Carlos Eduardo Mota Ribas Speeds to the win in the Energochemica Derby Cup CSI4* at X-Bionic® Summer Tour

Carlos Eduardo Mota Ribas Speeds to the win in the Energochemica Derby Cup CSI4* at X-Bionic® Summer Tour

ŠAMORÍN, SLOVAKIA—Temperatures hovered near 30˚C (86˚F) today on the X-BIONIC® Summer Tour, where Carlos Eduardo Mota Ribas of Brazil beat the heat and a field of 25, riding to an impressive win in the Energochemica Derby Cup CSI4* on his own Brilexo.

Uliano Vezzani’s sprawling, 1.45m track required both bravery and stamina, a recipe that made for an exciting class, despite the afternoon’s sun and soaring temperatures. Aside from the casual rail, the first portion of the course offered little trouble to most of the field, though the remaining half, which incorporated a series of natural obstacles beginning with a figure eight of bank jumps, was a different story.

For a number of riders, a closed dyke combination on the backside of the track proved insurmountable, resulting in several stops and eliminations. Those that met the challenge were forced to contend with a gallop home to the final two jumps: a large square oxer and upright vertical of natural panels on a corner, leading to more than one disappointing rail.

The 12-year-old KPWN gelding Brilexo (Phin Phin x Lux) was the second ride of the day for Mota Ribas, who earned 8 penalties with his first mount, Wilexo. With the course well in hand, the Brazilian rider wasted no time on Brilexo, making each turn count and charging through the dyke series to find two, flawless lines to the final jumps on course, stopping the clock at 133.06.

Second-place finisher Richard Howley of Ireland, riding Cruising Star, took a commanding lead as one of the last riders to go with a time of 138.46—nearly seven seconds faster than third place rider Jamie Wingrove of Great Britain on Bart VI (145.06). “[Cruising Star] is naturally a very fast horse. She’s Irish, I’m Irish, so we’re used to a bit of hunting,” Howley joked after his ride.

This is an important win for Carlos Eduardo Mota Ribas and his longtime partner, Brilexo, who have been competing together since 2012. Last week, the pair finished sixth in the Prize Coca-Cola CSI4* on the X-BIONIC® Summer Tour.

Source: X-Bionic Equestor Sphere

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Dominique Hendrikxs victorious in the Grand Prix Energochemica CSI4* at X-Bionic Summer Tour

Dominique Hendrikxs victorious in the Grand Prix Energochemica CSI4* at X-Bionic Summer Tour

ŠAMORÍN, SLOVAKIA—Dominique Hendrickx of Belgium earned his first major win of the X-BIONIC® Summer Tour on Sunday, July 22, 2018, riding Bacardi les Hauts. Hendrickx bested a field of 49 riders from as many as 25 different nations to win the €92,100 Grand Prix Energochemica, becoming one of only two double-clear rounds on course designer Uliano Vezzani’s challenging, 1.60m track.  

The day saw seasonably warm temperatures and cloudy skies, eventually giving way to gentle summer rains just in time for the prize giving. The expansive, 13-obtacle first-round required both dexterity and stamina, offering plenty of challenges throughout. Jumps 6 and 7, the open water to an upright vertical liverpool, proved to be the undoing of more than one pair, while the final line, a wide oxer to the number 13 vertical, also fell at regular intervals.  

Hendrickx and the 11-year-old SBS stallion (Rexar du Houssoit x Cavalier) were one of only three pairs to jump clear in the first round, with the top 13 returning for the shortened course: nine on four faults; Ondrej Zvara of the Czech Republic on a time fault; and Luiz Francisco de Azevedo of Brazil, Hendrickx, and the U.S.A.’s Lucas Porter on zero.

Vezzani’s winding jump-off course featured a limited number of related distances but took in the full breadth of X-BIONIC’s sprawling, grass grand prix field. Brazil’s Cassio Rivetti emerged as an early leader among the four-faulters with Ulahop Boy, stopping the clock at a blazing-fast 41.95 seconds. Zvara, on one, attempted a more conservative route with Cento Lano, but pulled a rail, finishing on five faults. Riding the 11-year-old KWPN stallion, Comic, de Azevedo also rode for the careful clear, finishing on 52.83 seconds and leaving the final two competitors—Hendrickx and Porter on Diamonte Darco—to vie for the win.

Hendrickx jumped first, keeping up the pace but following a slightly tidier track than de Azevedo to stop the clock at 49.51 seconds. Last to go, Porter looked ready to put the pedal down, but dropped an unlucky rail at the third oxer on course, finishing 6th overall. Brazil’s Rivetti took third; his countryman, de Azevedo, second.

This is the first major win of the season for the Lier, Belgium-based Hendrickx and Bacardi les Hauts, who have been paired together since 2015.

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Animal Osteopathy

Animal Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a methodological manipulative diagnostic and therapeutic philosophy that in Italy is included among non-conventional medicines. The osteopathic profession proves to be effective both in the preventive and the maintenance of the state of health, as well as being a valid contribution and support in the treatment of many pathological conditions.

Osteopathic philosophy stems from the teachings and writings of Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), a traditional training physician (MD). Still was an iconoclast progressive, convinced that in his time the attention and care towards patients were profoundly inadequate. Rejected by the medical establishment, he chose to establish a parallel medical education system, which he called “osteopathy”.
Osteopathy seeks the mobility restrictions present in the body system and through specific techniques aims at restoring normal mobility or, in the case of disabling diseases, residual mobility, exclusively using manual techniques and excluding any medication and / or surgical means. Health is the adaptable and optimal attainment of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is based on our natural ability to face, with adequate reserves, the usual stresses of daily life and the serious occasional stress imposed by the excesses of the environment and activity. The disease begins when this natural ability is reduced or when it is overcome or overwhelmed by harmful influences.

The human organism is endowed with intrinsic self-regulation and osteopathic medicine is therefore concerned with freeing and developing all the resources on which the body’s resistance and recovery capacity is based, thus recognizing the validity of the ancient consideration according to which the doctor has to dealing with a patient, as well as with a disease. A holistic discipline such as osteopathy has also been applied to large and small animals. This science has developed independently of traditional medicine and has a personalized approach and intervention.

In 2012 the first National Training Course in Animal Osteopathy Do.A was born in Italy. Osteopathic techniques are mostly used on horses and dogs in which the symptomatic picture acquires secondary importance (with the exception of some cases), since it is inserted in the overall condition of the animal. This implies a detachment of the therapeutic intervention from the area in which the symptom manifests itself, to observe its interactions and the possible connections with all the other adjacent or remote structures.

Whatever the abnormal condition from which the body is afflicted, the osteopathic objective aims to:

* Restore mobility (articular) or motility (fascial, visceral, craniosacral) where they have been compromised
* Improve blood supply and venous and lymphatic return to optimize oxygenation and nutrition of cellular metabolism;
* Normalize and optimize the interactions between the different body systems: the central and peripheral nervous system with the musculoskeletal, immune and endocrine systems.

The osteopathic treatment uses, for this purpose, a complex armament of exclusively manual techniques, in complementarity with all the other veterinary figures with which it collaborates and are:

* Musculoskeletal approach
* Fitting Approach
* Cranial approach
* Visceral approach

Osteopathic treatment tends to favor an improvement from a global point of view (articular, fascial, visceral and cranio-sacral), reported in many cases by the respective owners and confirmed by ongoing evaluations. This improvement can be assessed in the increased vitality, in the recovered energy during the physical exertion test and in the decrease of the previously existing pain symptomatology; with the movement, in fact, the self-healing and self-regulation process is encouraged, increasing the blood supply locally and favoring proper vascularization and cellular nourishment which are the basis of a good functioning.

Finally the lymphatic elimination of toxins is increased, e.g. after a prolonged effort, restoring length and elasticity to the individual muscular and articular districts and favoring the production of endorphins indispensable for triggering the welfare mechanism of the animal organism.

Dr. Stefano Vitali FT, D.O., E.O.A.

