2021 NRHA Germany Breeders Derby Open Champions Take Over Kreuth, Germany

Markus Gebert & Spooks Gotta Deal Markus Gebert & Spooks Gotta Deal Photos by NRHA Germany Breeders Derby Official Photographer and IHP Media Partner Tom Hautmann
October 09, 2021

Forty horse and rider combinations competed on a sunny afternoon at the Pferdesportzentrum Ostbayern Halle in Kreuth, Germany, for the 2021 NRHA Germany Breeders Open Derby Champion titles.

Kreuth, October 9— Markus Gebert of Austria took an early lead in Section 2 of the Finals, riding Lisa Schlatter’s 7-year-old AQHA mare Spooks Gotta Deal (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x The Rio Deal). The pair had an effortless run, truly demonstrating the willingness to guide that reining is all about. Gebert and the mare scored 223.5, which held to the very end and earned them the Level 4 and 3 Championships.

Forty horse and rider combinations competed on a sunny afternoon at the Pferdesportzentrum Ostbayern Halle in Kreuth, Germany, for the 2021 NRHA Germany Breeders Open Derby Champion titles.

Markus Gebert of Austria took an early lead in the Section 2 of the Open Finals riding Lisa Schlatter’s 7-year-old AQHA mare Spooks Gotta Deal (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x The Rio Deal). The pair had an effortless run, truly demonstrating the willingness to guide that reining is all about. Gebert and the mare scored a 223.5 which held to the very end and earned them the Level 4 and 3 Championships.

“She’s an awesome horse. She stays with me every time and I can truly trust her,” noted Gebert after his run. “I would like to thank the owner for the opportunity to show this mare. Also, thanks to my family, especially to my wife, who is there for me every time.”

The duo was cheered on during the whole run as Gebert decided to omit the bit on his horse and show in a bosal, which added an extra degree of difficulty to the performance and at the end it paid off. “I showed her in a normal bit in the go round and it just didn’t feel right. For the Finals I switched to bosal that I sometimes use at home, and the mare felt much better,” explained Gebert who plans to take the mare to the NRHA European Derby in Lyon, France, in couple weeks.

Grischa Ludwig and Spooks Of Genius, a 2016 AQHA stallion by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz out of A Spark Of Genius, scored a 222 for owner Margot van Doorne to earn the Reserve Championship in Level 4.

Markus Süchting rode Susanne Schöning’s Spotlight Charly, a 2017 AQHA stallion by As Smart As Charley out of Sweet Steppin Cody, to a score of 219 to win the Level 3 Reserve Championship.

At the end of the first section, Alexander Ripper tied two horses for the lead in Levels 3 and 2 with a 217 score. His score held on top in Level 2 and Ripper became a Co-Champion with his two mounts: Bay Gunner, a 2010 AQHA stallion by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Dun It Preciously owned by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Müller, and RHMSpooksgottanumask, a 2014 AQHA mare by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz out of RHM Nu Amarilla Chex, owned by Felisette van Wieren.


Alexander Ripper & Bay Gunner

Alexander Ripper & RHMSpooksgottanumask

Ripper was very excited about his horses: “They were both great. I can’t really say that one of them was better tonight… They listened, they did what I asked them, and I am really proud of them. I was worried that someone would tie my score and I would have to ride both of them again, but fortunately, that didn’t happen. I am thrilled to have tied for the title on these two great horses.”


It was an exciting evening for Sven Bösl who rode HP Big Chex To Gun, a 2013 APHA stallion by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Big Chex To Cash out of AC Nala Peppy Gun, to the Level 1 Championship scoring 215 for owner Katrin Guglhör.
“My horse felt really good in the Go round, but because I’ve known him for a long time, I realized that he didn’t feel well after that, so I was worried about the Finals and I rode him very carefully. We found out that he had sore withers, so we fixed it and tonight he was just amazing. I really appreciate Katrin trusting me with him,” says thankful Bösl. “She’s been with me since I started my business and has been really great to me. She mostly rides the horse herself, so I just borrowed him from her. He is the sweetest horse, who really likes people and even though he doesn’t like other horses much, he’s like a puppy when he is around people.”

Patrick Göschl rode The Gun Maker, a 2015 APHA stallion by One Gun out of Mare Made owned by Alexandra Bausch, to a score of 214.5 to claim the Reserve Championship in Level 1.

The Open Finals concluded the 2021 NRHA Germany Breeders Derby tonight, but the action returns to Pferdesportzentrum Ostbayern Halle in Kreuth, Germany in two short weeks for the 2021 NRHA Germany Breeders Futurity.

By International Horse Press