NRHA European Futurity

Four-year-old horses shine at the National Reining Horse Association European Futurity in Cremona, Italy.

From the National Reining Horse Association

NRHA Professional Gennaro Lendi and Quarter Dream’s Colonels Dancing Gun captured the 2018 NRHA European Futurity Open Level 4 championship. (Credit: photos courtesy of NRHA)

Once again the National Reining Horse Association European Futurity, open to 4-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program, proved to be a success. With more than 15 nations represented, reining was showcased to its best.

On Saturday night the curtain fell upon the NRHA European Futurity, the largest reining show held outside of North America. Closing the prestigious event was the €143,750-added Open Futurity. Counting 53 finalists in the four divisions, it was truly showtime in Cremona!
 
The public was glued to their seats until the very last horse-rider combination entered the pen. Leaving the best for last, was the 2018 NRHA European Futurity Open Level 4 horse and rider that took the title: NRHA Professional Gennaro Lendi and Quarter Dream’s Colonels Dancing Gun. Aboard the American Quarter Horse stallion by NRHA $10 Million Sire Colonels Smoking Gun ("Gunner") and out of Dance Little Spook, Lendi performed a powerful and precise NRHA pattern #10; the crowd loved it, and so did the judges. The winning score was a 226.5! “I am thrilled with my very first [European Open Futurity] title,” said the Italian professional. “In the qualifier, we had a major penalty, so we made it to the finals through the Consolation. I’ve had this horse since the beginning of this year. He is truly a star, and I cannot thank the owners enough for giving me the opportunity to show him here.”
 
Owned, bred and nominated by Quarter Dream of Italy, Pietro Marseglia — owner of the Italian facility — was thrilled with the win. “We bred this horse and his dam, Dance Little Spook, won the Italian Open Futurity with [NRHA $1 million rider] Rudi Kronsteiner in the saddle. Winning this event is twice as special for us!” he said.
 
NRHA Professional Dominik Reminder of Germany had set the bar early in the second section by scoring a 223 aboard Call Me Mr Voodoo (Shiners Voodoo DR x Arc Sassy Snapper), a stallion owned, bred and nominated by Elisabetta Zoccarato. The duo settled for the L4 Reserve Championship.
 
With two horses qualified for the finals, NRHA Professional Lukas Czechowicz of Poland clinched the L3 Open Futurity Championship with a 221 riding CGS Piggiemove, a stallion by Colonels Shining Gun out of Roosters Hot Piq, owned, bred and nominated by Katarzyna Roleska. A half-point behind, Czechowicz also took co-reserve honors riding Winchesteratomic (Colonels Shining Gun x BRS Freckles Payday), a stallion also owned, bred and nominated by Katarzyna Roleska. “These are my first European Futurity titles, and I could not be any happier,” said the young Polish professional who works out of Roleski Ranch. “I started working for Roleski four years ago and this was the first foal crop I broke and trained. It’s all very special, and I would like to thank Kate and all the Roleski team for supporting and trusting me with these super horses.”
 
Katarzyna Roleska’s breeding program proved its worth in Cremona. The Polish reining enthusiast, host of the past NRHA European Affiliate Championships, owned, bred and nominated five horses that made the Open finals.  
 
Tying for reserve honors in the L3 division was NRHA Professional Mirko Midili of Italy with Angelina Shining Gun (Colonels Shining Gun x Miss Alex Cody) for owner Asia Vimercati. The mare was bred by Tamara Pavlovic and nominated by Fabio Polesel.
 
It was a special night for NRHA Professional Adriano Meacci who took both the Championship and Reserve Championship in the L2 Open division. The Italian professional claimed first place honors with a 214.5 aboard Topsail Chic Dunit (LMC Im Topsail Dunit x Topolena Pride) for owner Alessandro Tedone. The stallion was bred and nominated by Shenandoah Ranch. With a 214 score, Meacci rode Im A Bad Diamond (AB Captain Badger x Im A Queen Diamonds) for owners Amleto Angeletti and Romina Rossi to the Reserve Championship. The gelding was bred and nominated by Angelucci Quarter Horses.
 
