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port Endurance Evo magazine passed the mic to Mr. Chazel just after his nomination: The French rider, trainer and breeder, Stéphane Chazel (1968), makes his entrance in the FEI Endurance Committee. He was appointed for a four year term, following the decision taken by the FEI Bureau in Tokyo on 19 November 2016. Mr. Chazel is replacing the outgoing member Khalid Ahmed Hasan (BRN). Mr. Chazel comes from a family of breeders and riders of Arabian horses, the new Committee member has always been passionate about endurance riding. He was involved for 20 years in this discipline and gave an important contribution to its evolution and regulations within many organizations in France, such as CNREE, ACA, SHF and CREE. In addition, he organized FFE and FEI Endurance events in a 10 year lapse, while in the past five years he has largely contributed to the development of Endurance riding in China. What is the first proposal that you would like to submit in FEI? Work towards a new categorisation method for endurance events: let me explain. What makes for the difficulty and the level of a competition is neither the distance nor the terrain! It is the level of the contestants present and therefore the speed at which they will tackle the terrain and distance in question! I believe that the categories of our events can no longer simply be divided up on the basis of distance. We need to think up competitions involving competitors of comparable status. What’s your opinion regarding speed reduction in races like Bouthieb? I believe the” Bouthieb” protocol could be relevant for the qualifying circuit of our horses and to teach novice riders about the discipline. But it is NOT my idea of our sport. Our sport is a simple one: “Endurance riding is the competition between one horse-one rider pairs over a designated long distance course (160 km), in the SHORTEST time possible, with the emphasis on HORSE WELFARE!” But the unlimited speed contests of less than 120 km are not instructive, they are not educational either for young or novice riders and do not contribute to the making of future endurance horses! We must maintain a speed

Stéphane Chazel, new member of the FEI Endurance Commmittee

limit on our 80- or 100-km competitions to educate both horses and riders. How is it then that the least experienced riders and the youngest horses are the ones who compete over the shortest distances, at the fastest and therefore most dangerous speeds? I don’t have problem with high speed, until its reach by horse/ rider with the experience, maturity, level to do it! What’s the future of endurance riding? The FEI and the NFs are federations of riders, of athletes! Careful of the drift towards a more professional sport, tuned more towards training yards, like gallop racing. Such a shift is a possibility but one must accept the consequences… Like in horseracing! Why not? But this is very far from the idea whereby endurance is considered as a test of: Discipline, stamina, fitness and patience. The supreme test of horsemanship...

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ORGNON’s charming atmosphere is hard to express if you’ve never experienced it yourself but we will give it a try. This small and welcoming mountain town could be compared to a natural sunny terrace located in the

Cervino Valley, in the Aosta Valley. The location is pleasant and in the summertime you can enjoy a wonderful microclimate.The endurance event took place under the shadow of the fifth top of the Alps that boasts an altitude of 4.478 m. The days skimmed through in a very friendly and sport environment. To greet anyone you meet on the way, is a habit of all mountain trekkers, the same thing happens here in Torgnon even if you’re having a walk downtown. A healthy competitive spirit coexists with a peaceful atmosphere.

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ACME’S ENDURANCE TOUR

I-Duro ACME, the technical support of the 6 stage MiPAAF Endurance circuit, ended its tour on Follonica’s Finals Day. ACME’s purpose was to propagate the knowledge of a healthy/balanced diet and the understanding of the real needs of the endurance horse athlete, employed in this wonderful but demanding discipline. Before taking up this route, ACME deepened its knowledge in order to give birth to two important products specifically meant for equestrian endurance: I-duro and Reidrata Led. The company’s mission is to promote the welfare of the horse: a good and balanced nutrition is definitely one of the most important requisites for a healthy and fit athlete. Nutrition guarantees that physical effort necessary to run 100 km.

