State-of-the-Art BO Ranch Welcomes the 2019 Maturity

Bernard Fonck & Shiners Voodoo Bernard Fonck & Shiners Voodoo Photo by © Tom Hautmann
September 11, 2019

BO Ranch, Europe’s newest and most exclusive facility dedicated to showing and breeding reining horses, officially opened its doors to international competition welcoming over 130 horses taking part in the inaugural $55,000-added BO Ranch Maturity.

Provided by Simona Diale/IHP — The $26,000-added Open Maturity qualifier saw NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck take the lead in the Level (L)4 division riding Shiners Voodoo (Shiners Voodoo Dr x BR China Rose) for owned Kimberly Wegner. The flashy palomino, who boasts over $55,500 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE), slid Bernard’s wife, Ann, to the 2018 NRHA European L4 Open Derby Championship. Bernard, who has been showing him since the beginning of this year, was quick to praise the beautiful French facility. “Showing here is absolutely incredible,” he said. “Not only is the facility amazing, the organization is great and the ground is awesome.” Owner, Greg Morat, purchased the ground used at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen, France, with the intent of providing only the best. “When I discovered reining, I was immediately hooked by the feeling and the perfect connection you get when you ride a reining horse. I like the finesse and the technicality it requires, as well as the balance of power you have with the horse. I became so passionate that I started looking for a high standard facility to train my horses, organize international reining competitions and share my passion with other people,” he said. “Hosting the first event here is a dream come true and I hope that all riders, owners, breeders and fans will join us and enjoy it as much as I do.”

In the L3 and L2 qualifiers, yet another Belgian rode to the top score: Tiara von Dongen. With Mr Gun WR San Jo (San Jo Freckles x Smokes Covergirl), owned by Marleen Suttels, between the reins, von Dongen rode to a 214.5 score. Taking the lead in the L1 was French Clemence Neveux aboard Frankiegostoholywod (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown x CN Missilenium), an 8-year-old gelding owned by Thomas Soutric. The pair are fresh off their NRHA European L1 Open Derby Co-Championship.

The action continues on Thursday with the first go round of the $16,500-added BO Ranch Non Pro division of the Maturity, a competition open to horses 6-years-old and up.

Photos by Tom Hautmann

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