2018 NCHA of Italy Challenge Futurity Was a Success

Author: Press Release

2018 NCHA of Italy Challenge Futurity Was a Success

With more than 60 horses and 160 total entries in the two-day 2018 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) of Italy Challenge Futurity, there was a solid turn out at the Cowboys’ Guest Ranch in Voghera, Italy.

The event proved to not only be great for the cutting community in Italy, but also for cutters from all around Europe. The event featured competitors who had their horses trained in Italy, France and other neighboring areas, and the show staff was thrilled with the outcome.

After a tough group of riders but their best foot forward during the first day of the Open, it was Martina Annovazzi and Luca Santoro-owned Iminent Cat (pictured) who topped the division with a 74. During the second show, it was Denis Pini and Bearly A CD Light, owned by Vincenzo Fontanili, who took home top honors after earning a 75.

During the first show, the $5,000 Novice Horse title was clinched by Sheri Mason after piloting Heinzer/Fedier-owned Snappy Hunter to a 73. On the second day of the event, Federico Fanti shined when he rode Spook a Taz, owned by Ilaria Traverso, to a winning score of 75.

Bearly A CD Light wasn’t done with his success at the Open. He also carried owner Vincenzo Fontanili to score of 74, which held up for the Non-Pro Championship on the event’s second day. On the first day, the class was topped by Gaia Salvatori on Metallic Savanah with a score of 73.

Salvatori kept that momentum going on the first day of the $50,000 Amateur, and she marked a solid 75 on CD Crystal Lena for the Championship. On the second day of the $50,000 Amateur, Michal Popov was in the spotlight when he marked a title-grasping 76 on Playlite.

The action stayed strong throughout all divisions of the event, and Hansruedi Baumann was the one who brought the most heat on the first day of the $15,000 Amateur. His score of 73 on Highbrowcd Is Playin topped the class, and during the event’s second day, Martina Tresoldi and That a Rey marked a 73 for the win.

The winner of the $2,000 Limit Rider/Any Horse came from outside of Italy! Hungary-resident, Szalontai Zoltan put together a 71 on Mr Scat House for the title on the first day. The Championship on the second day went to youth cutter Andrea Favaretto, who marked a 73 on Lenas Startaz.

The $1,000 Amateur was a class that was added to the event in 2018, and it was a big hit! Aurora Affini and Merada Dreamcatcher grasped the win on the first day with a 70. During the second day of the event, the class Championship went to Ivan Cividati and Elaninas, who put together a 73.

There were plenty of riders that brought their best during the NCHA Challenge Futurity, but Gianluca Munarini’s 144.5 on and Lastbutnotleast Cat, owned by Willem Bembom, took home the title. That pair is no stranger to feeling the glory, as they also won at the 2018 European Futurity with a 147.

In the Challenge Futurity Non-Pro, the winners were Greta Salvatori and Lace in Time with a total score of 144. In the Challenge $2,000 Limit Rider, it was Snappy Hunter and owner Yvonne Heinzer who left with top honors after marking a 141.

The show staff extends a big thank you to all the cutters that participated and supported the event from all over Europe. They also are appreciative of judge Ralph Depew, who came all the way from Texas. Ralph noted that the quality of horses and competition had greatly improved since his last visit to Italy.

For more information about the NCHA of Italy, visit http://www2.nchaofitaly.it

For a calendar of upcoming events, visit http://www2.nchaofitaly.it/?page_id=50

Please contact secretary Cristina Gugliotta at nchaofitaly@gmail.com or +39 329 5314799 for any questions!

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