National Reining Horse AssociationApril 22, 2013
Morey Fisk and Shiners Party Dress marked a 226, winning the NRHA European Futurity Level 4 open championship. It was Fisk's second year running to win the title. (Andrea Bonaga photo, courtesy of NRHA)
Several thousand visitors watched the exciting €146,000-added National Reining Horse Association European Futurity open finals on Saturday night with scores climbing as the evening progressed. Canadian trainer Morey Fisk repeated last year’s success aboard Claudia Simon’s beautiful palomino mare, Shiners Party Dress (Shining Spark-Smartly Dressed). Fisk set the event’s high score, a 226, winning the NRHA European Futurity Level 4 open championship for the second year running.
Shiners Party Dress, 2009 palomino mare, was bred by Carol Rose. Out of Smartly Dressed, Shiners Party Dress is a full sister to Shine Smartly, who won the 2010 AQHA senior working cow horse world title with Shawn Hays and the 2005 AQHA amateur working cow horse world championship with Shawn's wife, Tammy Jo. Shine Smartly also boasts multiple National Reined Cow Horse Association world titles.
“I first saw (Shiners Party Dress) when we were looking for a European Futurity prospect at the 2012 NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma. I fell in love with this mare immediately,” Fisk explained. “She has such a huge heart. There never seems to be a bad day for her. She always wants to do everything right, and I cannot believe I won this title again. It almost drives me crazy with joy. My respect to Jay McLaughlin and Carol Rose, who made this fantastic mare thanks to their great program. A special thank you goes to her owner, Claudia Simon, who has been my customer for many years. She has always had a lot of confidence in me.“
Morey Fisk, who boasts $194,500 in NRHA lifetime earnings, is head trainer at Daniel Straumann’s Horse Academy in Mooslargue, France.
The reserve championship in the €92,000-added Level 4 open division went to Ann Fonck-Poels riding Roosters Minnie (Ricochet Rooster-Raise The Dealer). The mare, owned and bred by Manuel Bonzano of 23 Quarter Horses, scored a 222.5.
“I am so happy,” said Fonck-Poels, a Belgian rider now based in Italy. “Roosters Minnie has such a good mind. We started her and she was great from the beginning.”
Fonck-Poels has been competing in the NRHA European Futurity for four years and has made the finals every time.
Level 3 and Level 2 Open
With a score of 215.5, Guy Zemah and Olga Hofmann’s Keen Little Juice (Smart Like Juice-Keen Little Katie) claimed the NRHA European Futurity Level 3 and Level 2 open division titles. This was a major success for owner Olga Hofmann, who also bred and nominated Keen Little Juice.
This was the first time Hofman entered a horse in the NRHA European Futurity. To make things even more exciting, Keen Little Juice is a product of Hofman’s breeding program, as she bred both his dam and granddam. Hofmann showed Keen Little Juice at the 2012 NRHA Germany Breeder’s Futurity, but missed the finals. Guy Zemah then trained the horse in view of the European Futurity and made the finals thanks to the consolation. This is Zemah’s first major event win, but he has been a finalist at the NRHA European Futurity in 2009 and in 2011.
The reserve champion title in both divisions went to Fabio Polesel of Italy with Fortuna Gun Dunit between the reins. By Gunners Smokin Oak and out of RX Rec Dunnit, Fortuna Dun Dunit mare is owned by Forest Creek Ranch of Austria. The pair scored a 214.
Level 1 Open
In the €6,386-added Level 1 open, Arnaud Girinon scored a 211.5 riding Senorita Cal Chex (Big Chex To Cash-ARC Senorita Cal Bar), winning this division for owner Thomas Yvan. The two had scored the second highest score in the qualifying go round and also took fifth place honors in the Level 2 division.
Girinon, a 21-year-old assistant trainer at 23 Quarter Horses in Italy, won the first go round of both the Levels 2 and 1 divisions riding ND DJ Gun (Colonels Smoking Gun-Hustle Up A Star) for owners Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw.
Philipp Martin Haug of Gemany and ARC Captain (Master Snapper-Sailing Spark) scored a 210.5 for the reserve championship in the Level 1 division.
This was the first NRHA European Futurity for multiple FEQHA European champion working cow horse open and reined cow horse futurity champion Philipp Martin Haug. ARC Captain is owned by Denkert Till and trained by Marco Ricotta.
“I’m happy about our success, and even more so about my horse,” Haug said. “I pushed him a little bit too much after the first roll back, which made him back a few steps, but after that we were fine. ARC Captain was with me all the time. He has really got a great mind.”
Complete results, daily videos, interviews with participants and more can be found on the official NRHA European Futurity website, www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.
Division champions each received a Bob's Custom saddle, Montana Silversmiths belt buckle, NRHA trophy, XCS blanket inspired by Corinna Schumacher, bell boots from Torsten Teiman Performance Horses and more from NRHA European Futurity sponsors.
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