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

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SR Four Crown Spectacular The Inaugural 2022 NRCHA/ERCHA SR FOUR CROWN SPECTACULAR presented by International Horse Press 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. For the first time in Europe, Reined Cow Horse Competition featured Steer Stopping. The first rider to earn the title of 'Europe's Greatest' was Italian Professional Giovanni Campanaro riding Hot As Wasabi for owner Sarah Destefanis.


• 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

#OpenChampions Giovanni Campanaro and Hot As Wasabi win the first NRCHA SR Four Crown Spectacular Open Championship

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SR Four Crown Spectacular

Open Top Scores

Rein Work Top Score 70.5 Samuele Poli & Cats Got Freckles

Rein Work Top Score 70.5 Herd Work Top Score 73 Giovanni Campanaro & Hot As Wasabi

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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. 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.”

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“I chose to show in this event as it is very tough but very complete. I am fortunate to have such a great horse”

Samuele Poli Barberis & Cats Got Freckles

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Fence Work Top Score 74

Steer Stopping Top Score 75

Samuele Poli & Cats Got Freckles

Matteo Mandonico & Wendy

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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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SR Four Crown Spectacular Arno Gorgasser & Beat This Kat

2022 NRCHA SR Four Crown Spectacular Open Final Ranking NATION RIDER

1 2 3 4 5 6 6 8 9 10 11

Giovanni Campanaro Samuele Poli Barberis Arno Gorgasser Matteo Mandonico Eleonora Riccardi Federico Fanti William Coulomb Antoine Cloux Micol Fontana Tomas Barta Riccardo Fuoco

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HORSE

Hot As Wasabi Cats Got Freckles Beat This Kat Wendy Power Sun Olena CS Thaz Pepper Time Smart Bobby Time Wares The Nurse Custom Caterina Sugars Smartes Lena Jetty Top Diamond

RW

70,5 70,5 70 67,5 66 69,5 69,5 0 66,5 0 0

HW

73 71 71 63 68 69 71 70 67 65 62

FW

69,5 74 69 71 69 0 68 67,5 64,5 65,5 67

SS

74,5 70 69 75 71 70 0 67 0 0 0

TOTAL

287,5 285,5 279 276,5 274 208,5 208,5 204,5 198 130,5 129


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#NonProChampions Gabriele Poli Barberis and Highbrow Fletch win the SR Four Crown Spectacular Non Pro Championship



SR Four Crown Spectacular Herd Work Top Score 72 Fence Work Top Score 72.5 Gabriele Poli Barberis & Highbrow Fletch CLICK TO WATCH THE RUN

Rein Work Top Score 69.5 Marie Mura & Woody Choco Pepto

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Gabriele Poli Barberis & Highbrow Fletch

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-year-

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old 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 me.” Third place honors went to Austria's Andrea Popp riding her 6-year-old gelding One Smart Sultan (Two Play To x Avril Smart Play).


Steer Stopping Top Score 71 Marie Mura & Woody Choco Pepto

Non Pro Top Scores

Marie Mura & Woody Choco Pepto

#AllGirlsChampion A thrilled Mura and 'Choco' also posted the highest score in the RopinK Challenge All Girls Division taking home the Trophy Buckle.

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SR Four Crown Spectacular Andrea Popp & One Smart Sultan

2022 ERCHA SR Four Crown Spectacular Non Pro Final Ranking NATION RIDER

1 2 3

Gabriele Poli Barberis Marie Mura Andrea Popp

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HORSE

RW

Highbrow Fletch 68 Woody Choco Pepto 69,5 One Smart Sultan 67,5

HW

72 71,5 62

FW

72,5 67 65

SS

69 71 68

TOTAL

281,5 279 262,5


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SR Four Crown Spectacular Edoardo Poli Barberis & Snapperheartbreaker

#YouthChampions 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. The duo left their mark in the SR Four Crown Spectacular winning the ERCHA Youth Championship with a 271 composite score.

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NRCHA/ERCHA SR Four Crown Spectacular: #TheAwards 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 Open third place received a $653 check, ribbon for rider and horse, a custom headstall sponsored by Selleria Atec, and a Rawhide Jeans coupon. 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 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 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. 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. The Youth Champion received a custom Rowdy Silver trophy buckle sponsored by VA Quarter Horses Ingra, 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 All Girls Champion received a custom Rowdy Silver trophy buckle sponsored by Ropink Challenge. The All Around Champion received a custom Rowdy Silver trophy buckle sponsored by Riccardo Fuoco.

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#TheJudge 𝐎𝐤𝐚𝐦𝐢 𝐑𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐍𝐑𝐂𝐇𝐀 𝐌𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐍𝐑𝐂𝐇𝐀 𝐉𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞 𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐑 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 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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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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Meet the riders that made history at the NRCHA/ERCHA SR Four Crown Spectacular presented by International Horse Press held at Samisa Ranch.

Tomas Barta & Sugars Smartes Lena

Giovanni Campanaro & Hot As Wasabi

Antonine Cloux & Wares The Nurse

William Coulomb & Smart Bobby Time

Federico Fanti & CS Thaz Pepper Time

Micol Fontana & Custom Caterina

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Riccardo Fuoco & Jetty Top Diamond

Arno Gorgassen & Beat This Kat

Matteo Mandonico & Wendy

Marie Mura & Woody Choco Pepto

Edoardo Poli Barberis & Snapperheartbreaker

Gabriele Poli Barberis & Highbrow Fletch

Samuele Poli Barberis & Cats Got Freckles

Andrea Popp & One Smart Sultan

Eleonora Riccardi & Power Sun Olena

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