Paint Horses take top honors in four divisions at Europe’s premier reining event March 18–24 in Kreuth, Germany.
Competing against some of Europe’s finest reining horses, four Paint Horses reigned supreme, taking top honors at the National Reining Horse Association European Futurity and Show March 18–24 in Kreuth, Germany.
Ridden by Bernard Fonck, 4-year-old sorrel overo stallion Wimpys Snow Step scored a 218 to earn the Novice Horse Open championship at the 2012 NRHA European Futurity. Photo by Andrea Bonaga
Champion honors in the Intermediate Non Pro competition at the 2012 NRHA European Futurity went to Lisa Buescher-Pfohl of Germany and Smart Like Delta. Lisa piloted the 7-year-old bay tobiano mare to a score of 213 to clinch the win. Photo by Andrea Bonaga
Martine Groenendijk of The Netherlands scored a 212.5 to win the Rookie Level 2 championship at the 2012 NRHA European Futurity aboard RS Miss Olena Doco, a 2006 bay solid Paint-bred mare. Photo by Andrea Bonaga
Scoring a 216 in both their go-round and finals, Susy Baeck of Belgium and Sugar Pop Gun Cash BB were named co-champions of the 2012 Roleski Ranch NRHA European Non Pro Futurity Level 4 with Manuel Bonzano and Nic Ricochet (QH). Susy and the 2008 palomino overo stallion also won the Non Pro Level 3 and Level 2 titles. Photo by Andrea Bonaga
Level 2, 3 and 4 Non-Pro Champion: Sugar Pop Gun Cash BB and Susy Baeck
Despite logging the second highest score—a 216—in the Non Pro Futurity’s first go-round on March 19 out of 42 competitors, Susy Baeck of Montenau, Belgium, wasn’t about to settle for second place. Returning aboard Sugar Pop Gun Cash BB for the finals on March 23, the duo repeated their 216 score, tying them for first place in the Roleski Ranch NRHA European Non Pro Futurity Level 4 with Italian Manuel Bonzano and Nic Ricochet (QH). Susy and her 2008 palomino overo stallion also won the Level 2 and Level 3 Non Pro championships.
"My horse was really good for me here,” Susy said. “He's not an easy horse, but he was great both in the first go-round and, of course, in the finals tonight. In the beginning of the run he was a little nervous, but by the end he was relaxed and it paid off!”
Bred by Deborah Strahman of New Smyrna, Florida, the stallion is by Nu Chex To Cash (QH) and out of Sugar Pop Gun by NRHA $3 million sire Colonels Smokingun. Cira Baeck of Montenau owns Sugar Pop Gun Cash BB.
With both Susy and Manuel scoring 216 in the finals, the competitors had the option to be named co-champions or compete in a run-off for the outright title; Susy and Manuel agreed to share the Level 4 championship.
“Since I knew that the Level 2 and 3 championships were mine, I did not want to push him in yet another run, and since Manuel agreed, we called it a day,” Susy said. “I am really happy, and I hope to be able to show him again this year!"
Intermediate Non-Pro Champion: Smart Like Delta and Lisa Beuscher Pfohl
On March 20, Lisa Buescher-Pfohl of Meerbusch, Germany, and her 7-year-old bay tobiano mare Smart Like Delta scored a 213 in the Intermediate Non Pro class, besting a field of 31 to win the championship. Bred by Sigrid Buescher and Bruno Pfohl of Meerbusch, the mare is by As Smart As Charley (QH) and out of EK Peppy San Delta.
Rookie Level 2 Champion: RS Miss Olena Doco and Martine Van Rijn-Groenenkijk
Martine Groenendijk of Kaag, The Netherlands, piloted RS Miss Olena Doco to a score of 212.5—a full 3.5 points higher than the second-place horse in the field of 31. Their effort was enough to clinch the NRHA Rookie Level 2 Champion title on March 24. The duo also placed eighth in the Limited Non Pro competition on March 23.
A 2006 bay solid Paint-bred mare by Spat Olena (QH) and out of Sun Chic Podoco, RS Miss Olena Doco was bred by Claudio Risso of Villa Faletto, Italy, and is owned by Martine.
Novice Horse Open Champion: Wimpys Snow Step and Bernard Fonck
A score of 218 sent Wimpys Snow Step to the top of the charts, netting the Novice Horse Open championship for the 2008 sorrel overo stallion. Piloted by Bernard Fonck, Wimpys Snow Step’s victory came in the largest ancillary class—68 strong—of the competition.
By Wimpys Little Step (QH), Wimpys Snow Step is out of Snow Gun, a daughter of Colonels Smokingun and third-place winner at the 2002 NRHA Open Futurity. The 4-year-old stallion was bred by Andre De Bellefeuille of St. Basil Le Grand, Quebec, Canada, and is owned by 23 Quarter Horses of Incisa Scapaccino, Italy.
A number of other Paints also placed well in the finals, including RR Hi Ho Star, who was third in the Limited Open; Docs Lil gun, who was third in the Youth 13 & Under and Rookie Level 2; Gun At The Gate, who was fourth in the Level 3 Non Pro and seventh in the Level 4 Non Pro; Gunners Hollywood Dol, who was fourth in the Level 2 Non Pro and fifth in the Level 3 Non Pro; Gunner Be Really Good, who was third in the Level 1 Open and sixth in the Level 2 Open; and Sugars Lil Gun, who was fourth in the Level 1 Open and seventh in Level 2 Open.
An “Open to the World” show for Europe’s premier 4-year-old reining horses, the NRHA European Futurity features more than 200,000 Euros in added money and also included a full NRHA show and featured exhibitors from 12 countries.
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), the international breed registry for the American Paint Horse, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members' experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves over 58,000 active youth and adult members around the world.