Wednesday 27 May 2015

Piazza di Siena: nonstop excitement with Longines

"Sometimes the only way is jumping, I hope you're not afraid of heights." (Gavin DeGraw)

Pictured is Gerco Schröder on Glock's Zaranza flying on Longines fence

Dear horse lovers, I am just back home from the Horse Show jumping event of Piazza di Siena in Rome, one of the oldest in the world… and let me tell you, I spent an amazing weekend with nonstop excitement from beginning to end… I am so full of happiness!

It was such an honor to hang out with the horsey set at the Longines VIP Lounge sharing my passion for horses and show jumping with other bloggers, journalists and special guests while watching top class competitions and my favorite rider and horse combinations.

Here I am with the great italian rider Luca Moneta 

The italian team stand out on Saturday! 

Top Emanuele Gaudiano who placed second at the Small Grand Prix (1.55m) with Admara 2 and won the Six Bar competition (1.85m) in just two rounds with Caspar 232 (pictured), the first time ever a six bar straight line of fences has been held at Piazza di Siena.

Here my video of Emanuele Gaudiano at the Six Bar awards ceremony

Congratulations to the Sweden’s Von Eckermann and Cantinero who claimed the Loro Piana Grand Prix title (1.60m) on Sunday, giving an exhibition of classic jumping in the difficult course designed, once again, by the great Uliano Vezzani.

To the thrill of the crowd, the Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam on Zenith SFN NOP finished in second position! 

Third place for Maikel Van Der Vleuten on Vdl Groep Arera C. I love him for the funny way he jumps :-) here he's at the fence dedicated to the revered italian international show jumping legends and brothers Piero and Raimondo D’Inzeo.

Fifth position for the italian rider Giulia Martinengo Marquet and Fixdesign Funke Van’T Heike, preceded by the spanish Sergio Álvarez Moya on G and C Quitador Rochelais.

Love this incredible jump of the swiss rider Janika Sprunger with Aris CMS at the Loro Piana Grand Prix

Italy was also protagonist of another important moment of the competition! The italian rider Lorenzo De Luca and the spanish Pilar Lucrecia Cordon Muro won the Longines Prize for Elegance for their refined and elegant style ;-)

Thanks Longines, official timekeeper of the event, for the unforgettable experience!

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