2021 ERCHA/NRCHA Hackamore Classic Recap
Provided by International Horse Press— Open to 4- and 5-year-old horses ridden in a hackamore, the 2021 ERCHA/NRCHA Hackamore Classic, originally scheduled to take place at Bonda Ranch, due to German’s COVID-19 restrictions took place in Travagliato and came to a close on June 6.

On Sunday, the Open divisions were the sole focus to complete the National Reined Cow Horse Association 2021 DT Horses Western Derby. The cattle were quick and the horses were on fire, making the nearly 1,000 spectators in the Equidome at WestWorld of Scottsdale bring the noise.  

It started with a solid two sets of Limited Open and Intermediate Open finalists at 8 a.m. Then, at noon, the Open finalists took to the arena dirt to ride for their share of a $208,076.29 purse. When the last cow circled up, it was Corey Cushing on top of the Open.

World No. 2 Kaique Pacheco battles through two re-rides to tie for fourth in the opening round of action, and inch within 23 points of No. 1 Jose Vitor Leme

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In front of a raucous crowd inside Jacksonville’s VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Joao Henrique Lucas (Bastos, Brazil) delivered the high-marked ride of his career to win Round 1 of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast Bad Boy Mowers Invitational, presented by Union Home Mortgage.

Cremona, May 22— The 2020 Arcese / MS Diamonds TX €204.000,00-added IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Open Futurity Finals closed the first major event held in Europe this year. Held in conjunction with the 2020 NRHA European Futurity and the ELEMENTA Italian Reining Championship Finals in Cremona, Italy, over 600 horses made their way to the city of violins vying for the prestigious titles.

Cremona, May 21—The 2020 Quarter Dream €96.000,00-added IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Non Pro Futurity provided tons of excitement on Friday night in Cremona, Italy. Second to last to go, Fabio De Iulio and his own Gunnaroostyah (NRHA Four Million Sire Gunnatrashya x Del Cielo Shining), bred by Carlo Orsi, scored a 214.5 to take the €51.000,00-added Level 4 Non Pro Championship.

Cremona, May 20—The 2020 edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity, held concurrently with the 2020 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity in Cremona, Italy, wrapped up on Thursday night with the €160.623,00-added European Futurity Open Finals.
Nailing the €71.000,00-added Level (L)4 Open and €48.000,00-added L3 Championships with a strong performance paid back by the judges with a 223.5 was Manuel Cortesi of Italy riding AR Vintage Dream owned by Azienda Agricola Cortesi Pietro. The duo had tied to lead the qualifier and bettered his score by a point and a half in the Finals. “This is truly a great horse who has always shown me how generous he is,” said Cortesi about his mount by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire A Sparkling Vintage out of Sweet Candy Dream. “He was bred by Luigi Parise and nominated by Elisabetta Raviola, who we purchased him from as a 2-year-old. I’ve had him in training since and showed him at the 2019 IRHA Open Futurity where we had the highest composite score after the go rounds. Unfortunately, he had an injury the night before the finals and we had to retire him from competition for a while. Because of the pandemic, he had more time to reach tip-top condition and after showing him for the first time at a regional show a month ago, we came back to Cremona to make up for the lost time and I am thrilled because he truly deserves this!” The pair also took home the 2020 IRHA 4-year-old L4 Open Futurity title.

Cremona, May 20— “I was really lucky this event was postponed,” said a thrilled Gina Schumacher who at first didn’t think she would be able to show in the 2020 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity held in Cremona, Italy, in conjunction with the 2020 Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity and Italian Championship Finals.
The young German rider not only made it to Italy, she performed to the highest score— a 223.5— in the qualifying go round, rode to top honors in the NRHA European Futurity Level (L)4 Non Pro Finals, all aboard One Mr JJ (Colonels Shining Gun x QHR Jamaica Express), where she also claimed reserve honors. “I showed ‘JJ,’ in the NRHA Non Pro Futurity in the U.S., where we made the finals, and then went on to show him in the U.S. He only arrived in Europe five days before this show, and that was a big gamble,” said Schumacher about the stallion owned and nominated by XCS Ranch LLC and bred by Brent Loseke. “I’m really happy it worked out and he was truly amazing here from day one. I have to thank Ann and Bernard Fonck for following up our training before coming here, and during the show. Now the plan is to go to some schooling shows and see what will come up for us.”

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