This week’s show review comes from Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca who during the weekend jumped at the beautiful three star event Jumping Parma – a show that proved to have it all, and a little bit more! As Lorenzo concludes; it was more like a four star show than a three star.
“Jumping Parma was a very, very nice show. The event took place at an exhibition center - Fiere di Parma – and with two huge halls there was more than enough space. The stables were located in one of the halls, which meant the horses and the grooms could be inside in the warmth – that makes a huge difference for them at this time of the year. The warm-up facilities were also great, and with two quite big warm-up rings on super footing it never got too crowded and there was always time and space to work the horses. The main ring itself was also very good. It was also a super Riders Bar with food and drink – which is always nice.
I have to say it was a very well organized show – the presidents of the organizing committee were Hernan Crespo, the famous Argentinean football player, and his wife Alessia Rossi. They had done a fabulous job, also when it came to including the sponsors of the event so that they got to see the sport and get to know more about it. The VIP tables were full, and so were the grand stands – with super audience – especially for the main classes and the entertainment.
The most fun we had on Friday evening, as Hernan and Alessia had set up a charity football match with ex-professional football players and the riders. The riders were a catastrophe, and I think it’s safe to say we should all stick to the showjumping! That includes me; I was the goal keeper – but I cannot say I kept too many balls coming towards me! It was even a professional commentator for the game, and it was just so much fun with lots of spectators and great atmosphere.
When it came to the sport it was very good – it was a great field of riders in Parma, which made exciting classes. The schedule was also very sensible, with the one star classes first and then the three stars so we could flat our horses in the morning without any stress before the competitions began.
The courses I think were very well built by Evio Travagliati, who works a lot with Uliano Vezzani. They were technical, and especially in the Grand Prix – but with 60.000 Euro in prize money that was to be expected. In the end there were four double clear rounds. The ones that went double clear did not go crazy fast, and the quickest one of the day was Steve Guerdat who had one down. Janika Sprunger won it quite easy; her horse jumped amazing and she rode very good.
I was very happy with my weekend, and especially with my mare Elky van het Indihof. I have only been riding her for a few months, but she is already performing top. She won Friday’s Grand Prix qualification and ended 6th in the Grand Prix after four faults in the first round, and a clear in the second. It was her first Grand Prix – I have been using her mainly for the speed classes, but this weekend she had to step up and I am so happy with her as I really didn’t expect much! Elky is a very careful horse, and she jumped fantastic yesterday – so now I know I can use her for the big classes as well. Now she will get a well earned rest before we go the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida.
This show really had it all; great sport, great entertainment and even a charity event – I was really impressed!”
As told to WoSJ by Lorenzo de Luca
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