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San Patrignon

San Patrignano CSI-A (ITA)

Equestrian sport against drugs and social outcasting

San Patrignano's CSI-A: top class equestrian sport comes back to the Community

San Patrignano's CSI-A which will take place on next July 19-21, 2002 within the equestrian sport centre of the biggest European community for drug addicts rehabilitation will be particularly full of emotions. Indeed on last May 6 in Leipzig, during the World Cup's finals, the President of the Italian Equestrian Federation, Cesare Croce, has officially presented to the FEI Jumping Committee, the candidature of the Rimini's Community as a venue for the European Jumping Show Championships 2005. To the meeting the most important managers of the worldwide equestrian were present: the FEI General Secretary, Bo Helander, the World Cup director, Max Ammam, the Jumping Committee President, Olaf Petersen and the representative of the Riders International Association, the dutch Emile Hendrix.

Waiting for the final decision of the FEI Executive Committee planned by the next November, this choice is already stimulating all the Community's young guests to be even more committed in the hard work of setting up the July CSI-A and that it makes even more strong the human and social meaning which stands behind the Rimini's event. "For all of us, the July jumping show will have a value even higher than in the past, because we will deeply commit ourselves to confirm to be able to face a so prestigious candidature" says Giacomo Muccioli, responsible of the San Patrignano's breeding and jumping team, "to candidate for the European Championships organization a drug rehabilitation community it is an unprecedented event in the history of the whole worldwide sport. If the application we presented, thanks to the fundamental collaboration of the FISE, it should be accepted, we would be facing a situation able to redefine the relationships between sports and society, between sport and solidarity, demonstrating that sports and equestrians in particular, would be able to play an important role in facing the hardest problems of our society".

According to tradition, most of world top riders will take part in the San Patrignano horseshow: from Belgium Ludo Philippaerts (n°3 of the FEI ranking), from switzerland Markus Fuchs (n°6) and Willi Melliger (18°), from UK Michael Withaker (n°10) and the dutch Emile Hendrix (n°40) technical advisor of the Show and winner of the last "Grand Prix - Challenge Vincenzo Muccioli". Italy will have a consistent participation drawing up the number one of the Italian jumping, Jerry Smit (n°9), Roberto Arioldi (n° 29) and Gianni Govoni (n°60). Bearing the colours of the San Patrignano's Jumping Team will be, riding the best horses of the community, the Spanish Fernando Fourcade, a choice which highlighting the positive results obtained by San Patrignano over the last years for both the selection and the breeding of jumping show horses.
On the competitions courses, designed by the internationally known designer Olaf Petersen, that will be set up on the large grass arena of San Patrignano (110 m. X 90 m.), the riders will compete for a total amount of money prize of €. 200.000, 50.000 of them for the Grand Prix. The show program, which will see, as for the past years, Eleonora Ottaviani as show director, foresees three competitions every day, starting at 17.30 and having the highest technical content course in the evening (h 21.30).


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