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PROFILE

A STRONG RELATIONSHIP

Cristiana Brivio Sforza

Cristiana Brivio Sforza

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FOR HIM

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RIDERS

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Layke Anderson in The Equestrian, by Sybil H. Mair, 2012 (Photo Courtesy of Mair & Mair Produc-tions)

he Equestrian, a short film from 2012 by Sybil Mair, is a dark psychological drama. The young British actor Layke Anderson plays talented dressage rider Freddie Forester and James Wilby stars as his father, with a cameo appearance by UK Olympic gold medallist Carl Hester MBE. Freddie, the protagonist, is at the start of a promising career. Talented and ambitious, he is set to compete in his biggest championship yet, with a gifted stallion. But, on his journey to manhood, he struggles to discover hidden truths about his relationship with his father, his horse and finally about himself. The Equestrian is a rich and intense story about the partnership between man and horse. Equine star of the show is Gaius, interpreted by Sandro’s Dancer, a stunning 16.2hh Swedish Warmblood. Owned by Rachel Struel and trained and competed by Stephanie Eardley, Sandro’s Dancer is stabled at Home Farm Stud, Hartpury in Gloucestershire, where most of the film was shot. A son of the famous stallion Sandro Hit, he has competed

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and placed in international young horse championships, regional and national, at advanced medium level since starting his dressage career in 2010. Though many equestrians recognise the familiar setting, the powerful message that lies deep within is very challenging. While Sybil has researched the dressage world extensively for this film, spending time with many Olympians, the truth is that dressage is merely a means of throwing light on Freddie’s journey to manhood, his relationship with his father and ultimately, himself. Dressage was carefully chosen by Sybil to carry the overriding themes of this film as she considered it “more in-tense and mysterious” than other equestrian sports. An intense work, appreciated both by equestrian-minded viewers and by a public that simply enjoys a beautiful story. No wonder it was one of the highlights of the recent EQUUS Film Festival, at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.


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Lyon (France) 31st October - 4th November 2018

Amsterdam (Netherlands) 24th - 27th January 2019

Stuttgart (Germany) 14th - 18th November 2018

Bordeaux (France) 7th - 10th February 2019

Madrid (Spain) 22nd - 25th November 2018 La Coruña (Spain) 7th - 9th December 2018 London-Olympia (Great Britain) 17th - 23rd December 2018

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FA B I O P ET RO N I Born in Corinaldo (AN) in 1964, he lives and works in Milan, Italy. After studying photography, he collaborated with some of the most renowned professionals in the field. His career has led him to specialize in portraiture and still life, where he demonstrates an intuitive and rigorous style. He collaborates frequently with several important Italian brands. Fabio has always spent his life in the company of dogs and horses and is the official photographer of the IJRC and Riders Academy.

Editorial Director MARCO POLI m.poli@fashionillustrated.eu Editor in Chief GIULIANO DEIDDA g.deidda@fashionillustrated.eu Art Director FABRIZIO MAJERNA f.majerna@maj-fm.com Editor Consultant PAOLA DE VINCENTIS Contributors Laura Borromeo, Equi-Equipe, Fabio Petroni, Tanya Doubleday-Rudkin (translations), Caterina Vagnozzi, Mario Viggiani

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life on horseback. Actually, amongst horses, because Cristiana Brivio Sforza left the saddle some time ago. In her words, “I’ve hung my saddle up, I’m an old lady now.” Although she does live and work in a fantastic place, one that is a dream for many, the Razza Latina complex in the San Rossore Park in Pisa. Here, she trains seventy or so thoroughbreds, even Arabians, with Endo Botti, who also represents one of the important families of the Italian horseriding tradition. Cristiana had an intense sporting career in horseriding, as an eventer. “I also competed in the European Championships and then at a certain point I stopped, having sustained many, many injuries.” Then she devoted herself to breeding thoroughbreds, “Mil Borromeo took me to the auctions where I bought my first brood mares”. And then finally, after about ten years, she became a trainer, “It’s Endo’s fault, I would never have thought of leaving breeding for training.” And to think that San Rossore once upon a time meant just holidays for her. Horses are a family tradition and this complex belonging to SARL (acronym for Società Allevamento Razza Latina) goes back almost a century, thanks to the ambition of her great-grandfather Mario Perrone. In fact at the time, 1925 or thereabouts, he acquired a series of stables and land, in order to create a stud worthy of his champion Flechois, placed second in the 1921 and 1922 Arc de Triomphe, beaten always and only by Ksar and then destined for a stud career that however did not last very long. Furthermore, Cristiana’s father Cesare Brivio Sforza, an important publisher just like the Perrone family, was for a long time an enthusiastic gentleman rider with the Scuderia Oroblu. Cristiana though, only came to thoroughbreds at a certain point in her life, “I also lived abroad, after, as a child, I had enjoyed following around after the vets who took care of our horses. Yes, that is a regret, to have enrolled at the University to study Political Science, which I didn’t complete, instead of Veterinary Studies” she admits.

