Press Release 22-08-2015

Austrian Futurity

Cody Sapergia claims Futurity Open Championship L4, 3-year-old Horses again – Manuel Cortesi wins L3

He did it again: scoring a 218.5, NRHA Million Dollar Rider and past NRHA World Champion Open Cody Sapergia claimed the AustrianRHA Futurity Championship Open L4 3-year-old horses for the second time in a row – this time aboard Whiz Electric Spark (Jacs Electric Spark x Remmicks Whiz) , a stallion bred by Matthias Koch and owned by Franz Josef Braidt. Braidt was also the owner of the Co-Reserve Champion Desire Big Chex (Big Chex To Cash x Topsails Desire) with whom Cody scored a 217.5. The AQHA/APHA stallion bred by Carlo Orsi, lad been leading after the go round.
„Whiz Electric Spark was great today – especially in the circles and the last two stops, said Cody. “ I’ve got him since October, and this was our first real show. I’m really happy with him – as I am with Desire Big Chex. They are great, athletic horses!“
Manuel Cortesi and PC Magnum Step Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Wimpys Precious Step) scored a 217.5 as well earning the Reserve Championship L4 as well as the Futurity Championship L3 errang. Cortesi was 2011 FEI European Champion Young Riders, ARHA Futurity Champion Non Pro and NRHA European Derby Champion Non Pro.
Reserve Champion Level 3 was Fabio Polesel aboard Venus Jabalina Star (RS Little Red Jaba x Little Jac), owned by Valentino Pettarini – their score: 216..

AustrianRHA Futurity Champion Open L4: Grischa Ludwig - Dennis Schulz claims L3 Championship

The 2015 AustrianRHA Futurity ended with an unbelievable final: the last rider, Grischa Ludwig and the 4-year-old Paint stallion Doctors Diamond (Jazalena Diamond x Nu Chex Rose) scored a 223 for owner Dr. Paul Van Hooft claiming the Futurity Championship Open Level 4.

For Grischa Ludwig, it was another great success in an already phantastic season which included the FEI European Reserve Championship (both individual and team) only one week before this show. “I got Doctors Diamond about a year ago,“ Grischa said. „They had just started him then, and he was really green. This was our very first show. He is still green, and we had quite some penalties in the go round, but we still got a 217, which shows the great potential of this horse.”
„I would never have expected to have a chance of winning today. I simply wanted to have a smooth, flawless ride with him. And then this. Doctors Diamond is one of those horses you can simply show through a pattern without big fuss, and he still looks great to the judges.“

Dominik Reminder and his Paint mare La Marka de Gunner (Colonels Smokin Gun x Smokin Marquita) became Reserve Champion for owner Luga Quarter Horses scoring a 221. With this mare, past NRHA World Open Res. Champion Reminder was 6th at the NRHA Breeders Futurity SBH Open 2014.
The Level 3 Open final ended with another success for Dennis Schulz and Whiz Ice (Laredo Whiz x Authentic Smarima). The stallion bred by Helmut Schulz and owned by Katharina Fahrner had already won the Level 2 Open Futurity and now claimed the Level 3 as well scoring a 217.5. In 2014, Dennis Schulz and Whiz Ice were AustrianQHA Futurity Champion.
The Reserve Championship was earned by Gerald Freitag aboard Gimme Spangled Stars (Star Spangled Whiz x Shawnee Buena Chex) who scored a 216.5 for owner and breeder Judith Ernst.

Thus ended a spectacular AustrianRHA Futurity, which was commented by Futurity Champion Grischa Ludwig as follows: „Here in Wiener Neustadt, there is always a very high level of sport. In fact, the AustrianRHA Futurity is one of Europe’s top 3 events besides the Italian Futurity and the Breeders Futurity!“

22. Aug. 2015


Press Release August 21, 2015

AustrianRHA Futurity:

Marina Becker and Carlo Ambrosini leading in L4 after Non Pro Futurity Go Round 3-year-old Horses

In a field of 19, Marina Becker aboard her MJ Heavens Nite and 16-year-old Carlo Ambrosini aboard Saturday Night BH took the lead in Level 4 of the Non Pro Futurity Go Round 3-year-old horses. Both scored a 212.5. Davide Bonavita and PC Captain Win (AB Captain Badger x Sheza Will Win) placed third scoring a 210.5.
For Carlo Ambrosini, this also was the lead in Intermediate Non Pro (L3) as well as Level 1. In Intermediate Non Pro, Andrea Castrucci and RH Tariskeet placed second with a score of 211.5, in Level 1 it was Carlo Ambrosini again, this time upon Turbo Saturday Night (Saturdaynight Custom x ARC Hollywood Storm, 209.5).
MJ Heavens Nite is a sorrel AQHA stallion by Gunners Special Nite out of Gallo Del Blanco, who was bred by Julia Scharf. Marina Becker showed him at the 2015 NRHA Breeders Derby winning the SBHR Non Pro 3-year-old. Marina Becker is one of Germany’s leading Non Pros. This year, she claimed the NRHA European Futurity Championship Non Pro Level 4 aboard her Walla Whiz Crome.
Saturday Night BH is an AQHA mare by Saturdaynight Custom out of Be Aech Topsail, who was bred by Ambrosini Quarter Horses. Inspite of his young age, Carlo Ambrosini has been very succesfful already. He was 2014 IRHA Maturity Res. Champion Non Pro L2 and L1, placed 7th at the Italian Derby Non Pro L2 and claimed team gold at the 2013 FEI European Championship Junior Riders in Manerbio.

