Italian Reining Horse Association Derby underway

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The Salone del Cavallo event is taking place in Reggio Emilia and is playing host to the 2014 edition of the Italian Reining Horse Association Derby. Over 400 riders are taking part in the event which will be split into qualifiers and then finals. Moreover, it is open to horses of the ages of 4,5 and 6 years of age.
125 pairs took to the field on the first day to earn a place in the finals for Saturday the 17th of May. In the division Level 4, Ann Poels Fonck with Ebony Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Whiz x Topsail Whiz) of Rosanne Sternberg is in the lead with 224 points. Just half a point behind is her husband Bernard Fonck on Smart N Sparkin (Smart Chic Olena x Setting Off Sparks) of 7 Heaven Reining Horses and Wimpys Snow (Wimpys Little Step x Snow Gun) belonging to 23 Quarter Horses.
Arnaud Girinon and Marco Manzi lead the qualifiers in the Open Level 2 with a score of 216.5 on Custom Spinner (Custom Crome x Roxys Spinning Top) of Cinzia Pagani and Jokin Whiz (Who Whiz It x Jokin Peppy x Hangten Peppy) of Iadanza – Bigicchi respectively.On the 16th of May, the CSI*** Seniores and the CRI1* Junior and Young Riders in addition to the IRHA/FISE and NRHA categories are scheduled to take place. The Italian riders in the seniores category will have the chance to qualify for the long list ahead of the WEG while the youth categories will be competing for qualification for the long list ahead of the FEI European Championships 2014. Pietro Arrighelli leads the L3 division on 220.5 points on Puregold Master (Master Snapper x Tivios Little Dun It) of Cuoghi Farm ahead of the German lady-rider Nina Lill on Forevergun (One Gun x ES Sweet Little Gun).
Finally, for all those who are interested in following the western discipline, they can do so via live streaming on The points in livescore however are available on

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