2016 NRHA European Open Pre Futurity presented by Rabboni Quarter Horses  

Bernard Fonck and Red Collar Tag win the European Level 4 Open Pre Futurity presented by Rabboni Quarter Horses

Manerbio, September 23 – The 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Derby & Pre Futurity offered an action packed day in Manerbio, Italy, on the fifth day of competition.

The first champions crowned were the €1,500-added NRHA European Level (L)4 and L2 Open Pre Futurity winners. NRHA Million Dollar Rider Bernard Fonck took home the L4 championship riding Red Collar Tag, (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak) for owner Sabine Lisec with a 219.5. “We’ve had this horse ever since he was a weanling. Since he was for sale I told Sabine (Lisec) that I thought he would be a good prospect for her and she decided to purchase him. I’ve only schooled him a couple of times before showing him today and I must admit that he felt really good. It looks like he’s going to be a good horse!” said Fonck who also took reserve honors riding Missedouttinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Miss Sliding Peppy), owned by Dries Verschueren, after posting a 218.

Winning the €1,000-added Open L2 of the Pre Futurity was Fonck’s assistant trainer, Lorenzo De Simone, aboard Gildo and Giuliano Mercuri’s The Chromed Gun (The Cocked Gun x Custom Highlights). “I’m so happy to have won this title with this mare. She was really quiet, was with me all the way and proved what a big stopper she is. I cannot thank her owners enough for trusting me with her,” commented De Simone following his win.

The reserve championship was for Matteo Vedovato and Hot Miffy Cd (Mifillenium x Hot Tamale Baby), owned by Vittorio Rabboni,

Prior to the European Pre Futurity, the €400-added NRHA Limited Non Pro and €800-added Intermediate Non Pro were offered. French Charlene Aubreton and A Reminic Star, (Lenas Starfish x Miss Reminic Chex) owned by CJA Quarter Horses, posted a 143 to win both classes.

Luke Phillimore and Tin Whizin, (Tinsel Nic x Whizin Off Sparks) owned by Roma Phillimore, settled for second place honors in both the ancillary classes a point behind the winners.