Patrignano CSI-A (ITA)
sport against drugs and social outcasting
to Jhon Roche
Roche, Manager of Jumping and Driving of the International Equestrian
Federation (FEI) was one of San Patrignano's guests during this
6th edition. The show of 2001 was his first visit to the show, which
he calls a "unique" event. " I really admire what
they are doing for the sport and also for society," explained
Roche. " It is a very popular show amongst riders. The facilities
are excellent, but the main thing here is of course the hospitality.
Everybody here is really friendly, it is quite an impressive experience.
You can't really explain it, you have to be here to experience it.
Then you can only begin to understand what is being done here and
see it for yourself. They are helping impove society and that is
really touching, and moving also."
year, the event has put in their bid to host the European championships
in the year 2005. The decision about this should be made next November.
Roche explained that " it is now up to the FEI Bureau to decide.
Organizing a CSI-A is one thing, but a European Championships is
another. It takes a lot more. There will be more riders, more vans,
more hotels needed. Everything has to be taken into account. An
organizing committee will have to do a lot more than what they do
for an average CSI-A. A certainty is, that should a European Championship
take place here, it will not be just a sporting event. It will definitely
have a much wider message to give to the world. I certainly enjoy
coming here. The sport is good, level of riders is good, there is
a really open atmosphere here, which you can feel just by being
here. You do not even have to speak to anyone. The grounds are wonderful
and has kept itself in pretty good shape, even after the amount
of rain that has been coming down this week. All in all, it is a
great show and you leave here with an enormous sense of well-being."