Team Italy Takes Gold and Silver at 2009 FEI European Reining Championships

Gold and Silver FEI medals for the young Italian reiners in Kreuth, Germany. The Juniors took the team Gold in front of Belgium and Germany and the Young Riders took team SilverGold and Silver FEI medals for the young Italian reiners in Kreuth, Germany. The Juniors took the team Gold in front of Belgium and Germany and the Young Riders took team Silver

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Gold and Silver FEI medals for the young Italian reiners in Kreuth, Germany. The Juniors took the team Gold in front of Belgium and Germany and the Young Riders took team Silver, a half a point behind Germany. The Netherlands claimed team Bronze.

For Italian reining this is truly an historical milestone: it is the first time that young Italian reiners take part in the FEI European Championships.
"These medals fill us with joy", commented Roberto Cuoghi, President of the FN Reining Department and IRHA President. "Our young riders were phenomenal and the fact that they were riding for the prestigious medals away from home did not affect them at all. I am really proud of them!"

Just as enthused by the win was Team Coach, Filippo Masi. "These kids were simply fantastic, the did the very best they could and showed us all what true team spirit is."

Andrea Paulgross, President of the Italian Equestrian Sports Federation (FISE), was quick to compliment the two teams. "These medals were conquered by our young riders at the end of an extraordinary summer for Italian equitation. The great performance of our young Reiners proves the growth of the sport of Reining in our country. Once again, as I have been been fortunate to experience recently, team spirit prevailed and I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the riders and their parents, the team coach, the directors and all those that made us live an incredible emotion through these Championships".

All the team members made it to the Individual Competition which will be held on Sunday, October 11th.

Team components at the 2009 FEI European Championships are:

Young Riders, Team Silver: Chiara Bartoletti, Manuel Cortesi, Guglielmo Fontana, Silvia Panza

Juniors, Team Gold: Andrea Iannetta, Giovanni Masi, Luca Menici, Elena Scipioni.

President of the FISE Reining Dept. Roberto Cuoghi; Coach Filippo Masi; Ch f d’Equipe Cristina Serra; Technical Director, Adriano Meacci.