CSI 4* + CSI 2* + CSI 1* + CSI YH 1* + CSI Ch + CSI J
Two weeks of international show jumping competitions taking place in the magnificent facilities of x-bionic® sphere.
X-BIONIC® SUMMER TOUR attracted the elite of the equestrian community with a sport formula offering a total of 700 000 € prize money and 13 classes valid for the Longines World Ranking. Top 70 riders from 20 different nations competed in the CSI 4*, while the CSI 2* and CSI 1* were dedicated to amateurs who had the opportunity to compete against the best international riders. Special competitions were organized for young horses of 5, 6, 7 years of age.
Event Director: Denis Monticolo | Course Designer: Uliano Vezzani
On Sunday 23rd July 2017, Rowan Willis triumphed in both CSI2* GRAND PRIX 145cm riding Everse W and CSI4* GRAND PRIX 160 cm with Blue Movie. “They are both quite special horses, they take a lot of individual attention. Both of them have lot of ability but they need lot of management because they are quite buzzy hot, but the main thing is that they always try for me so it makes life easier.” When asked about the riding conditions and the facilities at x-bionic® sphere, he said: “I believe that this is the best facility you can find in the world. I’ve jumped on many places but this is definitely the one. I really am looking forward to coming back.
The winner of the CSI 2* GRAND PRIX 145 cm was Toni Leviste with horse: Maximillian „It’s a dream come true because it’s the first time for me to win a GRAND PRIX in Europe. Hearing your national anthem in a foreign land and seeing your flag brings a lot of pride and honour,“ said the Filipino rider. “The facility is amazing! I have not seen a venue like this anywhere in the world and I have been traveling to competitions all around the globe. A place like this is worthy of the World Equestrian Games, if not the Olympic Games.”
On Sunday 30th July, Christian Rhomberg with Saphyr des Lacs won the CSI 4* Grand Prix 160 cm. “It’s [x-bionic® sphere] an amazing facility. I really don’t know any other facility in Europe that offers such professional services for riders and their horses.” After the competitions, the rider also made use of other facilities at x-bionic® sphere. “We tried aquatic® sphere and wellness already. It was lovely! We have been to APANI® restaurant as well, it’s really nice. We loved it so much, we went there three times!”
Slovak rider Bronislav Chudyba with Pokerface finished first in CSI 4* 140 cm on 27th July. When asked how does he feel about his victory, he said: “It’s amazing! I wasn’t so successful with my other horse, Lester […] and I was disappointed since it’s been a while since I last competed at home, but Pokerface, which I’ve had for four years now, showed his qualities once again and helped me get back in the saddle!”