The NRHA European Derby opens with Non Pro Derby Competition

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The NRHA European Derby opens with Non Pro Derby Competition

Provided by Simona Diale

Kreuth, July 22 –– Close to 480 horses made their way to Kreuth, Germany, where the 2018 NRHA European Derby, open to 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-old horses, alongside the NRHA European Affiliate Championship, is being held. Since 2009, foals have been required to nominate to the NRHA Nomination Program to be eligible to enter both the NRHA European Derby and Futurity to win added money created by the program and to earn nominator incentives.

There has been overwhelming support of the NRHA Nomination Program since its inception and, in 2017, the program’s eighth year, 1,589 weanlings were European-nominated. The most in the program’s history.

In the first day of competition, the first go, first section of the NRHA European Non Pro Derby was held along with the $11,400-added NRHA European Open Affiliate Championship and $2,250 NRHA Open ancillary class.

Taking the lead in the first section of the NRHA European $23,256-added* Level (L)4, $17,393-added* L3 and $9,939-added* L2 Non Pro Derby was Austria’s Ulrike Krueger who posted a 218.5 riding her 6-year-old mare SL Shesgotmesparklin (Jacs Electric Spark x Shes Customized) for the lead.

In the $4,969-added * L1 division, Lena Alberti of Germany rode her own 8-year-old gelding Asso Del Cielo (Ricochet Rooster x Jackie Cody Pine) to the lead after scoring a 213.

The second day of competition will welcome back non pro riders with the second section of the NRHA European Non Pro Derby qualifier, counting 127 entries, followed by the first section of the NRHA European Open Derby first go, first section.

*(subject to change based on nominations)

Make sure to follow the action live on www.nrhaeuropeanderby.com
If you would like to see Day 1 runs in Kreuth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOZREAu78Fs

Photo by Thomas Hautmann Photography

NRHA European Derby Press Office contact:
Simona Diale
Cell: +39 340 535 46 29
sdiale@nrha.com

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