Consuelo Palmerini suicide: equestrian champion

Consuelo Palmerini suicide: equestrian champion

She left no farewell, either in the car or in her home in North Rome. Consuelo Palmerini, 46-year-old horsemanship champion, threw herself on the morning of Tuesday, June 18, from a Cassia bis overpass, near the junction of Prima Porta and Castel de ‘Ceveri. She threw herself, fell into a van and was thrown on the other side of the roadway. Because of the violent impact, she died instantly. The driver of the van is Carlo Peciaroli, a 68-year-old resident in the province of Viterbo, who was seriously injured and was transported with the helicopter to Gemelli. Corriere della Sera writes that investigations are under way and that the woman’s cell phone has been acquired to check contacts and messages received in recent days. Palmerini, the newspaper continues, “was a breeder and federal instructor, Italian champion in 1992, but also first-rate and internationally important amazzone, with successes in Piazza di Siena and in the European championships”.


Equine Kinesiology Taping Therapy

Equine Kinesiology Taping Therapy

My name is Rita Caglioti, I deal with horses and their well-being for over 45 years. The need to give a professional role to my “vocation” led me to attend Zooteicnia where I acquired a profound knowledge of the equine anatomy. The traditional addresses were followed by specific studies, resulting in a specialization in equine Bionaturopathy and in numerous collaborations in the equine physiotherapy field with several veterinary studies. Inducing me to study equine osteopathy.

The training course undertaken for over a decade on the technique of Equine Kinesiology Taping Therapy certified by prof. Lee from the University of Seoul, has allowed me to propose, in the world, as the sole reference figure for teaching this innovative method based on the principles of ‘osteopathy.

The wealth of experience gained in the field has resulted in the collection of numerous scientific data obtained through the study of a number of appropriately selected clinical cases. Kinesiology Tapingpe is an elastic adhesive bandage with a bio-mechanical therapeutic effect. It is a technique based on the natural healing process of the body through the activation of circulatory and neurological systems. Muscles are not only given the task of moving the body, but also the control of the circulation of venous and lymphatic fluids, body temperature, etc …

The correct application of Kinesiology tape promotes lymphatic drainage. It reduces pain. The neurological attenuation of pain occurs by reducing the pressure on the skin receptors thanks to a rebalancing of the lymphatic activity.

Assists in correcting the alignment of the joint. The dislocation of an articulation, due to abnormal muscle tension, can be corrected by the Kinesiology tape through the recovery of the function and consequently the correct use of Kinesiology Tape. The Kinesiology tape reduces pain and restores constant lymphatic drainage through proper application. The body surface covered by the Kinesiology tape forms convolutions increasing the interstitial space, with the right ribbon and the correct application performed by correct postures during the application is everything that is inserted so that the tape can have a right grip on the horse’s mantle : correct techniques for effective applications and durability of time necessary for horses in the paddock, in the box or in work which sweating, the tape may come off which is the most frequent demand.

As soon as the horse moves, the tape will work like a pump, continuously stimulating the blood circulation through small movements inside the box, the lymphatic circulation in the drainage function, also obtaining an attenuation of the irritation on the pain receptors. Applications can help reduce inflammation, pain, fatigue and muscle pain, correction, reduce the possibility of injuries, soften not only at the level of muscle tension or stiffness but also some typical and atypical problems of the horse by acting in a manner natural.

The Kinesiology tape has had over the years a continuous update based on clinical experience and research. Our method is based on these fundamental principles in order to obtain the best result, as our research is always evolving, having as its reference point the scientific research of the University of Seoul.

Pranataping Equine Kinesiology Taping Therapy

The teacher Prof. Lee, who I have been attending for 11 years, dedicating myself to EQUINE KINESIOLOGY TAPING, passed me the technique in the maximum purity of the method, being a researcher at the University of Seoul. The goal is to provide a useful tool in the daily use of this technique for riders and amazons giving indications based on experience of over forty years on horses and over ten years of specific studies on the method “Kinesiology Tape Therapy” .

The Kinesiology Tape contains no medicine: it helps without the use of drugs for a wide range of applications as long as you are willing to learn a correct application technique: only in this case you can get excellent results and the Kinesilogy Tape becomes a subsidy indispensable in every knight’s everyday life. Since this method has had international recognition, in recent years many athletes, in the most varied sports, use it.

Every rider must learn this method very useful and effective for the well-being of his horse, but only through training with experts in the field, we get to a correct application technique. You do not have to venture to learn independently because the applications are performed with postural techniques that the horses must assume for a correct application.

Only in this way Pranataping becomes an indispensable tool to eliminate tensions, rigidity, pains and to have performing horses. Pranataping acts in the movement. In the experiential baggage of each rider there must be a training course to correctly apply Pranataping: a technique that, correctly used, is fundamental for the horse, both during work and at rest in the box after training. Pranataping is a method of application that every rider must learn, putting the well-being of his horse first, ensuring a Happy Life. It also channels the energies of the Horse in the right direction that every rider and rider want, aimed at their own goals of athletes and not only…

From the biomechanical point of view, given that the physical well-being of the horse obtained through a correct athletic and postural request are the basis of a physiological and nervous equilibrium, the Kinesiology Tape finds its precise location and utility also for the athletic preparation of the sport horse. For both anaerobic and aerobic stress, muscle decontraction is the basic condition for the compression of the whole “horse machine”. The soft, tonic muscle, clean and drained by toxins of the stress, comfortable in the work through a right and correct tension in the correct alignment of the joints, ready to work with the right and energetic electrical energy of its fibers can only increase and improve the sporting and competitive performance of the horse.

Every rider and rider must have the opportunity to learn this technique.

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Rita Caglioti
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House Arrest for Cesare Croce

House Arrest for Cesare Croce

He leaves the prison for house arrest the president of the Disciplinary Board of the Order of Engineers of Monza and Brianza accused of making false reports for Giuseppe Malaspina. The precautionary measure of detention less afflictive for Cesare Croce, 70, was decided by the magistrate of Monza Federica Centonze (on favorable opinion of the prosecutor Salvatore Bellomo) after the interrogation requested by the engineer with the magistrate of the Procura di Monza in which Croce substantially accepted the charges that are challenged in the investigation that sees the center of the building contractor of Calabrian origin and his real estate empire to be saved from bankruptcy thanks to the collaboration of a ‘clique’ of professionals complacent and that led to 30 precautionary custody orders.

The engineer from Triuggio is considered one of Malaspina’s trusted associates, for which, according to the indictment, he “physically drafted the technical appraisal estimates of faults and defects in the realization of the works subject to false invoices, instrumentally designed to neutralize their payments. ». The engineer is the only one so far to have obtained a lightening of the precautionary measure after the only favorable opinion signed by the public prosecutor. This was not the case, for example, for the two lawyers arrested, Gerardo Perillo and Fabiola Sclapari. They had not used, like the majority of co-contractors, the right not to answer the questioning before the investigating magistrate and they had defended against the accusations against them. After the interrogation, the two lawyers have submitted through their legal claims to withdraw the measure of custody in prison, which have instead been rejected and are now considering whether to appeal to the Court of Review against the failure to release.

Meanwhile, requests for interrogations continue at the Monza prosecutor’s office. Today is the turn of Adriana Foti, ex-wife (but according to the indictment, only on paper) of Giuseppe Malaspina, under house arrest because he considers instead complicit company steps required by the entrepreneur to empty the values ​​of companies to be sent to bankruptcy and reinvest them in other companies, such as that of the luxurious horse-riding lodge in Ornago headed by the ex-spouse of Malaspina. TOMORROW will instead be surveyed by the public prosecutor Dario Ghezzi, also at home. He has contacted the Public Prosecutor’s Office for the defense of the accountant Salvatore Tamborino, who is in prison. One of the closest collaborators to Malaspina, Italo Rovero (at home), one of the employees who helped Malaspina to get rid of the company documentation and who, when the financiers arrived in 2015 at the headquarters of the entrepreneur’s Group in via Fiorbellina in Vimercate, he tried to continue to tear up the papers by demonstrating, according to the investigating judge, “criminal obstinacy”.

Source: Il Giorno

Summer Camps: FISE supports the affiliated centres

Summer Camps: FISE supports the affiliated centres

The promotion activity plays an increasingly important role for many affiliated centres and represents an important moment of popularisation of equestrian sports

A great initiative of the Italian Equestrian Sports Federation that wants to support all its affiliated bodies in the promotion of the 2018 Summer Campuses through the different communication channels, aiming to ensure the reliability of affiliated clubs through the federal trademark.

To achieve this important goal, aimed exclusively at the base, the Federation is planning a dedicated page on the federal website useful for those who want to promote the initiatives of their club.

The page, accessible through a dedicated banner “Fise Camp 2018”, will contain news, photos and useful addresses divided by region.