During each stage of the circuit, that crossed some of the most beautiful regions of Italy, ACME organized seminars on the evening previous to the race. The seminars were attended by veterinarians, riders and specialists in the field. Photos of several horses, before and after treatment with I-duro, have been compared. The audience was enthusiastic of this new method of study through images and ACME was satisfied of the job carried out throughout this 8 month tour. Results were evident in this endurance season... many Best Condition titles have been awarded to horses fed with ACME products. This clearly shows that good results have been achieved not only from a physical point of view but also in terms of a proportional development of muscle mass, tone and shiny


Reidrata Led coat.Physiological and metabolic parameters are valued at vet gates and during the final vet check at the end of a race. In endurance riding, to reach the finish line first doesn’t mean winning the race in fact, if the horse doesn’t prove to be fit and sound he’s not the winner. This proves that a good nutrition positively affects health. ACME products led to physical and metabolic suitability and guaranteed the best parameters to all horses. This means that all the basic necessities of the horse athlete have been adequately satisfied. 8 long and demanding months for ACME that concluded this experience under the pouring rain in Follonica, always ready and determined to give advices with the same energy showed at the beginning of the tour.


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lorac is without doubt one of the toughest races in the world. The darkness of morning, the mountains and sometimes wild nature, are only few of the aspects that make the riders shiver. We have spoken about the venue, the race and Florac’s audience many times before, that said, we’ll give the floor to Robert Diez Noguera and Jordi Arboix, the winners of the 160 and 140 km CEI3* respectively. Congratulations to Jean Marie Conchou and Eole Rider for winning the CEI2*.

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Everybody’s dream is to win Florac’s CEI3* ride... how did you succeed? Did you expect this result? In your opinion, what is the most difficult section of Florac’s racecourse? Besides Florac, what’s your other important objective... any other race to conclude and why?

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lorac has always been a dream for me since I was a child: run it and maybe win it. This year I’ve made it! As I was running the last loop I thought about the races I used to dream of, trying to figure out how real champions managed to win such a tough race.

Interview with

Robert Diez Noguera the winner of the 160 km CEI3* ride

1st CEI3* Robert Diez Noguera with Sunit du Colombier

Before running Florac with the great horse Sunit du Colombier (Tauqui El Masan X Primera) I was wondering about which race to choose among the toughest ones and how to train the horse for such a challenge. After this year’s training sessions and hard work I knew we could achieve a good result. It was only in the third loop that I realised it was going to be Sunit’s good day...Florac is definitely a hard ride. Florac’s track can be a fast one but it’s also very technical. This year, while training on the first loop, very early at night, I spent moments running without light...I couldn’t practically see anything. The difficulty of running a race in the dark is to figure out which way to go in order to gain speed and pick the best ground. When I asked my horse to go faster in the last loop, he amazed me... he was not tired at all and enjoyed going faster and faster. Every year my objective is to select the best races in Europe, run them and try to do the best result possible. I would like to thank all the owners that trust our work in endurance Vilatella, conscious that they could trust us more and expect the best results around Europe. My second objective would be to run next year’s European Championship with a very good horse and do our best. Furthermore, I would like to run the Tevis Cup: but that’s a different race. I think that all professional riders should run the hardest races in the world. I must also say that during this ride I met a lot of good horses and nice riders. I dedicate this victory to all the special people in my life Thank you

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Interview with

Jordi Arboix the winner of the 140 km ride

Jordi won Florac’s 140 km ride. A Spanish rider on Sasha d’Aillais (unknow origins) ahead of all the French ones...definitely a special year to be remembered by Spain. What kind of preparation do you need in order to face Florac’s racecourse?

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ell, 6 days before Florac, I won the 160 km ride in Monpazier with Rieden; one week in France and 2 victories...yes, it’s a special year, but I think that the big change for Spanish riders occured in 2014, when we won gold medal at the WEG in Normandy and Juma and I finished in fifth and sixth individual place respectively. The preparation for Florac with Sasha d’Aillais (under 5) lasted 8 years. It began with the 120 km ride in Windsor which was quite an experience not for the distance but in terms of travelling, stress, loneliness, crowd, boats, trucks, trailers, etc.

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In that occasion the horse placed 11th. The winner horse wasn’t property of the Emirates, he ran the last loop at 25.6 km/h in a very comfortable way; after that I had to continue training, changing the preparation in order to face a completely different race. In Windsor the track was quite comfortable but technical, running on a hilly terrain is something different but difficult too. As years go by Florac is losing more and more starters, why? I don’t really know, the race has modernized Florac in all its aspects, it is more attractive than many other races in the world and it’s got a lot of sponsors. So I think it could only be due to the great number of races concentrated between August and September, and not to any other factor. While the success of Spanish riders is due to the hard and good work carried out in the region of Catalonia (VIC) where the most popular riders come from.


