The first 2019 NRHA European Affiliate Champions are crowned!

NRHA European Affiliate Championship - Rookie Professional Podium NRHA European Affiliate Championship - Rookie Professional Podium Photos by Troullioud Fotografie

The second day of the $23,800-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championship and $21,800-added NRHA Show held at the Tuse Creek Ranch in Regstrup, Denmark, offered a full day of reining competition in the beautiful Mega Arena. Close to 150 horses with riders representing 12 Nations (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden) are at the Scandinavian show vying for the prestigious titles. Today, the first Championship crown was conquered and it took a run-off to determine who would wear it.

Regstrup, July 17 — Provided by Simona Diale, IHP — In a field of 11 qualifiers, Jolien Rottiers of Belgium riding ND Spooks Shaggy Gun owned by SV Quarter Horses and Dutch Mariska Hak aboard her own Ripped Wrangler both scored a 214 tying for the lead in the $500-added NRHA European Affiliate Rookie Professional Championship. After the two came back to the arena, the title, with a 215.5 score, was for Hak. “I am thrilled with this win,” said the young professional. “It’s tough to qualify, to tie for the lead and to come back for the run-off. The good thing about running off is that if you’re not first, you’re surely second! I’m super happy with this title, especially since I’ve had this horse for five years; he’s now 12 years old, he’s always been good for me and I love him to death.” Rottiers settled for the second step of the podium. “I was really excited, I didn’t expect to tie for the highest score nor to have to come back and perform again,” she said. “This is a great result and I could not be any happier.” The third step of the podium, with a 211.5, went to Sweden’s Jan Persson riding Mikael Körner’s Tangys Walla Whiz. “I rode this horse last year and got her back in training three weeks ago,” said Persson. “I did not expect to do so well, considering that we come from the northern part of Sweden where there aren’t very many reiners, so I am very happy with this result we achieved. She's a small mare with a big heart.”            
The great competition in a relaxed atmosphere will come back tomorrow where, following the NRHA Youth 13 & Under class, the NRHA European Affiliate Rookie, Limited Open and Intermediate Non Pro Champions will be determined. Adding to the excitement will also be $2,000-added NRHA Intermediate Open.
Wednesday NRHA Ancillary Action:

·  Co-champions in the NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2, with a 141.5 score, were Britta Spies and her Chics Special Nite along with Liza Groot Severt riding her Its Five to Midnight.

·  Sliding from Finland to Denmark to win the $500-added NRHA Limited Open with a great 143.5 were Pete Perkiö and his Winchesteratomic. Second place honors, a half-point behind, was Tor Erik Eggen riding Hollys Final Spark for TP Ranch.

·  Congratulations Line Faxe from Denmark for winning the World Para Reining class aboard Rayo Del Cielo, owned by Jytte Andersen. Linda is the first Scandinavian rider to take part in the Para Reining classes.

·  It took a run-off to determine the NRHA Youth 14-18 winners and the champions were Amalie Johansen and Shirley Spook. Second place, after the two went back to the Mega Arena, went to Oskar Eriksson and Legends Topsail.

·  Three ladies tied to win the NRHA Rookie Level 1 and Rookie Level 2 with a 144 score: Silke Hendrix and her AM Lil Birdy Gun, Anna-Maria Zehetbauer riding Big Leo Gun and Kyra te Paske atop Hit The Rode Jac.
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