Rome re-embraces the ‘Formula 1 of Equitation’. The stars of world jumping return to the incomparable stage of the Circus Maximus for the Italian leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour, the most prestigious international show jumping circuit with the best amazons and the best riders on the world scene. From 2 to 4 September the majestic stadium of ancient Rome, still the largest ever built by man, will be the setting for the highly anticipated Capitoline competition which is reconfirmed for the seventh year as the favorite destination of the best pairs on the planet: a three spectacular days with 15 races (9 in CSI2, 6 in CSI5) which will see 122 athletes representing 24 countries from all continents and over 200 horses, with a prize pool of 650 thousand euros. The event was presented to the press this morning with a conference at the Circus Maximus.
Thirteenth stage of the season and third to last act of the tour, in the shadow of the Palatine Hill the world elite of show jumping will parade: many champions are expected in the two queens of the Longines Global Champions Tour and the Global Champions League, starting with the Swedish number one to the world Henrik Von Eckermann, double gold at the last world championship in Herning, to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion, the British Ben Maher, passing through the current leaders of the circuit, the German Christian Ahlmann, up to the winner of the 2021 edition, Swede Peder Fredricson, current number 3 in the FEI world ranking.
“The edition from the sporting point of view is exceptional, there are an incredible amount of medals, between individual medals and team medals. The show from a sporting point of view is absolutely guaranteed. There are about 210 horses that are arriving in the stables that we have set up, there is obviously a very important backstage for this event between test fields, stables, the mobile veterinary clinic which is our flagship “, explained the Sporting Director. of the LGCT Marco Danese.
Four blues who will represent the tricolor in the CSI5 races: Emanuele Gaudiano, Piergiorgio Bucci, Francesco Turturiello and Giacomo Casadei. Also this year the LGCT in Rome will be free admission, a three-day event totally open to the public, a “global” event where the horse will be the undisputed protagonist, but not only: the format of the event, counted among the Great City Events of Rome Capital, plans to combine the cultural, social and tourist image of the Eternal City with its natural connotation of top-level sports competition by offering free access to both the entire competition and numerous collateral activities in a schedule full of appointments, shows and initiatives for the public of all ages.
“First of all, I thank everyone for being here. For me it is a great satisfaction and a great honor. It is a very difficult test, but also a great experience so I hope to be able to do some good routes and to bring home some good results. Now you have to roll up your sleeves and get busy in order to do well ”, explained the blue rider Giacomo Casadei.
Now in its sixteenth edition, this year the Longines Global Champions Tour circuit is spread over a seasonal calendar of 16 events that cross 13 countries and 3 continents, with a total prize pool of 35 million euros. It is the seventh year for the Capitoline competition, the second in the arena of the Circus Maximus after five editions held at the Stadio dei Marmi of the Foro Italico. Furthermore, thanks to the contribution of the Istituto per il Credito Sportivo, a social bank for the sustainable development of Sport and Culture, an environmental and landscape redevelopment project of the archaeological area of the Circus Maximus has been envisaged through the restoration of the green areas bordering the competition field.
“An important appointment in a symbolic place of Rome and in a symbolic place for horse riding because the Longines Global Champions Tour has become a fixed appointment for the Romans and is part of a series of major sporting events that have seen the protagonist the capital – underlined the President and CEO of Sport and Health Vito Cozzoli-. We have fielded our dual soul, the industrial and the social one because the great sporting events are a great driver of economic development, of impact on the city, of tourist driving but also of diffusion of sports practice because young people, children, adults, seeing the great champions, are certainly attracted to sports, the philosophy that Sport e Salute is pursuing, that is, that sport belongs to everyone ”. While the President of FISE Marco Di Paola added: “Even if it is not an event organized by the FISE, I really want to congratulate this event: the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome is an excellence, to have the opportunity of a stop in Rome is an exceptional fact. Congratulations to Jan Tops. It must be said that the circuit is a piece of Italy: we have Marco Danese who is a son of the federation, Eleonora has been with me for many years, Uliano Vezzani is the designer of the field. product is made in Italy that travels around the world “.
The Italian Coordinator of LGCT Eleonora Di Giuseppe then added that: “The Longines Global Champions Tour manages to combine both the sporting and the cultural side, with free activities for the public who has reserved spaces. We bring back the ancient aspects to the Circus Maximus: the shows, through the horse, and the part of the competitions “. While the Deputy Vice President of Coni Silvia Salis stressed that” it is a great moment for equestrian sports at an international level here in Italy. The Longines Global Champions Tour is an appointment that qualifies Italian sport in the world, which presents us for the umpteenth time as great protagonists of international events. We are very good at organizing them, the world recognizes this and this allows not only the spread of a sports culture but also the spread of the culture of our country in the world. It is a first-class ticket on Made in Italy in the world and we are all proud of this. The Olympic Committee is obviously very happy with the organization of these events ”.
The Councilor for Major Events, Sport, Tourism and Fashion Alessandro Onorato explained: “We are very happy, I also bring greetings from Mayor Gualtieri, that this initiative will be held for the second time at the Circus Maximus. We can define it as a resumption of the season after the August break and it is also an opportunity for the Municipality to draw up a small balance sheet. After ten years we are once again the first city in Italy for tickets sold at major events: I like to mention this data because it is normal for Rome to have these data “.