Stars of Equitation at San Patrignano
are two weeks left until the start of the eighth edition of the
annual San Patrignano International Show Jumping Competition. It
will be held in the equestrian centre of the community from the
23rd to the 25th of July, and promises to be a veritable showcase-
starring some of the world's top riders.
the forty riders set to compete in the event we find four-time Olympic
Gold Medalist from Germany, Ludger Beerbaum (ranked second worldwide).
Also present will be World Champion (Rome '98) and third ranked
in the world, Rodrigo Pessoa, 2001 World Cup winner from Switzerland
Markus Fuchs (7th worldwide), and, rounding out the top ten, Otto
Becker, European Champion with the German team and eighth in worldwide
ranking. Also competing will be two French riders, namely Eric Navet
(2002 World Championships Silver Medal), and Michel Robert (Second
place team and individual at the 1994 World Games). Belgian rider
Ludo Philippaerts, who arrived second at the 2001 Europeans, will
be present, as will two of Italy's top riders: Jerry Smit and Gianni
Govoni. Both riders will be atop their most formidable horses. Smit
will be riding Nadir, the most important horse to be bred and raised
by San Patrignano. Likewise, Govoni will be paired with Havinia,
the mare on which he arrived fifth at the World Championships in
Muccioli, president of the organizing committee for the event, points
out that San Patrignano's show comes at a crucial time in this year'
season. "The event is set to be held right before the break
preceding the Athens Summer Olympics. Therefore, it is the last
possibility for the coaches to assess the strength of their horse
and rider teams. In fact, many horses that will be present at our
show will also be competing in Athens: Gladdys with Beerbaum, Dollar
du Murnier and Navet, Galet D'Auzay with Robert. Furthermore, it
is also the last chance these riders will have to try out our arena
before next years Europeans. It's only natural that the favourites
won't let this opportunity slip by.
Petersen from Germany, and Marco Cortinovis from Italy will design
the course. The title of course designer, in fact, will be passed
on from Petersen to Cortinovis in occasion of the next European
Championships; as it is tradition that the course of the Europeans
be designed by someone from the host country.
week is another important occasion for the San Patrignano Community,
when it will present two promotional films created to publicize
next year's European Championships. They will be introduced at Aachen's
100th annual "World Equestrian Festival", which is by
many considered to be the Wimbledon of equestrian sports. The ad
features the cream of the crop of world equitation: Beerbaum, Fuchs,
Philippaerts, and Smit.