The initiative will find in the Regional Committees an important contribution in particular in the role that the territorial bodies will play in making the connection and coordination between FISE Nazionale and Affiliated Centres. The campuses will be oriented according to the educational-teaching principles in line with the federal standard for young age groups. Children and young people between the ages of 5 and 14 will be able to take advantage of a safe environment within facilities where they can experience pre-sport ludic-motor activity, with criteria and methodologies focused on personal development.

The “Fise Camp 2018” should also be aimed at children and the more sedentary and less prone to physical activity, to whom, during the summer, the initiative will offer the opportunity to learn and experience the equestrian activity.

This project will also be an important opportunity to involve young people in difficulty, reported by the social and health structures and the “Sport Senza Frontiere” non-profit organization with which Fise has a collaboration agreement.

Attached is the application form that must be completed by the interested clubs and sent to the Regional Committees of belonging. The Regional Committees will endorse the applications received and send by Friday 8 June the list of centers wishing to join, to the e-mail address

FISE Camp 2018 membership form

Source: Fise

Youth: Italy third in the Cup at Wierden

Youth: Italy third in the Cup at Wierden

Italy of the Young Riders has closed with an excellent third place in the Cup of Nations that took place May 31, at the CSIO youth Wierden in the Netherlands. The team under the orders of the head of team Marco Bergomi closed with only 4 penalties. Bianca Gresele on Amarillo (4/0) composed the cup quartet; Olimpia Bargagni on J’Espere van ter Pamelen (8/0); Giorgia Failla on Vadetta Dh Z (0/0) and Michele Previtali on Cartaire Z (0 / Np). At the end of a barrage between the Netherlands and Norway, the victory of the competition went to the home team that closed without errors, while the second place to the Norwegians. Seven teams in the field.

“A cup made a bit ‘more complicated – said the team leader Marco Bergomi – the long wait due to the storm that fell on Wierden in the afternoon (which has delayed tomorrow to the Jun Cup and slip in the evening that YR ed. ). Excellent performance of the Italian team, which after the four penalties of the first run, packs a perfect second round with the first three pairs that do not make mistakes allowing Previtali (fourth to enter the field) to save his horse for tomorrow’s Grand Prix . Even Bianca Gresele and Olimpia Bargagni have improved their performance with an excellent second path without errors. It was good to see that everyone contributed to the team’s result. During the race the team spirit was strongly perceived as evidence of the great harmony that reigns at this moment in the youth representatives. A good test of concentration that allowed the Blues to improve their performance, thanks to the “video analysis” of the routes between the first and second rounds, together with the federal technician and the instructors (a new feature introduced in the transfers of Team Italia from this CSIO). Several positive signs from this young team: the double zero of Giorgia Failla in her debut in the Cup, the important recovery after the long injury of one of the “columns” of last season, Michele Previtali. Good performance also for the other two girls in a cup debut “.

Also in today’s day the pony blue team got the sixth place in the Nations Cup. The team led by the team leader Giuseppe Forte and formed by Lorenzo Patrese du Dalton van de Kruishoeve (6/4); Chiara Saleri on Vales Blue Melody (9/11), Bianca Ciocca on Saphir de Cormeilles (0/4) and Lorenzo Correddu on Tamar (4/8) ended the race with 26 total penalties. Victory for Ireland (3), followed by Great Britain (5) and the Netherlands (12). Eight teams at the start.

Worth mentioning in the big trial reserved for Young Rider was the placement of Luigi Del Prete, who on the saddle at Chonny obtained the fifth place in the classification (4; 76 “75).

Revenue Agency meets Fise

Revenue Agency meets Fise

Revenue Agency has ensured the issuance of a short-term circular

FISE delegation composed of the President Avv. Marco Di Paola, the General Secretary Dott. Simone Perillo and Dr. Enzo Truppa, as a member of the Commission established by the FISE Council to identify the fiscal problems in the area that led to tax assessments and penalties of affiliated organizations FISE, has met, at the Directorate General of the Revenue Agency some executives at the top of the Agency, to discuss and find solutions to the points highlighted in a letter sent to the Inland Revenue where a meeting was requested in this regard .

During the meeting, which took place in a cordial and collaborative atmosphere discussed issues that are becoming increasingly critical for the affiliated FISE organizations, such as the disregard of the so-called “horse board”, as activities, institutional and therefore considered “commercial activity” regardless, as well as the so-called “diversified quotas” subject to disputes, as well as the disregard of ASD status on the basis of the aforementioned points or following “formal shortcomings” of no significant entity.

The Heads of the Revenue Agency have examined and discussed with great interest and understanding the issues brought to their attention and have announced the issuing of a circular clarifying many aspects that concern all ASDs in general, but with specific reference, in the same , to the particular themes of the equestrian sport and of the horse athlete considered of equal dignity and importance of the rider, as both considered athletes by the FISE Statute.

The Federation has kindly requested that this circular be made public as soon as possible. In this regard, it was assured that it will be issued in a short time. The hope is that this will happen by the end of June 2018.

Souce: Fise

Di Paola e Nepi: “The victory of all”

Di Paola e Nepi: “The victory of all”

The binomials of the Italian Team in the Cup of Nations Intesa Sanpaolo and in the Rolex Grand Prix Rome make a joyful atmosphere tof the 86th CSIO in Rome Piazza di Siena. Italy has hit a double that was missing since 1976 were Raimondo and Piero d’Inzeo, Graziano Mancinelli and Vittorio Orlandi won the Nations Cup and Piero d’Inzeo winning the Grand Prix Rome. The president of Fise Marco Di Paola and the event director of CSIO in Piazza di Siena and Marketing Director of Coni Servizi, Diego Nepi, do not hide their more than legitimate satisfaction.

Marco Di Paola: “Many people ask me if I’m luckier or more successful. I say that I am lucky to be the president of the Fise and that we are winning when we choose the right people. Today we won a challenge launched less than two years ago with the president of Coni Giovanni Malagò. We have all won, Bartalucci, the chef de piste Uliano Vezzani, our sport director Eleonora Ottaviani, fundamental for international relations has won the team. Today we have a very large number of very high quality pairs which has allowed us not to suffer from important absences. With Coni we had the courage to make new choices, the grass, the Galoppatoio and the results rewarded us. With the victory in the Grand Prix Rome and the encore in the Cup of Nations we have filled a gap of forty years in our equestrian history. We know that next year we are asked to raise the bar, we will do our best to succeed and make this contest even more beautiful “.

Diego Nepi: “A few nights ago we presented a short film at the Casa del Cinema that tells the social and cultural history of Piazza di Siena and its sporting history. So I made a film myself and I thought of “Route netto” as the title of that film. Well, today we have all done “Net Route”. Last year for Piazza di Siena we had coined the slogan “The heart above the obstacle”, putting our heart to make everything ready in just three months. Among all, a very strong sense of compactness has been achieved. Then we all know that in a sport you win and lose but the important thing is to always remain united towards common goals “.

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LGCT Saint Tropez starts this weekend!

LGCT Saint Tropez starts this weekend!

A head-turning line up of show jumping stars are in action in Ramatuelle / Saint Tropez this week, kick-starting the charge along the French Riviera with this sparkling new addition to the 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour calendar.

At the head of the pack will be World Number 1 and 2017 LGCT Champion Harrie Smolders (NED), fresh from his LGCT Grand Prix of Hamburg win and looking to continue riding his wave of success. He’ll be flanked by a world class field with Peder Fredricson (SWE), Kevin Staut (FRA), Henrik von Eckermann (SWE), Simon Delestre (FRA) and Daniel Deusser (GER) all in action for the sixth event of the Championship race.

Leading since the first leg of the 2018 Championship, overall LGCT ranking leader Scott Brash (GBR) will be looking to capitalise on his 12 point lead and widen the gap to his closest rivals. Hot on his heels will be Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS), Ben Maher (GBR) and Pieter Devos (BEL) who hold 2nd, 3rd and 5th respectively – and all of whom have been on phenomenal form in recent events.

It was announced last year that the sophisticated Riviera resort of Ramatuelle/Saint Tropez will this summer join the international parade of unique destinations, including some of the world’s foremost capital cities. From 31st May to 2nd June, the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show (LAOHS) leads the charge along the French coast, and will see riders head to the legendary Pampelonne Beach with it’s turquoise waters and enviable blue skies. In total, a hundred riders and nearly 200 horses are expected, representing more than twenty nations.

