24/10/2021 – For just a moment there was hope again for a glorious victory for Bernard Fonck (BEL) during the finals of the NRHA Germany Open Breeders Futurity for 4-year-old horses concluded yesterday in de Ostbayernhalle in Rieden-Kreuth (GER). Being entry number 30 in a field of 39 entries in total Fonck piloted Face To Face [Pale Face Dunnit] owned by Lenka Luckakova with the competitive score 222,0 to the leading position. The moment of hope did not last very long though. Entry number 31, Mirko Midili (ITA) with GD Peptos Olena Blue [Spat A Blue] owned by Domenico Giannitti, took over the lead posting a 225,0. The title was for Midili, reserve honors for Fonck. With Whizkeywood [Whizkey N Diamonds] owned by Nicola Sola Midili posted a 221,0 occupying step 3 of the podium. It was a little tight on the small step though because Gennaro Lendi (ITA) posted with both OT Taris Yankee [Yankee Gun] owned by Cornelia Valentin and OT Dont Miss To Wish [Dont Miss My Gun] owned by Domenico Giannitti a 221,0 as well. Cira Baeck (BEL) hit the penalty box with both of her final mounts hard, bad luck this time.
With a 220,5 the L3 title went to Wimpysdreamcometrue [Magnum Chic Dream] ridden by Emanuel Ernst (GER) and owned by Celina Stuiber. Reserve honors, posting a 220,0, were for Frozen Flame [SG Frozen Enterprize] ridden by Francesco Pedretti (ITA) and owned by Heike Strambach. Kris Hermus (NLD) piloted Miss Maggie Brown [Magnum Chic Dream] for owner AK Quarterhorses to the 3rd step of the podium posting a 218,0.
In L2 Pedretti claimed the title, reserve honors were for Hermus. Vanety Korbus (GER) and ND Special Nitter [Gunners Special Nite] owned by Laura Kraft placed 3rd posting a 216,5.
The L1 podium was taken by Philipp Küng (SUI) with Lil West Side [Out West Whiz] owned by Gabriela Küng, score 214,0; Jeremy Ropert (FRA) with Rolling Block Spark [A Sparkling Vintage] owned by Yves le Du, score 213,5; and Jasmin Andersdotter (GER) with BA Superchic [BA Superjac] owned by Kerstlin Hillerich, score 212,5.
Apart from Hermus, the Netherlands was represented in the finals by Roy van de Hoeven and Jurgen Pouls. With Heezshakennotstirred [Wimpyneedsacocktail] owned by Inanna Versteeg Van der Hoeven posted a 216,0 tying for 11th place in L4, 7th place in L3 and 4th place in L2. In L2 Van der Hoeven tied with Pouls and Tejanas Sparkles [Steppin On Sparks] owned by Erma Brouwers. With Boemil Kairos DC [Spat Split And White] owned by Erma Brouwers Pouls posted a 213,5 tying for 9th place in L2 and placing 12th in L3.

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Photo: GD Peptos Olena Blue and Mirko Midili. Photo: Tom Hautmann, GER