After working in advertising with her own agency geared more towards gadgets, “I worked less and earned more”, she went to auction for the first time and the first broodmares arrived, then shortly afterwards the first colts, obviously raised and trained on the lawns of San Rossore. «Of course I remember the first yearling sold, his name was Edizione Speciale and it was a special emotion. It always affects you when you separate from horses that you have bred and raised, one never gets used to it, but breeding is also about this.” Cristiana has bred for SARL, but also for other Italian owners. For ten years, the top price in our auctions was presented by her in the arena at Settimo Milanese, longtime headquarters for the sales held first by Anac and after by SGA. As the consignor of foals («I even took about 50 to one auction!”), the horse that has a special place in her heart is of course, Electrocutionist, raised for Compagnia Generale di Franco Polidori, nurtured here in Italy by the trainer Valfredo Valiani, for the American owner Earle Mack, and then consecrated abroad with Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin team, until his triumph in the Dubai World Cup 2006, the richest race in the world. Cristiana’s third career came about with her new life partner, Endo Botti (this should be Edmondo but even as a child he was never called by his full name). “I thought I would always be a breeder, although I would never go back. Especially when Endo was thinking about giving up his career as a jockey, I tried to convince him to carry on, but instead he wanted to begin a career as a trainer. So, we talked to my father and also to some of the owners of the foals I was raising and we adapted the structure here to be able to train thoroughbreds. We use the paddocks which once held broodmares and foals, we have 50 hectares of them and we also have a sawdust track 1000 metres long and couple of carousels.” Botti began working as a trainer at the beginning of 2009, Cristiana carried on for a

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while with the stud until she closed that side to be able to work with Endo as a trainer. The first important results were fairly quick to arrive, above all with Jakkalberry, who won the GP Milano 2010, after placing third in the Derby 2009. From there begins a long list of important, even classic, winners, greatest of these are Act of War, Evil Spell, General Sherman, Kaspersky, Lodovico Il Moro, Occhio della Mente, Onlyouknowme, Patriot Hero, Principe Adepto, Responsibleforlove, Senlis, Trust You and Urge di Gallura, some of which compete in the green and white livery with black beret of Razza Latina. The couple is tried and tested by now in the choice of tasks to be carried out every day. “Each of us has space, even though both of us share everything we have to take care of together. Perhaps Endo is more concerned with the horses’ training, whilst I take take care of programmes and registering for races and the horses’ feed. However, when all is said and done, the most important decisions are made by him. Because of my background as a breeder, when it comes to choosing colts I have the greater say and I may sometimes even find myself alone at auction, as happened recently, for one in Ireland.” If Electrocutionist was Cristiana the breeder’s favourite horse, as a trainer, Kapersky was her favourite. “Although I prefer to deal with females”. Responsibleforlove is on the other hand a great regret: “What a terrible day that was at the Oaks! Bad weather and the track were fatal. Such a pity, because afterwards in the States she showed all her quality. The same quality that, before the Oaks, had made an important stables like Team Valor buy her.” In other words, horse, horses and more horses. Cristiana is also a mother, to Matilde, “She is twenty-one and competes in showjumping”, and little Bianca “She is only five and does artistic gymnastics.” Do not ask her if she is handy in the kitchen: “No, not at all. Fortunately, I have the excuse that I never have time.”

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VILLA A SESTA POLO CLUB By Equi-Equipe

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Thanks to the impeccable organization of the FIP European Championships-Quantocoin Cup, the Villa a Sesta Polo Club (Ripaltella, Bucine) in Tuscany, is now rightly listed among Europe’s top locations for the most ancient of equestrian sports. The fourteen teams representing ten nations that paraded through Arezzo’s historic centre, three hundred and fifty polo ponies, three polo fields for the matches, perfect weather conditions, two medals won by Italy (gold for the men’s team and silver for the ladies), an intense social calendar and the many spectators attending the finals, all made the 2018 event held on the border between the provinces of Siena and Arezzo, a really memorable occasion. It was so memorable that Riccardo Tattoni, the entrepreneur who almost twenty years ago started the Villa a Sesta Polo Club project in a particularly enchanting corner of the Chianti Classico region, has been awarded the prestigious title of FIP Ambassador by the International Polo Federation. The Villa a Sesta Polo Club is situated within a wine and olive oil producing farm set in the enchanting Tuscan countryside, famous all over the world for its typical characteristics. The farm extends over 1100 hectares, where nature is the incomparable host to facilities that are technically the very best provided by a world level polo club and with a hospitality that guarantees buildings that are perfect for Tuscany’s context of excellence and the lifestyle linked to polo. This club is equipped with facilities that rank it in the top list of European polo grounds and, for some time now, it has been the Italian headquarters for top level Argentinian players, in particular Francisco and Eduardo Menendez, for years among the most competitive leading players at the most important tournaments. There are three technically world-class international sized polo fields (all in Tifton) as well as a practice field. Field no. 1 measures 260 x 140 metres, field no. 2 measures 245 x 120 metres and the new Sorleone field (no. 3) measures 276 x 150 metres, with the practice field measuring 120 x 70 metres. The Argentinian Alejandro Battro, the world’s no. 1 in the creation, upkeep and maintenance of polo fields (among them the Palermo Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, considered the cathedral of world polo) is personally responsible for the Villa Sesta fields. Inaugurated in 2017, the Sorleone field is not only the largest in Europe, but is also close to the private lake, an ideal location for drinks and relaxing after matches. The Villa a Sesta Polo Club has 180 permanent stables for the polo season, with room for a further 280 temporary stables as well as 80 stables during the winter. The Polo Club’s impeccable organisation is entrusted to Juan Luciano Bozzi, an Argentinian polo manager with great experience, who also organises courses for beginners throughout the year as well as training sessions and matches for players of all levels. Eduardo Menendez is available for private and group lessons, guaranteeing the highest possible safety levels for both riders and horses. The club provides all the necessary equipment for those who are beginners and new to this exciting sport. The Club was founded in 2000 and, from the very start, every single project has been planned and implemented with meticulous attention paid to technique, environmental impact and the wellbeing of horses and players. The most important event hosted before the 2018 European Championships was the European Play Off for the 2011 World Championships, an extremely successful event both technically and with spectators and one that launched the club to the very top in the world of international polo.

