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Regstrup, July 22—In 2019, NRHA Denmark and NRHA Norway hosted the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Affiliate Championships at Tuse Creek Ranch. In 2019, the Championships were cancelled due to the pandemic: This year, NRHA Denmark is proudly hosting the EAC where over 130 horses are expected to arrive vying for the Championship titles.

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NRHA EAC Day 4: The Successful 2021 NRHA European Affiliate Championships Come to A Close

Regstrup, July 31—The 2021 NRHA European Affiliate Championships came to a close today at Tuse Creek Ranch in Regstrup, Denmark. Supported by NRHA Denmark, the Championships provided European riders vying for the titles a functional and professional facility—nestled in an area of national beauty—set in a friendly and family atmosphere.

On the fourth day of the EAC, competitors battled to capture the Intermediate Open, Youth 14-18, Non Pro, and Open titles as well as the NRHA EAC Youth Competition buckles and medals.

The € 3.400-added EA Intermediate Open Championship closed with a tie between Dutch Roy van der Hoeven riding USS Nu Spook (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x USS Nu Chex) owned by Karina Lyngvig, and Verena Klein riding Got My Baileys (Wimpyneedsacocktail x Smoking Walla Wanda) owned by Angelika Schürmann. Both closed their performance with a 217.5 score. Sliding to the third step of the podium with a 216 was Ditte Poulsen riding Gunna Outgun Ya (NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya x Shining Queen Tinia) owned by Tuse Creek Ranch owner, Jette Ceglarek.

Two young riders slid to the top step of the podium in the € 80-added EAC Youth 14-18 after performing to a 215: Freya Waida of Germany riding her own Smart SS Spook BB (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Soft Whizpers) and Nicoline Andersen Lau of Denmark with This Dun Is Spaton (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spat Olena x The Jezebell Dunit) owned by Annette Andersen.

Jody Fonck of Belgium rode her two mounts Chic Chic Hoorah (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Chuka Chic) owned by J&J Comm V, and HR Spooks Revolution (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Revolutions Diamond) owned by Golden Paint Ranch and leased by Fonck, to a 214.5 and the third step of the podium.

14-year-old Fonck made history as the youngest rider to win the EA Non Pro title. With HR Spooks Revolution between the reins, she performed to a 218 which earned her € 3.600-added EAC Non Pro Championship.

Reserve honors went to Anniken Nystrøm Holth of Norway aboard her own Eineyswhiz (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Einsteins Revolution x West Coast Sandy) who closed her performance with a 216.

Sharing third place on the podium with a 214 score was the combination made up of Julia Gaupmann (AUT) riding her own Tinseltownsmokingun and Sara Nordin riding her own Chex Little Legend (Custom Legend x Chexalotta).

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Ann Fonck rode to the € 7.200-added EAC Open Championship with Shines Like Spook (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Ebony Shines) owned by Rosanne Sternberg after performing to a strong 223.5 score. The Belgian professional also rode Gunners Specialolena (NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Dolly Jac Olena) owned by Diego Dalla Gassa to third place honors after scoring a 220.

Reserve honors, with a 222 score, were for Klaus Lechner of Austria riding Julia Gaupmann-Lechner’s Cody Rooster Delmaso (Ricochet Rooster x Made of Lacey).

The NRHA European Affiliate Championships are hosted in a different European region every two years. In 2019, NRHA Denmark and NRHA Norway organized the Championships at Tuse Creek Ranch. Following a pause last year due to the pandemic, NRHA Denmark welcomed the EAC again this year. In 2022 and 2023, CS Ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, will once again offer the event.

Regstrup, June 30— Opening the day at the NRHA European Affiliate Championships held at Tuse Creek Ranch in Regstrup, Denmark, was the Euro 400-added EA Limited Non Pro Championship final counting 49 entries.

Jody Fonck of Belgium riding Chic Chic Hoorah (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Chuka Chic), owned by J&J Comm V, and Sara Nordin piloting her own Chex Little Legend (Custom Legend x Chexalotta) both scored a 216 to top the leaderboard. While waiting to see if their score would hold until the end, both had agreed that if it did, they would share the title. “It was a long wait until the very end and it turned out in the best of ways for us,” said Fonck. “I am thrilled with my mare who we purchased from Sterling Ranch to join our string of broodmares. We bred her this year but she wasn’t in foal so my dad [Bernard Fonck] asked me if I wanted to ride her. It went really well from the first day and since then I carried on riding her every day with the goal of coming to the Affiliate finals. She’s super nice, really sweet and never says no. I am so very happy with this great result!”

