Brilliant performance of Italian Animo Testimonials in Rome!

Luca Moneta, Emilio Bicocchi and Piergiorgio Bucci with Animo in the Roman CSIO

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Italian Animo riders had brilliant results in Rome, Piazza di Siena, last week end and received very good acclaims by Roman public. Starting from Luca Moneta who last Saturday won the Six-Bars competition with his very best friend, the bay Selle Français 15-year-old Neptune Brecourt, who so many victories and placements in the best shows gifted to his rider and patner. Luca has always a big fan-club for his natural horsemanship that allows him to build wonderful relationships with his horses. Luca was acclaimed by the crowd in Piazza di Siena for his brilliant performance in the competition that ran to four rounds over the lane of fences with the last standing highest in each round. The final challenge was a wall of poles 2 metres high and just two of the ten riders who started the competition remained in contention at this stage. Italian Matteo Cialdi jumped clear all the way to the last with Lindiamo, but Moneta who is something of a Six-Bar specialist (the pair won the Six Bars in Leipzig last January and in Madrid 2015), was taking no chances. As he had done in the previous round he showed Neptune the height of the final fence and then bent down to hand him a nice square of carrot that was accepted with gratitude. Picking up the reins Luca, whose philosophy makes him something of an outsider in the sport, then cantered slowly down the arena before facing into the four fences with the impressive 2-metre obstacle at the end. And Neptune, still fresh and pulling hard, made nothing of it once more, bringing the crowd to their feet in delight as they were declared the victors. Neptune is patner of Luca since a lot of years: with him Luca built his very successful career. Among the many results, they obtained the 10th place at European Championship Herning 2013. Last year, after Neptune was injuried in a Nations Cup, Moneta decided that he should now just enjoy himself. “He gave me everything but he was injured in a Nations Cup and I never want to ask him to do big competitions again. Now he does just 1.40m or 1.45m and he’s very happy with that” the rider pointed out. Called ‘The Carrot Man’ in the British press after winning a Puissance at Olympia in London 2013 with Quova de Vains in similar circumstances, Moneta joked about his strategy for keeping his horse’s happy during the competition. “The carrot is a secret, you must not tell – it is my version of Italian corruption!” he said with a laugh after winning. Luca Moneta placed also at 4th place in Small Grand Prix on saturday afternoon riding his little bay 15-years-old Connery who finished the challenging competition with a perfect double clear round!

Brilliant results also for the reigning Italian Champions pair, Emilio Bicocchi and his bay 10-years-old Ares - winners of the Grand Prix in Mannheim last May - who claimed the 10th position in the really very difficult Grand Prix of Rome with a very good performance: 4 fault in the first and in the second round. The course, realized by Italian Course Designer Uliano Vezzani, was really difficult and caused problems even to the strongest pairs in the world. Emilio Bicocchi is three times National Champion (2016 with Ares/ 2009 with Kapitol D’Argonne/2005 with Landru) and took part in two World Equestrian Games (2006 Aachen and 2010 Lexington with Kapitol d’Argonne).

Last but not least, Piergiorgio Bucci and Casallo Z made a very good clear round in the first round of the Nations Cup, showing an example of style and beautiful riding with his chestnut 12-years-old Casallo Z. Thanks to his style, elegance and very good riding, Piergiorgio Bucci received the Longines Elegance Prize. The prize consists in a watch from the Longine Master Collection.
​“I dedicate my Longines Prize for Elegance to Animo, that is my sponsor for clothing since a lot of years and always supports me in the sport. Thanks Animo!!!!” said Piergiorgio after the prize ceremony.