Sarah Carless reports….
Italian eventing champions were crowned over the weekend at Montelibretti in the Senior, Young Rider and Junior categories, alongside the international classes.
France’s Maxime Livio was a clear winner in the CIC*** with Vick Di Gisors. Second after dressage, the experienced French rider took victory after adding just six time faults to his dressage score of 48.3 to finish 10.9 penalties ahead of the rest of the field.
Pietro Sandei was crowned the senior Italian champion with Rubis de Prere following the CIC*** where he finished second overall. Silver medal went to Clelia Casiraghi and Verdi who finished third overall, with British based Giovanni Ugolotti and Dacapo 277 taking third in the championship (sixth overall), having been in the lead following the dressage.
Ugolotti went onto to take victory in the CCI** with Duke of Champion. Second went to Nicola Datti with Cosmos Baby with Switzerland’s Patrizia Attinger taking third with Mooney Amach.
Marco Capai was the overall winner of the CIC** with Uter on a winning score of 57.5, with Livio taking second on Tzar of Her Dreams. The class acted as the Young Rider Championships and this went to Luca Mezzaroba and Laomaco who finished fifth overall. Filippo Gregoroni finished second with Lefuria (8th overall) with Elisa Vincenti riding Herminia taking bronze (12th overall).
History was made at the event as Fouaad Mirza became the first Indian rider to win an international competition outside of the country. Mirza, a pupil of German event rider Bettina Hoy, recently took over the ride on her long-time campaigner Seigneur Medicott, with whom he took victory in the CCI*. He also took second placed with Cocky Locky.
The Indian rider led from start to finish with Micky, scoring 32.1 in the dressage, adding just 2.4 time faults on the cross country and even with two rails down in the show jumping the pair still took victory by one penalty. With Cocky Locky, Mirza finished on this dressage score of 43.5. Third in the CCI* went to Switzerland’s Joelle Bruni and Mathurin VD Vogelzang.
The CIC* was won by Daria Bove and Dilotte, who kept a clean sheet to finish on their dressahe score of 41.5. The class also counted as the Italian Junior Championship, and this was won by Leonardo Maria Fraticelli riding Belamie DHI, finishing on their dressage score of 46.6, taking third overall. Pietro Roncuzzi on Saunderscourt Flying Lad took silver in the Junior championship with Matilde Piovani and Qilkeny M’Aurea taking bronze.
It was another record-breaking weekend for Germany’s Michael Jung as he won the CCI* with Chocolat with a score of 22.8. This gave the Olympic champion a leading margin of 16.8 penalties ahead of Dutch rider Gert Boonzaaijer and Beat It B and German rider Ben Leuwer and Avatar 26.
Finland’s Noora Cederberg rode Coffey to victory in the CCI* for Young Riders, with the pair finishing on their dressage score of 40.4
Another German rider took victory in the CCI**. Dirk Schrade took victory with Unteam de la Cense ahead of Austrainn rider Charlotte Dobretsberger and Vally K and Germany’s Jerome Robine and Guccimo R in third.
Britain’s Andrew Downes made the journey across to Poland and took eighth in the CCI** with Gold Nugget.
Swedish riders took the top two placings in the CIC**. Anna Nilsson took victory with Candy Girl by just 0.2 penalties ahead of Sara Algotsson Ostholt and Wega, with Schrade taking third with Catelan.
Andreas Dibowski was another German to take victory in Poland, winning the CCI*** with
CIC*** with Barbados 26. This placed him ahead of Sweden’s Malin Josefsson and Allan V in second and Linda Algotson and Fairnet in third. Andrew Downes also placed well in this calss taking 10th with Rocquaine Bay.
Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa took victory in the CIC*** with Calle 44 with an 11.3 penalty winning margain. Second went to Sweden’s Hanna Berg on Quite Survivor with Germany’s Elamr Lesch in third with Lanzelot.