Givrins (Switzerland), June 10, 2016 - This coming August contains a firework of high class reining sports. Two weeks at the CS Ranch in Givrins, from August 4-6 and August 11-13. Under the patronage SVAG, CS Classic and organised by the experienced team of the CS Ranch. The NRHA SVAG CS Maturity & NRHA Show, the SVAG FEI European Reining Championships Young & Junior Riders 2016 and – the highlight - the SVAG FEI World Reining Championships 2016.
The title of Reserve Champion Futurity Open Level 2 goes to Mirko Midili and Rs Moon Feo Jac, already the undisputed go-round leaders. The stallion is a son of the many-time winner Rs Great Jac Feona out of Rs Red Moon Olena, by Spat Olena, and hence a product labelled Claudio Risso 100% given that both parents were bred by the great horseman from Piedmont. The combination, which in the preliminaries had marked 214 and 217.5, entered the arena as the 32nd pair and reached a score of 215.5 in the final.
In he came, walking well, around the corner and lost a back leg, my heart lurched but he didn’t break. The rest of the pattern was a smooth blur; his extended jog was sublime as was his pole work. Fast walk after the poles, don’t forget to back up—he didn’t. I had written all the previous scores down and was listening hard for his, it came and it was the highest.
I stood and clapped and cried. Sarah beckoned me over and said in the smallest voice I have ever heard: “Did I hear that right?” She had and we cried some more.
David Deptford and Heir To A Jay, owned by Eleanor Deptford, European Junior Ranch Riding Champion 2015. It was the first time that the British National Anthem had been played since 2010. What a result!
Latest from Americana 2015: The winner of the BIO S.I. World Cup Cutting Open final was Denis Pini aboard his 7-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion All About Pepwho scored a 152 in front of 4,800 visitors at AMERICANA.
Denis Pini last won the prestigious cutting in 2013 aboard Playlite (owner: Michal Popov), whom he rode to third place in this final scoring a 148.
"Our team were under quite a lot of pressure, because we only had three riders. The Reining scene in Great Britain is not very big, so it is not easy to put together a team for such a first-class, international event like this. Doug did a fantastic job this evening. We now have two people in the individual final and we are very happy."
Today, Italy claimed team gold ahead of Germany in silver and The Netherlands in bronze at the FEI European Reining Championships 2015 in Aachen, Germany. In a field of 40 competitors, and with 8 horse-rider combinations to go, the podium was determined by a superb performance from Italy’s Giovanni Masi De Vargas and Dance Little Spook.
The AQHA Champion Award is in recognition of American Quarter Horses that show true versatility. In brief they have to earn a ROM (Register of Merit) in halter (10 points) plus another 5 points in halter totalling 15 points. They also have to earn two grand championships and a performance ROM, plus another 5 points in performance classes (15 points in total), and those points have to be in three different categories!