Uliano Vezzani talks about today’s show jumping test

Sep 18th 2022

For a World Championship show jumping course, one needs a world class course designer... and who could be better than Uliano Vezzani, 'the Maestro', called upon to design the course that will be decisive today in awarding the final  titles at the FEI World Eventing Championships at the Pratoni del Vivaro.

One of the most skilled show jumping course designer in the world (Piazza di Siena, Global Champions Tour and many more to his credit), he ‘discovered’ the magic of eventing for the first time in his career in May, when he was working for the Test Event right at the Pratoni,

The course he has designed for the final test in this FEI World Eventing Championship will be tackled by 68 riders competing in the arena at 11.30 (25 best placed from 2.30 pm) and will determine who wins the individual and team medals.

“There are thirteen fences for a total of sixteen jumps and I have included three combinations. The fences will measure 1.30, with a width of 1.45".

Talking about the course’s distinctive challenges, Vezzani explained that “There is a great deal of variety. Leaving aside the three combinations, I would like to emphasise the oxer on the bend, the final line as well as the line with the combination. It is a challenging show jumping course”.

“The course is a mix of show jumping and eventing as far as distances are concerned. I have tried to provide a balanced mix slightly closer to show jumping, however. After a cross-country test such as yesterday's, the horses have 'opened up' and today they have to show that they are back in balance and on the bit and that is exactly what you want from an eventing horse... Today’s course is more technical and more challenging compared to the test event. It's something else. After all, the objective is a different one.”

«There are thirteen fences for a total of sixteen jumps. I have included three combinations. The height will be 1.30, with a width of 1.45».

Talking about peculiarities of the course, Vezzani explained: «There's a lot of variety. Aside the three combinations, I’d like to point out the oxer on the bend, the final line and again the line with the combination. It will be a challenging show jumping course».

«It's a mixed course between show jumping and eventing as far as distances are concerned. I've tried to provide a balanced mix between slightly closer to show jumping, however. After a cross-country test like yesterday's, the horses have 'opened up' and today they have to show that they are back in balance, well in hands. Which is exactly what you want from an eventing horse...».

«Today’s course is more technical and more challenging comparing with the test event. It's something else. After all, we have a different purpose».

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