1st CEI2* Jordi Arboix Santacreu with Sasha d’Aillais

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1st CEI2* Jean Marie Conchou

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he horse week-end set between September and October offered plenty of emotions for eyes and mind. The amazing autumnn colors and vivid nature of Parco Sigurtà, known as the second most beautiful park in Europe, brought to a relaxing 2 day sport event. Whoever visited it knows what it’s all about, for those who have never been here before we suggest to take a walk across its green tree-lined paths.

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The weather offered wonderful sunny summer days and just a few raindrops splashing here and there on the last day of the event. All the above mentioned features and the quality of the racecourse led to selecting Valeggio as the best location to host the World Endurance Championships for Young Horses 2017. Valeggio’s racecourse was fast but technical at the same time due to different types of ground: a hard and straight track along the river and beautiful trails across the vineyards, typical of these hilly landscapes.


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his year, a distinguished brand supported Italia Endurance Festival 2016, brilliantly promoted by its founders Mr. James Coppini and Mr. Diego Albiero.

The organizers James Coppini and Diego Albiero

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The race The gates of Parco SigurtĂ opened at 6.30 in the morning to host the first scheduled departure referring to the first category of the calen-


dar: the CEI2* FEI Meydan Endurance Cup. 16 binomials applauded the victory of Piergiorgio Di Benedetto on Shaolin Roc’Hellou (Nabath x Elixia de Borie) that closed his performance at an average speed of 18,39 Km/h,

winning the coveted title of best condition too. Second podium position for Fortunato Balzano on Nab Shakim (Nablus x Moniah), property of Jacopo di Matteo, who finished 10 minutes after the winner.

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Piergiorgio di Benedetto with Jacopo Di Matteo, owner of Shaolin Rok’Hellou, Best conditon CEI2*

1st place CEI2* Piergiorgio di Benedetto with Shaolin Roch’Hellou

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he 4 time blue shirt wearer (the shirt representing the Italian National Team), Alfonso Striano on Sayyid di Pegaso (Iktaan x Jasmin di pegaso) reaches the finish-line 10 minutes after the second rider and wins bronze medal. The CEI2* for women proved to be very competitive and challenging. Simonetta leone on Bloom (Unknow origin) won the race at an average speed of 17,51 km/h. Mariuccia Righelli on LB Lechuza (Athos RP x Nafaq) and the Polish rider Smyk Kamila on Deporto (Porto x Dunka) - b.c., finished the race 10 minutes after the winner.

2nd CEI2* Fortunato Balzano with Nab Shakim

3rd place CEI2* Alfonso Striano with Sayyid Shakim

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1st place CEI2* for ladies Simonetta Leone with Bloom

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n the 120 km ride for Young riders, the 12 binomials competed along the river. Linda Iosa on Pantofola (Nice Blue x Calzada) - b.c., won gold medal at an average speed of 17,41 km/h. Second podium position for Annarita D’Ascenzo on Heawen (Fisich x Arcanha) and third place for Samuele Sirtori Origgi on Ebory (Sanadik El Shaklan x Ebora). The CEI1* was won by the mistress of the house Camilla Coppini on Antares by Nimroz (Mazar Sharif x An-

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gelina bint Volia) - b.c., average speed 21,18 km/h. During the prize- giving ceremony the organizers of the event and the owner of Parco Sigurtà Mrs Magda Inga Sigurtà, alternately stepped on the stage to greet the winners. Mr Diego Albiero thanks HH Sh. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Mr. Mohammed Essa Al Adab and all those people that gave their precious contribution in order to achieve this brilliant and successful event.


2nd place CEI2* for ladies Mariuccia Righelli with LB Lechuza

3rd place CEI2* for ladies Kamila Smyk with Deporto

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1st place CEI1* Camilla Coppini with Antares by Nimroz

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y name is Stefanie Arnold, I’m 35 years old and it is a pleasure for me to tell you my story. The first time I visited the UAE was in 2002, I was my two cousins’groom at the President Cup, in Abu Dhabi. In 2005 I visited Dubai for the World Endurance Championship. I was there to support my sister Rebecca who was running the race. She ran the 160 km ride

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with our family horse Zahib. During that second stay I met a lot of friends. I visited the UAE again several times and ran some races in the desert. In 2010 I decided to leave Germany in order to embrace a new experience and a different life in the UAE. Every new beginning is tough especially in a country where culture, religion, language and rules are totally different from the ones in your country. Slowly, I understood how life goes in Dubai.


