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2021 Ercha/Nrcha Autumn Show, and What a Show!

Federico Fanti & WR Smart N Slinky Federico Fanti & WR Smart N Slinky Photos by 8 Photo Agency
November 10, 2021

The 2021 $4,950-added ERCHA/NRCHA Autumn Show in Travagliato, Italy, concluded the 2021 European Reined Cow Horse show season.67 riders and 80 horses met to compete during the weekend vying for the Autumn Show Championships and Regional Finals awards.

WR Smart N Slinky guides Fanti to the ERCHA/NRCHA Autumn Show Open and Limited Open Championships
Winning the $2,500-added Open as well as the $200-added Limited Open Championship was Federico Fanti of Italy riding 5-year-old WR Smart N Slinky, an American Quarter Horse mare sired by WR This Cats Smart out of Chupikas Real Jewel for proud owner Massimo Morenghi.

The duo, who also scored the highest in the herd work (73 score), added to the 71.5 in the rein work closed the cow work class with a 73.5 score for a total composite of 218, which secured them the win! “This was an incredible and tough week because at the same time I decided to also show in the NCHA Futurity in Cremona. The Autumn Show worked out perfectly from day one during which there was the rein work class which is always my weak point. Getting to the last day fence work class with an advantage over two European Cow Horse legends as Giovanni [Campanaro] and Markus [Schopfer] was really an amazing feeling, just as it has been all this week!”.

With a 217 composite, reserve honors in the Open division went to Giovanni Campanaro aboard Loris Paone’s Shesa Genuinelypepto, an American Quarter Horse mare sired by Oaks Lone Pepto out of Genuinely Snapper.

Sharing Reserve honors with a 211 composite in the Limited Open division was Pietro Tuberga riding R J One More Rooster (MR Onemore Max x Chinese Rooster), owned by Azienda Agricola Adriano Ponsetto, and Maria Giulia Fanti with Claudio Ferrami’s SA Ret Hickory N San (Ret Great N San out of  Hickory Sanote).

2021 ERCHA/NRCHA $500-added Non Pro and $100-added Amateur Autumn Show
The Championship was for Marie Mura riding her own Woody Choco Pepto (Stylin Dual x Mamaws Little Pepto). The French rider and her horse won with a 213.5 composite score (rein work 71, herd work 71, fence work 71.5).

“I still cannot believe I won! I bought Woody Choco Pepto as a yearling from a French breeder, William [Coulomb] literally a small foal hidden in a paddock! We let him grow up and at age 2 we broke him. Since he was not a big horse, we decided that he would become my horse; he was more a ‘girl-size’ horse. He was very easy and he immediately showed us he had the quality to be a good cow horse! I started showing him when he was 3 in France. The year after we started to travel to Italy for bigger events. My mistakes and our lack of experience in the past never allowed us to achieve good results! This year, for his fifth birthday, I really wanted to show him in an aged event: The Hackamore Classic. I asked Markus Schopfer for help with his training in a bosal—something brand new for me and Choco. The Autumn Show was the last event of the year but above all the last special event for Choco!
The first day we did good in the rein work. I was a little stressed in the herd work since we were leading the ranking and the level of the horses was really high. The cows were great, and turn backs also, so I was very happy when a 71 score appeared on the leaderboard and I realized we were still at the top of the standings with a half-point lead. In the Fence Work, with all my competitors riding big, powerful horses, and me with my little Choco and his small legs, I really didn’t think I could win against them! But he’s a fighter with a big heart and that made the difference! And I had the chance to raise a trophy that I never imagined I could win!
I’m blessed to share my love for horses with my husband [William Coulomb], to have my family behind me who takes good care of my son when we’re out showing, all the great persons that work with us and a bunch of friends always ready to cheer for us! My dream is to have a horse I can ride in the respect of traditions, so next year me and Choco will start working in two reins, plus I’m practicing in roping too (which is my other big passion) because there will probably be a special event in France with the steer stopping in a cow horse show. So, during this winter break, I’ll definitely bring out my ropes!”

One point behind Gabriele Poli Barberis clinched the Reserve Championship with Purrsuasion under the saddle. The 4-year-old American Quarter Horse, owned by his family’s Ranch Az. Agricola Samisa Ranch, is sired by Meteles Cat and out of Spooks Twilight.