Just as happy was Nordin who has had her 10-year-old gelding for the past four years. “I train and ride my horse myself and I must admit it hasn’t been very easy,” said Nordin. “It took a long time to get him to relax in the show arena and to be able to sit on him and have him collaborate so winning an Affiliate Championship is simply amazing. I’m really proud of the work we’ve done together and am thrilled to share this title with Jody. Our horses really gave us a lot and deserve to settle for the Co-Championship.”

A half a point behind, Elena Wuorimaa of Finland reined her own One Last Nite (NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x One Last Corona) to the third place of the podium. The 19-year-old has been traveling back and forth from her country to the U.S. to ride with legendary Tim McQuay who she purchased the two horses she is showing at the Affiliate finals from. “At home I do everything by myself with my reining and jumping horses, and ponies,” she shared. “In this past year-and-a-half we have not been able to travel so having achieved this result on my one is amazing.”

The Euro 400-added NRHA EA Limited Open Championship final counted 25 horse-rider combinations representing seven European countries vying for the Championship. Fourth in the draw Miroslav Baniari of Austria riding Tiffanysgun, a 6-year-old mare by Colonels Shining Gun out of Shine On Princess, owned and bred by Pavel Slabik, set the bar performing to a 217.5. His score held and the top step of the podium was theirs. “I got this mare when she was 2-years-old. I broke and trained her for her owners and last year they decided to have me show her this show season,” said a smiling Baniari. “I showed her at the Euro Derby where she was really nice, and here she gave her best and showed us all her potential. She’s always been very nice and calm— always trying to do her best—and has actually become much stronger physically in the past six months. I am very proud of this result and happy to have won with her. She truly deserves it!”

Verena Klein of Germany rode Angelika Schürmann’s 6-year-old gelding Got My Baileys (Wimpyneedsacocktail x Smoking Walla Wanda) to a 215.5 and the second step of the podium. “My customers purchased this gelding at the beginning of this year,” said Klein. “He’s been successful in the past with [German professional] Dominik Reminder at the reins and now we have to get to know each other. He’s a very good horse and plans are to have his owners show him once I’ve put him in our program. When he gets to trust me, his owners will probably show him.”

Tying for third place honors with a 215 score were Tor Erik Eggen of Norway riding TP-Ranch’s Freys Smokin Tinsel (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown x Gun Smoking Rose) and Verena Klein with Simon Andersson’s Cromeds Cowboy (Cromed Out Mercedes x Miss Keyhole Cowboy) between the reins.

Ancillary Action

Taking home the Euro 3,400-added NRHA Non Pro win was Julia Gaupmann with her Tinseltownsmokingun. With the 11-year-old sorrel stallion by NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Gunner out of Miss Tinseltown between the reins, the talented German rider posted a 218.5 for the win.

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Ann Fonck and Shines Like Spook (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x NRHA Million Dollar DamEbony Shines), owned by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Two Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg, clinched the Euro 6,400-added NRHA Open win.

The 2021 NRHA European Affiliate Championships will wrap up on Saturday, June 31 with the Euro 3,400-added Intermediate Open, Youth 14-18, Euro 3,600-added Non Pro, Euro 7,200-added Open Finals.

In accordance with the Danish Government COVID protocol, a limited number of spectators will be able to make their way to Tuse Creek Ranch on Saturday, July 31.

Photos by IHP

Regstrup, Thursday 29—The NRHA European Affiliate Championships started the day youthfully at Tuse Creek Ranch with the NRHA EA Youth 13&Under finals. Reiners also battled for the titles in the EA Rookie Level 1 and Intermediate Non Pro Championship finals.

European Affiliate Youth 13 & Under Championship

A great group of young riders rode for the title and once the last horse left the Mega Arena, Sophie-Marie Muendl of Austria riding Star Miss Dunitwhiz (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz x Gk Hollywoodshowtime) owned by Sonja Muendl, closed her performance with a 141 score and the title. “This is my first international show and my first Euro Affiliate Championship so I am really happy with how it turned out,” said the 14-year-old. “This facility is amazing, the arena is incredible, the people are wonderful, and my mare was really good for me. I purchased her three years ago—she’s now 10— and have only shown her in Austria. She’s a great horse and I love her with my whole heart; I wouldn’t change a thing about her. She’s great as she is!”

