Irha/Irhba/Nrha 3-year-old Santa Hill/ACS Non Pro Futurity: The go-round

Gina Schumacher and Colonels Danger Zone Gina Schumacher and Colonels Danger Zone Photo by Andrea Bonaga
December 09, 2018

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.

The number of entries of the Euro 180.000-added 3-year-old Non Pro Futurity has almost doubled since the 2017 edition: 81 (44 in the Level (L)4, 48 in the L3, 57 in the L2 and 44 in the L1) as opposed to 44 last year. The answer probably lies in the added money, thanks to the main sponsors, Santa Hill Ranch/ACS.

Two young riders, Lisa Werdanerand Andreu Nogue Puig, were the main actors in the qualifier. Italy’s Werdaner leads the L3 and L2 with a 216.5 score and was in the lead until German Gina Schumacher, riding Colonels Danger Zone (Lil Gun x Step Up And Play), bred by Paul and Pam Rohus of Double PR Ranch, Valley View, Texas, stepped up a notch and scored a 217. The stallion, owned by CS Ranch Management, has won $5,000 in NRHA competition following his co-championship, between Schumacher’s reins, at the 2018 Belgium 3-year-old Futurity.

Not only does Werdaner lead the L3 and L2, riding her Pl Special Surprise, a gelding by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite out o ARC Martha Surprise and bred by Luigi Parise, she is also the AIQH Non Pro Futurity Champion. Before making their way to Cremona, the pair was a finalist at the ARHA 3-year-old Futurity and earned the Reserve Championship in the LRHA Pre Futurity. The 17 year old reiner riding her Shine N Roll Spook, is a past IRHA Futurity L1 Co-Champion and rides under the guidance of past NRHA Open Reserve World Champion Gennaro Lendi.

Leading the L1 division is Nogue Puig and his A Whiz N Cash; the duo also posted the second highest score in the L3 and L2 divisions and took home the AIQH Futurity Non Pro Reserve Championship. The 16 year old Spanish rider rides in his family’s private facility and is followed by Italian professional Eugenio Latorre. He was part of Team Spain in the FEI World Reining Championships held in Givrins, Switzerland, riding ARC Sparkle Magnetic, owned by Mirko Midili, who is also his mentor. A Whiz N Cash, a stallion by Custom Cash Advance out of Whiz N Wranglers, bred by Carlo Sala, was purchased by the Spanish rider as a 2-year-old. Prior to the Cremona show, the two had won the Lazio Non Pro Pre Futurity.

The second highest score behind Nogue Puig, with a 215.5 score, is Giovanni Lugarà — owner of Luga Quarter Horses where Mirco Midili is head trainer — riding La Marka De Spark (Spark N Whiz x Marka De Gunner).

Riders will have a second chance at earning their ticket to the Non Pro Futurity Finals in the Consolation which will be held on Tuesday, December 11. The finals will be held on Friday, December 14.