Nicola Succu riding Alessia Campi’s A Nite With Marilyn (Gunners Special Nite x LDL Marilyn Chex) won the Non Pro Limited Championship with a 208.5 composite score.

“I had a lot of fun at this show where there were a lot of horses from other European countries,” said Succu. “I was hoping to be able to do a little better in fence work, without the penalties I would have been able to place well in the Non Pro too. However, I am very satisfied. Cow Horse is a demanding discipline; you need a lot of training and this was my first show season in this discipline. I know I still need a lot of experience and I will take advantage of the winter break to ride as much as possible. This horse passion is so big that whenever I can, work permitting, I ride. My mare is a 4-year-old, trained by Giovanni [Campanaro], who together with Giacomo Caruso I would like to thank very much for everything. Next year the intention is to compete in the Derby, and at the same time work on the other horse I own, a 3-year-old that could compete in the Open Futurity with Giovanni in the saddle.”

Reserve honors went to Eleonora Terzi aboard Luca Terzi’s Cap Bet Rey Boon (Playful Bet x Bet Yer Reys). The duo closed the show with a 205.5 score.

2021 ERCHA/NRCHA Autumns Show All Ages Herd Work.
Winning the Open with a  74.5 score was Samuele Poli Barberis riding American Quarter Horse stallion Cats Got Freckles (WR This Cats Smart x Playboys Girl) owned by Luca Terzi.

Giorgia Girardello topped the All Ages Non Pro class with a 72 score aboard her own Freckles A Smart Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Freckles Gin Fizz).

ERCHA/NRCHA $600-added Open Bridle and $100-added Limited Open
Alessandro Coppari and his own Thaz A Boy (ARC Tora Tora out of Snap And Twist) scored a 72 in the rein work and a big 74 in the fence work for a 146 total composite and the win

Second place, with a 142 score (rein work 72, fence work 74), went to French professional William Coulomb riding Patrick Richard’s Smart Bobby Time (Acres Of Time x Smartaz Honey). The pair also won the ERCHA/NRCHA $300-added Open Two Reins with a 139 score.

Czech Tomas Barta scored a 140 (rein work 70, fence work 70) to place second in the Limited Open Bridle division aboard Sugars Smartest Lena (Honky Tonky Player x Sugars Doc Tari) owned by Andrea Popp.

ERCHA/NRCHA $250-added Non Pro Bridle
Taking the win were Gabriele Poli Barberis and American Quarter Horse stallion Highbrow Fletch (Royal Fletch x Lil Sally Cat), owned by Az. Agricola Samisa Ranch. The duo, also part of the winning team Italy at the 2021 Nations Cup hosted by Americana, already proved their consistency during the season, and this time took the win with a 144 composite (rein work 71.5, fence work 72.5).

Second place honors, with a 141.5 total score (rein work 70, fence work 71.5) went to Franck Duclos of France aboard his own Nic For Me (Dualin For Me x Lolita Nic).

Fabio Giacalone riding his Smart Speedy (Smart Easy Deal x OT Boompepp) won both the ERCHA-NRCHA Non Pro Limited Bridle and 1K Non Pro Limited Bridle classes with a 131 score (rein work 69.5, fence work 71.5). Giulia Fasani and Peptos Lil Bingo scored a 140 (rein work 70, fence work 70) to get the silver medal in the 1K Non Pro Limited Bridle. Marta Bossi and her own DG Reypep Quixote (Roany Rey x Smartys Rockin Scoot) placed second with a 140.5 composite (rein work 68.5, fence work 72), and on the final day of show she improved her score and managed to win the ERCHA Novice Riders with a 142 (rein work 71, fence work 71), followed two points behind by Valentina Beccalli and her own CS Thaz Pepper Time, sired by Acres Of Time out of Redskin O Lena (rein work 69, fence work 71). Beccalli and her mount also won the ERCHA/NRCHA Novice Non Pro Bridle with another consistent 140 composite (rein work 69.5, fence work 70.5). Peter Trixner of Austria placed second with a 132.5 composite (rein work 67, fence work 65.5) riding his own CR Tuff Boon Pickens (Woody Be Tuff x CR Dees Boon Meow).