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A great italian team wins gold at the european polo championships

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Silver for the italian ladies team

Thirteen years after winning the championship in 2005 in Amsterdam, Italy has won back the title in the 12th FIP European Polo Championship–Quantocoin Cup that came to an end on September 30th at the Villa a Sesta Polo Club (Ripaltella - Bucine/Arezzo). In the final match for the gold medal, the Italian team, which included Gualtiero Giori (captain), Nicolas Lopes Fuentes and brothers Tomas and Martin Joaquin, soundly defeated Azerbaijan 8 – 4. Italy’s victory was never up for discussion as they took a 3 - 0 lead in the first chukka, with coach Eduardo Menendez’ team increasing its lead guaranteeing victory in the third of the four chukkas played. Nicolas Lopes Fuentes was the real hero in the match, scoring six goals. The other Italian goals were scored by brothers Tomas and Martin Joaquin. Azerbaijan, a team that made its European Championship debut and was the great surprise in Villa a Sesta, fought bravely. The skills shown by the Land of Fire team in the four qualifying matches, however, showed their significant technical progress and competitiveness. The Azeris will have an exciting chance to get their own back in two years’ time at the next FIP European Polo Championships, which will be played in 2020 in Azerbaijan. In the Ladies final, the Italian Ladies Team was able to do little to oppose the powerful German team who won by a convincing 9 – 4 ½ goals. The girls Ginevra D’Orazio, Ginevra Visconti and sisters Vittoria and Costanza Marchiorello, led from the sidelines by coach Franco Piazza, fought to the bitter end and won the silver medal. Following last year’s gold won in Chantilly, they have now confirmed they are at the top of the ranking for ladies’ polo in Europe. In this 12th FIP European Polo Championship the bronze medal went to Ireland after beating Germany 5 ½ - 5 in the final for third and fourth place, while the bronze medal in the 2nd FIP European Polo Ladies Championships was won by The Netherlands, who beat France 9 ½ - 3.

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polo ponies in the championship teams playing in the 12th FIP European Polo Championship-Quantocoin Cup

Group A Azerbaijan, Ireland, Austria, France and Slovakia

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teams in the FIP Ladies European Polo Championship: France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands

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essica Rae Springsteen, daughter of The Boss and Patti Scialfa, twenty-six years old, a degree in psychology from the Duke University (one of the most prestigious in America) in 2014, had very clear ideas, ever since she was a child, about what she would do when she was grown up and she has never changed direction. “I don’t know what my life would have been without horses and without sport.” Beautiful, pleasant, with an easy manner and always available for the many autograph hunters who trail her during the competitions she attends, Springsteen amazes for the way she appears to be just like the girl next door, instead of the daughter of the most famous rock star on the planet. A true sportswoman, yet at the same time refined and elegant, perfectly at ease whether it be in the saddle or on the photo sets of the fashion system. Gucci and Polo Ralph Lauren are the brands for whom she is first and foremost an ambassdor. Her life as a horsewoman has always been played out in the highest spheres of world showjumping, a true microcosm, difficult to reach and easy to abandon. It is not easy to get there, even if you are the daughter of The Boss, not without great sacrifice, absolute passion, dedication and great perseverance. Guidelines for life that Jessica has followed faithfully. The importance that horses have in her life is instantly understandable from her Instagram profile. “I love to post photos of myself with my horses. As well as the sport, I am also committed to saving them and animals in general, with activities and philanthropic initiatives. Many people really just don’t realize how much cruelty is inflicted on horses. These animals do so much and work with us. I think it is really important that we ensure that their voice is heard too.” Nature and animals are daily bread for Jessica and her brothers (Evan, the oldest and Samuel, the youngest) grew up following a careful decision by their parents. The Springsteen family, in fact, left Los Angeles when Jessica was three to move to the countryside, to the ranch at Colts Neck Township, three hundred acres belonging to the family in New Jersey. The Boss never hid his goal, “to grow the kids in a healthy place, with animals and as far away from the paparazzi as possible.” “My mother gave me my passion for horses. At the age of three, I was already in the saddle. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to do what I love and to have transformed my passion into a job and a career. My parents have always encouraged me and, since I was a child, they have always told me: when you find something you are passionate about work hard and follow your dreams.“ Jessica initially rode in equitation classes and won the 2007 Christy Conard Perpetual Trophy for Equestrian Excellence, 2008 National Championship and 2009 Excellence in Equitation Championship. Since moving to pure show jumping, Jessica has won medals at the 2010 North American Young Rider Championships, has been selected for Senior Nations Cup teams and was reserve rider for the 2012 London Olympics. Being placed in the Queens Cup, Spruce Meadows is for her one of the most memorable moments of her career so far. The most influential people in her career are her trainer Laura Kraut and her parents. Jessica describes the Global Champions Tour as a great experience with great locations. Her aim was to represent her country

in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Jessica currently spends her time between the United States and Belgium, but just like all the top players in the horse riding circus, she basically lives on tour and travels across the world to take part in the most prestigious show jumping circuits. Hers is a constant presence in the Longines Global Champions Tour, the Formula 1 of horse riding, having many stages in the most prestigious locations worldwide and headspinning prize money, currently the absolute must for the most important horse riders in the FEI Longines Ranking. Horses trained at home but above all a lot of activity in competition with an organisation that cannot leave anything to chance, tens of thousands of miles to be travelled, suitcases that are always a work in progress and continuous check-ins at hotels and for flights. All of this of course, doubled for both rider and horses. Italy is one the countries she loves the most. She took part in the FEI World Cup in Verona and in the Longines Global Champions Tour in Rome. At her debut in the capital for the first edition of the LGCT about four years ago, at the Stadio dei Marmi, Dad Bruce and Mum Patti came to support her. Low profile, apart from the very difficult undertaking of protecting their privacy, they participated in the two days of competition just like any other normal, horsey parents. That year, in the same arena, Jessica was a key player and in the victory of one of the most eagerly awaited competitions, The Champions League. The attention and curiosity already running high about her presence, were literally amplified by the news of her engagement to Lorenzo De Luca, number 1 amongst Italian riders. A love story which started months before and which Jessica, Istagram addicted, had already shared with her over 157.000 followers.

