Verona, Italy – November 08, 2019 – Filippo Bologni (ITA) and his classy little stallion, Sedik Milano Quidich de la Chavee, led an Italian cavalry-charge in the Safe Riding Two-Phase as the 2019 Jumping Verona CSI 5*-W got underway this morning in Italy.
The 25-year-old rider who hails from Bologna, and the faithful chestnut with which he claimed team bronze and individual fifth place at last year’s Mediterranean Games in Barcelona, Spain, set a superb target when ninth to go of the 51 starters.
Filippo Bologni (ITA) & Sedik Milano Quidich de la Chavee
Stopping the clock on 29.36 seconds the Italian and the 15-year-old Selle Français chestnut stallion (President x Apache d’Adriers) proved impossible to beat.
Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) & Amarit d’Amour
Compatriots Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) aboard Amarit d’Amour (Ashby x Damiani) were the runners-up with no penalties and a final time of 29.91 seconds.
Eugenio Grimaldi (ITA) & Scara Mouche
Eugenio Grimaldi (ITA) and Scara Mouche (Calvaro F.C. x Super de Bourriere) rounded out the top three backed by a penalty-free performance until the end of the second phase, stopping the timers in 31.45 seconds.
Luigi Polesello (ITA) and Farao van T Vennehof (Toulon x Sun Light van de Zuuthoeve) finished were fourth and Great Britain’s Robert Whitaker (GBR) and Cash Sent (Verdi x Niveau) finished in fifth place.
Filippo Bologni (ITA) & Sedik Milano Quidich de la Chavee during the awards ceremony
“Winning in Italy, and in Verona, is fantastic so I’m very proud of my horse – he’s 15 years old so he has experience and he does everything for me!” Bologni said. He wasn’t convinced his time was the winning one, “because there were plenty of fast couples coming behind me including Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) and Carlotta, maybe the fastest horse in the world!”, he pointed out, but in fact his speedy run would leave him more than a half-second ahead of his nearest challenger.
Bologni is now looking forward to Sunday’s feature event, the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualifier in which he will ride Sedik Milano Quilazio, the horse from which he took a nasty fall while mounting during the CSI in Grimaud, France in early June. He was out of action for some of the summer months with a spinal injury as a result, but he’s back with a vengeance now and in flying form.
“Quilazio is only nine years old so he is a bit green but we are very motivated!”, said Bologni who is something of a social media star. He’s big on Instagram, and was surrounded by excited fans after today’s prize-giving but this multi-talented young man, who also produces You Tube music videos with an equestrian theme, insists that “horses are my real job – Sunday will be my first World Cup so it’s very exciting and I just can’t wait!”
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Source: Press release from Jumping Verona
Photos: © Jumping Verona / Stefano Grasso