A point behind, Melanie Toft Gerdes-Hansen of Denmark slid CMP Holly Gun N Cee (Hollywood Gun Dunnit x Bueno Chex N Cee) to reserve honors. Having purchased the mare a couple of months ago from Italy, this is the first show for the two. “I am very proud of how she did,” said Toft Gerdes-Hansen who credits her mother Ditte Poulsen, head trainer for Tuse Creek Ranch, for finding such a great mount for her. “My mother got her for me but having seen her only on video didn’t really know how she would be. After riding her, my mom felt confident that I would like her and do well with her: She was right. She’s a really sweet horse and a great stopper. Today I also showed my 15-year-old mare, who I’ve had for a few years. She’s really sweet and I love her to death, but it’s time to retire her and for me to move on with a new mount, and 'Holly' is perfect.”

Closing the podium with a 137 was Oskar Krog (DEN) aboard his own Star Peppy On Stage (Star G Hot Peppy x The Kid On Stage). This is also the first international show for Krog who has been riding reining horses for a year. “I love shows and ride with Jonna McCabe,” he said. “I adore my 10-year-old mare who I got 10 months ago; she’s cool, very pretty, and never spooks at anything. The atmosphere here is really cool and I’m thrilled with having been able to participate and to get on the podium.”

European Affiliate Rookie Level 1 Championship

In a field of 48, Siebe van Bekhoven of Belgium, riding his own American Paint Horse 6-year-old gelding Ws Check My Pedigree (Wimpys Smoking Gun x Footworks Finetiming), took first place honors with a 214 in the NRHA EA Rookie Level 1. “I’ve been riding since I was a really small kid but only turned to reining a few years ago,” said the 19 year old. “A little over a year ago I started riding with [NRHA Million Dollar Rider] Ann Fonck and I must admit that it was the turning point in my career as I rider. I’ve learnt so much since I have been under the guidance of the Foncks and I’m really happy to be have achieved this result here.” Van Bekhoven added that his horse is the sweetest he’s ever ridden. “We really work well together at home and when my vision blurs in the show arena, and I’m not sure what to do, he always takes over.

Claiming Reserve honors with a 213 score was Amalie Munkholm of Denmark riding Shirley Spook (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook x Shirley Ima Gunner) owned by Christina Munkholm. “I’m really happy for my horse and for this result,” said the 17 year old who purchased her 14-year-old mare three years ago. “My mom purchased her as a brood mare and after riding her, I decided to prepare her myself so that I could show her. What makes this even more special is that we managed to get here even though I don’t have an indoor arena at home and this is pretty amazing considering the weather here.”

Rounding the podium with a 211.5 was Denmark’s Soren Lundberg riding his own Guns Still Smokin (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Gunner x Scoot Lil Bo).

European Affiliate Intermediate Non Pro Championship

It was a win in the €1.700-added NRHA European Affiliate Intermediate Non Pro Championship final for Norway's Anniken Nystrøm Holth riding her own Eineyswhiz (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Einsteins Revolution (authorized) x West Coast Sandy). Leaving the best for last in a field of 25 contenders, Anniken posted a 218.5, two points higher than the three contenders who settled for Co-Reserve honors: Piet Mestdagh (BEL) and his Gunners Snappy Chic (NRHA Twelve Million Dollar Sire Gunner x Chics Miss Snap); Sara Nordin (SWE) and her Chex Little Legend (Custom Legend x Chexalotta); Julia Gaupmann (AUT) and her Cody Rooster Delmaso (Ricochet Rooster x Made of Lacey).

“This is a new horse and I just got her in the U.S. from [NRHA Million Dollar Rider] Brian Bell,” said an enthused Nystrøm Holth. “I didn’t know that much about her when I got her, but she’s a happy and positive horse and always makes me feel good. This is our first show together and she was super in the pen. Being last to go and having to beat three riders who held the same score was truly exciting; I just went in there and tried to do my best. I’m thrilled that my family and my year old daughter are here to share this special moment with me.”