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KEP ITALIA LELIA POLINI, AND BIANCA COLLET SERRET, PARTNERS AND FOUNDERS OF KEP ITALIA, INVITE US INTO THEIR WORLD. HERE, THE WATCHWORDS ARE: SAFETY, COMFORT, LIGHTNESS AND TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE.

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an you tell us in a few words what makes the difference in Kep Italia helmets? They are Made in Italy with Italian materials, they are lightweight, comfortable and safe, they have several international safety certificates as guarantees of this. They can be easily customized and their aesthetic shows off Italian style. How did Kep Italia come about? From the personal passion of its two founders to do something more for the safety of riders, excluding any kind of commercial interest which would be to the disadvantage of safety. In short, we wanted to design a safer helmet and give the greatest possible guarantee of that safety to the rider. Investing in research is very important, to be able to make the helmet more protective is not always easy and huge financial efforts must be made to obtain a product in line with the characteristics of the highest level of safety. How did your past as an Endurance rider influence the business? It was the incentive to look for more specific products, adapted to the various disciplines. I was tired of riding with extremely heavy and uncomfortable helmets that couldn’t be washed and that made riders feel obliged to use them, rather than choosing and wanting to wear them because of their awareness about adequate protection. I asked myself why there were no companies able to think about producing helmets with better technical characteristics, thereby encouraging riders to always

keep them on during sporting activities. The main thing is that they should be light and comfortable, so you can forget you are wearing one on your head. From these thoughts came the idea of constructing the Cromo helmet, the first equestrian helmet to have completely removable and washable internal fabric, the first to be so light and comfortable, but of course with safety foremost. Where are the helmets made? Is it fundamental that they are Made in Italy? In Italy. Right in our factory, whose headquarters were in Grumello del Monte (BG) until a few months ago and have now been moved near to the Garda Lake on the Brescia side. For us, Made in Italy is the certainty of being able to see and check the components any time we want to. We believe it is indispensable to be able to test their soundness and to ensure, given the use they are destined for, that they are always of the highest quality. Kep Italia boasts 5 validations. What steps are necessary to become leaders in safety? You must invest in validations and certificates. They are obtained after a lot of investment into research and product development, to ensure that the helmets are suitable for taking the tests required by the various certification bodies. Let’s talk about style, another fundamental element. Do you have staff dedicated to this? How important is it for your target public? We have colleagues who work with us to improve the choice of finishes and products, even though fairly often the ideas start with us. All of our team contributes, so we

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choose all together. Style is very important for us because it identifies the company and the Made in Italy sought after by the whole world. The helmet, other than protection, is a complementary element to the way you dress and there is no doubt that when choosing, colours and finishes are contributing factors. It represents the pleasure we take in presenting ourselves the way we want to feel. Can you pair up the perfect Kep Italia helmet with every discipline? Can I just make it clear that our entire line of helmets is suitable for every discipline, in so far as all of them take into account the requirements of the most important certification. Apart from racing on the flat and eventing, which usually require a helmet with no visor, all the other styles can be used for all the other disciplines. May I suggest these pairings: Cromo Jockey: Flat Racing (without visor) Cromo Polo: Polo (wider visor) Kep Endurance: Endurance and Horse-ball (greater ventilation) Cromo Textile: Combined Driving (more elegant) Cromo XC: Eventing (shorter visor compared to the usual jumping one) E-Light in Carbon: Show Jumping (maximum protection) Cromo Textile Glitter: Dressage (fancier) Is there a standard FEI regulation in terms of safety for riding helmets? Unfortunately, today there is still no kind of collaboration between the FEI and companies that make helmets. Personally, I believe that the FEI should definitely take upon itself to get involved in a dialogue, to create a working group, a commission made up of technical experts who make their experience available, to decide together which tests the helmets should undergo and from there, to create their own validation, one that all riding helmets should be made subject to. A validation that is unique and unequivocal. The commission should be composed of engineers and consultants who sit down together to improve the safety of the helmet to use, without thinking of their own interests or those of the companies they represent, but working only in the interests of riders’ safety.

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1 -MARTIN FUCHS (SWITZERLAND) ON CLOONEY (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/MARTIN DOKOUPIL) 2 - INGRID KLIMKE (GERMANY) (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/CHRISTOPE TRANIÈRE) 3 - SARAH MORGANTI (ITALY) AND LAURA CONZ (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/LIZ GREGG) 4 - ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA) (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/MARTIN DOKOUPIL) 5 - ROSALIND CANTER (GREAT BRITAIN) (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/CHRISTOPHE TANIÈRE) 6 - MARIO DESLAURIERS (CANADA) ON BARDOLINA (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/MARTIN DOKOUPIL)

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7 - SIMONE BLUM (GERMANY) AND DSP ALICE (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/MARTIN DOKOUPIL) 8 - CADE MCCUTCHEON (USA) (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/LIZ GREGG) 9 - LAURA KRAUT (USA) ON ZERMONIE (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/MARTIN DOKOUPIL) 10 - BERNARD FONK (BELGIUM) (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/LIZ GREGG) 11 - DONGSEON KIM (JAPAN) ON BUKOWSKI (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/LIZ GREGG) 12 - EDOUARD SIMONET (FRANCE) (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/CHRISTOPHE TANIÈRE)

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13 - LUDWIG SVENNERSTAL (SWEDEN) ON STINGER (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/MARTIN DOKOUPIL) 14 - LORENZO DE LUCA (ITALY) ON IRENICE HORTA (PHOTO COURTESY OF MARTIN DOKOUPIL) 15 - LORENZO LUPACCHINI AND SILVIA STOPAZZINI (ITALY) (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/LIZ GREGG) 16 - DOROTHEE SCHNEIDER (GERMANY) ON SAMMY DAVIS JR (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/LIZ GREGG) 17 - SARAH ENNIS (IRELAND) (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/MARTIN DOKOUPIL) 18 - CHESTER WEBER (USA) (PHOTO COURTESY OF FEI PHOTO/CHRISTOPHE TANIÉRE)