Big names in attendance this weekend will be John Whitaker (GBR), Bertram Allen (IRL), Ludger Beerbaum (GER), Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), Alberto Zorzi (ITA), Laura Kraut (USA), Rodgrio Pessoa (BRA), Cian O’Connor (IRL), Roger-Yves Bost (FRA), Michael Whitaker (GBR), Pedro Veniss (BRA), Maikel van der Vleuten (NED), Christian Ahlmann (GER), Jessica Springsteen (USA), Athina Onassis (GRE), Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) and Jerome Guery (BEL).

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Source: LGCT

Rolex Grand Prix Rome is finally Italian

Rolex Grand Prix Rome is finally Italian

After the success of Lorenzo De Luca in Piazza di Siena after 24 years the victory of an Italian in the most prestigious competition.

It is clearly felt in the declarations of the winner. “I’m very happy, maybe I did not realize it yet – he continues – it’s an incredible satisfaction to be in front of a home crowd. The beauty is that this was my dream and my climb up to here can also be an inspiration for many young people.

It is a super prestigious grand prize especially now that Rolex is the main sponsor of the competition. The president of the Fise with the essential help of CONI did a fantastic job and I think that as a first year of returning to the grass the performance was incredible.

I spoke with the other riders and everyone is enthusiastic. Of course, having put the Italian flag at the Grand Prix was even better.

At the second round I immediately started the attack. I wanted to ensure the last jump but for all the others I followed the maximum rhythm. From the first day I continued to repeat to those who asked me that I felt in great form and today it happened: I ride to win. The course of the grand prize was beautiful and Uliano has always done magic. Our chef de piste represents a Made in Italy excellence that we really have to keep up because it’s incredible what he does. The course was big and very technical until the end. With these premises it is normal that even better ones can make mistakes. Today, I think we have all given the Romans and Italy a beautiful sport…

The support of the team has helped me a lot as I said the day of the cup. We Italians are becoming more and more professional and we are settling on a higher level. This also depends on the fact that we are confronting more and more often as a team and not only individually with the strongest riders in the world. Being so much together and experiencing things as a team gives us the opportunity to get to know each other more from a technical point of view. The beauty is that an improvement of each of us contributes to the improvement of all the others. We must keep this team spirit strong “.

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Rolex Grand Prix Rome: Lorenzo De Luca triumphs

Rolex Grand Prix Rome: Lorenzo De Luca triumphs

Lorenzo De Luca riding Halifax van Het Kluizebos won the Rolex Grand Prix Rome at 86 ° Csio in Rome Piazza di Siena. The airman chose to finish with two clear paths ahead of the Irish Bertram Allen on Hector Van D’Abdjhoeve, also with two net but penalized by time. 45 “37 for the blue, 45” 97 for the Irishman.

De Luca brings back to Italy the prestigious Roma Grand Prix that we had not won since 1994. Third place for the Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander on Inca Boy van T Vianahof also she closed with two net but with a clearly superior time 51 “97.

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Tomorrow’s beauty Rolex Grand Prix

Tomorrow’s beauty Rolex Grand Prix

Three days of great sport, those so far spent in Piazza di Siena, and an epilogue, tomorrow, which promises to be even more prestigious with the dispute of the Rolex Grand Prix Rome.

Forty-nine participants, all the protagonists of this edition of the roman competition including, thirteen Italians. Rich prize money of € 350 thousand at stake in what is the most important individual competition of the 86th CSIO in Rome that will start at 12:15.

It will be an unforgettable day and the public of great occasions is awaiting which will enrich with its passionate and festive presence the already magnificent glance of the new Piazza di Siena desired by CONI and FISE.

Those who can not be in Piazza di Siena to enjoy the day can follow the Rolex Grand Prix Rome on TV with the live RAI SPORT + HD (from 13:00 to 13:50) and RAI DUE (from 13:50 to 15:00) or from computers and smartphones with streaming.

The signature of the world’s number one rider in this edition of the CSIO in Rome could not be missing. To win the Loro Piana Trophy, mixed category with obstacles from 1.50/1.55m was in fact Harrie Smolders who thus adds to his rich palmares the first individual success in Piazza di Siena where he had however already conquered the Cup of Nations with Holland in 2011.

In saddle with Cas 2, Smolders gave proof in front of the warm public present numerous today of determination and precision with zero penalities he pushed decisively on the accelerator stopping the clock at 34.14 seconds. It was a good competition with the right number of clear runs on the first route – explained the Dutch – and what was staged was a fantastic example of sport! Piazza di Siena always liked me …

Harrie Smolders protagonist of this third day of the 86th CSIO in Rome. After the Loro Piana Trophy, the Dutch won in fact the spectacular Loro Piana Six Bars, signing a ‘double’ as a real champion.

In saddle with Corrada, Smolders was the only one to overcome without error the series of obstacles at a remarkable height of 1 meter and 95 centimeters.
“This formula – he said – is both spectacular for the public and physically not as demanding as one might think for horses …

A special prize will be awarded tomorrow by Intesa Sanpaolo. In fact, an award will go to the best rider in the competition, the one who will be more distinguished on the basis of the placements obtained in the various competitions in the 86th edition of the CSIO in Rome Piazza di Siena.

Many riders are present from Edwina Tops Alexander, to Kara Chad and Meredith Michaels Beerbaum, to the italian rider Giulia Martinengo Marquet and so on…

See the album of Piazza di Siena

Source: Piazza di Siena

Italy wins again at Piazza di Siena for the Nations Cup

Italy wins again at Piazza di Siena for the Nations Cup

Italy’s enterprise in the Nations Cup of Intesa Sanpaolo gave them a win today in Piazza di Siena in front of an amazing audience.

The architects of the enterprise were Luca Marziani with Tokyo du Soleil, Giulia Martinengo Marquet with Verdine SZ, Emanuele Gaudiano with Caspar 232 and Bruno Chimirri with Tower Mouche. The team has been awarded by Carlo Messina, Managing Director and CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo (in the photo with the President of CONI, Giovanni Malagò, and the President of the FISE Marco Di Paola).

The team manager, Duccio Bartalucci, was the creator of a formidable test and after a first round closed with zero penalties along with Switzerland and the US. This historic victory leads to the one obtained in 2017 after 32 years.

Second place is United States and Switzerland.

Source: Piazza di Siena

Photo credit: Mario Grassia

Nations Cup: Time

Nations Cup: Time

These times of the team competition:

14.15: start of the first run (break of 10 minutes after 18 of the 36 pairs in the race)

16.05: start of the second run (break of 10 minutes after 18 of the 36 pairs in the race)

18.15: Press conference with the winning team

In the break between the first and the second round of the Cup of Nations Intesa Sanpaolo the bronze medals of the 2017 European Championship will be presented to the Italian team of complete.

At the end of the award ceremony the PAN – National Aerobatic Team, will fly over Piazza di Siena.

Source: Piazza di Siena

CSIO Piazza di Siena 2018: Nations Cup startlists

CSIO Piazza di Siena 2018: Nations Cup startlists

The starting order of the teams that will participate in the Intesa Sanpaolo Nations Cup tomorrow in Siena was picked this morning. The first of the nine teams to take the field will be New Zealand, a nation that in the history of the competition has only participated once in 1996.

The U.S, will be fourth to present themselves to the roman public while the Azzurri are listed in the order of entry closed by Germany.

This is the complete starting order: New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, France, Canada, Italy, Holland and Germany.

Source & Photo Credit: Piazza di Siena

Malaspina Stables: activities continue regularly

Malaspina Stables: activities continue regularly

The press reports have spread the unfounded belief that our activities are currently prevented as a result of seizure orders ordered by the judicial authorities. We communicate that these measures do not relate to the activities of our companies which continue completely on a regular basis. We will then proceed to the commitments undertaken and to the scheduled events.

The Direction,
Malaspina Stables

Source: Scuderie della Malaspina Facebook Page

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Cesare Croce Arrested : Event Director CSIO Piazza di Siena 2018

Cesare Croce Arrested : Event Director CSIO Piazza di Siena 2018

Former president of Fise Cesare Croce was arrested as part of the investigation concerning Giuseppe Malaspina, a real estate agent and entrepreneur from Brianza of Calabrian origins, who saw 21 people go to prison this morning. Seized the building that housed the Gritti hotel near La Scala, a luxury hotel in Venice and a riding school in Brianza for a total value of 100 million euro.

