Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
ROME

ICONIC ROME SHOW JUMPING EVENT THRILLS AT 81ST EDITION

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(By Alina Trabattoni)Rome, May 27 - The 81st edition of
the iconic Piazza di Siena show-jumping competition that
showcases yearly in Rome's elegant Villa Borghese park wrapped
up on Sunday to much applause and excitement, as attendees
walked away with their fill of high-quality sport mingled
culture and glamour.
Piazza di Siena is one of the highlights of the Italian
sports calendar and attracts both top-level competitors and
audiences from near and far.
The prestigious event is part of the Federation Equestre
Internationale (FEI) Nations Cup.
It is considered to be one of the handful of top
international show-jumping competitions across the globe,
including La Baule in France, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, San
Gallo in Switzerland, Aquisgrana in Germany, and Falsterbo in
Sweden amongst others.
The four-day event captivated audiences enamored the
tradition, along with its unique and glorious history.
In 2012, FEI agreed on a four-year, 16 million euro
sponsorship package with the Saudi Equestrian Fund, and what was
previously called "the Nations Cup" has now been renamed as the
Furisiyya Nations Cup.
Another highlight of the event, which showcases 11 top-end
appointments is the Rome Grand Prix that took place May 26.
Each day, as the Roman evenings wound up and twilight
descended upon Villa Borghese, an evening show was held.
In addition, a much-applauded event was the mounted
military police Carabinieri display, which has closed Piazza di
Siena for the past 60 years.
This year Nick Skelton, London 2012 Olympic team gold
medallist made history winning the Grand Prix victory for the
second time - the sixth time it has occurred 81-year history of
Piazza di Siena.
Skelton drew the audience through a thrilling 16-horse
jump-off riding one of the most talked about jumpers of the
moment, Big Star.
The 55-year-old international sportsman had topped the line
up at the Piazza di Siena competition in 2006 as well, riding
Arko lll.
"It's been many years that I come to Rome. This second
victory for me is even better than the first", Skelton said,
according to a statement released by the Piazza di Siena
organizers.
"Big Star jumped in an extraordinary fashion," he said.
"He's only 10 years old and has all his career in front of
him, so I draw up for him a very carefully selected competition
programs".
Italy's Emanuele Gaudiano drew a close second with
Cocoshynsky, while Robert Smith of the United Kingdom, son of
1953 champion Harvey Smith, came in third position with Voila.
Main sponsors of Piazza di Siena include Italo high-speed
trains, Longines, the luxury watchmaker based in Saint-Imier,
Switzerland, Italian designer Loro Piana, Land Rover, and
Horseriding Fixdesign.
The four-day event was rich in excellence, show jumping,
international glitterati and above all passionate enthusiasts
for what is considered to be one of the most noble sports of the
world.
In short, as always Piazza di Siena marked yet again the
ultimate expressions of sport, culture, glamour and tradition.

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