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afe Riding comes from the founders of the Italian stud farm Tenuta Montemagno Horses, Vanessa and Tiziano Barea’s knowledge of breeding horses and from their passion for horse riding. This entirely Italian brand offers a riding experience which is both safe and stylish, conceived and designed by riders for riders. Boasting three international patents and a safety certificate, Safe Riding stirrups guarantee a unique and unbeatable experience in the saddle. The attention paid to the design and creation of innovative stirrups, from the point of view of safety, is accompanied by brilliant aesthetic research, thanks to the implementation of leading technology throughout the production process. Here we have stirrups that are customizable in colour, graphics and materials, to either follow the trends of the moment or to create timeless classics. Choice ongoing collections and small jewels in exclusive limited editions enhance an object which up to now has not expressed its full potential. We meet with Vanessa Barea to hear about this success story. How did the Safe Riding adventure start? For fun. About three years ago, my father and I were at Equiline choosing our team’s uniforms. They had recently opened a saddlery division and wanted to expand and they were looking for the right partner for stirrups that suited their saddles. After that meeting, we began to design the ideal stirrup based on key aspects. Safe Riding was created like this, from nothing. Let’s talk about key aspects. First of all, safety. Many horse riders hurt themselves badly when they fall, so we wanted to make a stirrup that was 100% safe. At that time, the only safe stirrups were the Freejump ones and we started from theirs and improved on them. Ours open completely, they have a special patented mechanical opening which opens automatically when pressure is applied from a falling position. To develop this patent, we made use of technical know-how belonging to BTSR, my father’s company, which is specialized in control sensors for thread in the textile industry amongst others. So, we already had what we needed to develop the project. The second key aspect is comfort. As time goes by, horse riders have a tendency to suffer from ankle and knee problems and so we studied a shock absorbing tread, which adapts to any movement, in order to reduce stress on the joints. You have many ambassadors who are famous horse riders. How do these collaborations work? Do they contribute to the development of the stirrups? Always. The first stirrups were developed with Roberto Cristofoletti, who was a great support during the project’s development. The same is true for the other ambassadors. After all, our stirrups cover all the Olympic disciplines. The attention to style is another distinctive characteristic of Safe Riding. Yes, this comes from my training. I studied Fashion Design at the IED and, afterwards, I did a Master at the Istituto Marangoni. We had the idea of creating changeable covers to personalize the stirrups, the concept being the same as that used for cell phones. We work on collections and propose three lines, Contemporary, where colour is key, Flag, for those who wish to display the flag of their national country when competing in international competitions, and Premium, where the most glamourous materials are used, from patent leathers to glitter. Then, each year, we add one or two limited edition capsules. All the covers can be personalized with writing and logos. Any new projects in the pipeline? We are developing a new stirrup better suited to children, mainly regarding dimensions but also more accessible economically, of course with the same safety features as all of our stirrups. There are new things linked to distribution. We decided (completely amicably) to split away from Equiline, starting with Fieracavalli, we will take care of our customers directly. We are also about to broaden the offer on our e-commerce stirrups, whereas previously only covers were available.

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The future is five years old. 2014 2018

The young Riders Academy consists in the organization of an equestrian master dedicated to young talents; it has been developed by Athenaeum a non profit association. Athenaeum is eager and proud to cooperate with Uppsala University of Sweden, department of Science and Technology, and Franklin University of Switzerland, department of Communication and Media Studies.

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Special thanks to 2018 trainers: Markus Beerbaum, Gianluca Bormioli, Emile Hendrix, Markus Ehning, Henk Nooren, Schroder’s brothers, Marco Kutscher, Franke Sloothaak.

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WHITE ELEGANCE For impeccable horsemen and women.

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legance is the fundamental prerogative for horsemen and women. The stylish figure they cut and the details of the clothes they wear, make them almost iconic. The figure of the rider has a magnetic, charismatic energy, it has a timeless allure that is almost mythical. Any horse rider is a practical person, capable of making fast decisions for himself and for his mount in a fraction of a second, searching quickly for efficient solutions. All of these qualities are in step with the Nuncas philosophy and are apparent throughout their range of activities. In fact, Nuncas is a dynamic company in pace with the times for the use and application of safe, innovative products to satisfy the demands of each individual customer. Because of this, Nuncas shows itself to be an enthusiastic fan of the equestrian world, sharing the inherent values and ambitions therein and offering solutions of excellent quality. As Elviro Carbone, Nuncas’ Global Sales Director, himself a great fan of horse riding, says, “The effect the rider is seeking is elegance. Nuncas contributes actively to their style, thanks to a range of flexible and multifunctional products, which are the results of research into all fabrics and leathers, from the most refined to the most technical. Elegance, decorum and efficiency are the results that we aim to achieve whilst developing our products. This is part of the company’s DNA. We at Nuncas, are at the side of our demanding customers and are very aware of their needs with regards to performance, even in a sporting context. Therefore, we strive to offer the best care solutions for all clothing, for enthusiasts, professionals and lovers of horse riding, paying extra attention to aesthetics and always to whites”.

ELVIRO CARBONE, NUNCAS’ GLOBAL SALES DIRECTOR

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Passion. The soul of Tharros, the company from Sant’Ilario D’Enza (RE), founded by Gabriella Tondelli and Mauro Borelli, is enclosed in the strength and magic of this word. Passion for everything concerning the equestrian world, composed of elegance and timeless style.

