The most eagerly awaited appointments include the 20th edition of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™, the Exhibition of Italian Breeds and the European Thoroughbred Arabian Horse Competition.
Verona, 10 September 2021 - Fieracavalli gallops towards the 123rd edition with a new format covering two consecutive weekends in November: from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 and then again from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 at VeronaFiere. An extraordinary solution for the reference event of the international equestrian world, studied during the pandemic to ensure maximum safety for all participants, from professional operators to horse enthusiasts.
Fieracavalli has organised many events throughout the territory in recent months, including sports and social appointments and "warm-up" initiatives in view of the Exhibition dedicated to the equestrian world.
On average, Fieracavalli attracts more than 160 thousand visitors every year: the decision to increase the number of days of the event from four to seven is aimed precisely at regulating these entries, responding to the health and social distancing requirements imposed by Covid19, - observes Giovanni Mantovani, CEO of VeronaFiere. - This year, the exhibition confirms an important calendar of events to satisfy the interests, passions and requests of all figures involved in this sector, from professional riders to breeders, horse enthusiasts and equestrian tourism operators.
SPORT. In terms of sport, the most eagerly awaited appointments include the 20th edition of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™, scheduled during the first weekend of the event (4-7 November), as well as the finals of the two national competitions sponsored by Fieracavalli: the Italian Champions Tour and GP 123x123. On the second weekend, international show jumping competitions continue with the CSI2*. Also making its debut this year is the TOP Team competition, where the most famous pairs from Scuderia 1918 and five riders selected by Jumping Verona will compete for charity: the prize money will be donated to a charity association.
Breeding world. The 123rd edition of Fieracavalli once again dedicates ample space to the Exhibition of Italian Breeds, testifying to the wealth of Italian livestock, with aptitude tests and exhibitions in collaboration with AIA and ANAREAI and under the patronage of MIPAAF. The Arabian Thoroughbred, on the other hand, is the protagonist of the European Competition and the B International Show, international events that aim to develop relations and business opportunities linked to this breed. The Italian Saddle Horse, the excellence of Italy at European level, will be the focus of the Breeders' Circuit Final with the finals of the "Free Jumping", "Obedience and gaits" and "Morpho-fitness Circuit" categories, in collaboration with MIPAAF. Absolute preview Verona Auction: the international onsite and online auction reserved for the Italian Saddle in collaboration with Equinia, a transalpine company specialising in this sector and accredited worldwide. Lastly, the Iberian Horse Show will host about 100 examples of horses including PRE, Lusitani and Hispano Arabi, the protagonists of the Iberian show, as well as Friesian horses.
Equestrian tourism. During the two weekends of Fieracavalli, slow, sustainable tourism on horseback in contact with nature is the protagonist in Hall 4. The Talk area will host interviews, meetings and round tables highlighting the beauty of Italy to be discovered from the saddle.
Entertainment for the family. The Family Area in Hall 1 will host games and artistic and educational workshops for children, organised by Art&Cavallo and the Asineria Asini di Reggio Emilia donkey farm. In Area A, children can experience the thrill of saddle christening, getting on a horse for the first time, and can discover the world of donkeys up close. In the outdoor area, the best country music groups, with live performances, and the most popular line dance schools meet up.
Art&horse. Pavilion 2 will host the third edition of the contemporary art exhibition on equestrian themes with international artists, curated by architect Federica Crestani.
Sustainability. In order to reduce the environmental impact of transporting the 2,700 horses that attend the exhibition every year, Fieracavalli has once again confirmed for this edition the agreement with ALIS, the Sustainable Intermodal Logistics Association. Thanks to the combination of different modes of goods transport, a reduction in CO2 emissions is estimated at between 40% and 60% compared to transport by road alone.
Security. In accordance with the decree-law of 23 July 2021, access to the Exhibition Centre will require a Green Pass or a negative swab within the previous 48 hours. Veronafiere has also adopted a specific Safetybusiness protocol with advanced anti-covid prevention measures, including thermo-scanners at gates, access quotas, rapid swab point, electronic tickets and sanitation of environments.
Below are two sheets detailing the events scheduled for the two weekends in November, divided into sporting events and the breeding world.
Sporting events. On the first weekend (4-7 November), Hall 8 will be the venue for the most eagerly awaited indoor event in the national calendar, the only Italian leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™, which this year celebrates its twentieth edition. Hall 8 will also host the finals of the two Fieracavalli-branded national competitions: the Italian Champions Tour and GP 123x123. On the competition field of the FISE Arena in Hall 5, on the other hand, promising show jumping riders compete in various types of national and federal competitions.
To enrich the sports calendar, this year sees the debut of the TOP Team competition, where the most famous pairs from Scuderia 1918 and five riders selected by Jumping Verona take to the field for a good cause. On Saturday 6 November, the two international teams will compete in a technical competition to devolve the prize money obtained from the total points achieved to a charity association. A preview that has the ambition to become an annual event.
On the second weekend (12-14 November), international show jumping competitions continue with the CSI2* in Hall 8. Hall 3 will host the American show jumping with Team Penning and Ranch Sorting competitions.
Breeding World. On the first weekend (4-7 November), Hall 1 will host the Exhibition of Italian breeds entered in the studbook and register, to represent the wealth of Italian livestock and the importance of breeding in this sector. Breeding and breed shows, aptitude tests and exhibitions will be held in cooperation with AIA and ANAREAI and under the patronage of MIPAAF.
Hall 3 will host the Italian Saddle Horse, an excellence of our country at European level. In collaboration with MIPAAF, the final of the Breeding Circuit will be held with the finals of the "Free Jumping" and "Obedience" categories.
Obedience and gaits" and "Morpho-behavioural circuit" for males and females up to 3 years of age.
On the second weekend (12-14 November) the best Arabian Thoroughbreds will compete in the European Championship and the B Internationl Show. Hall 2 hosts the Iberian and Friesian Horse Show. About 100 specimens of horses including PRE, Lusitani, Hispano Arabians, are the protagonists of the Iberian show. Competitions and demonstrations to highlight the aptitudes of these breeds, such as dressage, Haute Schola and Doma Vaquera, in collaboration with UAIPRE-Unificazione Associazioni Italiane Pura Raza Española, the association that holds the studbook of the PRE horse in Italy, and with other associations in the sector that aim to promote the Iberian breeds and Friesian Horse Italia for the Friesian breed. Finally, Hall 1 promotes competitions and initiatives for American bred horses such as Quarter, Appaloosa and Paint that are regularly enrolled in the AQHA, APHA, ApHc breed registers.