Cremona Fiere, May 25-28, 2018

Cremona Fiere

May, 25/27 

Opening time

Friday 09.00 - 23.00
Saturday 09.00 - 23.00
Sunday 09.00 -19.00

 

Tickets

Full price 18,00€
Reduced price 15,00€
Weekend Pass 35,00€

THE AMERICAN HORSE AND WESTERN CULTURE FAIR

Three days fully dedicated to the Made in USA equestrian disciplines and lifestyle, with a various and highly qualitative show program at present unmatched in Europe

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Fifty-seven finalists entered the arena at the 2018 IRHA/NRHA Open Derby with a final that had the crowd holding their breath to the end. It looked a though we were in for a thrilling run-off between two of the sport’s top riders, Gennaro Lendi astride the magnificent Sugar Little Step owned by Quarter Dream, and Cira Baeck aboard Gunstep owned by Corinna Shumacher’s Cs Ranch. Both had marked a score of 222.5. Instead, back on the throne was go-round leader Saturday Mizzen after a daring run by Pierluigi Chioldo.

Pierluigi pulled out all the stops, in every sense, as last to enter the final and brought the crowd to its feet with a whopping 224 – one and a half points clear of the competition - and sufficient to assure him the titles of Champion at levels 4 and 3 with Saturdaynigh Mizzen.  Chioldo, now head trainer at Angelucci QH, who had started and trained the gelding, slipped back into a perfect accord after a break of two years. There was no sign the duo, who had led the go round with a 223.5, were feeling any pressure. ‘In fact,’ underlines Pier, ‘I was really nervous before entering the show pen because I wanted to do well.  I wanted to express the horse to his best and repay Susanna for the faith she had shown me.’ Was there anything he would have changed in his approach to the run? ‘I could have been a little less agitated, but I really wanted to win, for the horse especially. Tonight he was ready to give 100%; he’s an exceptional horse.’ The gelding, son of Saturdaynight Custom and Westcoast Mizzen, was bred by Ambrosini Qh in Pontoglio (Brescia) and is owned by Susanna Sodi, who purchased him following the horse’s victory at both levels 4 and 3 of the IRHA/NRHA Open Futurity 3-year-olds in 2015 with Chioldo himself in the saddle. Chioldo, who took over the reins of Saturdaynigh Mizzen again just one month ago adds: ‘This a super horse and he has been managed impeccably in these two years by Elio Simonini and Alessandra Ischia. He was really fit when I started riding him recently.’ And for the future? ‘For now, he is going back to Susanna, who wants to take show him at the Derby Europeo Non Pro. This was a happy interlude, for which I am really grateful.’ 

Sharing Reserve Champions honours, and both riding horses sired by Wimpys Little Step, at Level 4 with a richly deserved 222½ were Gennaro Lendi on the 6-year-old gelding Sugar Little Step (dam: Ah Sugar Sugar), and one of Belgium’s star riders, Cira Baeck, now working as head trainer at Cs Ranch. The mother of the 6-year-old stallion, Gunstep, is Snowgun. Commenting on their run Cira explained: ‘Because of the hot weather he was maybe a little bit tired, although I didn’t ride too hard I was aware he was feeling the heat – but then it was the same for everyone.  Other than that, he was really nice; we had a little miscommunication on the first turn, but that aside he gave everything and I’m really proud of him.’

Gennaro’s spins produced a real vortex of perfection, enthusiastically acclaimed by the public, but the judges did not add those extra half points awarded by the crowd... A slight error on the first stop: but the duo had claimed the Reserve Championship, along with a trip to the US for Sugar Little Step whose owner, Pietro Marseglia, had decreed that to earn the honour of competing in the US Derby the stallion would have to gain his stripes in the arena here.