With a 213.5 score, NRHA Professional Petra Van Ede of Holland tied to win the L1 Open Championship —her first NRHA European Open Futurity title — with Cee U In Tinseltown between the reins. Owned and bred by Gisela Haas, the mare by NRHA $1 million sire Hollywoodstinseltown out of Miss Wimpy was nominated by Haas’ husband, Paulus Beurskens.
 
NRHA Professional Andrea Napolitano riding Calimero Whiz (Hesa Mega Whiz x Geny Olena), a stallion owned by Alessandra Sacchetti, bred by Sara Bevilacqua and nominated by Andrea Castrucci, tied for the L1 Championship.

Saturdaynight Tag, ridden by Carlo Ambrosini, was first to enter the pen in the second section of the non-pro clean-slate finals which counted 38 horses in the four divisions. Once the last horse walked out of the CremonaFiere arena, the 217 posted by the duo remained the highest score and the pair swept both the Level (L)4 and L3 Non Pro Futurity Championshipships.

“It was worth waiting until the second section was over tonight, even though it was nerve racking” said the 19-year-old Italian rider. “This win is so special for me because my parents gave me Saturdaynight Tag — who is by our stallion, Saturdaynight Custom, and out of one of our broodmares, Kachina Tag — when he was 2 years old for my 17th birthday. He’s always been very special to me and he is super-talented. I didn’t realize until my last stop how well he had performed for me tonight.”
 
Ambrosini was quick to thank his parents for always being by his side and gave credit to his trainer, NRHA $1 million rider Rudi Kronsteiner, for his work as well as NRHA Professional Marco Pettinari, who has been working for Ambrosini QH for the past five years. Saturdaynight Tag was bred and nominated by Ambrosini QH.
 
Lara Lorengo of Italy rode Magnum Chic N Chex to the L2 European Futurity Non Pro Championship as well as the L4 and L3 Non-Pro Reserve Championship with a 216.5 score. The pretty mare by NRHA $4 million sire Magnum Chic Dream out of Buenonics Doughter is owned by PL Reining Horses — a breeding and training facility owned by Lorengo and her boyfriend, NRHA Professional Giuseppe Prevosti. The talented mare came to the NRHA European Futurity with the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) L4 Open title to her name with Prevosti in the saddle and, before making her way to Cremona, boasted over $37,700 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) to her name.

“Giuseppe gave me this mare to ride with the intent of me showing her here in January,” Lorengo said. “I was afraid I would not be able to ride such a talented and powerful horse. She’s small but she has a big heart and she showed me that from day one. I am very happy with our results tonight and cannot thank Giuseppe enough for all the support and for believing in me.”
 
Wictoria Stanco of Poland had already left her mark in the European Futurity Non-Pro qualifier by posting the highest score. The 16-year-old rider from Poland did it again on finals night when she claimed the L1 Championship, with a 212.5, as well as the L2 Non-Pro Reserve Championship. Stanco rode to top honors aboard her Remy Rooster SG, a stallion by Remin Whiz and out of Tea Rooster, a stallion bred and nominated by Italian Silvia Gandolfi.

“I got this stallion last year two months before the Italian Futurity where I showed him and won the go round in the Level 1 non pro division,” said Stanco following her win. “I’ve always really liked him and I have to thank my trainer, Lukas Brucek, for doing a great job with him. The intention was that of showing him here this year but, before making the final decision, I showed him at the show held at Roleski Ranch in March where I won the NRHA Intermediate Non Pro class. At that point we decided we would come and he was great from day one. When you ride this horse, he makes everything seem so simple; all you need to do is trust him and he does the rest.
 
The L1 Non-Pro Futurity Reserve Championship went to Matteo Bonzano of Italy who rode Dyro Big Chex (Big Chex To Cash x Miss Pickie Cody), a mare owned and nominated by 23 Quarter Horses Az. Agricola SS, to a 210.