NRHA European Futurity Champions

Walla Walla Whiz offspring claim the Level 4 open and non-pro titles at the National Reining Horse Association event in Germany.

From the National Reining Horse Association

Cody Sapergia showed Made In Walla to the 2015 NRHA European Futurity Level 4 open championship for owners Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel. (Credit: courtesy of NRHA)

Draw 8 in the second section of the 2015 National Reining Horse Associaiton European Futurity open finals on Saturday night in Kreuth were the go-round Level 4 open winners: Cody Sapergia and Made In Walla, a gelding by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Miss Chilly Chex, owned by Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, European nominated by Ambrosini Quarter Horses.

The duo had scored a 222 in the qualifying go-round of the €92,000-added Level 4 Open Futurity. Once their turn came in the exciting Saturday night finals, they repeated their feat and their score held until the very end. Earning the NRHA $1 million rider and past NRHA open world champion their very first NRHA European Futurity open championship. 

“When we went in tonight, my horse felt really good and I just wanted to repeat what we did in the qualifying go-round, and we did,” said an enthused Cody. “This is my first European Futurity title and I’m really happy for the owners, Sabine and Chuck, and of course I would like to thank my team both for their help and their results here tonight.”

The reserve-championship in the Level 4 open – a half a point behind the winners – went to multiple past NRHA open world champion Ann Fonck and  Roses For Einstein, the pretty mare by Einsteins Revolution and out of Spark N Pretty, owned by 23 Quarter Horses Azienda Agricola S.S. 

“I’m so happy with the way my mare went for me tonight,” said the past multiple NRHA open champion. “She really tries to give me all she has and has matured so much over the winter.”

Level 2 and 3 Open

Earning both the €40.095-added Level 3 and the €23.375-added Level 2 open championships with a score of 214 were Mirko Midili and RS Starfighter Lena, a stallion by Spat Olena and out of RS Cheerry Miss Jac owned and nominated by Claudio Risso of Italy. 

“I’m thrilled with this double title,” said the Italian rider. “He’s a super horse – unfortunately the go-round didn’t go too well but we made up for it tonight.”

Second place honors in the Level 3 division went to Miroslav Baniari of the Czech Republic riding the Markel Sale grad,  Starlit Spook (Smart Spook-Gay Light Star) owned by Wolfgang Hammer and European nominated by Rosanne Sternberg. The pair score a 213.5.

In the Level 2 division, tying for the reserve honors were: Tomas Martinek riding JP Great Lil Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step-Great Red Dun), a gelding owned by Franz Koldas and European nominated by Jac Point QH and Stephan Rohde aboard Prince Of Guns (I Am Shotgunner-LF Cockys Queen), a stallion owned by Manfred Klaus Getz and European nominated by Anja Deutzmann. Stephan and his mount also took reserve honors in the Level 1 division.

Level 1 Open

Winning the €11.687-added Level 1 division, with a 212, was Roberta Dubini of Italy with One More Whiz Girl, a mare by Topsail Whiz and out of Dun It Precociously, owned and European nominated by Luga Quarter Horses. 

“We made the finals thanks to the Consolation and I am so happy,” said the young Italian lady reiner. “This is my first time here at the European Futurity and it’s wonderful to be able to go home with this title.”

Level 4 Non-Pro

The seventh edition of the NRHA European Futurity once again proved to be a great success with the numbers that went up both in the Futurity divisions and in the Level 3, 2 and 1 open and non-pro added increasing thanks to the NRHA European Nomination Program.

An exciting KL Performance Horses Non-Pro Futurity excited the crowd in the Ostbayernhalle arena tonight as thirty horse-rider combinations rode their 4-year-old horses vying for the championship titles in the prestigious competition.

Draw 11 in the second section was Marina Becker of Germany riding her Walla Whiz Crome (Walla Walla Whiz-Custom Rome), nominated by breeder Michel Rose, with lte over $17,700. Their run was worth a 215, score which held until the very last contestant and which earned them the €36,000-added Level 4 KL Performance Horses Non-Pro Futurity Championship. 

“I didn’t expect this all!” said an enthused Marina. “It’s the first time that I make the finals here and I’m so happy. This is the first year I’m only eligible for the Level 4 and I was a little bit afraid to show but it went well. I still cannot believe it, my horse is so talented and is just awesome. I want to be careful not to make any mistakes this evening so I start a little bit slow but then everything went just great at the end!”

Tying for the reserve championship in the Level 4 championship was Gina Maria riding Star Bleach (Star Spangled Whiz-Snappy Bleach) owned by Chanay Sky Management SA – and nominated by Fabrizio Bevilacqua – and Manuel Bonzano of Italy riding his Spook O Jay, a stallion by Smart Spook and out of Holly O Jay nominated by Rosanne Sternberg. Both scored a 213.  

“I'm happy for both of my horses, they were really good. Honestly, I expected something more from LC Shining Gun. I tried but it did not go as I had hoped,” said Bonzano.

“I'm ok but could be happier,” commented Gina Maria about her finals, which she earned with two horses. “I made some mistakes, but both my horses are fantastic and I hope to do better in the future with them.”

Level 2 and 3 Non-Pro

Earning the €17.531-added Level 3 and the €10,017-added Level 2 non-pro champion was Fabienne Suter aboard her SL Wild Spook, European nominated by breeder by Sandra Linnig-Fohl, with a score of 208.5. The duo had already tied to win the Level 4 qualifying go-round as well as the Level 3 and Level 2. 

“I’m really happy with my horse and the way my trainer Cody (Sapergia) prepared him for me tonight,” said the Swiss rider. “I didn’t concentrate on my last my manoeuver because my horse had done so well for me until then and … I missed the marker in the last stop. I’m happy with these two titles and now look forward to showing him at the Italian and German Derby.”

Earning the reserve championship in both the Level 3 and Level 2 was Andrea Bianchini riding his Jac Little Step (Wimpys Little Step-Donnola Chex), European nominate by Luigi Parise, with a score of 207.5. “This my first time riding this horse so I am so happy with the reserve championship in both these divisions here,” said the Italian rider.

Level 1 Non-Pro

Italian Emma Villa, Draw 1 in the first section of the non-pro finals, posted a 209.5. Her score held until the very end and slid her to the €5,000-added Level 1 Championship aboard Dual Spirit (Dualin For Me-RDH Spirit Of Dun It) owned and European nominated by her. 

“I still cannot believe it and I’m thrilled with the title and my mare,” she said. “I cannot thank my boyfriend and trainer, Davide Brighenti, enough for being such a huge support.”

Riding Remin Lilly Whiz (Remin Whiz-Precocious Lil Chic), owned and ridden by Tullio Mascarello and European Nominated by Daniele Mascarello took the reserve championship in the Level 1. 

“I expected a little bit more, I made a few mistakes, but I am overjoyed! It went very well, better than I expected. This is my mare’s second show and I have to thank my trainer Beppe Prevosti for the great job he did with her,” said Tullio.