara Milani | IHP • Photos by 8PhotoAgency presented by AR-NAV • Videos by Daniele Cappetta/Nicola Sanna presented by Rabboni Performance Horses Giovanni Campanaro and Hot As Wasabi win the first NRCHA SR Four Crown Spectacular Open #OpenChampionsChampionship

Rein Work Top Score 70.5

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Samuele Poli & Cats

Got Freckles Rein Work Top Score 70.5 Herd Work Top Score 73

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Samuele Poli Barberis & Cats Got Freckles “I chose to show in this event as it is very tough but very complete. I am fortunate to have such a great horse”

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The inaugural competition—with horses ridden in a bridle— added steer stopping to the European Reined Cow Horse events; a first for those that show in NRCHA approved events on the Old Continent. Three horse-rider combinations who typically show in Europe’s roping events dared to run down the fence. As NRCHA and Professional Blue Allen put it; “It’s great to be here and wonderful to see our sport grow worldwide. I understand the constraints here make it tough, but thanks to the options such as the breakaway rope where the horse, riding, and stopping are judged without turning the steer, has made this event possible here also,” shared Allen. “Having 15 duos entered in this European first is absolutely amazing. In the very first NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman, there were between 15 to 20 horses entered; now there are around 70. I am certain it will grow here too.”

For the very first time in the history of reined cow horses, a group of passionate cow horse enthusiasts had the guts to bring ‘The Greatest’ beyond the big pond. Elisa Ferrari of Samisa Ranch and Chiara Milani of International Horse Press brought together 15 great riders representing five nations, great horses, and great owners who dared, making the very first SR Four Crown Spectacular a success.

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Successful Italian professional Giovanni Campanaro of Italy riding Hot As Wasabi, a 2014 American Quarter Horse mare sired by Little Dulces Rey out of Whirlacat owned by Sarah Destefanis took the NRCHA Open title; Samuele Poli Barberis, also from Italy, rode Cats Got Freckles a 2010 American Quarter Horse stallion sired by WR This Cats Smart out of Playboys Girl owned by Luca Terzi, to Reserve honors; Germany’s Arno Gorgasser rode his own Beat This Kat a 2015 American Quarter Horse mare sired by WR This Cats King out of Beat This Enterprise, claiming third place. As riders now have a new goal to set in preparing their mounts to show, in a bridle, in the 4 event competition, we look forward to seeing entries grow in 2023. Stay tuned!

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Fence Work Top Score 74 Samuele Poli & Cats Got Freckles

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Steer Stopping Top Score 75

INTERNATIONAL HORSE PRESS BLOG SR Four Crown Spectacular 2022 NRCHA SR Four Crown Spectacular Open Final Ranking Arno Gorgasser & Beat This Kat Giovanni Campanaro Hot As Wasabi 70,5 73 69,5 74,5 287,5 Samuele Poli Barberis Cats Got Freckles 70,5 71 74 70 285,5 Arno Gorgasser Beat This Kat 70 71 69 69 279 Matteo Mandonico Wendy 67,5 63 71 75 276,5 Eleonora Riccardi Power Sun Olena 66 68 69 71 274 Federico Fanti CS Thaz Pepper Time 69,5 69 0 70 208,5 William Coulomb Smart Bobby Time 69,5 71 68 0 208,5 Antoine Cloux Wares The Nurse 0 70 67,5 67 204,5 Micol Fontana Custom Caterina 66,5 67 64,5 0 198 Tomas Barta Sugars Smartes Lena 0 65 65,5 0 130,5 Riccardo Fuoco Jetty Top Diamond 0 62 67 0 1291110986654321 NATION RIDER HORSE RW HW FW SS TOTAL

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Gabriele Poli Barberis & Highbrow Fletch

Marie Mura & Woody Choco Pepto Herd Work Top Score 72 Fence Work Top Score 72.5

Gabriele Poli Barberis of Italy and Samisa Ranch's 13-year-old stallion Highbrowfletch (Royal Fletch x Lil Sally Cat) closed the last of the four events required in 'Europe’s Greatest’ - the Steer Stopping - with a 69 score and a 281.5 total composite claiming the inaugural National Reined Cow Horse Association/ERCHA Non Pro SR Four Crown Spectacular Championship. “I’m really happy with the result we achieved here, in this great inaugural event. My horse is really complete, very athletic and strong, and always helps me out in the arena. He’s simply amazing,” said Gabriele.

