Belgian NRBC Open finalists: pretty cool
21/04/2023 – The bar was set high at the preliminaries of the NRBC Open Classic concluded yesterday at Tulsa, USA. 240 Combinations in total entered the arena. To ensure a ticket for the $ 240.000 added L4 final a score 224,5 was required; for the $ 65.000 added L3 final a 222,0; for the $ 25.000 added L2 final a 218,0; for the $ 10.000 added L1 final a 210,0; and for the Prime Time final a 218,5.
For L4 Andrea Fappani piloted the 6-year-old stallion All Bettss Are Off [Gunner] owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC to the lead marking a 230,0.For L3 Josh Tishman and the 6-year-old stallion Trendsetter [Spooks Gotta Whiz] owned by Ann Patridge took the lead marking a 229,0. For L2 the top score 224,0 was marked by Samuel Flarida with the 6-yeasr-old gelding TR Fire N Ice [SG Frozen Enterprize] owned by van Breana Carsey between the reins and for L1 the top score 220,5 was marked by Kaleigh Argentero with the 5-year-old mare Twomilliondollarchex [Spooks Gotta Whiz] owned by Pedro Hernandes under the saddle. For the Prime Time division Shawn Flarida piloted the 5-year-old stallion Alpha Jac Sparrow [Spooks Gotta Whiz] owned by Fritz Leeman to the lead posting a 228,0.
The eyes of DQ Western Online were specially focused on the achievements of the recently in the USA established NRHA Million Dollar Riders Gennaro Lendi (ITA) and Cira Baeck (BEL) and two young Belgian riders, Nimroid Vannietvelt and Edouard Winne, since 2022 employed at Schmersal Reining Horses in Scottsdale, Arizona. To ensure a ticket for the L4 final they all came short. Posting a 222,5 Cira qualified the 7-year-old stallion Spooks Gotta Outfire [Spooks Gotta Whiz] owned by Clemerson Gomes Barbalho and Mark Weismann for the L3 final: pretty cool. Nimroid and the 5-year-old stallion Rootin Tootin Nite [Gunners Special Nite] owned by Wendy Elkins qualified for the L1 finals marking a 217,5: pretty cool too. So did Winne and the 5-year-old mare Some Stars Are Pale [Pale Face Dunnit] owned by Schmersal and Flintwoode Farms marking a 211.
The finals are scheduled for Saturday starting at 08:00 hours CDT (15:00 hours CEST) and are being broadcasted live on http://equinepromotion.com/NRBC.com.
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Photo: Rootin Tootin Nite and Nimroid Vannietveld. Photo: Jen Kasper Media, USA