Franco Bertolani was born in 1973 in Sao Paulo (Brazil).
He tried every kind of discipline when he was young but only one discipline radically changed his life, REINING.
When he was 16 years old he decided to move to USA. To learn from NRHA Hall of Fame trainer, Doug Millholland.
Coming back home he decided to be an open rider and let the reining be not just a hobby but a life style. Significant partners of his dream were his parents, Francisco and Maria Angelica.
In Brasil, Franco started with a few horses in a small
ranch and after a while, thanks to his achievements and efforts, the
first reining indoor arena was built. He won 12 futurities, 4 derbies, 3 brazilian championships and reached the first place in the National Brazilian Horse Association ranking.
In 2004 he decided to discover the European land and got the opportunity to meet Italy. It was not easy, leaving Brasil, his own ranch, 50 horses in training and the best position as a trainer. People noticed his abilities when in 2005 showed up with a crioulo horse, named Joio Do Infinito, and became Italian Derby Open Reserve Champion.
After 8 years showing successfully in the european scenes, in 2012 Fabrizio Bevilacqua gave Franco the great opportunity to move to Texas.
Another challenge started and now harder then ever. Trying to be on top beside the american legends and titans such as Shawn Flarida, Andrea Fappani, Tim McQuay, Tom McCutcheon, Jordan Larson, Craig Schmersal and so many more.
Now partners of a new chapter of his life were new horses such as CFR Centenario Wimpy (aka Rio) Madeof Pure Spangle (first crop of the legendary Star Spangled Whiz) and friends who trusted his talent such as Domenico Lomuto (owner of SLIDE OR DIE) and again Fabrizio Bevilacqua.
“With those big guys and big good horses, you can just go and lope around. You need to run faster and harder and not make any mistake.”
Following his words Franco in one year won over $ 132K by being, Cactus Classic Int. Open Derby Res. Champion, NRHA Open L3 Derby Champion, Tulsa Open L3 Futurity Champion, High Roller Reining Classic Open L4 and L3 Derby Champion, NRHA Open L4 Futurity Finalist, Cactus Classic Open Derby Champion marking his higher score ever – 231,5 – with Rio during a spectacular runoff with Jordan Larson, TOP 5 at NRBC Open, Kentucky Reining Cup Team Res. Champion.
After a while being brazilian in the US captured the attention of an
important new entry in the interational reining world; the new owner of ex Green Valley Ranch, now CARDINAL RANCH.
Now a new partnership is growing and bigger projects have begun. Being at Cardinal Ranch, one of the biggest reining facility all over the world, it’s for Franco the best opportunity he could ask for. A dream is really becoming true! Best horses, top blood lines and great projects can only be the ingredients of much more success.
Franco Bertolani is very thankful for his great success, but every day is a new one and new challenges are waiting and he’s always ready for them.
Up today Franco has NRHA earnings for more than $610,000 and several successful horses and shows had granted this.
Just a few names:
– Late Night Stopper LTE $50,000 owned by Cardinal Ranch (2014 Res. Champion HTT Open Futurity, 2014 NRHA Futurity Open Finalist, 4th 2015 Cactus Classic Open Derby,
2015 NRBC Open Derby Finalist, 2015 NRHA Open Derby Finalist, 4th 2015 HRRC Open Derby)
– Whizkey N Cash $18,000 owned by Cardinal Ranch (2015 Open AQHA Congress Futurity Finalist, 2015 NRHA Futurity Open Finalist)
– Chexmaster LTE $41,000 owned by Slide Or Die LLC (4th 2014 RMHA Open Futurity, 2014 Champion Darling 888 Open Futurity, 2014 NRHA Futurity Open Finalist (Top composite score preliminaries), 2015 NRBC Open Derby Finalist)
– Mizzens Little Step LTE $11,000 (2015 Res. Champion RMHA Open Futurity)
– Inferno Sixty Six LTE $160,000 owned by Slide Or Die LLC (2015 Open AQHA Congress Futurity Finalist, 2015 Res. Champion NRHA Open Futurity, 8th 2016 NRBC Open Derby)