Grand final in the AMERICANA Bronze Trophy Open: Nico Sicuro & Colonels Dancing Gun win with 225.5
This NRHA Bronze Trophy Open Final was certainly one of the most exciting ones ever at AMERICANA. 18 outstanding horses and riders had made it to the finals, for which alone a 217 had to be achieved. And each of these horses and riders had what it takes to win.
Finally it was the last rider, who claimed the Open Championship: Nico Sicuro aboard Colonels Dancing Gun (Gunner x Dance Little Spook), a 7-year-old double-registered stallion whose NRHA LTE exceed $63,000. The two had already been in 1st place after the go round. And was that a final ride! Full risk on the circles with super speed control, excellent spins and finally three stops at their best - all this under thunderous applause of the audience. The score: 225.5!
"Colonel's Dancing Gun was just great," rejoiced Nico Sicuro, who is Head Trainer of Quarter Dream SRL, who also own the stallion. "I've had him since last year, and he's getting better every show. Already in the Go round everything fit, and today even more so. I'm incredibly proud of him and can't thank owners Pietro and Elena Marseglia of Quarter Dream SRL enough for their trust." At AMERICANA, the 25-year-old Italian seamlessly followed up their success at the NRHA European Derby with Colonel's Dancing Gun, where the two were Open L4 Champions. In addition, Nico Sicuro rode the 7-year-old Gunna Sparkle for owner Lenka Lukackova to 7th place with a 219.
Reserve Champion was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Cira Baeck aboard Maria Cecilia Fiorucci's Phantom Face (Pale Face Dunnit x Gorgeous Like A Star). The 8-year-old stallion, who already has over $113,000 NRHA LTE and was IRHA 2020 Derby Open Champion Level 4, among others, came out of the arena with a 224. Cira rode Nightcrawler, also owned by Maria Cecilia Fiorucci, to a 10th-place finish (218).
Tying for third place honours, each with a 223, were NRHA Million Dollar Rider Ann Fonck on Rosanne Sternberg's Shines Like Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines) and her husband NRHA 2 Million Dollar Rider Bernard with Spook Sunburst, a 6-year-old son of his long-time winning stallion Great Sunburst out of All About Spook, who is owned by 7 Heaven Reining Horses. In addition, Bernard rode GP A Spook In Town (Hollywoodtinseltown x Spook N Perla) to 5th place (222) for owner Golden Paint Ranch. Ann had another horse with her, Gunners Specialolena, but was unlucky in the final with the 7-year-old mare: she kicked during the lead change in Figure Eight and Ann had to use her second hand to help.
Sixth place went to Dominik Reminder, who scored a 221.5 for owner Martin Bachmann with the 8-year-old Whiz Wild West. Seventh place was shared by Nico Sicuro with Gunna Sparkle and Grischa Ludwig with Spooks Of Genius (Spooks Gotta Whiz x A Spark Of Genius) owned by Margot Van Doorne (both 219).
Grischa had a total of three horses in the final and brought West Coast Trash for Margot Van Doorne to 11th place with a 217.5, as did Coeurs Little Tyke for Hans Georg Holzwarth - score equal with Dominik Reminder and Call Me Mr Voodoo .
9th place went to Gennareo Lendi and Hollywood Dr (218.5). The 14th place was shared by Manuel Cortesi with PC Sliderina For Me, Markus Gebert with Cash N No Chex (the two were already NRHA Int. Open Bronze Trophy Champions) and Lukasz Czechowicz with CSG Shinethingun (217 each). In 17th place came NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner with AB Peppy Diamond.