AMERICANA 2021: Pietro Valeri becomes Bonda Ranch European Champion NCHA Open

The final in the EUR 12,000-added Bonda Ranch European Championship NCHA Open was one of the two highlights of the AMERICANA Saturday night show. Ten horses from a field of 36 had qualified. The title was ultimately won by Pietro Valeri with Cat Rey Lou (High Brow Cat x Fabra Rey) owned by Marco Salvatori. The two had already placed 2nd in the go round and earned a 150 in the final with their brilliant work on the cattle. The 11-year-old mare Cat Rey Lou already had nearly $122,000 in NCHA LTE prior to AMERUCANA. She was a multiple NCHA Open All Ages European Champion and NCHA European Cup $50,000 Open and Amateur Champion at Equita Lyon, among others.

Federico Fanti rode Highbrowcd is Playin (High Brow CD x Playing Lucinda) to the Reserve European Championship Open scoring a 144 for Handruedi Baumann. Fanti was the 2019 AMERICANA European Champion Cutting Open with this mare.

They were followed in 3rd place by Sheri Mason with Snappy Hunter ((Be A Smart Hunter x Sweetly Snapper) owned by Yvonne Heinzer. The two were Reserve Champions earlier this year at the NCHA $50,000 Amateur at Cremonafiere. The 8-year-old mare, bred by Roberto Cuoghi, had won the 2019 Masters Cutting Non Pro under Yvonne Heinzer and topped the Non Pro Go round of the European Championship at AMERICANA.

Fourth and fifth place went to Gianluca Munarini with Yvonne Bonda's Bet Hesa Five (142.5) and Dagmar Sebolova's Just Gettin Started (141). Sixth was Marco Salvatori on Highbrow Time (139) ahead of Gaia Salvatori on Metallic Savanah (131), Martina Annovazzi with Miss Blue Boons Ruby (127) and Karel Spacil with Nothing Elz Matters (124). Huge bad luck for preliminary winner Denis Pini and the 7-year-old Zen And Tonic (High Brow CD x Dual Citizen). After a good start they lost a cow and gave up.