07. Sep 2019
The final of the EUR 40,000-added NRHA Bronze Trophy Open was the highlight of the Friday evening show at Americana. In front of a hall sold out to the last seat with 5,000 spectators, some of the best riders in Europe competed in a competition that could hardly be surpassed in sporting highlights and excitement. NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck, who was one of the absolute favourites, was unlucky: his gelding Missedouttinseltown was injured during the night and had to be cancelled.
NRHA Million Dollar Rider Ann Fonck won on Diego Dalla Gassa’s Gunners Specialolena (Gunners Special Nite x Dolly Jac Olena). The 5-year-old mare bred by Luigi Parise, was the youngest horse in the field and one of three that the Belgian rider had ridden to the final. The mare presented herself fresh with outstanding turns, finest speed control and finally three Mega Stops – the score: 228!
"This mare has a fantastic mind! Gunners Specialolena was with me all the time, and I'm overjoyed with all three horses," beamed Ann Fonck. "All three horses were great, but Gunners Specialolena was the freshest horse with her five years, while the other two were more tired after the long days at the fair.”.
Even Grischa Ludwig was not able to exceed the high score set by Ann Fonck this time. With his European Championship gold medallist Coeurs Little Tyke (Coeur D Wright Stuff x Shine My Gun) owned by Hans Georg Holzwarth, the FEI European Champion took full risks and made a super run. 225 was the result, and that was second place. Ludwig also rode Nu Chexomatic for Jacpoint QH with a 224.5 on place 3. With the 12-year-old palomino gelding by Nu Chex To Cash he was second in the AMERICANA Bronze Trophy 2017. "I am totally happy", says Grischa Ludwig. "Both horses ran well and I am in the money twice. This is the best reining show in the world for me".
Ann Fonck and her 8-year-old mare Spook N Perla, with whom she had led the Go round, followed on 4th place with a 223.5. Fifth was Markus Süchting aboard Susanne Schöning’s Spotlight Charly (222,5). NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner came 6th with Jennifer Nixdorf's AB Peppy Diamond scoring a 222. Rudi had broken his left foot before Americana and still didn't want to miss the start. But it showed in the final that he could not use his left leg like it should be, especially on the right circles. Therefore his performance is all the more remarkable!
Also on 6th place was again Ann Fonck, this time aboard Made In Walla for owner Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipfel, eighth was Klaus Lechner with Cody Rooster Delmaso (221,5), with Fabien Boiron with Jac Whiz (219,5), Patrick Göschl with AC Mark This Slide (217), Markus Morawitz with Gunners Chic Magnet (215) and Nico Siguro with Sugar Little Step (214,5) and Nico Siguro with Sugar Little Step (214,5) respectively. Iam Sailors Brother (210.5) following.
Joschka Werdermann won the European Champion title in the Ranch Riding Open on the 8-year-old black Criollo stallion La Esperanza Santoro (owner. Jürgen Meier) with a brilliant ride, which earned him a 232 and EUR 2687,- prize money. An absolutely sovereign performance with fine, precise transitions and perfect riding through the corral with the cattle - that was Ranch Riding as it should be! Werdermann and his mare Rock Me Graygun had already taken the lead in the go round and was third with La Esperanza Santoro. His grey mare came 5th in the final with a 224.
Joschka, who works as an independent trainer at the Appaloosa Company in Worfelden near Frankfurt, has been training the stallion for three years. The AMERICANA was the biggest success so far for La Esperanza Santoro, this year's Golden Series Reserve Champion in Ranch Riding. "It was simply indescribable to ride in front of 5000 spectators, and the atmosphere was incredible," said Joschka. "And when you ride in, and everything fits... I'm so happy!"
Reserve Champion was Evelyn Honegger from Switzerland with her 16-year-old mare Step N Whiz (Hes A Steppin Jac x Lots More Sugar). Both achieved a 226.5th place. Sandra Stangel-Sapergia was third on Fancys Lil Step with a 225th place.
Eliane Gfeller celebrated a sovereign victory in the first ERCHA Box Drive Box. This working cowhorse test is a bit easier because the cow is not turned in the fence. On Walla Dundee Whiz, Eliane Gfeller scored a 214.5 in the Reined Work and a 218 in the Fence Work and thus scored a total of 432.5 points. Second was Leni Bartmann on Smart Little Theo (418.5) followed by Alessia Marchetti on GP Smart Queen (410.5). The fourth place went to Karlheinz Wetterich on Lady Tinsel Nic. Fifth was Sabine Brasche on Peptomoonsmal ahead of Karl Simon on Bricks Smart Player, Lucca-Josephina Hoffmann on Jokers Luna, Kerstin Angermüller on Genuine Dunolena, Dominik Schaeffer on Step Aristocrat MR and Clara Marie Heinen on MCR Highgenuineoakey.
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