Champions Crowned at NRHA European Futurity
Morey Fisk three-peats the NRHA European Futurity open championship, winning the 2014 title on ARC Walla Dun Did It.
April 6, 2014
After seven days of competition, the National Reining Horse Association European Futurity ended in the Ostbayernhalle in Kreuth, Germany, with the open futurity finals, Levels 1-4. Nearly 4,000 reining fans made their way to Kreuth to see the international stars of reining. The week ended with high quality competition and a historic crowning of the 2014 champion.
“I am very impressed by this event," said Gary Carpenter, the new NRHA commissioner. "The organization has been wonderful, the ground, the facility, the quality of the horses, and even the weather.“
The star of the night was Morey Fisk of Canada, who guided ARC Walla Dun Did It (Walla Walla Whiz-Dainty Dun it by Hollywood Dun It), owned by Inge Magnusson of Sweden, to a score of 223.5. The score gave them the win, and Fisk’s third title in consecutive years. He is now the winningest open rider in the event’s history.
"Winning this title three years in a row is incredible, and I still can't believe it even thought I knew I had a really good horse and that it could be done," Fisk said. "ARC Walla Dun Did It was trained by Andrea Fappani and shown by him at the NRHA Futurity, so I knew that he was pretty solid, even though I haven't had much time to fit him to my program since he got to France.
"He did really well in the go-round, after which I felt there were a couple of things I needed to work on before the finals. I rode him this morning; he felt really good and tonight he was awesome. I'd like to thank all my team and of course the owner, Inge Magnusson, for having given me this opportunity."
ARC Walla Dun Did It won the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity and placed seventh at the 2013 NRHA Futurity with Andrea Fappani. Before tonight, he had $54,410 in NRHA lifetime earnings. The chestnut stallion was bred and North American-nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses. Magnusson added the European option to make the horse eligible for the NRHA European Futurity. The championship paid $48,090, with 5 percent going to the nominator. In addition, they won a Bob’s Custom Saddle, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, an NRHA trophy and a cooler from XCS Ranch.
Just one-half point behind was Duane Latimer and Gotta Nifty Gun (Dun It Gotta Gun-Custom Nifty Nic by Custom Crome) for owner Luga Quarter Horses of Italy. The stallion was bred and nominated for North America by Carl Lambert and nominated for Europe by Luga Quarter Horses.
Giovanni Lugara, owner of Gotta Nifty Gun, the Level 4 reserve champion, said, "I really want to thank Duane for coming over and showing this horse for us. He did a really good job and I can't wait to show this horse myself this year."
"This is truly a talented horse, I'm really happy to have had the opportunity to come over to show him here and would like to thank Luga Quarter Horses for this opportunity," Latimer said.
Level 3 Open Co-Champions
Scoring a 215 for the co-championship in the Level 3 open division was Sylvia Rzepka of Austria riding Start A Revolution (Einsteins Revolution-Plenty Of Rest by Custom Crome) and Guy Zemah of Israel aboard Walla Whiz Keen (Walla Walla Whiz-Keen Little Katie by Tejons Little Johnny). In a mutual decision to make the best interest of their horses the priority, the riders and owners decided against a run-off and shared the championship title. They each earned $15,037, including the nominator incentive.
Start A Revolution ($14,629 NRHA LTE), an NRHA-Markel Insurance Futurity Sales graduate, is owned by Sabine Lisec & Chuck Klipfel. The stallion was nominated by Wagman Ranch.
Walla Whiz Keen was bred by his owner and nominator, Olga Hoffman. This is the bay gelding’s first major win.
Level 1 and 2 Open Champions – Schnell and Dunits Finest Stop
From Draw 14 in Section 1 of the finals, Susanne Schnell of Germany and Dunits Finest Stop (Footworks Finest-Smart Katy Rio by Ill Be Smart) marked a 212 to win the Level 1 and 2 open divisions. The stallion was bred and nominated by Christine Bayer and owned by Wolfgang Neuendorff. In all, they earned $14,372, with $718 going to the nominator.
Tying for the reserve championship in the Level 2 open division, with scores of 211.5, was Julia Schumacher of Germany, riding Coeurs Little Tyke, and Giovanni Masi De Vargas of Italy with Saturday Whiz.
Coeurs Little Tyke (Coeur D Wright Stuff-Sweet Remy Chexs by Little Remedy Chexs) is owned and was nominated by Hans-Georg Holzwarth. They also won the reserve championship in the Level 1 open division.
Saturday Whiz (Saturdaynight Custom-Anjolena Whiz by Topsail Whiz) is owned by ASD Little Ranch. She was nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses.
Find more results, watch videos, see photos and more at www.nrhaeuropeanfuturity.com.