Emanuele Gaudiano posted the third Italian victory of the week at Jumping Verona today, with an extraordinary round from Carlotta in the Equiline Accumulator.
“She is an amazing mare, she has won a lot of classes even though she’s only eight years old. She is very fast, I tried also to win yesterday and she had one fault, but today she jumped fantastic!” the 31-year-old rider said.
He was 16th to go in the big field of 59 starters and couldn’t be beaten when crossing the line in 41.78 seconds. He snatched the lead from Belgium’s Karel Cox (34) who went just ahead of him with the nine-year-old Sea Coast Ideo d’O and had to settle for second place. Great Britain’s John Whitaker (62) finished third with the 15-year-old Argento and Ireland’s young star, 22-year-old Bertram Allen, slotted into fourth with another youngster, the promising eight-year-old Christy Jnr.
This was an important win for the Italian rider who is building up a new string of horses. “I have a nice new eight-year-old called Chalou, I won a Grand Prix with him at Gross Viegeln in Germany. And Casper is my number one horse, he also won a Grand Prix in Hagen. I am based in Germany, close to Bonn for the last 12 years. And I have a few other young horses coming along as well so we will see - next year I think should be a good one!”, Gaudiano said.
He will ride Casper in this afternoon’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifier, but he is not entirely sure what to expect. “This is the first indoor show for my horses, their last show was Rome (Global Champions Tour). They had a one month break and this is their first event since then so I hope that Casper is in good shape. For the first show indoors it is always different,” he pointed out.
“Casper had one fault on Friday because he was thinking of jumping another fence and I turned him and I pushed too much and we made a mistake. It’s different when you are indoors, and they have to get used to it again - when you have more space outside it’s definitely easier!” he said.