It’s a two-peat for Italy as both the Junior and Young Riders Teams claimed the Gold Medal in the FEI Reining Championships held yesterday in Manerbio, Italy during the NRHA European Derby. Led by Italian Team Coach Filippo Masi De Vargas, the Italian Junior Team closed with a total of 642.5 points and slid to the highest step of the podium.
On the Italian Junior Team were Enrico Sciulli riding The Gunner King (Gunner x Miss Tabano King), score 217.5, Linda Rebecca Martinelli riding Playgirl On The Rocks (Frozen Sailor x ARC Snappers Calgirl), score 212, Maddalena Esti riding Rickashay Ray (Reminic x Docs Ready Jenny), score 208, and Carlo Ambrosini aboard Kachina Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak), score 213.
Claiming the Silver medal was Team The Netherlands, with a total score of 617.5. Team Great Britain was awarded the Bronze Medal with a final total score of 599.5.
The second Team Gold medal of the day went to the host country, Italy, in the FEI Young Riders Competition. On the team were Manuel Cortesi and The Slide Surprise (ARC Sparkle Surprise x Rulerita Pride), score 216, Martina Roasio on West Coast Oakie (West Coast Whiz x Oakendokie), score 207.5, Lara Lorengo and Boemil Twin Robotop (Topsail Speckles x Boemil Valentwin), score 215.5 and Giovanni Masi De Vargas riding Remins Remedy (Remin Whiz x Colonels Lil Red Hot), score 215. The total composite went up to 646.5. Team Germany claimed the Bronze with a total of 627 points followed by Team Austria (623), who left the awards ceremony wearing the Bronze medal.
Two weeks after winning the FEI European Senior Reining Championship Team Bronze medal in Augsburg, Germany, the Italian Coach, Masi de Vargas, was thrilled with the success of his young reiners, “I am really happy and very pleasantly surprised with the Junior Team,” he said. “This is their first major FEI event and they all took the pressure and reacted in a very professional manner, both out and in the show arena. I am just as proud of the Young Riders who all did a great job. We are now very much looking forward to the Individual Competition on Saturday and I know that all my athletes – who have worked so hard – will once again fight and vie for the Gold!”