 

Level 3 Reserve Champion, with 220, Lombardy professional Massimiliano Ruggeri on Wimpy Margarita, a 5-year-old QH.  Wimpys Little Step also sired the L 3 Champion, out of Custom Margarita.  Owner of the stallion, Maurizio Ferrarol, is the patron of La Scuderia Ferrarol near Trento, where Ruggeri now works after a long and fruitful period with Le Colombare QH (MN).

 

A clean and energetic 216 brought victory at Level 2 for Chica Little Step, excellently shown by Aldo Lorenzoni. ‘I’m really happy!’ exclaims the trainer from Lombardy. ‘It's been a difficult week because there was an old injury playing up and so I rode her very little ... Just ten minutes before pay time, and 40 before the competition. But she has a big heart and I was lucky!’ The sweet 6-year-old female, like other highly prestigious finalists – e.g. the two co-Reserve Champions Level 4 - is a daughter of Wimpys Little Step x Smart Chica Rooster. Bred by Roberto Barbè, she was purchased by her current owner as a two-year-old. At three years she was Futurity Finalist Level 4 Open with Francesco Martinotti, at four, Euro Futurity finalist with Pierluigi Chioldo and IRHA/NRHA Futurity Finalist at the first Special Event outing with her current trainer following a win at the LR Futurity Non Pro ridden by Greta, daughter of owner Claudio Zocchi. ‘An unusual female with a strong personality,’ continues Aldo. ‘Cool, collaborative and so talented, as could be seen from her run, but at the same time very easy to ride. She’s both a solid mare for Open events and a good partner for a Non Pro: one of those rare horses that are good in both situations and can in a certain sense make life difficult as it's never easy to decide which career is right! Now, when we get home we have to get her fit again and then we’ll decide whether to take her to the Euro Derby or use her as a broodmare.’

Thirty-year-old German rider, Kim Obenhaus, rode Gk Puro Pepp (aka Merlin) to take the Reserve Champion title at Level 2. The bay stallion, 7 years, was sired by A Shade Peppy out of Chic Sugar Plum and is owned by Timo Aulbach. The pair finished half a point behind the L2 leaders with a 215.5. Kim currently runs QK Performance Horses with her companion, Quentin Galliere, having started her professional career in reining as assistant trainer for Duance Latimer in Oklahoma (US) then working for 2-years with Rudi Kronsteiner.

 

Entering the show pen half-way through the final, and the first designated Champion at the Derby in Cremona this year on Saturday evening for Level 1, was Massimo Villa who completed his run with companion Hollywood Gun Kid to earn 213 and snatch the victory by one half point. The stallion, son of Hollywood Gun Dunnit (NRHA total money earner of $54,336.00) and Miss Puro Kid is owned by Edoardo Bernardelli, with whom this 5-year-old Quarter Horse was crowned Reserve Champion in the 2016 IRHA/NRHA Futurity Non Pro 3 year-olds at Level 4. ‘I have been riding ‘Kid’ since October and for the special events I am assisted by Team Brighenti. Last year we made the finals of the IRHA/NRHA Futurity 4-year-olds’ explains Massimo. For all the time we have been here in Cremona the horse has behaved really well. I am very pleased with the way we have worked together: throughout the go round he was with me and he was strong through to the final.’ Massimo, from Lombardy, manages his Monsereno Horses, specialized in horse-therapy, in Imbersago (LC). The centre is currently involved in a pilot scheme for para-reining supported by FISE. ‘We now have about ten athletes actively involved – and we are always on the look out for sponsors and support’, adds Massimo. Few words to the wise…

 

Second step on the L1 podium was occupied by Polish reiner Alicja Kula, 22, who upped her go-round score by no less than 2.5 points to achieve tonight’s 212.5. Her companion was the 5-year-old bay Shiner Whiz Olena (Shiner Olena x Golden Flashy Whiz) owned and bred by the Roleski Ranch, where Alicja has been working for three years. The mare took second place in the Polish Futurity 2017 with Adrian Motyka in the saddle. ‘I’ve been working her since March and we get on pretty well. She’s easy at home and honest in the show pen. We had a really nice show here.’

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