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started working as school secretary at the German International school in Dubai. I worked from Sunday to Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. I soon realized that something was missing in my life. What I missed most was a horse, riding and some fun. In September 2012 I had the chance to bring

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our family horse Zahib to Dubai...this changed my life completely. Now I had someone waiting for me after work. I used to change my clothes immediately after work and drive directly to the stable. My house was too far away and considering that sunset was at 6 p.m. I really had no time to go back home to change.


In March 2014 we completed the 120 km CEI2* Crown Prince Cup in Dubai. At that time Zahib was 19 years old and was fit and sound. One year later my new young 3 year old boy Perys flew to Dubai. With him I ran a 40 km and 80 km ride twice and now he’s ready for his first 80 km CEI*ride in the UAE.

Thank you everybody for reading my story and thank you Sport Endurance Evo for this special interview. I wish you all a happy, healthy and successful new 2017. Take care of yourselves and your horses. Best regards.

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10th place at the Longines World Endurance Championship, Samorin (Svk) 2016 - Al Balushi Saleh and Rais Larzac

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Les Deux Jours de Montcuq Dedicated to Mr. Pierre Passemard Thank you to Mr. Jean Marc Lamolle for the kind cooperation

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his edition was very special... we missed its creator Pierre Passemard who passed away last December. He was involved in our sport and initiated a lot of endurance societies: CNRE (ComitÊ National des Raids Equestres) in France and ELDRIC (Equestrian Long Distance Riding International Committee) in Europe. For 40 years, his philosophy remained unchanged, aiming at the welfare of the horse and regularity in endurance performances. This year’s innovations were: the partnership with Meydan and Styria team timing system. The track, that consisted in 95 km per day

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across the hills and the vineyards of the Cahors area, remained unchanged too. On day 1 the ride began from Montcuq, proceeded to Castelnau-Montratier, Labastide Marnhac and back to Montcuq. On day 2 it started from Montcuq, proceeded to Le Boulvé, Labastide-Marnhac and back to Montcuq. The special thing was that each vetgate area was located on the main square of each village. The other particularity was that the track was set up to test the ability of a horse over a 100 mile distance. Statistically speaking, a horse unable to finish the ride in Montcuq has very few chances to

succeed in other 160 km races. This year, 52 riders ran the race: 48 from France, 2 from Italy and 2 from the Netherlands. After the preride inspection, 51 riders were at the starting-line on saturday morning. Karine Mabilon with Rihad la Majorie were in the lead on day 1. After gate inspection on Sunday morning, 41 started and after the two main difficulties of the track, 28 classified in Montcuq. Only one fly in the ointment: on Sunday morning a group of hunters had a lot of fun taking off the markings of the track, for this reason the leader, Karine Mabilon lost her way.

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uckily, the motorbike riders opening the ride, who were also policemen, caught the hunters red-handed. After a meeting, the jury decided to give 10 minutes back to Karine Mabilon. Franck Laousse won the ride with the Australian mare Charlotte TA at an average speed of 17, 37 km/h. The last horse to be classified was Aljaroi de Bozouls with Virginie Caillaud that ran at 13, 9 km/h. A special award, the Pierre Passemard regularity trophy, was given to Lisa Quet with Touchkal de luc. This award unlike the best condition one rewards the binomial who proves to be the most consistent throughout the whole ride.

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ierre Passemard was my friend, as veterinarian I officiated his ride every year since 1989. I was very scared but proud when they passed on the torch to me.

I’m now the new president of the COCEEL, the organising committee and I’m very happy to work with a great team. I thank Meydan again for giving us a good hand and the Styria team for its timing system.

The 41rd edition will take place on 28-29 October 2017 and I’m pleased to welcome everybody to Montcuq

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Nègrepelisse Supported by HH Sh. Mansoor Festival

Photos of the Championships by Oreste Testa Photos of day 2 by Barbara Miller

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ègrepelisse and Torgnon in the Italian Alps, are certainly the most exciting endurance rides for photography. The gentle hills in the north of Montauban, a commune in the Tarn-et-Garonne department in the Midi-Pyrénées region in southern France, greeted for the first time more than 100 horses from all over the world. This beautiful setting hosted a 2 day sport event, benefitting of a perfect climate.