Taking reserve honors was Marie Mura of France and her 6-yearold gelding Woody Choco Pepto (Stylin Dual x Mamaws Little Pepto). The duo topped the scoreboard in the inaugural non pro steer stopping with a 71 as well as the rein work with a 69.5. “I’m really happy with showing my horse here in particular because we started showing him in a bridle this year, so this show fell at the right time,” said Mura. “I look forward to next year’s event as he did really well for me and always takes care of Thirdme.”place honors went to Austria's Andrea Popp riding her 6-year-old gelding One Smart Sultan (Two Play To x Avril Smart Play). Work Top Score 69.5

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SR Four Crown Spectacular INTERNATIONAL HORSE PRESS BLOG 2022 ERCHA SR Four Crown Spectacular Non Pro Final Ranking Gabriele Poli Barberis Highbrow Fletch 68 72 72,5 69 281,5 Marie Mura Woody Choco Pepto 69,5 71,5 67 71 279 Andrea Popp One Smart Sultan 67,5 62 65 68 262,5321 NATION RIDER HORSE RW HW FW SS TOTAL Andrea Popp & One Smart Sultan

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The very first European Youth to take part in the ‘Greatest’ was 10-year-old Edoardo Poli Barberis of Italy riding Snapperheartbreaker—a 2004 American Quarter Horse gelding sired by Mr Snapple out of Phoebes Heartbreaker—owned by Vincenzo Spinetta. duo left their mark in the Crown winning the ERCHA Youth Championship with a 271 composite score.

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The All Girls Champion received a custom Rowdy Silver trophy buckle sponsored by Ropink Challenge.

The Non Pro third place received a ribbon for rider and horse, an Equiplanet Horse Products set, a Rawhide Jeans coupon, and a Tacchino Hat Co. coupon.

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The Non Pro Champion received a trophy saddle sponsored by Selleria Lossi, a custom Rowdy Silver trophy buckle sponsored by VA Quarter Horses - Ingra, a ribbon for rider and horse, a horse cooler sponsored by Pro Therapy, and a De Niro Boot Co. coupon.

The Open Champion received a check worth $980, a trophy saddle sponsored by Samisa Ranch, a custom Rowdy Silver trophy buckle sponsored by VA Quarter Horses - Ingra, a voucher for a tour on an Ar-Nav sailing boat, a ribbon for rider and horse, a custom horse cooler sponsored by Pro Therapy, a De Niro Boot Co. coupon, a Rawhide Jeans coupon, and a Tacchino Hat Co. coupon.

The Open Reserve Champion received a $816 check, a custom Rowdy Silver trophy buckle sponsored by Carrara Quarry’s, a ribbon for rider and horse, a custom horse cooler sponsored by Pro Therapy, a saddle pad sponsored by Fence2Fence, and a Rawhide Jeans coupon.

The All Around Champion received a custom Rowdy Silver trophy buckle sponsored by Riccardo Fuoco.

The open fourth place received a $490 check along with a ribbon for rider and horse, while fifth place received a $326 check and ribbon for rider and horse.

The Open third place received a $653 check, ribbon for rider and horse, a custom headstall sponsored by Selleria Atec, and a Rawhide Jeans coupon.

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The Youth Champion received a custom Rowdy Silver trophy buckle sponsored by VA Quarter HorsesIngra, a ribbon for rider and horse, a custom horse cooler sponsored by Pro Therapy, a custom breast collar sponsored by Selleria Atec, and a De Niro Boot Co. coupon.

The Non Pro Reserve Champion received a custom Rowdy Silver trophy buckle sponsored by Carrara Quarry’s, a ribbon for rider and horse, a custom horse cooler sponsored by Pro Therapy, and a saddle pad sponsored by Fence2Fence.

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#facts In 2007, Allen rode Whiskey Starlight to the Reserve World Championship. The following year at the NRCHA Futurity in Reno, he made the Limited Open Futurity Finals on Mister Kat, won the Limited Open Bridle on Chex Peppy Pistol and was Reserve Limited Open champion on Whiskey Starlight. In 2009 he was once again a World Champion in San Angelo, on Chex Peppy Pistol in the Limited Open Bridle and Reserve Champion on Double R Wrightway.

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It is an honor for all of us to have Blue Allen, National Reined Cow Horse Association Judge since 2010 and multiple past World and Reserve Champion, judging the inaugural SR Four Crown Spectacular presented by International Horse Press. “It’s great to be here and wonderful to see our sport grow worldwide.

I understand the constraints here make it tough, but thanks to the options such as the breakaway rope where the horse, riding and stopping are judged and you don’t turn the steer, has made this event possible in Europe,” shared Allen. “Having 15, of which four ladies, entered in this European first is absolutely amazing. In the very first World’s Greatest Horseman, there were between 15 to 20 horses entered; now there are around 70. I am certain it will grow here too.”

Based out of Alamosa, Colorado, where he lives with his wife, Jeannie and son, Caden, Allen went from cowboying to team roping to rodeoing before settling down to work with reined cow horses. “I moved to reined cow horse because it truly is a premier horse event. The ‘Greatest’ is the pinnacle of all horse events as you have to show your horse in four disciplines and this shows the horse’s athletic ability and versatility,” he continued. “Due to past injuries, I have not been able to show much lately, but being an NRCHA judge allows me to be part of the sport I love. You get to see a lot of good runs, good horses and different styles. I am looking forward to judging the inaugural European Greatest: The very first horse-rider to win here is making history.”

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