Zehetbauer and SS Pretty Nifty Clinch the $119.850-added IRHA/IRHBA NRHA Non Pro 3-year-old Futurity Championship presented by DeNiroBootCo

Zehetbauer and SS Pretty Nifty Clinch the $119.850-added IRHA/IRHBA NRHA Non Pro 3-year-old Futurity Championship presented by DeNiroBootCo credits Bonaga Communication

The first 3-year-old Futurity Champions were crowned today in Cremona, Italy, where the $600.000-added IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity is being held. Up for grabs were the titles in the GD Performance Horses $199.840-added Non Pro Futurity. Closing the day was the $109.140-added Quarter Dream 4-year-old Open Futurity.

Level 4

After topping the $63,665-added Level (L)4 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Non Pro 3-year-old Level qualifier, Anna Maria Zehetbauer riding SS Pretty Nifty owned by Zeidelhof Reining Horses today captured the spotlight by scoring a 217 to win the Championship.

Last in the draw, and with a 214 to beat in order to lead the Level (L)4 division, the Austrian rider laid down a 217 for the win. “I purchased my horse as a yearling in the U.S. from Silver Spurs Equine,” she said about her mare by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire A Sparkling Vintage out of Custom Nifty Nic bred by Silver Spurs Equine. “I started her and trained her on my own with help from Brett Stone in the U.S., and went on to show her in the ARHA Austrian Futurity and in the NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity where we won the L4 Non Pro titles in both events. I’m super happy that she with the win here, I like her so much as she is so nice to show and look forward to the future together. Since May this year our show horses are stationed at Roleski Ranch under the guidance of Lukacz Czechowitz and the rest are at home in Austria at our facility.”

Level 3

Winning the $32,768-added L3 title as well as the L4 Reserve Championship with a 214 score was Italy’s Carlo Ambrosini and Spookstep (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Spooks O Lena), a stallion owned and bred by Ambrosini Quarter Horses. “Another win, a win that I was waiting for a long time, as the Futurity is one of the events that I have never managed to win. I'm very happy because today I rode a horse that we were not sure whether or not to take to this show, but in the end, we decided to take a risk and he proved to be a great horse. He’s a home-bred, so double satisfaction! I thank [NRHA Professionals] Giuseppe Prevosti and Cristian Dalla Pozza and all the fantastic team that I am lucky enough to have at home thanks to my family".

Vittorio De Iulio and EP Roostyation (Spatatino x Peppy Little Jackie) a stallion owned by Fabio De Iulio and bred by Emanuele Pagano scored a 209.5 for reserve honors in the L3 division.

Level 2 & Level 1

Taking both the $14,044-added L2 and $ 9,362-added L1 Championships was Italian Alberto Baroni riding his own Millenium Monwhoa who was thrilled with the results and titles earned in his very first major event. “He is a truly amazing horse, he has an incredible heart and I am mainly happy for him because he deserves these titles,” said Baroni about his gelding by Mifillenium out of Marilyn Monwhoa bred by Vittorio Rabboni. “I have been riding under the guidance of Arno [Girinon] at Rabboni Performance Horses since August when I purchased him and I would like to thank for the infinite patience he has with me, all his special team with whom I got along very well with from the beginning, and the Rabboni family. A futurity title was on my bucket list and it’s a dream come true!

17-year-old Elia Kompatscher of Italy and X Da Vinci Code (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Electric Code x Spanish Eita) owned by Alois Kompatscher and bred by Viktoria Pardeller scored a 209 to win both the L2 and L1 Reserve Championships.

Photos by Bonaga Communication

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