NRHA EAC action will continue on Friday, June 30, with the Euro 400-added Limited Non Pro followed by the Euro 400-added Limited Open.

The Tuse Euro Slide 2021 show will offer the Euro 3.400-added NRHA Non Pro and Euro 6.400-added NRHA Open ancillary classes.

Following the Danish Government COVID protocol, a limited number of spectators will be able to make their way to Tuse Creek Ranch. You do have a chance to follow the action from home:

Follow the webcast here or the live score here.

Photos by NRHA EAC Official Photographer Mi Ritzén
Finland Slides to the Highest Step of the NRHA European Rookie Professional Podium

Regstrup, July 28—The 2021 NRHA European Affiliate Championships held at Tuse Creek Ranch in Regstrup, Denmark, officially opened the games today with the Euro 400-added NRHA EA Rookie Professional Championship. Finland’s flag flew high as Maria Astikainen and her own Antarismartin (ARC Antares Surprise x Tarismartin) posted a 214.5 to win the title. No stranger to the show arena, Astikainen, who trains and competes in multiple disciplines, has shown successfully both in Europe and in the U.S. and is proud to have represented her country at the FEI World Equestrian Games both in 2014 and in 2018. She was just as proud today as she clinched her first NRHA EAC title with her 13-year-old gelding between the reins. "I purchased this great gelding five years ago from Katarina King. He has tons of experience and really is like a dog: He totally understands everything you tell him! He's the smartest horse I've ever had, and I've had a lot of horses!" said the Finnish rider who grew up with horses as her family raised trotters. "If he doesn't want to do something, you cannot force him to. But if like today, he feels that we need to go for it, he's there for you. He covered some of my mistakes as he always does: He said 'OK,' I'm taking care of you!"

On the second step of the all-girls podium was Therese Henriksson of Sweden who reined her own ThGunGottaRufDream (Ruf Lil Rascal x Gunners Blue Pearl) to a 210.5. It was a sweet day for Henriksson who purchased the 6-year-old flashy palomino mare last year from a friend who kept her in the pasture. “Her owners decided to sell her last year in November so they sent her to me in training,” she shared. “She had only been ridden a few times, and after getting on her I immediately decided to buy her. She’s a quick learner, super-minded, and willing to work once you find the right buttons. I showed her for the first time three weeks ago and since she did well, I decided to come here. This result is twice as special since it’s my first year as an open rider.”

Closing the podium for The Netherlands with a 209 was Kristel Bus and Kam Cherry Lee Lewis riding Kam Cherry Lee Lewis (Double Del Maso x ARC Long Dry Mile) owned by Willeke Menninga.

NRHA EAC action will continue on Thursday, June 29, with the Youth 13 & Under, Rookie Level 1, and Euro 1.700-added Intermediate Non Pro riding for the Championship titles.

For news, photos, videos, results, and more www.NRHAEAC.com

Follow the webcast here or the live score here.

Photos by NRHA EAC Official Photographer Mi Ritzén
Regstrup, July 27 — For the second year, Tuse Creek Ranch in Regstrup, Denmark, is host to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Affiliate Championships. The Tuse Euro Slide 2021 opened the event on Monday, 26 July, giving European reiners the opportunity to perform in the Mega Arena prior to the start of the EAC tomorrow when the first 2021 champions will be crowned.

First held in Denmark in 2019 due to the pandemic the 2020 edition was postponed to this year. With no qualification necessary in order to participate, the beautiful facility welcomed over 130 horses along with their riders finally able to make their way back to the show pen thanks to the passion and hard work put in by Tuse Creek and NRHA Denmark staff.

“It’s wonderful to have everyone gathered here again, even though the road traveled during the pandemic was not an easy one,” said NRHA European Council member Ditte Poulsen. “Having organized the NRHA EAC in 2019 made it a lot easier for us from an organizational perspective, but without the passion and devotion of Tuse Creek owner Jette Ceglarek, our generous sponsors, NRHA, and NRHA Denmark, we would not be here together again.”

The Danish lifestyle, influenced by the unique concept of ‘hygge,’ which roughly translates into coziness, has once again created a warm and family atmosphere for the competitors. Though a lot more lenient, a COVID protocol is however followed.

For news, photos, videos, results, and more www.NRHAEAC.com

Follow the webcast here or the live score here.