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iss Lara Sawaya and the Festival sponsored by HH Sh. Mansoor bin Zayed al Nahyan were far-sighted to support from the very beginning the professional Organizing Committee that succeeded in creating a great ride. No special effects, no widescreen televisions and no fireworks, just real and simple endurance riding. Vintage cars, ballets, traditional music and skydivers with French flag parachutes were the only special effects that added a touch of rare originality and simplicity to the whole event

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he racecourse wasn’t flat but presented several short ascents typical of hilly areas. The racecourse began from the equestrian center in Domaine de Pousinièscon and crossed local communes like Saint-Eti-

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enne-de-Tulmont, Nègrepelisse, Vaïssac and Genebrieres. The nice track and good ground fostered speed and of course, eliminations. The athletes strived for the coveted trophy, in fact, to win or to classify in a World Championship for 7 year old horses means aiming at im-


portant objectives and not many horses at this age can face 120 km at high speed. Only professionalism and patience in a rider or trainer can guarantee sport longevity. FEI Endurance Director, Manuel Bandeira de Mello, declared:

ÂŤHorses in Young Championships are not yet at their maximum fitness, and the most important thing for me was how well riders managed their horsesÂť.

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The Championship for 7 year old horses only 14 Nations looking for a place in the sun Tsagan Nour ridden by Sabrina Arnold, wins the FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Horses

The champion Tsagan Nour with Sabrina Arnold

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he Championship was run by 52 combinations from France and 42 binomials from other countries: Bahrain, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands,Portugal, Qatar, Slovakia, Spain, the USA and the UAE. After the ride, Jean Philippe Frances, technical advisor and partner of the German champion Sabrina Arnold declared: “These horses are young and it is better for them to have a companion from a psychological point of view”. Sabrina said: “In the first loop we were too fast, I slowed down and rode with two other riders. My horse was immediately good in the vetting and I rode with our second rider on the next

track through the third loop. In the fourth loop, I rode for a while with the rider from Qatar. Finally the last loop was very challenging. I received information from other friends on the trail that we had a good adventage over the others so I slowed the horse down to let him breathe”. Second place for the Spanish rider Emma Rosell Segura on Danco who completed the race in 06:05:58. Third place for the other Spanish rider Laia Soria Pinol on Nervi Del Rieral who finished the fourth loop just two seconds later. The first French rider Paul Bard on Volny Du Leff finished in sixth position, his 7 year old chestnut gelding was awarded with the highly coveted Best Condition title.

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fter the prize-giving ceremony Miss Lara Sawaya declared: “The FEI ride for horses under seven attracted a huge number of participants. Ever since this ride started, two years

ago, attendance has improved. This shows the increasing popularity of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival. The venue was beautiful and the arrangements were excellent…these are the fac-

Varoussa Championne du monde 2000

Varoussa, a world champion, greets the World Championship for young horses

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aroussa’s owner, Xavier Perringerard proves that a 30 year old horse can still keep a good shape after winning several races and Compiègne’s World Championship in 2000. At that time the average winning speed was 16.96 km/h. The beautiful purebred Arabian, daughter of Persik and Sky Rondo was ridden, for that special occasion, by Maya Killa Perringerard.

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Best international career results: 1995: 4° place European Championship Nancy (Fra) 1998: 11° place World Championships Dubai (U.A.E.) 1999: 5° place European Championship Elvas Badajoz (Esp) 2000: 1° place World Championships Compiégne (Fra)


tors that have made the HH Mansoor Festival spread its wings to 86 countries”. The much awaited CEIO2* for ladies and the CEI2* took place the day after the World Championship.

32 girls competed over a 120 km distance. The winner was Alia Ahmad Mohd Al Saboori from the UAE on Za’Amah. The Spanish rider Cristina Yebra Altimiras on Girola de Quercus won the CEI2* ride.

1st CEI2* Cristina Yebra Altimiras with Girola de Quercus

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1st CEIO Ladies Cup Alia Ahmad Mohd AL Saboori with Za’Amah

Podium World Championship photo by Pamela Burton

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ollonica is a small town of about 21,000 inhabitants. It overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and has a mild Mediterranean climate. The favourable weather allowed

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the Organizing Committee of Follonica Endurance to organize an endurance race right in the middle of winter when in other parts of Italy the first snowflakes were starting to fall.


