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San Patrignon

San Patrignano CSI-A (ITA)

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Holland strikes again, and yet again van der Vleuten

The real dominator of the second day at the challenge Vincenzo Muccioli, is the Duch rider Eric van der Vleuten: the number 36 of the world rankings took infact the first place in today's second competition, the Grand Chasse "Acqua Uliveto" a class against the time (table C) which uses the natural fences of San Patrignano's arena. The Dutch rider aboard Boere, a 14 years old mare, performed a most fast round which pushed him beyond the Belgian champion Jos Lansink, second on AK John Z. On the third and fourth place respectively the German Engelmann on Candela and number 1 of the italian jumping team, Jerry Smit on Ikamora. Bad luck followed the performances of the other Italians, particularly Roberto Arioldi's marked by a fault at the very end of a quite good round.
At the following press conference the Grande Chasse winner declared: "I'm naturally quite satisfied with the result, last but not the least because my horse had just recovered from an incident and today has been the first competition after its convalescence. Today the competition ground was in a perfect state and in a speed class it is very important that the grass allows the horse to turn fast and tight". More positive comments about the turf condition and the show-jumping organization came from the rider Emile Hendrix. In his opinion San Patrignano wholly fulfills the requirements to host a European Championship. Lastly the Federal President, Cesare Croce has mentioned how Italy has waited for a designation to host the European Champioship since 1963 when the great Graziano Mancinelli won in Rome at Piazza di Siena.


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