Fast clear rounds from Great Britain’s Jack Whitaker, Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts and Italian champion Luca Marziani gave Team Jumping Verona the honours in the brand new Scuderia 1918 team competition this afternoon.
The brainchild of Sara Morganti, who this summer scooped double-bronze for Italy at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, and backed up by the top Italian sports team Scuderia 1918, the charity event raised €11,900 that will be channelled into the development of paralympic activity in Italy.
Whitaker, Philippaerts and Marziani were selected to represent the Jumping Verona side along with Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya and Brazil’s Marlon Zanotelli. Partnering his elegant grey stallion Elucar VE, the 20-year-old British rider won out in a head-to-head with Scuderia 1918’s Lorenzo de Luca and Naomi van het Keizershof when the Italian rider’s time of 53.52 seconds left him more than four seconds slower over the 10-fence track.
Riding Miro, the nine-year-old gelding with which he won yesterday’s Banco Passadore Speed competition, Philippaerts then battled it out with America’s Jessica Springsteen and her winner from yesterday, the mare Tiger Lily. And breaking the beam in 50.56 seconds it was the young Belgian who came out on top by just over a second.
Then it was the turn of Italian national champion Luca Marziani to fly the Jumping Verona flag with Don’t Worry B. And cruising through the finish with yet another clear round he clinched it when stopping the clock on 49.51 seconds, while his Scuderia 1918 rival and compatriot Giulia Martinengo Marquet broke the beam with Quick and Easy in 50.07 seconds.
In the fourth rotation however Spain’s Moya and his grey stallion Tirano had a misunderstanding on the approach to the oxer at fence three, so with seven faults on the board and a copybook clear from Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Scuderia 1918 Mr Jones, the Jumping Verona side had to settle for second spot this time around.
Brazil’s Marlon Zanotelli and Chili set the target at 56.77 in the final rotation for Jumping Verona, but Frenchman Kevin Staut and Lubie de l’Elan bettered that by almost three full seconds on behalf of the Scuderia team. However it was still three sets to two for Jumping Verona and their patron Armado Di Ruzza who won the day.
Scuderia 1918’s patron, Emanuele Anchisi, may have had to settle for runner-up spot but on an afternoon of great sport in aid of charity there were no losers.
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