Lyon, October 31—The 2021 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby presented by Markel and sponsored by NRHA Corporate Partner Cardinal Reining closed the reining arena at Equita Lyon, Lyon, France, with a great Euro66,000-added Non Pro Finals. In a field of 29 finalists, Italian Fabio De Iulio rode his stallion RS Cronos Jac, a 2016 American Quarter Horse by RS Great Jac Feona out of RS Shadow Olena, to an impressive 218.5 to claim the Level (L) 4 Championship.

Lyon, October 30–Saturday at Equita Lyon, Lyon, France, provided thrills and excitement as the 114,000€-added*-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Derby Finalists vied for the titles in the four divisions in front of a full house.

With a 227 score to beat posted by Mirko Midili in the second section, and with only two finalists left to go, Lukasz Czechowicz of Poland rode Frozen Shining Gun, a 2016 American Quarter Horse gelding by Colonels Shining Gun out of Frozen Slide, owned by Katarzyna Roleska, to a great ride paid back by the judges with a 227.5 and the Level L(4) Open Championship presented by LL Tecnologie.

Lyon, October 29–Following the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby Open and Non Pro Qualifiers, horses and riders who made the Finals took a day off in sunny Lyon, France, where the event presented by Markel Insurance and sponsored by NRHA Corporate Partner Cardinal Reining Horses is taking place.

Lyon, October 28—The 2021 edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby held during Equita Lyon, Lyon, France, welcomed the €66,000€-added* Non Pro Derby (*subject to change in nominations), presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Markel Insurance with the support of gold sponsor NRHA Corporate Partner Cardinal Reining Horses.
Performing to a great ride, Dries Verschueren of Belgium rode Smart Little Ruffle (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up) to a 217, enough to lead the Level (L)4 and L3 qualifiers. The 6-year-old American Quarter Horse mare is owned by Golden Paint Ranch.

Lyon, October 27—The National Reining Horse Asociation (NRHA) European Derby presented by NRHA Corporate Partner Markel—Official Insurance Partner of NRHA— officially opened the doors to competition in Equita Lyon, Lyon, France, today. Open riders vying for the $114,000*-added Euro Derby titles showed in the qualifier which counted 80 horse-rider combinations entered in the four levels.

October, 24—Provided by International Horse Press— The 2021 NRHA Germany Breeders 4-year-old Open Futurity Finals concluded the week-long show at the Pferdesportzentrum Ostbayernhalle in Kreuth, Germany. 146 riders aboard 235 horses met to compete during the whole week and the best horse-rider combinations returned on Saturday for the 4-year-old Non Pro and Open Finals.

Kreuth, October 24—By International Horse Press—Nadia Schieder entered the pen as the last competitor in the finals aboard her gelding RM Spooksgottastar (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Starmax Rm). After winning all four levels of the go round with a 215 score, Schieder did not expect to do even better in the Finals, so she was very excited about her run which she closed with a 218.5: “I am just so happy. I have never had the opportunity to ride such a good horse. He was bred by our friend [Massimo Rudari] and trained by my husband [Italian Professional Max Ruggeri] from the beginning for our clients and about a month ago they decided to sell him, so we purchased him and it was the best choice in a long time.” The Italian rider shared that when she went to his stall before the run, the horse neighed at her. “That was a sign…after the run, I told my husband ‘now he is a true non pro horse,’” said the smiling Champion after claiming the titles in all four levels. Schieder next plans to show her horse in Cremona, Italy at the Italian Reining Horse Futurity, and then she will give him a long winter break surely deserves.

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