Not only the big names of international Jumping, but also the up-and-coming talent in the sport got the chance to steal some of the limelight.
The FEI Ponies Jumping Trophy was an interesting new event presented by the Federation Equestre Internationale in Jumping Verona. This was the third leg in the series following CSI5*-W Oslo, Norway (12-15 October) and the CSI3* of Herning, Denmark (18-22 October), and Abbie Sweetnam was the shining star. The young Irish girl literally flew between the fences (1.30mt) with her Dynamite Spartacus, closing with a double clear in 30.47 seconds to take the win.
Close behind was Portugal’s Molly Hughes Bravo with Carrickaduff Pet (0/0; 30.55) and in third position Ireland’s Seamus Hughes-Kennedy with Cuffesgrange Cavalidam (0/0; 32.81).
Six of the eight combinations in the barrage finished the course with a second clear round, including Italy’s Sofia Manzetti who finished fifth with Deesje (0/0; 33.65).
After Oslo, Herning and Verona, Sweden’s Ingermar Hammarström is at the top of the rankings with 30 points. The last fixture - the FEI Ponies Jumping Trophy 2017 Final - will take place in Mechelen, Belgium during the CSI5*-W which takes place from 26 to 30 December.
What is the FEI Ponies Jumping Trophy?
In an effort to engage with young people in line with the ideals of Olympic Agenda 2020, the international governing body for equestrian sport, the Federation Equestre Internationale, has created the FEI Ponies Jumping Trophy. This is designed to promote Jumping as ‘true sport’ and to allow young people to compete at the same horse shows as the best riders in the world, living a fantastic experience.