Patrignano CSI-A (ITA)
sport against drugs and social outcasting
championships 2005: for the first time the Europeans will take place
in a community for drug addicts rehabilitation.
Patrignano (Rimini - Italy), the largest community for the rehabilitation
of drug addicts in Europe, will host the 2005 European Jumping Show
Championships. The allocation was officially announced yesterday
in Moscow, during the annual meeting of the FEI Executive Board,
the main decisional body of the International Equestrian Federation,
chaired by HRH Dona Pilar of Borbon.
the end of the meeting, HRH Dona Pilar of Borbon declared: "I
am pleased to announce that the Bureau today awarded the 2005 European
Jumping Championship to San Patrignano. The FISE and the community
have worked hand in hand with all their energy to prepare San Patrignano's
candidature and I would like to underline the authentic commitment
of the rehabilitation community towards equestrian sport. The entire
Bureau is confident that San Patrignano's community, in cooperation
with the FISE, will host an unforgettable championship thanks to
their experience and a reputed organisation team. I am sure that
this championship will be inspiring for the competitors and all
of us thanks to the special relationship between sport and solidarity
which was developed over the years by the well-known Italian community
against social outcast."
the first time in the sport's history, a drug rehabilitation community
will be the hosting venue of such a prestigious event. The equestrian
centre of San Patrignano - 110 x 60 mt. grass arena, 70 x 40 mt.
warm up arena indoor, 75 x 50 mt. training area - will host the
top European equestrian jumping show from July 20th to July 25th,
decision represents an unprecedented innovation in the world of
sports and a unique opportunity to prove the deep relationship between
sports and solidarity" say Andrea and Giacomo Muccioli, respectively
Responsible of the community and President of the organising committee.
"Since many years San Patrignano's stud and the jumping team
have been successfully taking part to the most relevant breeding
activities and equestrian competitions gaining important results
in top class events such as the Olympic Games and World Championships.
We are well known for the quality of our home bred horses and for
the successful organisation, since 1997, of the International horseshow
(CSI-A) hosted in the community. Having said that, being designated
the hosting venue for the European Championships represents an extraordinary
result, far beyond our expectations. The FEI's decision shows the
appreciation for the work of the entire community and it is for
us the most tangible proof of the successful rehabilitation of many
of our guys, now fully reintegrated into society thanks to their
regained strenght. We are very grateful to the FEI and to the Italian
Equestrian Federation in particular, for having so strongly supported
our candidature. The European Championships in San Patrignano will
represent the celebration of all equestrian championships, combining
Sport with Solidarity for all those participating, from the Government
representatives, to the officials, the riders, the media representatives
or simply fans".
Croce, President of the Italian Equestrian Federation (FISE) expresses
his full satisfaction for the final decision made by the FEI Executive
Board: "We have been able to achieve the prestigious result
of bringing back in Italy this top level competition, after 40 years.
Our total support went to San Patrignano for three main reasons:
first, the international credibility gained by Italy in the organisation
of major sport events starting in '98 with the hosting of the World
Equestrian Games. This week top equestrian sport is back in our
country, in Verona, with the participation of top class riders in
the FEI World Cup. The second reason is the growth of our jumping
team, both in standard and technical level. We can count today on
highly competitive riders such as Gianni Govoni, 5th in the recent
World Championship in Jerez; Jerry Smit and Roberto Airoldi, who
are now part of the èlite of the international jumping circuit.
But the most important aspect is related to the human and social
values related to San Patrignano's candidature: Sport is deeply
part of our society and it can play an important role in helping
people face the challenges of life, particularly the youngsters.
I am glad that we have the chance to make equestrian sport carry
out this message to the world".
community of San Patrignano is located close to Rimini, on the Adriatic
coast, in the Northern part of Italy (Bologna is the nearest International
airport) and it extends on 250 hectares. Over the past 24 years
the community has hosted more than 18.000 people and the majority
of them, with the support and help received, have been able to regain
their place in society, as responsible people, active and free at
last from drugs.
information are available at: www.sanpatrignano.org