Poetry in motion at this weekend’s CSI5*-W Jumping Verona
“Wilt thou reach stars because they shine on thee?” — William Shakespeare, ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’
For many, Verona, Italy is best-known as the setting for three of Shakespeare’s plays, including Romeo and Juliet. But for equestrian sports fans at this weekend’s CSI5*-W JUMPING VERONA, the spotlight will be shining on world-class Show Jumpers reaching for the stars in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping qualifier, the third round of the 2017/2018 Western European League series culminating in next April’s Final in Paris.
Great Britain’s leading lights are certainly present, with Scott Brash (on mounts Hello Forever, Hello Mr President, Hello Shelby) and John Whitaker (Argento, Cassinis Chaplin, Crumley) both in this northern Italian ‘City of Love’, with its medieval old town beside the Adige River where Shakespeare’s Juliet is said to have lived. And Ireland’s Bertram Allen (Christy Jnr, Gin Chin van het Lindenhof, Hector van d’Abdijhoeve) and Cian O’Connor (Donjo, Skyhorse, V.I.P.) always have to be counted as favourites at the elite CSI 5* level.
For the home nation, 17 riders will be on the course in Verona, including Lorenzo De Luca (Balou de Coeur Joye, Halifax van het Kluizebos, Jeunesse van’t Paradijs), Alberto Zorzi (Danique, Fair Light van T Heike, Florette van het Lambroeck) and Giulia Martinengo Marquet (pictured above) with Elzas, Fine Edition, Kiwi Kick.