Fise: “Objective of show jumping qualification for Paris 2024”

An intense sporting season awaits the Italian equestrian world, after a 2022 full of results and events to remember

The club house of the Roma Polo Club at Acqua Acetosa in Rome was the setting for the press conference of the Italian Equestrian Sports Federation at the start of the season. At the speakers’ table, the President of Fise, Marco Di Paola, the Secretary General, Simone Perillo, the Sports Director, Francesco Girardi, with the contribution of the Federal Vice President, Grazia Basano and the head of the Training Department, Barbara Ardu illustrated to the press the sports, social and cultural initiatives that will characterize 2023.

“This year -said Fise number one, Marco Di Paola- will be the last valid year for the Olympic qualifications in view of Paris 2024. The real ambition is to center the qualification of the blue team in the discipline of show jumping which missing since Athens 2004. After 20 years it would be a great success and the conditions are there. We have already qualified for the French Games with Paradressage, thanks to the splendid performance of our girls at the Herning World Cup in Denmark. Now we have to qualify the blue team of the event, and we plan to do it as happened in all previous Olympics. The next ‘Olympic slot’ – concluded Di Paola – will be the European Championship scheduled in Italy, in Milan at the Snaitech racetrack in San Siro from 29 August to 3 September 2023”.

“After a 2022 that saw us as protagonists with the Pratoni del Vivaro World Championships – said Simone Perillo, Secretary General of Fise- the Csio in Rome – Piazza di Siena and the European Show Jumping Championships in Milan are two events that this year will see the Italian Equestrian Sports Federation involved with great commitment from an organizational point of view. Last year Piazza di Siena brought a benefit of 100 thousand euros to the Federation’s coffers, despite the fact that when the current federal management began its process in 2017 it was making a loss. The European Championships in Milan, an event we are involved in organizing together with Sport e Salute, Snaitech and RCS, will be a strategic appointment for the objectives we are setting ourselves”, concluded Perillo.

“The goal for 2023 – said Francesco Girardi, Sporting Director of the Fise- obviously is to reach the Olympic qualification. It is essential – Girardi added, commenting on the calendar of events that will take place in Italy especially with the return of the Azzurri to the top series of world show jumping – to have prestigious competitions in Italy, because for us, but in particular for our athletes, being at the forefront of the European scene is fundamental”. We can count on athletes scattered throughout Europe, even if they have been returning to Italy for some time, probably thanks to the great work of the organizing committees and thanks to the fact that the Federation is keeping up with other countries. A championship in one’s own country is fundamental for the whole movement”, concluded Girardi.

An intense sporting season awaits the Italian equestrian world, after a 2022 full of results and events to remember. Among these it is impossible to forget the organizational success of Pratoni 2022 the FEI World Championships Eventing and Driving 2022 with the Equestrian Facility of Rocca di Papa – Pratoni del Vivaro which showed the best showcase of our sport; the two medals (gold and silver) of the Paradressage star Sara Morganti and the bronze of the Pas de Deux of Vaulting at the Herning World Championships; silver (team and individual) at the European Show Jumping Children’s Championships; the second consecutive victory of the Longines EEF Nations Cup Series in Warsaw, which brought the Italian show jumping team back to the first European division.

These and many other sporting successes of 2022, as is now tradition, will be celebrated on the occasion of the Fise Awards Gran Gala (scheduled for Monday 27 February at Villa Miani in collaboration with WWF Italia). The Italian Equestrian Sports Federation is now preparing for an exciting new year. In fact, the preparation for the next appointments has already got underway: in February the Azzurri of Polo will be in action in Cortina d’Ampezzo (14 to 18 February) for the international tournament Italia Polo Challenge, while in Butheeb in the Emirates Arabs for the Italian representative of Endurance it will be time for the Senior World Championships.

Also in 2023, Italy will be at the center of international programming from an organizational point of view, hosting important events such as the Senior European Show Jumping Championships in Milan (August 29/September 3) valid for qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and for which the EuroLeo contest was launched which invites all enthusiasts to bring out the Leonardo in them by drawing a color sketch to create the event’s mascot, the European Youth Show Jumping Championships (Children , Junior and Young Rider) in Gorla Minore (10/16 July), the European Junior/Young Rider Eventing Championships in Montelibretti (14/17 September), the European Women’s Polo Championships in Punta Ala (3-9 July ), where the players will compete as reigning champions, the European Horseball Championships in Caselle di Sommacampagna (15/19 August), the CSI5* in Rome at the Circus Maximus – Global Champions Tour (14/17 September) , the highly anticipated CSI5 -W* in Verona, qualifying stage for the FEI World Cup circuit for the 2023/2024 season (9-12 November) and, of course, the iconic CSIO5* in Rome – Piazza di Siena Master brothers d’Inzeo which this year, (May 24-28) in the splendid setting of Villa Borghese will celebrate the ninetieth edition.

There will be many appointments abroad: Italy’s show jumping team, engaged in the European first division circuit, will take the field in Sopot (Poland, 15/18 June), Rotterdam (Holland, 22/25 June), Falsterbo (Sweden, 13/16 July) and Hickstead (26/30 July) in search of the coveted final in Barcelona (Spain, 28 September/1 October) which will give the winning team a pass for Paris 2024. Olympic qualification also up for grabs for Team Italy of Eventing in the context of the European Championships in Haras du Pin (France – 9/13 August) and for the Dressage team at the European Championships in Riesenbeck (Germany – 4/10 September), an occasion in which they will also stage the Paradressage European Championships, qualifying for the Paris 2024 Paralympics, for which the blue team has already won the team pass at the Herning 2022 World Championships.

For Vaulting, the European Championship will instead be in Flyinge (Sweden – 26/30 July), while for Driving, the European Four-in-Hand Championship, the same specialty we followed at the 2022 Pratoni World Championships, will be in Exloo (Holland – 23/27 August). Numerous national events, among which – in addition to the Italian Championships of all disciplines and the various circuits – the FISE “classics” will return: among these, the program of national competitions in Piazza di Siena – Master brothers d’Inzeo (24- 28 May), the Ponyadi (brought forward, compared to the last editions, to 26-30 July), the Saggio and the Championship of Schools (28-30 October) and ArenaFISE at Fieracavalli Verona (9-12 November 2023).