FEI Show Jumping World Cup Verona

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<ol><li> 1. 30/12/14 11:13 AMEquestrian Life - Print - Jumping Verona Results 2014 Page 1 of 2http://www.equestrianlife.com.au/articles/Jumping-Verona-Results-2014?format=print Jumping Verona Results 2014 Jumping Verona Results 2014 By Phoebe Tilelli The FEI World Cup show jumping competition was held from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 November in Verona Italy at the Fiera di Cavalli or Festival of Horses. In the city where tourists come to see Juliets balcony and follow Shakespeares tragic romance to Juliets tomb, there were no tragic endings for Bertram Allen this weekend. Irish 19-year-old Allen won the Italian crown during his first ever world tour on Sunday. This Western European league of the cup is said to be the toughest competition and the most selective of the 16 leagues. Fierce competitors in attendance at Verona included 2014 World Cup winner Daniel Deusser from Germany and 15 of the top 17 riders in the world. This made it an exciting few days keeping all spectators on the edge of their seats and scores remained very close. Allen on his 11 year old mare Molly Malone V raced through the finish line of the jump off round in 34.89 seconds, Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) on VDL Groep Verdi screeching in just behind in 35.52 seconds and third place Marcus Ehning (GER) on Cornado NRW in 35.77. When Allen is asked how he keeps such focus under pressure at such a young age he responds I have quite a bit of experience with ponies but I think you have to be able to deal with that naturally. Van der Vleuten who only missed out on the victory by 0.63 seconds reflected on how he may have lost that miniscule amount of time if I compare my round to Bertrams I think he had a quicker turn to the second last jump but I was happy the way my round went. Experienced rider Ehning said he is pleased with his horses development at the moment you can feel that he is getting older so hes more relaxed and mature he said. The competition was definitely heated on Sunday and these three burned up the course. The only Australian representative on the day was Edwina Tops-Alexander, top ranked female show jumper in the world. After a knocking a rail at the sixth fence and the jump tumbled down underneath her horse Fair Light van T Heike he seemed quite rattled going into the next jump. She then retired from the course and quietly left the ring. Even champions have their off days and Verona wasnt a triumph for Tops- Alexander but she did Australia proud all the same. Ranking 17th in the Premio Miasuki and 13th in the Premio Fixdesign she held her own against the best European riders in the world. The FEI World Cup started in 1978 with a show jumping competition that has grown larger every year with more countries joining the leagues. This circuit of events has a loyal following among the equestrian community and is held all year round. The event hosts are prepared for rain hale or shine providing sand arenas and indoor sport centres to facilitate the competition and cater to the large crowds. For this reason both horse and rider have to adapt to different sized circuits and surfaces from week to week allowing the most versatile to excel. Veronas course designer Uliano Vezzani said that what he liked most about the arena was that because of the generous size - 40 x 75 metres the spectators dont sit too close to the ring allowing the horses to relax and remain more focused. Vezzani aimed to challenge the riders with the technical questions, about distances for example, but I like the horses to leave the arena feeling proud of themselves, and feeling happy! </li><li> 2. 30/12/14 11:13 AMEquestrian Life - Print - Jumping Verona Results 2014 Page 2 of 2http://www.equestrianlife.com.au/articles/Jumping-Verona-Results-2014?format=print With events on both the Thursday and Friday offering 60 000 Euros in prize money and 410 000 Euros overall to win in Verona there was a lot riding on these days of the competition. Fridays Premio Prestige was a mixed competition at 1.55m won by French rider Penelope Leprevost on Nice Stephanie. Saturdays Premio Miasuki mixed competition at 1.50/1.55 m was won by Lorenzo de Luca and his chestnut mare Zoe II. Riding on his home turf gave him just the boost he needed in the jump off with Italian supporters cheering him on after the final hurdle. Great Britains William Whitaker set the standard in Saturdays Premio Miasuki mixed comp at 1.50/1.55m with the first to go clear and a confident time of 39.97 seconds placing 4th. Every twist and turn around this course challenged the riders to remain at top speed while staying well balanced and collected. Zoe II did just that in the fastest time of 38.50 seconds. This year was the 116th edition of the Fiera where many horse events, shows and entertainment were held. The Fiera is basically a tribute to all things horsy making it the perfect place to host the show jumping world cup sponsored by watchmaker Longines. The Verona leg of the competition is expected to have topped last years attendance of 158 000 spectators. Judging by the stands that were overflowing with show jumping enthusiasts waving their countries flag and holding their breath for a clear round Id say their numbers are correct. This year the halls of every event on at the show were rammed with horse lovers finding everything from competitions through to equestrian tourism and product shows. True to the Italians passion for food there was even complementary wine and food tasting from the Veneton region. I dont quite know how this relates to the horses but with the finest vineyards of Verona putting their best bottles on show I wasnt complaining. The final for the Western European League will be held in Goteborg Sweden, from February 26th to March 1st. Then the top riders from each league will compete in the World cup final 15-19 April 2015 being held in Vegas USA. copyright. Equestrian Life. Tuesday, 30 December 2014 http://www.equestrianlife.com.au/articles/Jumping-Verona-Results-2014 </li></ol>