The CCIO4*-S FEI Nations Cup and World Championships test event at Italy’s Pratoni del Vivaro is a very big deal and we should take it all very seriously indeed…but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to dive straight into one of our favourite games here at EN.
Our ‘Who Jumped it Best’ question today is fence nine on the course, which ran over the venue’s extraordinary and unique hills. Though this simple, MIMed timber spread caused no issues through the day, it certainly commanded respect: competitors, who had begun their course on a long uphill pull to fence 7AB, which was situated at the crest of a hill, then coasted back down the hill to a large rolltop at eight and then down to this oxer, which was on nearly flat ground but under one of the few trees on course. That meant horses had to assess the dappled light, while riders had to take responsibility and use the fence to rebalance the canter ahead of the coffin combination they’d tackle next.
And so, armed with a bit of context, we turn the judgment call over to you. Take a look at a selection of the week’s competitors and then scroll down to decide who had the jump of the day.