The final Nations Team standings saw the hosting Nation, Sweden
at the top of the rankings followed by The Netherlands (396 points)
and Germany (308.5 points). Points were determined by the placings
of the horses and riders in the nine European Championship finals
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Bernard Fonck of Belgium
rode BA Reckless Chick owned by Nicky Nietvelt van Tendeloo to
the win with a score of 222.5. Reserve honours went to country
fellowman Jergen Pouls who scored a 220.5 aboard Tabasco Tari
for owner Edward Patist.
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Ulrich Kofler, Italian
rider now based in Germany, rode Hot Smokin Chex for Germany’s
Curtis-hof to top honors in this class with a score of 221. Michel
Sandyck placed second aboard Roy De Bruin’s Lil Ruf Ngreat
Sstar after posting a 219.
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Yet another win for
The Netherlands as Dave Young rode Megan Schmidt’s Great
Kid Whiz to the top step of the podium with a score of 212.5.
A point behind was Great Britain’s Jessica Sterberg riding
Roseanne Sternberg’s Sashimi.
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Belgium again left
its mark with Cira Baeck riding her own Gumpy Grumpy BB. The pair
scored a 218 to win the Championship title. Two points behind
were Germany’s Michael-Schubert and Moms Lil Rufian.
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It took a run-off to
determine who would wear the crown in this class after both Fenna
Elzinga of The Netherlands riding Smoking Kills and Martin Binder
of Germany riding Lil Peppy Dunnit Right both scored a 213. Fenna
posted a 216.5 in the run-off and clasped championship.
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Jessica Sternberg and
Sashimi rode to the first step of the podium with a score of 212
in this class. A half a point behind the talented young rider
from Great Britain, Pete Perkio of Finland took reserve honors
riding Boogies Little Lena, owned by Polar Circle Quarter Horses.
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Twenty-four year old
Sebastian Ohman of Sweden rode his Dun It With Spark to win his
first major NRHA title with a score of 208.5. The Reserve Championship
in the class which saw 33 horse and rider combinations went to
Rebekka Yitalo of Finland who rode her Brown Sugar Presence to
post a 206.5.
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Anna Elzbieciak of
Poland and Psycho Bob also won their first NRHA title with a score
of 206. Placing second in the young rider’s class were Ebba
Lange and Beso Del Gallo. They scored a 205.5 for their home country,
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Simon Andersson of
Sweden, riding Miss Keyhole Cowboy, rode to the first step of
the podium in the Youth 14-18 class which saw twenty-three entries.
The pair score a 215.5. A half a point behind the champions, once
again Jessica Sternberg and Sashimi stepped on the podium claiming
The 2009 Youth Team
Tournament saw 13 teams compete. The ‘Brent Wright Bunch’
won with a total score of 623.5. In the competition, each team
was made up of one 13 & Under rider and two 14-18 Youth riders
picked at random. On the winning team were Anna Elzbieciak/Psycho
Bob, Pete Perkio/Boogies Little Lena and Isabella Capobianco/Impressive
Majority. The first ten teams were awarded NRHA medals along with
For the second year
running the NRHA European Affiliate Championships were held in
Sweden. A full slate of NRHA approved classes were also offered.
Next year the prestigious NRHA European Affiliate Championships
finals will move to Switzerland, at the CS Ranch.
NRHA Corporate Partners
wholeheartedly supported the competition which saw a total added
money of $36,100.
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