Pavarotti Prepares for 11th International Show
7th - 10th June 2001
Luciano Pavarotti's hometown of Modena, Italy is preparing for its 11th Pavarotti International Horse Show this summer. The show, which the Maestro himself instigated in 1990, has become one of the eagerly awaited highlights of the show jumping season. With eleven international classes including a Samsung Nations Cup the event is sure to attract many of the world's leading riders, a total prize pool of over LIT 700,000,000 (approx. £220,000) makes it one of Europe's richest shows.
Club Europa, the shows venue, is a purpose built equestrian centre which was established in the 1980s by Luciano Pavarotti and reflects the Maestros passion for horse sports and in particular show jumping.
Teams from Germany, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Holland, Brazil, America and the UK have been invited to compete at the 2001 Pavarotti International.
This years Pavarotti & Friends* concert the annual musical extravaganza, held in aid of charity, which traditionally heralds the start of the show, will take on Tuesday 29th May. Television scheduling has forced the concert to move forward a week this year, but it will inevitably set the stage for the sporting events to follow, bringing international focus to Modena.
Previous winners of Sunday's LIT 430,000,000 (approx.£137,000) Grand Prix in which the winner receives LIT 135,000,000 (approx.£40,000) include Franke Slothaak, Nick Skelton, Lesley McNaught and Jos Lansink.
Last year the Irish put their names on the Modena Nations Cup** for the first time, beating strong opposition from the Dutch and the Swiss teams in what was an exciting contest.
This year's event promises plenty of sporting action on the beautifully prepared arena at Club Europa, Luciano Pavarotti has already booked his seat.
* The Pavarotti & Friends Concert has played host to a dazzling array stars, including George Michael, Ricky Martin, Eric Clapton, Sting, Boyzone and the Spice Girls to name just a few. This year's line-up includes Barry White and Tom Jones.
** Four riders will represent each country in this year's Nations Cup.