Tharros is a young, dynamic company, that started out as a stud and training centre for show jumpers. As they wanted to give the company its own identity, the creation of a line of apparel was almost a foregone conclusion. The meticulous choice of materials is almost obsessive to truly em-body the natural quality of Made in Italy. The clothes represent the know-how, the skill, the care and the dedication of the artisans who make them. Everything undergoes thorough quality controls in order to reflect the company’s constant search for improvement. The owners of the company take care of the apparel side of the business and, before going into production, they ask for opinions and technical suggestions from their riders, about the various aspects of comfort and fit. Indeed, it is fundamental to have the support of those who will then be using what is the result of their passionate creativity. The same dedication is also applied to the horses, of course. The choice of colts, the patience and the natural ease of the work they undertake means that these horses are raised serenely to trust in humans. This aspect is taken care of by Gabriele and Alberto Bresciani, who although very young, are serious and capable and are true horsemen. Their Sardinian origins brought about the name Tharros, the ancient name for Oristano, their native city. Tharros does not want to be just horses and apparel. The company’s future plans proudly hold the desire to create possibilities for riders of different levels, to emerge or to prove themselves both in national and international competitions. Riding for Tharros in fact are the Italian Paolo Paini and the Swiss Martina Meroni who both compete at international level Gabriele and Alberto Bresciani, Sofia Manzetti, a young horsewoman who is already a European and national pony champion, Elisa Baldazzi and Giulia Pedroni, show jumping, and Costanza Mantici, eventing. Let’s hear from them about why they choose Tharros.

“I have known Gabriella for some years, I have always admired her and, when she founded Tharros, I appreciated the elegant style, the quality of the product and the sobriety of the collections straightaway. We met last year at the Milano Winter Show and thought about a collaboration between people who are first and foremost linked by the territory and who also share the same vision for a quality project. So, for me, Tharros represents the style of apparel that is linked to the eques-trian world. Our relationship is young but very solid. I hope I will be a great vehicle for this brand, which deserves wide visibility amongst the players in the sector.” Paolo Paini “It’s really lovely that the friendship with Gabriella and Mauro came first and after that, the idea of buying young horses for me and then to create a line of apparel. We have never been short of ideas or enthusiasm. I will always be grateful for what they have done and continue to do for me.” Gabriele Bresciani “A mutual friend told me about Tharros and made it possible for me to get to know Gabriella and Mauro. That meeting happened in Spring 2018 and our collaboration came about after that. As a foreign rider, I am extremely proud to be a Tharros ambassador! As they say, ‘The eye needs to be satisfied’ and when I compete it is a priority that the horse be really clean and well groomed. I too, want to present myself in the best way possible. With Tharros I have found a line of sporting apparel able to combine function, elegance and care for details.” Martina Meroni GABRIELE BRESCIANI CON ESDOROVILLE (PHOTO COURTESY OF HORSEMEDIA)

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one-off variant, created and designed by Lapo Elkann’s design agency and produced exclusively by hand by the craftsmen at Pagani Automobili. A product of the One of One programme that takes care of the bespoke creations in the San Cesario sul Panaro atelier, Huayra Lampo concentrates all the Pagani technology into a unique objet d’art. Pagani worked closely with Garage Italia Customs on design, on style and on the materials employed. As Lapo Elkann says, “Working in close contact with Horacio Pagani and his team was a thrilling experience throughout all the phases of the Lampo’s creation. Pagani Automobili represents sheer excellence in the bespoke creation of cars, an example of style, elegance and technology. All of their cars have the name of a wind. We chose Lampo (the Italian word for lightning) another powerful element of nature, the prelude to something unexpected and always magically different.” The one-off is a hymn to dynamism and speed with a livery that follows the aerodynamic forms of the vehicle and exasperates them by playing with chromatic contrasts, inspired by an iconic concept car from the fifties, the Fiat Turbina. The strongest link to the 1954 Italian prototype is to be found in the external livery, which recalls the original style features that are now applied to the sinuous line of the Huarya. Surprisingly, the two cars are less different in shape than one might imagine and replicating the lines of the original red and white livery, was almost immediate, although a task not without its difficulties. Where the original had one coat paint, the Lampo has a lively and vivid colour with the use of clear paints showing off the exposed bodywork, typical of the Pagani vehicles. To accentuate this effect even further, new carbon fibre fabric was developed which, thanks to a complex process of the metallic application of aluminium, has an incredible luminous quality, so that the colour is always lively and vivid, very different to normal fabric, which tends to darken colours. The original gold of the FIAT logo is used here in the varnishes for the anodized aluminium trims and in the wheels. The monoblock calipers were also devised by Garage Italia Customs for the 6 front pistons and 4 back pistons of the imposing Brembo brake disks in ventilated ceramic carbon 380x34, jewel in the crown of Italian industry, giving the three lightning bolts of the logo, carved and painted individually on a black ground, thereby creating a striking contrast which allows the lightning bolts to flash between the spokes of the wheels. Even the Italian flag on the rearview mirrors, which in Pagani cars is usually presented in an ellipse, has been substituted on the Lampo with the three lightning bolts of the logo. The cabin is characterized by the refinement of the materials used, rigorously Made in

Italy, which identifies the Pagani Automobili DNA. The interior is personalized with the use of hand-braided leather with Solaro inserts, created by the artisans of the Turinbased Foglizzo Leather expressly for Garage Italia Customs and the Huayra Lampo. All of the inlays in aluminium have been anodized with the bronze tint of the exterior: creating an elegant marriage with the materials used for the upholstery. Technical research has kept pace with that of aesthetics. New aerodynamic solutions have been studied to improve the vehicle’s performance. Many solutions tried and tested on the Huayra BC have been applied to the Huayra Lampo, such as the carbon fibre used in certain parts of the body. A series of specific bespoke elements have been purposely designed and created to make the Tempesta package even more special: it represents the state-of-the-art evolution of the Huayra coupé. Front air inlets have been created that conduct more airflow to the intercoolers and give a more aggressive look to the front of the car whilst harmoniously marrying the lines of the vehicle. Identifying the style required long and complex work over two years. One of the longest individual projects ever undertaken by Pagani Automobili: labour-intensive customization that guarantees the originality and uniqueness of the Huayra Lampo.