The Italian Equestrian Sports Federation communicates that it has learned through the press, the news of the judicial case involving Cesare Croce, Head of the Dressage Department.

Specifying that the conduct challenged by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, are not inherent in the federal activity and in full confidence in the work carried out by the investigating bodies, the Federal President – by an emergency resolution – suspends the tasks assigned to Cesare Croce in the context of Federation, waiting for the investigations to be carried out rapidly in which it is hoped that Cesare Croce will prove his own extraneousness.

Seized Malaspina Equestrian Center

Seized Malaspina Equestrian Center

Bribes to turn a blind eye to the irregularity of some public works and invoices issued for non-existent transactions for an amount of about 95 million euro, with capital disruptions for a value of 234 million euro. Twenty-one people were arrested by the Guardia di Finanza of Monza in execution of an order of the investigating magistrate of Monza for criminal association aimed at tax and bankruptcy crimes, fraudulent transfer of values, money laundering and corruption. Among those arrested, ten of them in prison, there is also the former magistrate Gerardo Perrillo who served in the Bankruptcy Section of the Court of Monza and two lawyers. The arrests were taken in the province of Milan, Monza and Brianza, Lecco, Bologna, Asti and Reggio Calabria.

The investigation, called Domus Aurea and coordinated by the prosecutor of Monza, Salvatore Bellomo, was born from an anonymous exposition of a political exponent of opposition from the municipality of Correzzana against mayor Mario Corbetta, who was investigated for corruption. The investigators had requested arrest but the offense was prescribed. The precautionary measures were carried out by the Guardia di Finanza of Monza, following an investigation that led to the dismantling of a group of companies attributable to a Calabrian building contractor, Giuseppe Malaspina, a resident of Brianza, accused, among other things, to have issued invoices for non-existent transactions for an amount of approximately 95 million euros, with capital disruptions for a value of 234 million euros. Around the entrepreneur revolved a group of professionals who made available their skills to create a sophisticated system of companies aimed at distracting capital. A real network with a “meticulous division of roles”, in which the role of accountants, surveyors, engineers, lawyers “was found – as explained by the prosecutors of the survey, Salvatore Bellomo and Giulia Rizzo – essential for achieving of the entrepreneur’s objectives “.

Among the assets seized by the Guardia di Finanza of Monza during the operation there is also the hotel Cà Sagredo of Venice which, until a few weeks ago, hosted “Support”, a work made up of two great hands of the artist Lorenzo Quinn , installed on the occasion of the Art Biennale and removed at the beginning of May. However, the reply of Lorenza Lain, director of the Venetian hotel, came around: “The Cà Sagredo hotel has an independent management, separate from that linked to the property of the surveyor Giuseppe Malaspina. me and the hotel is fully operational with an active budget.The relations with the bankruptcy curators – he adds – are excellent and there is good cooperation in order to keep the hotel fully operational and autonomous “.

Also seized the building that housed the Gritti hotel in Milan, a few meters from the Scala, and a riding school in Ornago. The arrested are accused in various capacities of criminal association aimed at tax and bankruptcy crimes, fraudulent transfer of values, money laundering and corruption.

In total, the preventive seizure of 28 real estate units, company shares and financial assets, subject to distraction, for a total value of 9.3 million euro, aimed at confiscation up to the amount of about 10 million euro was ordered; corresponding to the evaded tax.

At the base of the investigation of the Monza group of the Guardia di Finanza, many interceptions. “Everything we have said today is fake, the problem is having a piece of paper”, one of the arrested persons explained, in the words of another suspect, the identikit of the mendigators to look for and to which the companies are registered. sixty, seventy years .. nullatenente .. loser .. one of those who sign and do not understand anything .. “” Look here that you have to make a fancy effort .. it takes Walt Disney “.

“There have been contacts with many administrations where the entrepreneur has built real estate complexes, residences, sports facilities, stables, or where he has made investments in the hotel industry – explained the pm Bellomo -. This investigation is closed, if other irregular situations emerge in other administrations, we will proceed with any necessary analysis “. “It was a complex investigation for the plot to be deciphered – says the head of the Monza prosecutor Luisa Zanetti – With the unlawful conducted unveiled, made of illegally stored assets, with subtractions to the tax authorities of false invoices, you contribute to in crisis the economy of a country, to discourage investments “.

The Guardia di Finanza has arrested some of the suspects while they were about to destroy the evidence with a bulldozer. The center of the organization was in Vimercate (MB) and right there the agents of the Gdf surprised some men while they were loading documents in a box with a bulldozer. Their goal was probably to load them on a truck and destroy them.

Source: Sandro De Riccardis “La Repubblica”

1st Edition of the National Equestrian Tourism Days

1st Edition of the National Equestrian Tourism Days

Comfortable. Great Events at national level continues with its work of local promotion for the development of soft mobility and launches from sunday may 20th until june 30th, the Days of the National Equestrian Tourism.

In an economic and cultural reality equestrian tourism helps to develop values oriented to nature, environmental protection, preservation and maintenance of natural recreational spaces to discover the heritage and human relations; It is a different way of approaching the horse, a wonderful adventure in the company of an animal whose history has been closely linked to that of man for centuries. The equestrian tourism gives the rural world a way to regenerate, to diversify its activities, to open new perspectives. Equestrian tourism is a safe source of socio-economic opportunities for new types of tourism in Italy.

The Co.Mo.Do. Studies Center notes how important the data on the number of people in Italy are dedicated to equestrian tourism: 900 million euro’s of tourism-related business in the saddle, 40,000 people employed in the equestrian industry. In fact 40-50 thousand employees in the horse industry and almost 3000 farms mainly devoted to the breeding of horses. With the First National Day of Equestrian Tourism Sunday May 20th to Saturday June 30th, to explore the most beautiful parts of the outdoor tourism in soft mobility, interwoven into nature, culture and rural Mediterranean.


The event created by Co.Mo.Do., enjoys the patronage of the European Parliament, the Ministry of Environment, Ente Alcantara River Park, the Park Nebrodi, the Fitetrec-Ante, the FISE- Italian Sports Federation equestri- national Agency environmental equestrian Guide, the Endas Riding, Asi Riding equestrian activities of UISP, the DMO Mediterranean Pearls.

Technical partners: the two national platforms Riding on the Web and Horse Touring .
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Paolo Paini in the Italian team of Piazza di Siena 2018

Paolo Paini in the Italian team of Piazza di Siena 2018

Substitutions in Team Italy for the upcoming Cup of Nations Intesa Sanpaolo scheduled for Friday May 25 at Piazza di Siena.

Paolo Paini and Ottava Meraviglia of Ca ‘San Giorgio take the place of Lorenzo De Luca and Ensor de Litrange in the quintet indicated by the national selector Duccio Bartalucci.

The Italian team is now composed of Bruno Chimirri with Tower Mouche, Luca Marziani with Tokyo du Soleil, Emanuele Gaudiano with Caspar, Giulia Martinengo Marquet with Verdine SZ and, indeed, Paolo Paini and Ottava Meraviglia di Ca ‘San Giorgio.

The other substitution concerns the pairs in the competition only on an individual basis with Carlo Rogiani and Freestyle who take over from Antonio Alfonso and Chic Hin d’Hyrencourt.

Friday 25 May will be a special day for Italian equestrian sports. As announced, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella will be present for the Nations Cup.

The team that among the nine at the start – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Holland, United States of America, Sweden, Switzerland – will win the prestigious competition reserved for national representatives, will therefore have the honor of being awarded by the highest office of the Italian State.

Respecting the agenda of the President of the Republic, the start of the first round of the Cup of Nations Intesa Sanpaolo was therefore anticipated at 14.15.

Wednesday, May 23 will be held the traditional meeting with the Italian riders for the CSIO in Rome at 14.30 in Piazza di Siena in the press room with the FISE President Marco Di Paola and technical commissioner Duccio Bartalucci will in fact be available to media representatives at the vigil of the Roman competition.

McLain Ward speeds a victory at North Salem CSI3*

McLain Ward speeds a victory at North Salem CSI3*

U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, earned an impressive win aboard Clinta in the $35,000 Welcome Stake of North Salem CSI3* on Thursday, May 17, at the 2018 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running through May 20 at Old Salem Farm.

