The 2022 NCHA of Italy/NCHA Pre Futurity: Sannman's Offspring Steal The Show

Gianluca Munarini & Nosey Man Gianluca Munarini & Nosey Man Photos by Bonaga Communication
October 11, 2022

It was a full week of cutting in the CremonaFiere revamped setting where the 2022 NCHA of Italy/NCHA Pre Futurity took place. Italian Professional Gianluca Munarini took the Open Championship riding Nosey Man and Giuliano Cima rode Crazy In Shade to top the Non Pro leaderboard.

The Open Pre Futurity
Open to 3-year-old horses, the Pre Futurity Open saw Italian professional Gianluca Munarini riding Nosey Man, an American Quarter Horse gelding owned by Rosana Bembom, to the highest step of the podium.
Closing his run with a 72 score, Munarini was very happy with his young mount's result. “This horse which I bred is out of Dualapeno, one of my broodmares, and is sired by Sannamn. I then sold him to his current owner Rosasna [Bembom]. He’s a good-minded horse, with a lot of cow sense, and is very smart in reading the cows. Today the cows weren't that good, but he was very quick at figuring them out. The plan is now to get him ready for the upcoming [NCHA of Italy] Futurity.”

One point behind, reserve honors went to Elisa Leonardi aboard Elena Carolina Rossi’s Bonnie Lenastar, an American Quarter Horse mare sired by Lena Starfish out of FD Star Of Time.


The Non Pro
Topping the 4-year-old Non Pro Pre Futurity was Italy's Giuliano Cima riding his own Crazy In Shade. "I purchased this talented mare (Sannman x Brave Heart) in February and this is our second show together,” said an excited Cima. “She's a good horse with a great desire to learn and I have to thank my trainer Denis [Pini] as she's improving a lot since we got her. She showed her potential in this event and I'm confident she'll be much better in the upcoming Futurity in November."

Nicola Simone rode his own Tassa Cash MR (Tassas Aristocrat x Cute And Cash) to a 71 score and the Reserve Championship.

NCHA of Italy Pre Futurity: Let’s hear it from the Judge

Professional horse trainer and clinician Andy Adams is also an NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association)  Monitor and Judge, NRCHA (National Reined Cow Horse Association) Judge, and (AQHA) American Quarter Horse Association Judge.

“I’ve been here in Europe several times, probably six or seven times, and it’s always a pleasure to come over.
Talking about cutting in Europe, Italy is definitely a very strong nation, there are some really good horses here and trainers, the only big difference between here and the USA is just the numbers of contestants. I’m very impressed with the quality of the horses, the horsemanship and the showmanship.
If I had to give a suggestion, the number one thing for me is ‘settling the cattle’, the way they handle the cattle could be a little different. The cows here are really different from the ones we have in the United States and what happens is that the riders learn from other people overseas to work the cows, and then they try to settle the cattle here as they saw doing it in the USA, but they’re not the same cattle. I think riders, trainers and most of all turnbacks should work on these things a little bit differently, also to be able to better help the person who’s showing. But as I said, those are just little things, rather than that, everything I saw was great.”

The last NCHA of Italy event of the 2022 season will be the Futurity, scheduled for November 2-6 in Cremona, Italy.

For Pre Futurity and Ancillary Action complete results click the link

Photo by Bonaga Communication

Press Release by International Horse Press