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Located in Knightsbridge on the edge of Hyde Park, The Bulgari Hotel London is a haven of calm in the centre of the city, under a minute’s walk from the Harrods department store. Since opening in 2012, it has set new standards among the luxury hotels of the British capital. Elegant contemporary architecture and Bulgari’s legendary flair for design are matched by topnotch quality of service. Design, service and exceptionally generously proportioned rooms and suites, combined with unrivalled facilities such as a full gymnasium and physical training centre with on-site workshop personal training team, 11 single treatment rooms and 1 private spa suite, 25 metre, three-lane swimming pool, 47 seat cinema, unique Cigar Shop and sampling room and a stunning Ballroom, to deliver a city hotel experience that is unique in the world. 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW +44 2071511010 www.bulgarihotels.com

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Minutes away from the greenery of Hyde Park and nestled amongst London’s most sophisticated museums and galleries, Cheval Thorney Court is one of the most luxurious residences of the Cheval Residencies netwok, with 59 luxury apartments for any length of stay. The exquisitely designed apartments are the quintessence of the richness of traditional British heritage, located in the Royal Borough of Kensington, a district renowned for its exclusivity and undeniable appeal. Each Georgian-style apartment has been perfected with timeless décor and high-quality, vintage furniture. The leather-topped writing bureaux, marbled bathrooms and grand dining rooms add to the stately home feel throughout this residence, making the guests feel like royalty and nothing less. For guaranteed peace of mind, a 24hour Concierge Desk is available at Cheval Thorney Court, as well as a regular housekeeping service. Palace Gate, Kensington, London W8 5NJ +44 2075815324 www.chevalresidencies.com

One of a growing family of five Italian restaurants, each unique but all telling the same story, Macellaio RC South Kensington guarantees the warmth of the typical Italian trattoria dining experience. The steak is prepared in front of the customer and artisan breads are cooked in-house. The incredible Italian food is sourced with respect, prepared with love and expertly cooked. Nothing is left to chance. All the steaks come from the Fassona breed, from some very special mountain valleys north of Genoa. Every farmer knows every animal, every cut of meat is hung for the right amount of time, 6-8 weeks for steak and up to 10 days for tuna. As the founder, Roberto Costa claims, “Our meats and produce tell the history of people and their passions, of countrymen working in olive groves, farmers breeding quality livestock, fishermen sailing the high seas, butchers doing justice to the finest cuts of meat. Only in our restaurants can you experience this amazing story, on a plate.” 84 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LQ +44 2075895834 www.macellaiorc.com

Where to Eat 108 GARAGE

Located on London’s bustling Golborne Road, critically acclaimed 108 Garage offers an innovative, seasonal dining experience by an award-winning team in a casual yet eccentric dining environment. The restaurant has fast become a gastronomic destination for fresh, local produce and innovative cooking. Exceptional ingredients are at the foundation of everything at this restaurant. The very best of England’s and Europe’s produce are used to create a seasonal ever-changing menu, which is curated by Executive Chef Chris Denney and his team, focusing on intelligent cooking while working closely with their suppliers. 108 Golborne Road, London W10 5PS +44 2089693769 www.108garage.com

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, also known as Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, is a three Michelin star restaurant owned and operated by Gordon Ramsay, located at Royal Hospital Road, London. It opened in 1998 and was the chef’s first solo restaurant. In 2001, it made him the first Scottish chef to have won three Michelin stars. It pairs unparalleled service and fine dining within an intimate ambiance, a setting truly reflective of its 20 years of achievements. A kitchen redesign in 2018 proved that Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant is not one to ever rest on its laurels. The large kitchen team creates dishes that are executed with great confidence, while service is polished and professional but also has personality. A warning: the restaurant has a smart dress code, jackets are preferred, shirts with a collar are required for gentlemen and no sportswear of any kind is accepted. 68 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HP +44 207 352 4441 www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

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THE AVALON HOTEL

The Avalon Hotel is a feng shui-certified design hotel located in the heart of Gothenburg. It is inspired by densely populated cities of the like of Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Madrid and Paris. Interiors, lighting, aromas and sound are equally as important as its excellent service and delicious food and beverages. The hotel’s 101 rooms play a vital role in the guests’ experience. The Restaurant & Bar offers seasonal dishes of the best international quality, perfectly suited to the carefully selected wines. Avalon Outside, the outdoor bar, is open during the summer when access to the roof terrace with pool is made available from 12 noon to 6pm. The hotel’s philosophy is infused in the design of the rooms, 24 have an open-plan bathroom and 3 have a private, compact gym. From the 6th floor upwards, skies are included for the guests, at no extra cost. On the 1st of September 2016 Avalon became a completely cashless hotel, this applies to all the facilities, including the restaurant and bar. Kungstorget 9, 411 17 Göteborg +46 317510200 www.avalonhotel.se

Five-star Elite Plaza Hotel is located on Västra Hamngatan, within walking distance of Central Station, the Gothenburg Opera, and countless shops and restaurants. The hotel is housed in a stately, palatial building dating back to 1889. All of the building’s original features have been carefully preserved, from the venerable stucco ceilings, to the English mosaic floors and now blend harmoniously with elements of modern art and design. This has created a truly unique environment at Elite Plaza Hotel, where the highest ambition is to ensure the utmost comfort and satisfaction of the guests. The extraordinary service provided at Elite Plaza Hotel guarantees that each visit will be an experience to cherish for a lifetime. The hotel features a restaurant, Swea Hof, the Plaza Bar, and an English pub, The Bishop’s Arms. Elite Plaza Hotel has been a smoke-free hotel since 2009. Västra Hamngatan 3, 404 22 Göteborg +46 317204000 www.elite.se

