Are you ready for a romp through the Italian countryside? Take a ride on Bloom des Hauts Crets, who was piloted by Australia’s Andrew Hoy in the World Championships test event at Pratoni del Vivaro this weekend.
“Bloom”, an 11-year-old Selle Francais mare owned by Odaria Finemore and Andrew, continued a streak of clear cross country jumping rounds and is now 15 for 15 in all of her FEI starts (thanks to some incredible riding by Andrew at a corner early on this course!) The pair finished their weekend in 28th position out of 56 competitors. You can check the full results here.
Our own Tilly Berendt was on site in Italy this weekend to cover the competition and take a good look at what course designer Giuseppe della Chiesa‘s World Championship course might have in store come September. The property, which was also the site for eventing at the 1960 Rome Olympics, is filled with undulating hills steep enough that the rolling terrain is easily visible through Andrew’s helmet cam video. You can also catch a few glimpses of the marathon obstacles being constructed, as Pratoni will also serve as the venue for Combined Driving!
Catch up on our full slate of Pratoni Test Event coverage here.