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iorgio Parenti, Katia Carnevale and the whole staff of Follonica Equitando have chosen the right path once again, organizing another successful Endurance Follonica, an international competition that this year included MIPAAF Young Horses races and added prize listed by ANICA too. Between the 18th and 19th of November, the Ippodromo dei Pini located in the province of Grosseto welcomed more than 150 binomials from different European countries. It took two editions only to turn this race into a very requested one, a sign that riders from all

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over Europe really appreciate this racetrack. Despite a little rain, the 2 day competition, Follonica Endurance 2016 lived up to the riders’ expectations. The ground was good and the technical track left room for interpretation. Through the microphones of Sport Endurance Evo, the Organizing Committee wished to express special thanks to the sponsors that made this event possible, the local institutions, the Righi Family, the Morris Company, the Hotel and Golf Resort Il Pelagone and all the technical brands: ACME, AVIA Saddle, BURIONI, UNIKA, SETZI Saddle, SG Horses and TERRE di PAPENA.


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he event included different categories and the tough 2 day CEI3* 94+94 km. The podium was a pink one with its three female winners. Gold medal for the talented athlete of the Fuxia Team Carolina Tavassoli Asli and Rok (karmah x Rose Aboud) an Anglo-Arab gelding, winner of Silver Team medal at the European Championships for young riders (under the guidance of Costanza Laliscia). Silver medal to Simona Garatti on Grisu dell’Orsetta (Indian Jamik x Formila), who won best condition title in the


160 km CEI3* in Vittorito (AQ). Bronze medal for Adelaide Scola on Ta Sharab (Shirzal Lm x Arabel by Dashar) a bay PSA of 2004 who placed second in the 2 day ride in Torgnon. The challenging CEI2* ran by 46 binomials was won by Jacopo di Matteo with Lys du Cammas (Milora Park Blue Fire x Zena del Tarter) bay Arabian female of 2005. The rider from Abruzzo left behind riders like Marion Wasilewski from France on Qansra du Croate (Dormane x Chtana) and the Italian 2015 champion Daniele Serioli on Moma (Caligola x Dolianova).

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2 day CEI3* 1st place and BC Carolina Tavassoli Asli with Rok

2 day CEI3*- 2nd and 3rd place Simona Garatti with Grisu dell’Orsetta and Adelaide Scola with Ta Sharab

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CEI2* 1st place and BC Jacopo di Matteo with Lys du Cammas

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here is no need to talk about stories and race tactics, Fabio Zuccolo’s extensive sheets published on Enduranceonline leave no doubt and respond to all the questions. This race run over a 120 km distance is not an international competition only but it includes the MIPAAF too, an Italian championship for 7 year old horses won by Bruno Mollo on Qassia Distinta (Distintu x Flor De May) that this year stood out by winning the CEI1* and the title of Best Condition in Torgnon and the CEI2* in Travagliato (BS) followed by Matteo Bravi on Wild Fira (second place) and Patrizia Cianferoni on Quintana (third place) that are in sixth, seventh and eighth place in the general ranking respectively. The same category, but reserved for YR went to the transalpine rider Camille Coulomb on Cesar de Suleiman in front of two Bosana horses that are Torba and Carpino taking orders from Federica Fulcini and Ilaria Cella. The one star race went to Benedetto Arena, riding Manjio.

CEI2° 2nd place Marion Wasilewski with Qansra Du Croate

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to the French female rider Coulomb, the winner of the CEI2YR* with Cesar du Suleiman

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efore the interview she says with a laugh: “I have half his age and he gave me a beautiful victory” After winning the CEIYR2* in Follonica, we spoke with Camille Coulomb in order to know who she is and other interesting details. Camille – “I am a French 18 year old rider. The horse I raced with in Follonica has half my age, he’s a 9 year old stallion with an exceptional heart, has always been very strong and very fast on the track but his best features are his intelligence and docility. Cesar is my favorite horse, and in him I put trust for a lot of my projects. Follonica was not my first race in Italy, I had already raced in Valeggio sul Mincio (Vr) on the occasion of the World Championship for Young Horses last year.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the Follonica race, finding the province very technical but really exciting. Shame about the rain, the beautiful sunshine would have exalted the typical Tuscan landscapes. The location of the race is very cozy and charming just like the organization... Super !! I will definitely come back ... my dream is to represent my country one day in an international competition, and who knows, maybe Cesar could help me with it. Horses are my passion but not my job, probably in the future it will be so, but for now I will focus on what I’m doing. I want to do well, continue running without forgetting study which is the fundamental for everybody’s life. I want to take Sport Endurance EVO’s opportunity to thank Jean Philippe Frances and Sabrina Arnold who are doing a lot for my racing career”.


