With definite entries for the Eventing Test Event (May 12-15) for the FEI World Championships 2022, the starting list confirms a line-up of the discipline’s top riders.
The flags of twelve nations, including Italy, will be raised on the flagpoles of the Pratoni del Vivaro, in Rocca di Papa, confirming a seriously important number of competitors considering that the international calendar offers many other events at this time of the year.
Fifty-seven riders will compete in the CCIO4*-NC-S, which will also be the first leg of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing™ 2022 series.
Team officials will be hoping this short-format competition will provide a few clues as to what cross-country course-designer Giuseppe della Chiesa (ITA) has in store for the 'real thing' at 4* long format in September.
Click here HERE for list of riders* (update in progress / last update 10/05/2022).
Nine nations are sending enough riders to form teams, including the host nation, Italy, which has a strong showing with 16 combinations.
Jonelle and Tim Price, currently numbers five and six in the world, will represent New Zealand. Jonelle rides Faerie Magnifico and Tim has Falco, winner of Pau CCI5*-L last year. They are joined by newcomer Amanda Pottinger, whose mother, Tinks, was a member of the silver medal team at the 1986 World Championships in Gawler, Australia.
French rider Nicolas Touzaint (riding Absolute Gold HDC) will have fond memories of this famous venue because he won individual gold in the FEI European Championships held at Pratoni del Vivaro in 2007. This time he rides Absolute Gold HDC, the horse on which he finished sixth individually and won team bronze at the Tokyo Olympic Games. His Olympic team mate Karim Florent Laghouag, will also compete at Pratoni on his Tokyo horse, Triton Fontaine.
Three hugely experienced riders are the reigning Olympic team silver medallist and individual bronze medallist Andrew Hoy of Australia (riding Bloom des Hauts Crets here); the reigning world individual bronze medallists and dual European champions, Ingrid Klimke of Germany with SAP Hale Bob (and Equistros Siena Just Do It); and Sara Algotsson-Ostholt of Sweden (riding Chicuelo), who won the individual silver medal at the London Olympic Games in 2012.
The nine nations who will field teams are: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Australia, Brazil and Poland will field individual competitors.
Admission is free of charge for spectators attending the Test Event.
- Thursday May 12th: part one of Dressage at 9.30 am
- Friday May 13th: part 2 of Dressage at 9.30 am
- Saturday May 14th: Cross Country at 10.30 am
- Sunday May 15th: Show Jumping and prizegiving at 10.30 am
Photo: German champion Ingrid Klimke – ph. Massimo Argenziano