Coming off a recent CSI5* victory at the Longines Masters of New York just three weeks ago, Ward proved the versatility of Clinta, an 11-year-old Oldenburg mare (Clinton x Lord Pezi), owned by Sagamore Farms, by claiming a win outdoors at Old Salem Farm. The indomitable duo bested a field of 59 over courses designed by Alan Wade (IRL). Crossing the timers in 37.32 seconds, Ward posted the fastest jump-off round by one one-hundredth of a second over runner-up Brianne Goutal-Marteau (USA).

“It was good fortune,” said Ward of his narrow victory. “Brianne’s horse is a bit of a faster horse. He can’t quite cover the ground the way Clinta can, but he’s quicker over the jumps. [Clinta] loses a little time in the air and I was galloping, but I wasn’t going full speed with her. I tried to execute the plan and it would fall where it would.”

“The [Longines Masters of] New York was a boost of confidence and showed us we were headed in the right direction,” continued McLain on the progress of Clinta, a mare he added to his string at the end of the winter season in Florida. “I wanted to show her here at Old Salem to get on the grass once before going to Europe, but unfortunately the weather is not cooperating with us. We’re lucky this venue has such great all-weather arenas to fall back on.”

Ward considered not returning for the jump-off and saving Clinta for the $131,000 Empire State Grand Prix CSI3* on Sunday, but decided to take the opportunity to learn more about his new mount, saying, “I wanted to do the one inside turn on the oxer because I haven’t really done that with her to an oxer. I thought I needed to experience that at some point and see how she reacts, and she performed great. Every round I have with her, I know her a bit better and probably take a little bit of a breath myself.”

Goutal-Marteau and Fineman, owned by Rose Hill Farm, settled for second place in 37.33 seconds, while Daniel Bluman (ISR) took third in 37.64 seconds riding Cartouche for owner Over The Top Stables, LLC. Peter Wylde (USA) finished fourth in 37.85 seconds riding Canamera 2 for owner Kathleen Kamine, and Devin Ryan (USA) rounded out the top five aboard his own Cooper in 38.63 seconds.

Also claiming a win in the jumper ranks on Thursday, Quentin Judge (USA) topped the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m riding HH Casey Jones for owner Double H Farm.

The Italian’s list at Piazza di Siena

The Italian’s list at Piazza di Siena

FISE has announced today the names of the 18 riders who will take the field for the 2018 edition of the CSIO in Rome.

To be part of the official team is Lorenzo De Luca, Bruno Chimirri, Luca Marziani, Emanuele Gaudiano and Giulia Martinengo Marquet.

De Luca and Chimirri were part of the team winning the Cup of Nations in Rome last year while Marziani – and De Luca himself – in 2017 brought Italy to win the Nations Cup in St. Gallen. Giulia Martinengo Marquet is the Italian champion in charge while Gaudiano is back from the excellent third place obtained in the Rolex Grand Prix of Windsor.
Among these the CT Duccio Bartalucci will choose the quartet that will defend the blue colors on the 25th of May in the Cup of Nations Intesa Sanpaolo.

The other blues are Michael Cristofoletti and Emilio Bicocchi (in Piazza di Siena both in law together with Martinengo thanks to the second and third place in the 2018 Italian Championship), Antonio Alfonso, Piergiorgio Bucci, Gianni Govoni, Massimo Grossato, Luca Maria Moneta, Paolo Paini, Alberto Zorzi and Paolo Adamo Zuvadelli.

Three, finally, the Under 25s that complete the squad: Luigi Polesello and Giampiero Garofalo (they will turn 24 on the next 16th and 19th of May) and Giacomo Casadei who with his 16 years not yet completed (September 1, 2002) becomes the youngest debutant of history at Piazza di Siena.

The return of Lorenzo “Il Magnifico”

Lorenzo De Luca. and who but him, among the blues, able to attract the attention of everyone from fans to international media after the splendid last seasons that have projected him to the top of equestrian reaching peaks in the world rankings never before centered by any other Italian rider. After the contribution made in 2017 to the victories of Italy in the Nations Cups of Rome and San Gallo, De Luca is highly anticipated in Piazza di Siena for the 86th CSIO and is aware that what awaits him will be a return with full of expectations.

“I too am curious to see how my roman and team test will evolve and in this period of approach I was mainly concerned with managing the horses better Halifax but also Ensor I am quite satisfied with how the work proceeds obviously there is always the lurking ambush that may even be positive, why not … winning in a competition like the roman one is always very difficult for us Italians. We do not turn around too much, away: Rome puts pressure on you…beautiful, but the pressure you feel, and we athletes are the first to want to repay with great result the heat of the public.We turn the world, jump in beautiful and rich competitions but Rome has always something different where you breathe a magic air 2018 did not give us great results yet …

Duccio Bartalucci, selector of the Italian national show jumping, comments on the choices made in the composition of the rose that will represent Italy on the occasion of the 86th CSIO in Rome Piazza di Siena Master of Inzeo. Bartalucci ‘plays the role’ motivating as a good CT, all the blues ready and determined to give their best in the CSIO of Italy.

“We are going to Piazza di Siena – he said – with the aim of replicating the excellent performance of last year. Today we can count on a team of riders that allows us to make very broad choices and we have a pair of well-established curricula. De Luca and Ensor de Litrange will be a cornerstone of our training; they will be joined by Marziani and Chimirri, authors of an excellent start to the season and strong confirmations obtained during the first official Nations Cup of Samorin. Gaudiano can count on two good horses like Caspar and Chalou and has the experience to an important trophy like the one in Rome. Giulia Martinengo, waiting for the return of her Fine Edition, has found in Verdine an excellent horse that has shown with the results on the field, even in the last Mannheim competition…”

Harrie Smolders’ Grand Prix victory in Hamburg Reactions

Harrie Smolders’ Grand Prix victory in Hamburg Reactions

Jan Tops, President LGCT: It was an amazing jump off especially how Harrie rode, with his jump off so smooth. From two to three he does one or two strides less than everyone else, he is amazingly consistent. Also it is now good to see Harried qualified for the (Longines Global Champions) Super Grand Prix in Prague.  Every winner of each leg qualifies for the Super Grand Prix. It is a very prestigious class and now he is part of it with four other great riders that are qualified. We are only in the 5th leg, another 11 to go and anything can happen, but we have fantastic combinations and they all want to win the Title.

Martin Fuchs (SUI), third place: “I had a good starting position being second last in the Grand Prix so I got to watch the riders before me. I saw that Harrie was very quick and my horse is naturally very fast but I knew that I had to take all the risks and maybe I came a bit too fast into the combination – it got very short in between and he had a light touch in front, but I am still very happy with third place. It’s just the second big show back for Chaplin after an injury, and he is as great as he was before and I’m really happy that he is back. 

“I want to win everywhere I go, especially places like this here in Hamburg. It’s definitely a dream of mine to win here in front of this crowd, so I was for a few minutes a little disappointed that it wasn’t a victory today, but actually I am very happy with third place and Harrie was just the best today.” 

Maurice Tebbel (GER), second place: “I was thinking about the fact that there was only one clear round, so I took a lot of risk and I knew Harrie was very fast — he’s a very fast rider — so I am happy about the second place. I knew that there was only one clear so I tried to be clear to get second for sure. It was an unbelievable day for me today. To win the first class with my nine-year-old stallion and then I changed my horse and he jumped amazing, so it was a very good day for me today. I was lucky that I changed.”

Harrie Smolders (NED), first place: “[Don VHP Z] is very consistent on this level. When I walked the course for the first round it looked tough so that was in our advantage at the moment. And I know he loves this place — he was second the last two years — and with seven in the jump-off I had a good shot and with this jump-off it suited him. I could make the right angles and his scope made the difference today. For sure it’s always possible to go faster, like Martin showed, and with Maurice at the end I knew there were very fast combinations who are young and hungry still to come so I was definitely not sure, but I thought a podium place was possible.

I’m very pleased that I am qualified [for the Longines Global Champions Super Grand Prix]. My horses are probably not the real winners, but they are very consistent and today was one of the few chances for me to win one [of the qualifiers] and I had that feeling and the scenario went like I wanted. I am very pleased with that. I only did two Globals so far, but we will for sure be there at St Tropez and Cannes and hopefully we can climb up the leaderboard.”