CEI2YR 2nd and 3rd with BC Federica Fulcini with Torba della Bosana and Ilaria Cella with Carpino Bosana

All ranking on http://www.enduranceonline.it/db/db_results.php

CEI1* Mipaaf 1st place Benedetto Arena with Manjio

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N A I L A IT OW H S a h eik arak p h S b u u H C H M ce t e n n i th a B r t a a u d m i n Fat ies E d an y a a r L Na ion a t aty pera S to coo s k n ind Tha the k for

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ver 100 lady riders will start in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Endurance Cup, a Two-star FEI 120 km event held at the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, on November 26, 2016. In front of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, two Italian riders dominated the race with a first and third place finish. Veronica Simula riding the 13-year-old mare Poets Corner Zsa Zsa won the ride in 4 hours 29 minutes and 10 seconds.

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n a tight finish, Simula just edged ahead of Nesreen Khasro Ali Khaled on Andariego, a mere three seconds separating the two while in third place was another Italian, Giulia Vigevani on Ankara. All three lady riders were given the keys to a 4WD each for their winning performance. These events are intended to prepare the riders for the big rides: the HH President’s Cup and the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Cup.” “The riders did a very good job and they have strictly observed the rules and regulations. It is now an international event and more commitment to the international rules will be required to progress further in this regard” HH Sheikh Mansoor said.

Veronica Simula with Poets Corner Zsa Zsa

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HH Sh. Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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efore having a little chat with Giulia Vigevani, she pointed out that herself and Veronica Simula dedicated the podium to their friend Irene Avitabile who is always on their mind. Super Italian power, is it just a coincidence or are we conquering the desert too? Speaking of Endurance riding and Horse racing, the number of Italians working in the desert has recently increased but we’ll have to wait the end of the agonistic season to draw our conclusions. How is life in the UAE ? Is this long experience fruitful? I really enjoy living in the UAE, I’m getting used to it and it’s becoming my second home: I often miss the UAE when I travel to other countries. Be honest...what do you miss most about Italy? Well, my family and friends of course. I miss telling my best friend the latest news while sharing a cup of coffee..., I miss all these little, ordinary things. I miss my horses a lot...being away I can’t really take care of them as much as I would. Give us a brief description of your and Veronica’s race. My aim was to qualify Ankara (bay female of 2007) in her first 120 km ride. I wanted to keep a good average speed but without risking and most of all trying to make her reach the finish line in good conditions. We managed to keep a good average speed till the third loop and the horse was fit for the last loop so I decided to speed up

a little and she literally took off, running at an average speed of 30.667 in the last phase (the fastest speed, she began the last loop in 12th position, 15 minutes behind the leading rider but she reached the finish line third, 6 minutes after the winner), overtaking more than 9 horses. Ankara kept the same attitude she had at the beginning of the race, straight ears and a great attention to the surrounding environment. Veronica’s race was a bit different...her aim was to win and she was among the leading riders from the very beginning. She was first in the last loop and crossed the finish line with Poet Cornes Zsa Zsa (grey female of 2003) after running the last 20 km alone.

