The countdown is over and the CSI Indoor 2*-W is about to begin. The most awaited showjumping competition in South America once again takes place at Sociedade Hípica Paulista (SHP) in São Paulo, Brazil.
Olympic rider and Pan-American medalist Pedro Veniss (BRA) is among the many stars of the sport who will be there. During the World Equestrian Games in 2018, Pedro was the only Brazilian rider to advance to individual final, but ended up retiring while on the course to spare his mount Quabri de I’Isle, who lost a horseshoe in the semi-final and was not in perfect condition. In July 2018, Pedro and Quabri secured bronze in the Grand Prix of Aachen CSI 5*, in Germany, considered by many the mecca of the equestrian world.
There will be other national heroes too, inlcuding José Roberto Reynoso Fernandez Filho (BRA), two-time GP Indoor Champion 2010/2017 and currently in second place in the Brazilian Senior Top standings, renowned home rider José Luiz Guimarães de Carvalho (BRA), champion of the Indoor GP in 2006, and also Philip Greenlees, 15 (BRA), 2017 FEI Children World Champion and the representative of Brazil at the upcoming 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
In all, 27 classe will take place, ranging from 1.10 to 1.60 meters, including three show events. The main attraction is the World Cup Grand Prix Qualifier, 1 1.50m/1.60m challenge that serves as the curtain call of the event, a two-round class held on Sunday, 30/9, at 15:00 and 18:30 local time. The contest is valid as qualifying leg of the South American League for the FEI Jumping World Cup Final 2018 and also the fifth leg of the Brazilian Senior Top circuit, with participation of candidates hoping to be a part of Team Brazil at the 2019 Pan-American Games and 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Hermès Young Talent Classic Grand Prix is another great competition taking place at the extraordinary indoor indoor arena, the largest one of its kind in the Americas. The 1.40m/1.45m challenge takes place next Saturday at 6:30 pm, also valid as the 4th and decisive leg of the Hermès Young Talent Series, for riders from the age of 16 to 25 years old. The overall champion gets a free clinic with the Olympic & World champion Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) next year throughout the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, USA.
The current leader is Filipe Baratella Risi (BRA), followed by Marcello Gozzi (BRA), Victoria Junqueira Ribeiro Mendonça (BRA) and last year’s champion Pedro Malucelli Egoroff (BRA), all with mathematical chances of being crowned the overall champion.
There will also be an International Amateur Invitational Challenge with the participation of equestrians from Germany, Argentina, Mexico and New Zealand. Each team will have three members: mandatorily with two Brazilians and one foreigner (defined by drawing).
For the third consecutive year, there will be ticket sales at the CSI-W Indoor with part of the income used to serving the needy in Equine Therapy at SHP’s Riding School. On September 27 and 28 (Thursday and Friday), tickets cost R $10 (children from 2 to 10 years) and R $20 (adults). On September 29 and 30 (Saturday and Sunday), the entrance fee is R $20 (children) and R $50 (adults). Children’s tickets also entitle you to a pony ride at the Horse Riding School. The reservation of tables can be done directly with the team of the Horse Riding School.
Tickets can be purchased at ingresse.com or the SHP box office.
Source: Press release by Carola May / Rute Araújo for CBH – Brazilian Equestrian Confederation (Confederação Brasileira de Hipismo)
Photo: © Gabriela Lutz