Andrea Iannetta takes lead after Futurity Non Pro Go Round L4 , 4-year-old Horses

In the Non Pro Futurity Go round of the 4-year-old horses, 22-year-old Italian Andrea Iannetta and his ER Baby Jane Surprise (One Gun x Surprise Moonlite) took the lead in Level 4 in a field of 36 scoring a 217 after a brilliant run. The two had already won the 2014 AustrianRHA Futurity Champion Non Pro 3-year-old horses.
Iannetta’s achievements include: 2006 IRHA Derby Non-Pro & Limited Non-Pro 5th, 2008 IRHA Futurity Non Pro 4th, gold medal at the 2009 FEI European Championship Junior riders and 2011 silver Young Riders. With his mare ER Baby Jane Surprise which was bred by Elisabetta Raviola, he was 2014 IRHA Futurity Non Pro Champion L4 and 3. CG Smart First Lady and Gabrile Carrarini were 3rd at the 2014 AustrianRHA Futurity Non Pro and 6th at the IRHA Futurity Non Pro Level 4
In Level 1, Shirley Schalcher from Switzerland took the lead and also placed second in Level 3 aboard Big and Sweet BB (Big Chex To Cash x Sweet Lil Diamond BB), scoring a 215.
With her stallion Shirley was IRHA Futurity Non Pro Res. Champion L 1 and NRHA European Futurity Finalist.
Matthias Schneeberger and Spark N Crome (Custom Crome x Spark N Pretty) placed second in Level 1 scoring a 214.5. The stallion was bred by Sandra Friesenbiller.


21. Aug. 2015


Press Release August 19, 2015

Das waren die Open Go Rounds der ARHA Futurity

$ 80,000-addred ARHA Futurity:
Cody Sapergia & Desire Big Chex take Lead
after Open Futurity Go round 3-year-old Horses

63 horses had been entered for the AustrianRHA Futurity Open go round of the 3-yeart-old horses. Very early, NRHA Million Dollar Rider and past NRHA World Champion Open Cody Sapergia took the lead in Level 4 Open aboard Franz Josef Braidt’s Desire Big Chex (Big Chex To Cash x Topsails Desire) – and kept it until the end. The flashy AQHA/APHA stallion who was bred by Carlo Orsi had some penalties in his turns because of overturning, but his ggod circles and especially the stops earned him a 215.5.
„Desire Big Chex is a real fun horse,“ said Cody afterwards. “He is a pretty mover and a great athlete. Dominik Reminder started him, and I got him last September. This is our first real show, and I’m happy with him. He stayed very relaxed. So for the final, we just try to stay out of penalties.“ Cody also rode another horse into the final for owner Franz Josef Braidt: Whiz Electric Spark (Jacs Electric Spark x Remmicks Whiz) scoring a 213 (8th place of the go round).
Three riders tied for second place in the Level 4 Open scoring a 215 each: FEI Res. European Champion Grischa Ludwig aboard Coeur Lee Boon MM (Coeur D Wright Stuff x Jaci Lee Boon MM) owned by Andreas Dick, Manuel Cortesi aboard PC Magnum Step Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Wimpys Precious Step) owned by Az Agr Cortesi Piero and Sylvia Rzepka aboard USS Nu Spook (Smart Spook x Nu Chex To Cash) owned by Gunther Fellinger.

Manuel Cortesi dominates L3 Go Round, Massimo Bellani L 1 and 2
So, Manuel Cortesi and PC Magnum Step Dream were also leading the Level 3 Open go round with Massimo Bellani aboard Matteo Gottardo‘s Valentine Trip (Taris Valentine x Dark Blue River) following on second place. Bellani and his stallion scored a 214.5 which was the lead in Level 2 and 1 Open.
In Level 2 Open, Raffaele Colacicco and OT Start Me Up owned by Marco Mele placed second scoring a 213.5, in Level 1 Open, Kristiaan Hermus aboard his Checkmybarbiesturbon (Barbies Dun It x Golden Bueno Checker) scoring a 212.5.

Dominik Reminder wins Futurity Go round Open 4-year-old horses
It was NRHA World Open Res. Champion Dominik Reminder who topped the Futurity Open Go round 4-year-old horses. In a field of 37, he scored a 219.5 aboard Luga Quarter Horses‘ La Marka de Gunner. With this paint mare by Colonels Smokin Gun out of Smokin Marquita, Reminder placed 6th at the 2014 NRHA Breeders Futurity SBH Open.
Second place in Level 4 Open went to Giuseppe Prevosti aboard Wimpys Little Chees (Wimpys Little Step x Tuck Oak Enterprise). The stallion bred by Ambrosini QH and owned by PL Partnership ASD scored a 218.5.