Giulia Vigevani on Ankara

Irene, Giulia and Veronica, Friends forever

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ersicko was born in 1989 from the famous Persik (Kankan x Pamiatka), a horse that was born 20 years before him giving birth to one of the strongest blood lines in the world of endurance riding and to Alreda. The Arabian bay stallion left this world a few months ago but his sons are worthy of his blood. StÊphane Chazel and the team of Al Barake Breeding, wished to give him a public farewell, remembering some of his best sons who are still in circulation. I would definitely start from Shaddad, today Quersick Niellans (Persicko x Balsane de Boron). He won the President Cup of Abu Dhabi in 2016, ridden by Sh. Rashid Dalmook Juma Hamed Al Maktoum at the average speed of 26.06 km/h!!! Then there’s Teotihuacan des Greys (Persicko x Nazouck) that won the French Championship with Laetitia Goncalves (National Championship Argentan 2015)


Al Baraka Breeding Marion Wasilewski

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StĂŠphane Chazel

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2015 French Champions Laetitia Goncalves with Teotihuacan des Greys


Shaddad, winner of the President CUP 2016

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orth of mention is Kedjari de Serres (Persicko x Nedjari VIII), who won the 160 km ride in Euston Park, placed third at the 120 km HH Sh. Moahmmed Cup in Dubai and then won the Crown Prince... a real star! Tsagan Nour (Persicko x Malvia HT) left everybody gobsmacked winning the World Championship for Young Horses in Negrepelisse led by the expert rider Sabrina Arnold at an average speed of 20.38 km/h. Thank you Persicko...

Some of

PERSICKO’s sons’ best results

- Najiyia, 2014 French Champion – CEI2 Castelsagrat - Shagya 2° CEI2 Evora and 4° CEI3 Plaine du Séqué 2015 - Shalom de Sercy 1° CEI2 Uddel (Ned) 2014 - Taiga d’Argane 1° CEI2 Barre des Cevennes 2014

Tsagan Nour with Sabrina Arnold, 2016 young horse champion

- Siska du Mazet 1° CEI2 Nègrepelisse 2013 - Ialko 1° CEI2 Argentan 2013 - Qualy de La Fontaine 1° CEI2 Compiègne 2012 - Hotspur Thabor 3° World Championship YR Chile 2015 and 1° CEI2 Tordera 2015  - Gaelika de Fignols 1° CEI2 Plaine du Séqué 2015 - Zarkava de Tanues 1° CEI2 Nègrepelisse 2015 - Tersicko du Bas Four 1° CEI2 Dubai 2015


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Photos by Fabrizio Politi http://www.sportphoto.smugmug.com/

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he Youth World Skyrunning Championship took place in L’Aquila on the Gran Sasso from the 29th till the 31st of July. The event was organized by the S.D.S Specialisti dello Sport and hosted by the Gransassoskyrace and the historical Trofeo Piergiorgio De Paulis – Coppa C.N.S.A.S. whose first edition dates back to 1975. The Vertical Kilometer took place in one of the most loved mountain tracks of the area called “I tre Valloni”. It represents the first section of the Skyrace Trofeo Piergiorgio De Paulis – Coppa C.N.S.A.S. and it is one of the most technical and hardest race tracks in the world.

The event included three different competitions: - VERTICAL KILOMETER 3,6 km of ascent D+1000 - SKYRACE 21,6 km – D+2226m - COMBINED time splits sum of the two previous races

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ver the years many athletes have faced this demanding race, appreciating the beautiful and unusual landscape of the Abruzzo region. A very experienced Organizing Team supported by the technical know-how of local people (Alpine Guides, Experts of the National Park, Alpine Rescue, volunteers, doctors, training and security experts) led to a structured race regulation. This Decalogue shows athletes, or simply passionates, how to compete on mountain paths according to safety standards and in respect of nature. The final victory was achieved by the strong National Team of Spain. Second place for Japan and third podium position for the Czech Republic. Among the young sky runners (16 – 23 years old) a round of applause goes to: Paula Cabrerizo Cuevas 41’59(VK) and 3h09’07 (SKY)(ESP), Hannes Perkmann 35’46(ITA) in the Vertical Kilometer racing and Ruy Ueda 2h31’03(JAP) in the Skyrace. A World Championship hosted in one of the most beautiful mountains of Italy: the Gran Sasso d’Italia and Monti della Laga National Park that takes care of the territory’s biodiversity that is perfectly preserved, adding beauty to the mountain range and medieval villages.

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he Corno Grande is the highest peak of the Italian Peninsula at 2,912 m above sea level, from the top you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Adriatic sea and part of the racetrack that covers many mountain paths and crosses Pizzo Cefalone at 1,533 m above sea level. The next edition of the Gransassoskyrace will be held in 2017, the Abruzzo region, the city of L’Aquila and the Gran Sasso d’Italia welcome you all for a new sky level adventure!

Paula Cabrerizo Cuevas

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