Girinon and Honey First Gunny Remain on Top of the DeniroBoot Co Euro 134.000-Added IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Open Derby Qualifier

Arnaud Girinon & Honey First Gunny Arnaud Girinon & Honey First Gunny Photos by Bon
March 30, 2023

An exciting day of competition took place today in Cremona, Italy, where the 2023 edition of the Italian Derby is being held. Once the second section of the Euro 67.000-Added IRHA and Euro 67.000-Added IRHA Derby Qualifiers closed with the last horse-rider combination leaving the new CremonaFiere Arena gate behind, Saturday night’s Open finalists were determined.

French Professional based in Germany Arnaud Girinon rode Honey First Gunny (NRHA Thirteen Million Dollar Sire Gunner x ARC Honey Chick), owned by Le Fattorie Di Matilde Srl and bred by Vittorio Rabboni to a 223.5 score topping the first section of the Level (L)4 Open Derby Qualifier. In a field of 149 riding for a ticket to the finals, their score held topping the leaderboard. Following his run yesterday, Girinon shared that the flashy 8-year-old stallion’s first 2023 competition was great and was quick to thank the owners and breeder Vittorio Rabboni for trusting him with his horse.

Francesco Barbagli & Steppin To Anarillo


Aboard Riccardo Abati’s Steppin To Amarillo, a 5-year-old palomino stallion by Steppin On Sparks out of Frosted Wimp Cream, Italy’s Francesco Barbagli performed to a 222 score in the first section to lead the IRHA/IRHBA L3 Open division.

From left to right: Angelo Benedusi & PL Colonelsmoking CX - Johannes Heil & SL Gunnabeyournite


Tying to lead the L2 with a 220 score was Italian Angelo Benedusi riding PL Colonelsmoking CX (NRHA Thirteen Million Dollar Sire Gunner x Nu Dynamite Chex ), an 8-year-old stallion owned by Arianna Aspersi and bred by Luigi Parise, and Johannes Heil of Germany aboard SL Gunnabeyournite (NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x SL Helluvas Minnie), a 5-year-old stallion owned and bred by Sandra Linning-Foehl.

Barbara Bayer & CSG Shining Gold


The IRHA L1 Open Derby top score, 219.5, was posted by Austria's Barbara Bayer riding CGS Shining Gold (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Colonels Shining Gun x Golden Flashy Whiz), an 8-year-old mare owned by Alessandra Zotter-Gagony and bred by Katarzyna Roleska.

Simone Schiavo & RM Spooksgottastar


The IRHBA L1 Open Derby — open to horses entered in the International Reining Breeder Association incentive program — saw Simone Schiavo of Italy rein RM Spooksgottastar (NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Starmax RM) to a 218 top score. The 6-year-old gelding, owned by Azienda Agricola Zu Ziug, was bred by Massimo Rudari.

The Open Derby Numbers:
Euro 42.000-Added IRHA L4 – 77
Euro 12.000-Added IRHA L3 – 92
Euro 7.500-Added IRHA L2 – 99
Euro 5.500-Added IRHA L1 – 54

Euro 42.000-Added IRHA/IRHBA L4 – 64
Euro 12.000-Added IRHA/IRHBA L3 – 60
Euro 7.500-Added IRHA/IRHBA L2 – 57
Euro 5.500-Added IRHA/IRHBA L1 – 32

The IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Open Derby Finals will be held on Saturday, April 1

The Non Pro Derby Numbers:
Euro 21.000-Added IRHA L4 – 35
Euro 6.000-Added IRHA L3 – 54
Euro 3.500-Added IRHA L2 – 89
Euro 2.500-Added IRHA L1 – 68

Euro 21.000-Added IRHA/IRHBA L4 – 31
Euro 6.000-Added IRHA/IRHBA L3 – 40
Euro 3.500-Added IRHA/IRHBA L2 – 52
Euro 2.500-Added IRHA/IRHBA L1 – 36

The IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Non Pro Derby Finals will be held on Friday, March 31, at 3 p.m. CET

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