Joseph Davison wins the CSI2* Grand Prix Windsor

Joseph Davison wins the CSI2* Grand Prix Windsor

At the Royal Windsor Horse Show the CSI2* Grand Prix just came to an end, out of twenty combinations, four qualified for the jump off. Only the winner managed to pull of a double clear, Joseph Davison and the fifteen year old KWPN-gelding Coral Reef Wise Guy (Indoctro) were the ones to pull it of in 41,87 seconds.

Sienna Charles had the fastest time riding Chaitanya 2 (Cartani), they crossed the finishline in 40,78 seconds but they rubbed down a pole and had to settle for the runner up position.

Alexa Pessoa took the third podium place, in the saddle of Status (Satisfaction FRH) she stopped the clock in 44,28 seconds.

Kara Chad took the fourth place with Viva, a nine year old Now Or Never M mare. South-African rider Charles Luyckx took the last place in the top five with Elina (Carambole).

Princess from Thailand is set to compete in the Small Tour

Princess from Thailand is set to compete in the Small Tour

On Wednesday 13th June and Thursday 14th June, Bolesworth is set to host a number of prestigious dressage stars heading to the stunning venue.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari “Siri” Nariratana Vajiralongkorn from Thailand is set to compete in the Small Tour classes alongside a number of global dressage stars Carl Hester and Britain’s golden girl, Charlotte Dujardin who are set to compete this year.

Dressage fans can enjoy watching top horses and riders with the competition focus getting underway on Wednesday, June 13 with the CDI*** Dressage Grand Prix, the Small Tour Inter 1 Freestyle to Music as well as the Viewing Trials for the Young Dressage Horse World Championships as five, six and seven-year-old stages.

On the Thursday classes include the CDI*** Dressage Grand Prix Special and CDI*** Dressage Freestyle as well as an FEI Pony Team Test, a Viewing Trial for the Pony Europeans later in the year.

To add to the dressage excitement, Van Olst Horses and Carl Hester will be giving a demonstration on Thursday afternoon of the show, June 14.

Piazza di Siena 2018: An edition for “number ones”

Piazza di Siena 2018: An edition for “number ones”

Soon the closing of registrations for the edition number 86 of the CSIO in Rome (May 15), have already been confirmed by some important of the best ‘top riders’ of the moment. Two out of all: the British Scott Brash, first ever to register, and the Dutch Harrie Smolders.

Scott Brash, team gold at the London 2012 Olympics (5th individual) and long in the lead, starting from 2013, in the FEI Ranking boasts, among his many victories, that of the Rolex Grand Slam 2015.

The Scottish rider was in fact the first, and at the moment the only one, able to win the three Grand Prix of this circuit consecutively, to which he recently added that of ‘s-Hertogenbosh: Geneva, Aachen and Calgary. An epic undertaking, his, which has definitively projected it into the Olympus of the history of world jumping.

After the era of the legendary Hello Sanctos “the horse of a lifetime” as he defined it, Brash has a team of young promising jumpers in the stable. His first horse, however, remains the veteran Ursula XII, a true fighter we will see in the race in Rome.

Not far behind is the Dutch Harrie Smolders, ‘fresh’ leader of the FEI Ranking, who has a special feeling with Italy and with Rome in particular: first in 2016 and second in 2017 in the Grand Prix of the LGCT at the Stadio dei Marmi . In the last two seasons the rise of Smolders at the top of the equestrian that counts has been inexorable. Thanks also to two super horses like the stallions Emerald and Don VHP Z. And it is with the latter that last August Smolders won the individual silver medal at the European Championships in Gothenburg.

Passionate and Volunteers

The adrenaline is already a thousand for the 115 ‘volunteers’ selected by the FISE to be part of the great team of the 86th CSIO in Rome. In fact, many are the girls and boys who will once again contribute to the success of what, unanimously, is considered one of the most prestigious and beautiful horse races in the world.

But what is the profile of the volunteer of Piazza di Siena 2018?

This year they are all adults with a clear majority of pink quotas: as many as 80 girls compared to 35 boys.

Some are veterans, in the sense that they have already played this role in past editions. They come from all over Italy, including islands: Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Lombardy, Marche, Piedmont, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto.

The youngest of the entire group is Marika, just 18 years old, who along with many of her peers will bring freshness and enthusiasm, while the presence of Francesca (born in 1957) will be in the sign of the experience of years lived for and together with horses.

The 115 ‘volunteers’ will be employed in the various areas that make up the complex organizational machinery of the competition. It goes from the Piazza di Siena area to that of the Villa Borghese Galoppatoio, from assistance to the international representatives present, to the various secretariats, to the Press Office, to the Ceremonial and other services for a total of 11 sectors.

How to distinguish them? Easy. All will wear the same uniform, but to make them recognizable will be the enthusiasm and happiness with which they will live as active protagonists a unique event like the CSIO in Rome.

At Piazza di Siena with Italo

Renewed the agreement between FISE and Italo with super discounts for those who want to reach Rome by train on the occasion of the 86th edition of CSIO Rome Piazza di Siena Master of Inzeo.

Until May 21st, it is in fact possible to buy the discounted ticket to travel from 22nd to 28th May to and from Rome. To take advantage of the special 10% discount (* Offer subject to availability) valid for purchases in Economy and Low Cost and in Smart, Comfort and Prima, buy the ticket from this link.

A Royal Victory on the opening day of the Chi Royal Windsor Horse Show

A Royal Victory on the opening day of the Chi Royal Windsor Horse Show

Britain’s leading lady, Laura Renwick, got the Show Jumping at Royal Windsor off to a flying start, winning the Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter – First Round, a two-phase National competition, with a double clear in a time of 34 seconds. Riding Arkuga, a seven-year-old homebred by Arko, out of her former top mare Beluga, Renwick used her international experience in the prestigious Castle Arena to knock over a second off the time of runner-up Charlie White.

The top twelve six-year-old horses from the Equitop Myoplast Foxhunter qualified for The Walwyn Novice Jumping Championship later in the day, a class which was won by Australian Rowan Willis, riding Hadyvola. The 1.30m course proved demanding for the novice horses, with only four combinations jumping clear, but Willis’ tight turn to an oxer approaching the final line made all the difference as he stormed to a four second victory.

The biggest class of the day, The 1.40m Land Rover Grades A & B Jumping Competition, went to Georgia Thame with Z7 Qamar. 15 of the 43 starters went through to the second phase against-the-clock, however speed proved the downfall of many, with only four managing to produce a rare double-clear. As second to go in the arena, Marie-Louise Thomas set the pace early on, producing a lovely clear in 35.90 seconds, however Thame took the lead midway through the class with a time of 31.46 seconds, which proved unbeatable. Keith Doyle, riding Harlequin Dunraven, came close, but his double clear in 32.07 seconds was only good enough for second place.

Selleria Pariani: Young Rider is born, the saddle dedicated to the youngest

Selleria Pariani: Young Rider is born, the saddle dedicated to the youngest

Yesterday afternoon, the historic headquarters of Selleria Pariani – via Capecelatro Milano – welcomed many young riders for the presentation of the new Young Rider saddle.

Caterina and Carlo Mutinelli, descendants of the fourth generation of the historic Milanese saddlery, together with Filippo Bologni and Vittoria Sofia Ruotolo showed a preview of the new saddle dedicated to the youngest.

The Young Rider, characterized by the classic Pariani quality, stands out for its coloured profiles – blue or pink – and a design dedicated to younger riders. The medium-deep seat and the design of the quarters, in dubbed leather, make it particularly suitable for younger riders, providing them with a valid help for a correct position in the saddle.

Also in this saddle we can find the sale items of Selleria Pariani: tradition and innovation. The soul of the Young Rider is in fact a wooden frame, a material that the saddlery has been using since 1903, with an innovative design that allows the horse maximum freedom of movement.

Measurements: 16 “- 16.5” – 17 “- 17.5”
Colors: Dark Havana or Black. Pink or blue colored details

A weekend of sporting excellence: Gold Medal returns to the territory of Novara

A weekend of sporting excellence: Gold Medal returns to the territory of Novara

Novara – The weekend was concluded with great success, which saw the discipline of complete riding at national and international level as protagonist.

In fact, with the fifth sporting season the Sporting Club Monterosa Novara, which since 2015 has given the Piedmont Region great prestige in the field of complete riding competitions, has kept its promise going beyond its expectations: not only to bring back the territory Novarese among the protagonists of this sport, but to return to the Piedmont Region its international showcase. As stated by the President of FISE Piemonte Giacomo Borlizzi: “it is many years that our territory does not boast of seeing the international horse riding protagonist. This event is a source of great satisfaction for all the Piedmontese riding “.

