Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon was victorious on home soil this weekend in the Ravenna CCI3* with her jumping machine Borough Pennyz.
Lying second after the dressage, the Italian only added 8.4 time penalties to her score on the cross country, and a clear round on the final day sealed the victory. Her victory, on the horse who took her to 11th at the London 2012 Olympics, is another step in securing a place at the Olympic Games in Rio next summer.
Ireland’s Aoife Clark held on to her second place with Wasting Light, going clear in the show jumping phase to finish on a score of 56.50, only6 0.7 penalties adrift of Panizzon. Clark, who piloted John Forde and Cressida Legge’s Irish Sport Horse, battled to catch the Italian through all three phases having been 12th after the dressage. Despite recording the fastest cross country round on Saturday and narrowing the penalty gap, she just fell short of overtaking the leader. She expressed her delight at the eight year old’s success at his first CCI3* event, saying she was ‘super proud’ of him and that he was ‘amazing around a tough CCI3* track.’
Third place went to Switzerland’s Felix Vogg with Onfire, who finished 1.1 penalties behind Clark in the closely-fought competition.
The CIC3* was won by Spain’s Albert Hermoso Farras riding Hito CP by a commanding margin of 6.2 penalties. Italian Evelina Bertoli finished in second with Daniel Dunst of Austria finished in third.