02. Sep 2019
31 horses had been entered for the go round of the EUR 6,000-added AMERICANA European Championship Cutting Non Pro. Yvonne Heinzer took the lead aboard her Snappy Hunter (Be A Smart Hunter x Sweetly Snapper) scoring a 146. The lady from Switzerland had already won the AMERICANA Masters Cutting Non Pro with this 6-year-old mare who was bred by Roberto Cuoghi. “I still cannot believe it,” said Yvonne after her run. „The mare was simply great. The cattle here are not easy to work with. They won’t allow you any mistake. If you don’t keep your position properly they are gone. Yvonne started Cutting ten years ago and trains with Sheri Mason in Italy. Her achievements include the 2018 NCHA European Champion Amateur. The horse was trained by Sheri Mason.
Manfred Seif and his gelding Counting Cats (Im Counting Checks x Catrina Starlight) placed second scoring a 145. Three riders tied for third place scoring a 144 each: Rosana Bernbom aboard her 6-year-old gelding Smoking Spook, Jana Kucerova aboard her 6-year-old mare Blisterbeetle (Third Cutting x Velvets Best Shot) and Maurizio Battista Sandei aboard his 7-year-old gelding Iminent Cat (Metallic Cat x Peekaboon), who was second in Masters Cutting Non Pro the day before.
Altogether, 11 riders made it to the final for which at least a 142 had to be achieved: Nicola Simone aboard Quixote Pep Talk, Damiano Avigni with Metallic D Nero, Peter Hanraths aboard Catchoo, Szalontai Zoltán aboard Mr Scat House, Michal Popov aboard Stop Ur Hot and Finja Johanna Böcher aboard Slytly Pretty.
It was his third AMERICANA, and already now the best so far: after claiming the ERCHA European Championship Limited Open Bridle the day before, Joschka Werdermann and his 8-year-old gray mare Rock Me Graygun also dominated EUR 5.000-added European Championship Ranch Riding Open go round. The two scored a 150 in a field of 32 taking the lead in this go round.
„The mare was really in her Ranch Riding mode,“ said Joschka Werdermann. „She already felt great during the warm up and stayed the same in the show arena. Of course, she was a bit nervous, but she is so broke and so totally with me that she could concentrate on her job all the same.“
Werdermann also managed to ride is second horse in the final, the 8-year-old black Criollo stallion La Esperanza Santoro (owner Anita & Jürgen Meier). With him he scored a 147.5 which was third place together with Milena Guggenmos and her 8-year-old OW Reds Maximus (Reds Gonna Rein x ARC Miss Good Girl). The second best score oft he go round (148.5) was earned by Evelyn Honegger and her 16-year-old mare Step N Whiz (Hes A Steppin Jac x Lots More Sugar).
The top ten proceeded to the final, the minimum score being a 143. These are the other finalists: Nadine Hartmann aboard Okleos Holi Gold, Manuela Monn aboard Grizoom, Sandra Stangel-Sapergia aboard Fancys Lil Step, Simone Fiedler aboard The Big Lebowski, Kim Dammann aboard Wild Chic N, Maggie Kämpf aboard Talismanic Rooster and Barbara Braun aboard First Whiz For Me.
With a 148, Marina Schwank and her Mate To Win Only took the lead in the Western Riding go round. With this horse, she had already won the EWU German Championship Junior Western Riding.
Tereza Ranna and Rin placed second scoring a 146 with Anna Gürlich and Zippos Vision following on third place (144). Ewa Marciniak and Bohun placed fourth with Emilie Stiwing with Calibars Magic Touch, Walter Langer with Tabanos Peponita, Dagmar Dietl aboard Only Gray Invitation, Marielle Klemke with Wild Chic N as well as Amrei Sophia Kirmaier and The Green Version following.
Sandra Quade / Joachim Bochmann
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