Miroslav Baniari leading in L 3, Manuel Cortesi in L 2 and Fabio Alfonsetti in L 1

In Level 3 Open, Miroslav Baniari took the lead aboard Starlit Spook (Smart Spook x Gay Light Star) scoring a 218. The AQHA gelding who was also third in Level 4 Open, was bred by Sterling Ranch and is owned by Wolfgang Hammer. With a 216.5, Manuel Cortesi and his gelding Wallach MP Gun It To Go Mars (Dun It Gotta Gun x Arc Martha Surprise) placed second. The horse was bred by Paolo Muccini.

Manuel Cortesi and his gelding also took the lead in Level 2 with Dennis Schulz and Whiz Ice (Laredo Whiz x Authentic Smarima) placing second with a score of 215. The stallion was bred by Helmut Schulz and is owned by Katharina Fahrner.

The Level 1 Open was won by Fabio Alfonsetti aboard Great Magnetic (Chic Magnetic x FQ Great Playgirl, owned by Giulio Trevisan) who scored a 212.5. Marco Vecchiutti and Sugar Yankee Chic (Rowdy Yankee x Dun It For Keeps) followed on second place scoring a 211. The mare was bred and is owned by Heike Nixdorf und Mario Karner.


20. Aug. 2015


Presseinformation 11.02.2015

$ 80.000 added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show
vom 19. bis 22. August Wr. Neustadt

Vom 19. bis 22. August 2015 ist die Anlage von H&D Schulz Quarter Horses in Wiener Neustadt wieder Gastgeber eines der höchstdotierten europäischen Reiningturniere, der Austrian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) Futurity und NRHA Show. Wieder geht es um ein garantiertes Preisgeld von $ 80.000 added, wobei allein auf die Level 4 Open bei den 3-jährigen Pferden $ 30.000 added entfallen. Neben den Futurity Klassen ist wie immer eine hochkarätige NRHA Ancillary Show ausgeschrieben. Nennschluss für die Futurity ist der 19. Juni. Auch danach kann natürlich genannt werden, jedoch wird ein Late Entry Fee fällig.
Die österreichische Futurity für 3- bzw. 4-jährige ist offen für alle Pferde. Die Futurity für 3-jährige Pferde ist in der Open in vier Levels ausgeschrieben. In der Non Pro werden drei Levels angeboten. Alle Klassen sind NRHA anerkannt. Die Ancillary Klassen zählen zudem zum ARHA Circuit. Das Richterteam setzt sich zusammen aus Eugenio Latorre, Pierre Ouellet, Adi Wagner, Francois Zurcher und Sylvia Katschker. Tomas Barta wird wieder Equipment Judge sein.

Selbstverständlich gibt es auch in diesem Jahr wieder die tägliche Turnierzeitung The Score, die von den Teilnehmern regelmäßig mit großer Begeisterung angenommen und auch in ihrer Online Version im Internet sehr gefragt ist. Sie erscheint nicht nur auf der Website der Futurity und der von Westernstar, sondern auf einer Vielzahl von internationalen Fachmedien. Teilweise blättern die Besucher noch Jahre nach der jeweiligen AustrianRHA Futurity in The Score. Überhaupt erfreut sich die AustrianRHA Futurity eines beachtlichen Echos in den Medien. Nicht nur die deutschsprachigen und internationalen Fachmedien (darunter auch der amerikanische Reiner) berichten im Vorfeld, während und nach der Show, sondern auch die regionalen Medien.
Ein voller Erfolg war 2014 der TV-Film „Feicht on Tour in Wiener Neustadt“. Die Austrian Futurity 2014 wurde von einem Filmteam des Formates begleitet. Heraus kam eine 29-minütige Sendung über das gesamte Event, die im TV Sender W24 ausgestrahlt wurde. Dieser rangiert im UPC Telekabel auf Platz 5 nach ORF, ATV und Puls4. Durch das positive Feedback der Zuseher wurde die Sendung insgesamt elf Mal an unterschiedlichen Tagen und zu unterschiedlichen Tageszeiten ausgestrahlt und erreichte über ca. 200.000 Zuschauer (laut Teletest). Auch die Online Zugriffe über seit der Erstausstrahlung vom 28.10 mit derzeit insgesamt 54.237 Zugriffe auf diese Sendung können sich sehen lassen. 3 %  der Zugriffe entfallen sogar auf interessierte Zuseher in den USA.

Informationen:Gerda Langer - ARHA Team, ARHA - Austrian Reining Horse Association, A - 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Tel. +43-2238-8484 mobil +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545,, Nennungen, Livescoring und Livestreaming:


11. Feb. 2015


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