Karl Simon of Austria placed first in the ERCHA/NRCHA Beginning Fence Work with his own Bricks Smart Player (Jac O Rima x Avril Smart Play) between the reins. The duo closed with a 130.5 composite (rein work 65, fence work 65). Just half point behind Maria Laura Castignetti and DG Boon Pepto Rey (Roany Rey x Bergals Jazy Taz) took reserve honors (rein work 65, fence work 65).

Topping the ERCHA/NRCHA $300-added Open Hackamore with a 140.5 composite (rein work 69.5, fence work 71) was Samuele Poli Barberis riding Easy Smart Boons (Smart Easy Deal x Blue Boons Lil Sue); Nicola Carlomagno and SVE Jet Enterprise (MR Jet Fire x Gin Oak Enterprise) co-owned by himself and Elisa Actis placed second with a 131.5 total score (rein work 66.5, fence work 65).

Talented Mura and her mount Woody Choco Pepto also won the ERCHA/NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore class with a 141 score (rein work 69, fence work 72.5), followed in second place by Shirley Schalcher of Switzerland riding her own SS Smart Cash N Cerry (Big And Sweet BB x Miss Flipstick). The latter also won the ERCHA/NRCHA $300-added Non Pro Two Reins with a 141.5 score (rein work 70.5, fence work 71) followed, with a 136 score (rein work 68.5, fence work 67.5), by Dr. Peter Kun of Hungary with his RJ Smart Gunpowder (ILL Be Smart x RJ Tough Feather) under the saddle

ERCHA Novice Horse Open winners were Italian Markus Schopfer riding past NRHA Intermediate Open World Champion Jokin Whiz (Who Whiz It x Jokin Peppy). The long-time friends scored 141 (rein work 70.5, fence work 70.5).

William Coulomb and Snapper Solano placed second scoring a 138.5 (rein work 71.5, fence work 67).
In the ERCHA Novice Horse Non Pro class to duos scored the same 137.5, Andrea Ambrogiani riding his own Me To The Light (Me To The Bar x Lynx Star Light), and Emanuela Allevato aboard her own Hot Smart CD (Smart Easy Deal x Hot Tamale Baby). Following the NRCHA rule, the latter took the win due to the highest score in the fence work.

The ERCHA Regional Finals, open to riders who qualified during the year, crowned the year-end Champions:

Open Bridle Regional
Champion: Tomas Barta and Sugars Smartest Lena
Reserve Champion: Tomas Barta and Bricks Smart Player

Non Pro Bridle Regional
Champion: Franck Duclos and Nic For Me
Reserve Champion: Karl Simon and Bricks Smart Player

Beginning Fence Work Regional
Champion: Karl Simon and Bricks Smart Player
Reserve Champion: Martin Mareš and Silver Badger Poo

Novice Riders Regional
Champion: Carolina Baronetti and As Smart Lil Dancer
Reserve Champion: Karl Simon and Bricks Smart Player

Non Pro Limited Bridle Regional
Champion: Giovanni Martini and Future Cat
Reserve Champion: Karl Simon and Bricks Smart Player

1K Non Pro Limited Bridle Regional
Champion: Karl Simon and Bricks Smart Player

Novice Horse Open Regional
Champion: Franck Ayache and Maquistador
Reserve Champion: Radek Holub and Silver Freckle Bodee

Novice Horse Non Pro Regional
Champion: Sarah Destefanis and Hot As Wasabi
Reserve Champion: Emanuela Allevato and Hot Smart CD

Open Two Reins Regional
Champion: William Coulomb and Smart Bobby Time

Non Pro Two Reins Regional
Champion: Dr. Peter Kun and RJ Smart Gunpowder

Open Hackamore Regional
Champion: Tomas Barta and One Smart Sultan

Non Pro Hackamore Regional
Champion: Marie Mura and Woody Choco Pepto

Herdwork All Ages Open Regional
Champion: William Coulomb and Smart Bobby Time
Reserve Champion: Martin Mareš and Silver Badger Poo

Herdwork All Ages Non Pro Regional
Champion: Damiano Avigni and Kittenish
Reserve Champion: Giorgia Girardello and Freckles A Smart Cat

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