Where to Eat KOKA

Located on the top floors of Gothia Tower’s second tower, Upper House is an exclusive hotel within the hotel, with 53 luxurious rooms, a spa and a restaurant, Upper House Dining. One of the highlights is the outdoor glassbottom pool with views of Gothenburg. The hotel was ranked number one among Swedish hotels in TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards, where millions of travelers have rated their favourite hotels and restaurants. With unbeatable views over the beautiful city of Gothenburg, Upper House Dining offers a unique experience for all the senses. The vast offer includes carefully-crafted light bites, extensive tasting menus and the simplicity of a glass of fine champagne. Upper House Dining takes guests on a gastronomic journey where they can enjoy the best of locally-produced seasonal ingredients in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Gothia Towers, Mässans gata 24, 402 26 Göteborg +46 317088200 www.upperhouse.se

At Koka they work with mainly local producers, growers and breeders. The restaurant is organic certified by KRAV and always tries to have a good environmental focus in all areas of the business. The cooking at Koka can probably be described as focused and pleasurable. The main raw material in each dish must come to the fore and take the place it deserves. The plates should be able to be both playful, technically driven but above all very good. All menus can be obtained, vegetarian or based on seafood. The interaction between food and drink is highly considered, therefore the drink menu adds an extra dimension to the experience. Viktoriagatan 12, 411 25 Göteborg +46 317017979 www.restaurantkoka.se

The restaurant Swea Hof, located in the heart of the Elite Plaza Hotel, is committed to the Swedish dining tradition and focused on the ingredients that the West Coast has to offer. The dishes are combined with carefully selected wines. The wine archive and other chambres separées offer a unique setting for private dinners, inviting to various kinds of tastings, birthday celebrations or weddings. Various options for tailor-made events are also available. The always popular business lunch is on offer Monday to Friday with a menu where fish and seafood are always available. On top of this, Swea Hof provides a catering service for all occasions, with its service personnel on site if required. The classic cocktail bar, the Plaza Bar, offers a different menu with a selection of both cold and warm dishes. Västra Hamngatan 3, 404 22 Göteborg +46 317204040 www.sweahof.se

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ODYSSEA IN LOCO

This restaurant is a corner of the Mediterranean found in the glorious district of Vasastan. From food to culture, together with atmosphere. A fascinating, welcoming atmosphere where you can enjoy tzatziki, olives, wine and tuna. Huge glittering ceiling lamps illuminate walls decorated with shelves of old wine bottles and tiled flooring completes the Mediterranean atmosphere. The menu offers the best of Southern Europe, marinaded olives, feta, pizza, Parma ham and fillet steak in Bearnaise sauce, for example. Of course, there are also the Swedish classics, such as steak and prawns. . Viktoriagatan 2A, 411 25 Göteborg +46 31130302 www.inloco.nu


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N E WS FROM THE LEFT: NICK SKELTON (GREAT BRITAIN), ELEONORA OTTAVIANI IJRC DIRECTOR, STEVE GUERDAT (SWIT-ZERLAND), ERIC LAMAZE (CANADA) AND JEROEN DUBBELDAM (NETHERLANDS). (PHOTO COURTESY OF FABIO PETRONI/IJRC)

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By Laura Borromeo

or 40 years, the International Jumping Riders Club has been bringing together the best riders in the world, in an association that thoroughly represents them and actively collaborates with the various commissions and working groups from the International Federation. Today, the President of the IJRC is Kevin Staut, he was elected a year ago during the Geneva General Assembly. In 2013, the IJRC joined the NARG (North America Riders Club). In 2014, Athenaeum, a non-profit association, founded A Young Riders Academy, a programme conceived for talented young show jumpers. Today, YRA has reached its 5th edition and has gathered many accomplishments in the meantime. More than 40 riders have been trained, several of them are now professionals, others have been included in different working segments, some are still athletes. In fact, the cooperation between IJRC and YRA is a very strong and active one. Emile Hendrix (formerly IJRC Vice President and former IJRC Board member), riders like Otto Becker, Dirk Demeersman and Jean Maurice Bonneau are all part of the YRA selection panel. The President of the Athenaeum, Eleonora Moroni Ottaviani, is the long-time director of IJRC and sport director of major events like the CSIO Rome, Valence CSI 5* and the TOP 10 in Geneva. Count Breido Graf zu Rantzau, current president of the German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports (DOKR) and president of the German Federation, is Athenaeum Vice President and the Sport Manager is Sven Holmberg (manager of the Stockholm World Games Organizing Committee and former FEI Vice President). Their experiences and relationships together are a true benefit for all team members. The coordinator of the project is Valentina Ottaviani, she makes everything work in the best way and she always stays in contact with students, lecturers and Universities. YRA trainers such as Franke Sloothaak, Rodrigo Pessoa (IJRC former Presidents), Jos Lansink, Marco Kutscher, Henk Nooren and Rolf Goran Bengston, have all been active members of IJRC. The relationship with these key, gobal equestrian figures has allowed the YRA to achieve outstanding results indeed. The Riders Academy, at the time, was created with the aim of bringing some young talent to top Junior and YR European level. “The results were not long in coming. Already from the first year we collected gold and silver medals from The YR European Championship. In 2017, five YRA riders jumped at the Europeans in Gothenburg (Klaphake, Demirsoy, Flam and Medenova) and there was great satisfaction in the selection of three YRA riders for this summer’s WEG in Tryon, Laura Klaphake

(Germany), Karen Pollen ( Japan) and Michael Duffy (Ireland). Above all, there was Laura’s team bronze medal”, declared Sven Holmberg. “Yes, it’s true” says Eleonora Ottaviani, with a touch of pride. “All the medalists in Tryon are IJRC and Narg members. However, our purpose is not only to obtain results, but also to combine passion and competence and to build friendships based on mutual respect in the sport and for the sport”.

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