The BO Ranch Maturity $10,000-added NRHA Open... all about Ann Fonck

Ann Fonck & Spook N Perla Ann Fonck & Spook N Perla Photo by © Tom Hautmann

It is truly a special year for Ann Fonck: she crossed the NRHA Million Dollar Mark at the NRHA European Affiliate Championship held in Denmark becoming the second lady professional to join the elite group.

The week prior to the BO Ranch Maturity, Fonck and Diego Dalla Gassa’s Gunners Specialolena, a 5-year-old double registered AQHA/APHA mare by NRHA’s Three Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite out of Dolly Jac Olena, took first place honors at the 2019 AMERICANA €40.000-added NRHA Open. In La-Chapelle-la Reine the talented Belgian professional rode two of her favorite 2019 horses to both first and second place honors. With Spook N Perla (NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Shine On Ruff)  owned by Golden Paint Ranch, Ann performed to a 223 for the lead. She also conquered the second step of the podium riding Sabine Lisec and Chuck Klipel’s Made In Walla (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz x Hollyood Made) with a 221 score. “I truly love both these horses, and they’ve both given me so much so far,” she said. “Once again they were so good for me today and I must say that I am extremely lucky to be able to ride wonderful horses, have  great horse owners, and be able to work with my husband, who gives me the opportunity to do what I love doing. I would like to thank Greg and Claire Morat for everything they have done to make this place exceptional: great organization, ‘wow’ ground and a super place for our horses to be.”

Saturday Ancillary Action

Manon Waelbers and Navajos Lil Wimp, NRHA Rookie Level 1 and Level 2 Champions; Marianne Schwab and her Einsteins Mega, NRHA France Rookie Level 1 Champions; Roger Schwab and his own Taris Roostin Rose NRHA France Rookie Level 2 Champions.

By Simona Diale/IHP