Fonck rides Shiners Voodoo to the BO Ranch Open Maturity Championship

Bernard Fonck & Shiners Voodoo Bernard Fonck & Shiners Voodoo Photos by © Tom Hautmann

The duo made up of NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck and Shiners Voodoo took the lead in the qualifying go round of the $26,000-added BO Ranch Level (L)4 Open Maturity. Draw #1 in the second section of the Finals, the pair performed to a 224.5 and their score held until the end which secured them the title. The 6-year-old stallion by Shiners Voodoo DR out of BR China Rose, owned by Kimberly Wegner, added the Open Maturity Championship to his accolades and $55,500 NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). “I started riding this horse at the beginning of this year as my wife, Ann, had three open horses to show so she passed the reins to me,” said the Belgian professional. “He’s a really powerful horse with a lot of talent and I like him a lot. He did good for me here from day one and I must say that the facility and organization here made it great for us to show.”

Provided by Simona Diale/IHP — Taking the L3 and L2 Open Maturity titles as well as the L4 Open Reserve Championship was Bastien Bourgeois of France. Riding ARH Trashy Surprise for owner Manuela Masson on home turf, he scored a 222.5. “I am really happy with our performance tonight,” he said about the 6-year-old stallion sired by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya out of ARC Lena Surprise. “I’ve had this great horse since he was a yearling and I broke and trained him. He is very athletic and talented, but we’ve never actually made it to the top step of the podium together so this championship really means a lot to me. What makes this win even more special is having Axel [Pesek], who I coached as a non pro, taking home great results here tonight as well.”

Bastien Bourgeois and ARH Trashy Surprise

Axel Pesek, who represented his country, France, at the past FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon, showed his team mate Uncle Sparky to win the L1 Open Championship as well as the L3 and L2 Reserve Championship. The 9-year-old stallion, owned by owned by Yannick Pesek, is sired by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Shining Spark out of Cats Okey Dokey. “We entered the four levels here because we knew he was ready— mentally and physically — for this event,” said the 19-year-old. “He proved us right both in the go round and in the finals tonight. He’s always with me, we know each other inside out and it’s almost as if we were one entity! I will always be grateful to him because he has made me who I am today and gave me the courage to give up my non pro status. I know that we will do a lot more together and I really look forward to showing his offspring in the futurities next year.”

Axel Pesek and Uncle Sparky

Taking the L1 Open Reserve Championship was Clémence Neveux, also of France, riding her 2019 NRHA European L1 Open Co-Reserve Champion
 Frankiegoestoholywod. The 8-year-old gelding sired by NRHA Two Million Dollar Hollywoodtinseltown out of CN Misselnium is owned by Thomas Soutric. The duo made the finals in all four levels and closed their run with a 219.5.

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