The IRHA-NRHA 4-year-old Open Final closed the night with an almost predicted success: on the podium were two riders that were both in the lead in the qualifier with a change of horse for the Reserve Championship where Gennaro Lendi conquered second place honors with Frozen N Rooster and not with Maytheforcebewhizyou.

The finals of the 2018 IRHA/NRHA 4-year-old Non Pro counted 27 finalists representing six nations (Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, Poland and Switzerland).  Taking home the Level (L)4 and L3 Championship was Laura Dalla Gassa of Italy riding Gunners Special Olena, an own daughter of NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite out of Dolly Special Lena.

The fifth day of competition at the 2018 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity determined the Euro 390.000-added 3-year-old Open Futurity finalists.

Crey Zee Good

December 10, 2018

Even with a score of 222 points, as first to work in the 21-horse NCHA Open Futurity Finals, Crey Zee and Tatum Rice were plenty vulnerable. Last year’s winning score was 228 points, marked by Austin Shepard and Dual Reyish. And the last time a score of 222 won the event was in 2008, when Metallic Cat and Beau Galyean claimed the championship. Both Shepard and Galyean, as well as three other past NCHA Futurity champions were in Sunday’s Finals, as well.

Today, the first go-round of the IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA 3-year-old Santa Hill Ranch/ACS 3-year-old Non Pro Futurity determined the first finalists of the ‘big’ Futurity held in Europe. The first go-round, second section, of the Open Futurity was also held today. The finalists will be determined on Tuesday, December 11, following the second go-round.

Cade Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., scored 222 points on Friday night to win the 2018 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Finals. Lindy Ashlock, Abilene, Tex., scored 218 points for the reserve championship, while Blakley Colgrove, Boligee, Ala., and Alexa Stent, Aledo, Tex., tied with 217 points to split third and fourth places.

A new record was set Monday, in Session I of Western Bloodstock Ltd.’s NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, when Tin Man, by Metallic Cat, sold for $500,000. The previous record was $400,000 for Eight Mile, by Metallic Cat, in the 2014 NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale.

 

An unparalleled era of rodeo excellence will end at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, as King of the Cowboys Trevor Brazile closes the book on full-time professional rodeo competition. Though we have not seen the last of the winningest cowboy of all time, the 23-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion will no longer compete at an NFR-qualifying pace. Brazile’s rodeo schedule will be greatly reduced in 2019. With some of the new, big-money opportunities available in rodeo today, anything is mathematically possible. But the NFR will no longer be his focus.

Olympic silver individual and gold team medallist duo, Isabell Werth and Weihegold Old, have topped the FEI Dressage World Rankings once again, (2742 points), following their win  in the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music at the Sweden International Horse Show ("Saab Top Ten Dressage 2018") in Stockholm (SWE) this weekend. The famous combination, who were number one for almost two years, from November 2016, only sat in second place for a couple of months behind Laura Graves and Verdades (USA). The American duo now drop back to second place again with 2714 points.