In exactly one hundred days the Eventing and Driving FEI World Championships will begin at the Pratoni del Vivaro (September 15 – 25). At the equestrian centre at Rocca di Papa, May was characterised by the well-attended Test Events for the two disciplines. In the Eventing Test Event, 9 nations presented official teams to compete in the Nations Cup as well as 4 individual riders in this competition that also assigned the title and medals for the 2022 Italian Eventing Championships and 7 teams in the Driving event with four-in-hand, singles and pairs.
There were important results for horse and rider combinations preparing for the World Championships as well as for their coaches whose responsibility it will be to name the teams for next September. The Italian Equestrian Sports Federation, through its selection committee – Katherine Lucheschi, Giacomo Della Chiesa and Francesco Girardi – have named the first 6 of the 8 riders on the short list for the Italian Team and they are Susanna Bordone, Arianna Schivo, Marco Cappai, Emiliano Portale, Pietro Sandei and Giovanni Ugolotti. The other two will be announced at the end of the month, while the deadline for confirming the 5 team riders and two reserves is August 15th.
“There are still many events scheduled for all the Italian riders – said Francesco Girardi, also the Federation’s Sport Director of the Olympic Disciplines – both for those competing in the World Championships and the many interesting horse and rider combinations being tested in events abroad. In the context of preparation for the World Championships, the calendar is filled with important events between mid-June and mid-July. Portale will be riding in Strezgom, Poland, where there is leg of the Nations Cup series scheduled, Ugolotti will be in Bramham, England, Bordone and Sandei in Avenches, Switzerland and Cappai is competing in Luhmuehlen, in Germany. The seven combinations selected for the Championships – added Girardi - will meet up in mid-August in France at the Haras du Pin where the 2014 World Championships were hosted.”