Together again in a whirlwind of emotions. This was the claim for the 123rd Fieracavalli which closed today at Veronafiere. And there could hardly have been a better slogan to describe this edition that proved capable – after the forced stoppage and the digital edition of 2020 – of bringing together the entire equestrian panorama over two consecutive weekends: 4-7 November and Friday 12 to today.
These seven days attracted more than 100,000 operators, riders and enthusiasts – in complete safety and compliance with all the standards envisaged – to the Veronafiere Exhibition Centre. This shared passion for horses also took in a programme with more than 200 events, including sporting competitions, performances, conferences, shows, art and social occasions thanks also to the important collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Italian Federation of Equestrian Sports. There was also space for business, with commercial pavilions and an incoming programme in collaboration with ICE Trade Agency which enabled arrivals of operators from Europe and even from unexpected countries such as Qatar, Thailand and Ethiopia. There was good attendance by visitors from countries with a strong equestrian tradition such as the Arab Emirates; Fieracavalli equally confirmed its status as a landmark for enthusiasts from Eastern Europe.
Innovations at the 123rd edition included the debut of the “Top Team” competition conceived by Scuderia 1918, the first international open call by the equestrian art exhibition Art&Cavallo and the hybrid exhibition format launched by Cavalleria Toscana. The twentieth edition of the Longines FEI Show Jumping World Cup™ in the context of Jumping Verona saw Simon Delestre take victory riding Hermes Ryan, the Italian Breed Show organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and AIA (Italian Breeders Association) was one of the most eagerly awaited and most popular events. alongside the European Arabian Thoroughbred Competition.
Collaboration with FISE – Italian Federation of Equestrian Sports was further strengthened and at the 123rd Fieracavalli involved a programme of competitions for professionals and amateurs in the by now well
consolidated FISE Arena format. There was also room for the Stars and Stripes world: discovering American breeds, disciplines and the Western lifestyle as a whole.
Last but not least, tourism in the saddle with the itineraries around the Veneto region and the inauguration today of EQUIVIA, the first permanent urban horse trail in Italy. A fascinating 15 km itinerary of discover through Verona, along the banks of the River Adige and across the Historic Centre.
Lastly, the twentieth edition of Jumping Verona was an opportunity for Fieracavalli – the senior event in Veronafiere’s portfolio - also to become the most innovative with the launch of its non-fungible tokens (NFTs), cryptographic tokens guaranteed by the blockchain whereby enthusiasts were able to follow the Longines FEI Show Jumping World CupTM competitions in Verona while at the same time becoming collectors of digital memories.