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Susanna Bordonne (ITA) and Imperial Van De Holtakkers. Photo by Sally Spickard.

It’s not often you’re able to represent your country in championship competition on home turf, and that honor this cycle is bestowed to the Italians, who will play host to competitors from nearly 30 other nations at next month’s FEI World Championships for Eventing at Pratoni del Vivaro to the east of Rome.

Italy’s Marco Cappai and Uter. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

On Thursday, the Italian federation named its final short list of riders it will be sending to Pratoni, with the final designations for team and individual spots to be announced by the definite entry deadline of September 5.

The riders competing for Italy at Pratoni will include:

  • Evelina Bertoli and Fidjy des Melezes – 11-year-old Belgian Sport Horse mare (Aga Khan x Louna de Sainte-Ode, by Bayarde d’Elle), owned by Az. Agricola di Campello Argenta
  • Susanna Bordone and Imperial van de Holtakkers – 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Quidam de Revel x Ava van de Holtakkers, by Argentinus), owned by Maria Giovanna Mazzocchi
  • Marco Cappai and Uter – 13-year-old Italian Sport Horse gelding (Caster de Villa Francesca x Elle d’Aulix, by Lubumbashi), owned by Cascianese Country Club
  • Arianna Schivo and Quefira de L’Ormeu – 18-year-old Selle Français mare (Iolisco de Quinhon*HN x Isabelle du Brulot, by Beausejour IV), owned by Thomas Bouquet and the rider
  • Giovanni Ugolotti and Duke of Champions – 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Duke of Hearts x Nebraska 22, by Noble Champion), owned by Phillip Hunt, Jo Preston-Hunt, and Joyce Snook, or Swirly Temptress – 10-year-old British-bred Sport Horse mare (For Ladies Only x Betty Barclay, by Brentano 11), owned by Karin and Kristina Rausing

Giovanni Ugolotti and Swirly Temptress. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Two reserve riders, Mattia Luciani on Leopold K and Pietro Sandei on Rubis de Prere, have also been named should any of the short-listed riders be unable to travel to Pratoni.

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