A tireless path for the important Equestrian Center, which unites the “different bodies in a single mind and philosophy”, from the management, technical, operational and sports staff, this reality has the great goal of becoming the reference point of the Southern Europe in the discipline of the “complete”.

A commitment carried forward with a deep belief and commitment that, just this weekend saw two gold medals return, one silver and one bronze medal in the Novara area.

For the category “Junior Debutant Regional Championships”

Gold Medal at Assunta Sacco
Silver medal for the very young Stefano Falcone
4 place to Chiara Ferrarese

For the “Senior Regional Championships” category

Gold Medal to Chiara Bellumore
Bronze medal to Emanuele Anchis

After the great success in 2017, the MIPAAF TAPPA is back: complete circuit organized by the Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry Food Policies, whose purpose is to promote the protection and defend “made in Italy” excellence in the breeding of Italian horses. The stage is reserved for Italian horses of 4 and 5 years, respectively engaged in a category 1 and a category 2.

The second appointment saw the podium in 1 place, for the category of 5-year-old horses, the Italian champion of the chosen agent of the Fiamme Oro of the State Police Federico Riso with his Unico della Folgore (Breeding of the Folgore owned by Angelo Lai ). Federico Riso, also captain of the “Sporting Monterosa” multi-award winning team on this day, asserts “I am very satisfied with the results of the boys for these Regional Championships which exceeded all expectations and I hope that these results can be repeated also for the Regional Championships of Skip Obstacles that will take place at the end of the month “.

In short, a success that brings home, for the Sporting Club Monterosa Novara, not only a great sporting result but also an important turnout of the public, also intervened to attend the second edition of the event “CAVALLI E … MOTORI”: a nice car rally of the Autoamatori Club Novara.

According to the Chairman, Notary Claudio Limontini – “the results of these days confirm that the path we have taken is the right one, both as regards the organization of events also of great media resonance, and as regards the technical growth of students of our riding school. It should be stressed that the “gold” of this Championship are the result of the work and commitment of our instructors and our students in just over a year and a half of work, while the success of these important sports days goes to all the staff of the Sporting Club Monterosa that has done its utmost to ensure that everything goes well “.

The sporting day also saw the first stage of the “Italfiocchi Trophy” that ended with the victory, in the category “patents” of Margherita Giovanelli and, in the category “first and second degree licenses” by Clelia Casiraghi.

A weekend of sporting excellence: 5 and 6 May 2018

A weekend of sporting excellence: 5 and 6 May 2018

Novara – Sporting Club Monterosa Novara makes its debut in its fifth season, which since 2015 has given the Piedmont Region great prestige in the field of complete riding competitions, reporting the territory of Novara among the protagonists of this sport.

In this relentless journey, which unites the “different bodies in one mind and philosophy”, from the managerial, technical, operational and sports staff, this reality sets itself the great goal of becoming the reference point of Southern Europe in the discipline of the “complete”.

A commitment carried forward with a deep belief and commitment that, on the weekend of 5 and 6 May, is rewarded with the performance of this “triptych” of great prestige:

  • the debut with the first “COMPLETE INTERNAZIONALE”: two days of international competition, included in the F.E.I. (Fédération Equestre Internationale)
  • after the great success in 2017, the MIPAAF TAPPA returns: the Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry Food Policies, which promotes the protection and defense of “made in Italy” excellence, has chosen the Sporting Monterosa again to host a stage of its important circuit reserved for Italian horses of 4 and 5 years, respectively engaged in a category 1 and a category 2, in order to promote and support the breeding of autochthonous horses.
  • the reconfirmation of the “FINALS OF REGIONAL COMPLETE CHAMPIONSHIPS”.

But an important goal, in addition to the competitive aspect, is to promote equestrian culture; according to the President of the Sporting Club Monterosa Novara – the Notary Claudio Limontini – “serves to involve the general public, bring families and young people closer to this sport that offers the opportunity to create a fundamental interaction with this beautiful animal useful for the growth especially of children , for the development of their self-esteem and sense of responsibility. To go beyond the world of horse riding enthusiasts, our Equestrian Center organizes a series of collateral events that have welcomed the great consensus of the national press and, of course, of the visitors “.

In fact, in the wake of the great success of the first edition, back in this rich sports weekend, the event “CAVALLI … AND MOTORS”: a nice classic car gathering of the Autoamatori Club Novara, so that you can meet the “horses of yesterday “with the …” horses of today “. Already Italo Calvino in his book “An optimist in America” ​​of 1959-60 wrote: “Now, I finally understood what is the first thing that a foreigner must do when he arrives in New York: rent a horse. It is, moreover, the right way, of approach to America, the historical way, because starting from the horse I will be able to follow the evolution of means of transport … ”

CSIO Presentation Rome 2018

CSIO Presentation Rome 2018

The 86th edition of the CSIO in Rome Piazza di Siena scheduled for May 24-27, was presented today. An unprecedented and spectacular presentation in the heart of the most famous oval in the world where the sand has given way to the return in grass. The President of Coni Giovanni Malagò, the Councilor of Sport, Daniele Frongia,  Youth Policies and Major Events of Roma Capitale and the President of Fise, Marco Di Paola, took part.

Giovanni Malagò states: “This month of May is pyrotechnic for sport in Rome. A lot of football, International tennis, and now the horse show in Piazza di Siena that leads us to the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea. Our facilities are very busy and I thank the Coni Servizi team for this. Despite the many demonstrations, none of them has, over the years, fallen. Indeed, we have always made progress and Piazza di Siena is here to testify. When, at the end of last year’s edition, the President Di Paola, showed me the need to put the grass back and today this location is the best visiting card that we can present at national and international level. Our goal is to improve and I am happy to announce today officially that on Friday, on the occasion of the Cup of Nations, the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella will be present in the tribune “.

Daniele Frongia: “I like the assessment made a few days ago by the chef de piste Uliano Vezzani on Piazza di Siena, back on his historic grass land. Vezzani said: “Exciting, impressive, ideal to the foot and elastic”. Citizens and all foreign guests who will come here during the competition will not only have the opportunity to admire the best riders and horses in the world of this sport, but also a unique location in the world with the novelty of a return to the architectural forms of 700 The centuries-old cypress trees that surround the villa and the oval-shaped hedges enrich the Villa Borghese environment in a decisive and spectacular way. Finally, I would like to remind the spectacle of the Frecce Tricolori which will fly over the Piazza di Siena for the first time in the history of the Cup of Nations. The tricolor design will underline the internationality of the event. “

Marco Di Paola: “Today a dream comes true. Thanks to Coni with the President Malagò and the Municipality with the councilor Daniele Frongia, Piazza di Siena is back green. The dream is a reality also thanks to the precious work of Coni Servizi, always close in listening to us. But Piazza di Siena is green not only for the color of the grass, but also for the respect it places towards the villa, towards its unique monuments in the world, towards the whole location as a whole. We of the Federation wanted to return the villa to the scenario that was in the heads of the Borghese princes in 700, reducing seventy percent infrastructure to benefit its beauty and spectators who want to take advantage of the show’s competition. In addition to the grass field, this year’s competition extends to the Galoppatoio that will serve as the second course and will also host promotional events. Because our goal is to bring as many people as possible, families, boys and girls to this sport by making available our facilities. And in this context, once again this year, the Piazza di Siena competition will be completely free, because this is an event in Rome and it seems right that citizens can make the most of it. From a technical point of view we will have the best nations in the world, United States, New Zealand, Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Holland for an even richer jackpot amounting to 835 thousand euros. We have a strong team, Lorenzo De Luca and Alberto Zorzi that will do everything to defend the victory captured the past edition, after 32 years. There will be, as tradition, the unique Caroselli in the world of the Lancers, the Carabinieri and the boys of Villa Buon Respiro because the horse for us is also an excellent therapist. This year then the 150th anniversary of the birth of the captain Federico Caprilli occur during the contest we will celebrate this anniversary. Founder of modern sport, he was the first to understand the existence of a close relationship between man and horse “.

Accompanying the event is the performance of the Lancieri di Montebello fanfare. At the end of the presentation, a mounted Spearman made an applauded essay in the name of Federico Caprilli, creator of the “natural riding system”.