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.