By Roberta Milani / ABCCH (Translation: Caroline Pereira Ciagniwoda Padilla) Photography: ABCCH
After more than a year, equestrian competitions are starting to resume, with public restrictions and mandatory negative Covid testing. The FEI and organizing committees have been taking the necessary measures to increase awareness and help prevent new outbreaks where vaccine is not widely accessible.
A document containing the FEI’s Enhanced Competition Safety during the Covid-19 Pandemic is regularly updated, including quarantine measures with variable time lengths that depend upon local factors (in-country policies, negative PCR testing while in quarantine, vaccination protocols, etc.), which is reassuring for riders and owners as they return to international competition arenas.
Health surveillance agencies have been complying with the same rigorous protocols due to the recent equine herpes virus (EHV-1) outbreak. Measures to resume competition continue to work well and a total of 11,000 horses have been processed at check-in exams performed by FEI veterinarians since its implementation on April 12.
With improved safety and knowledge of preventive methods for both outbreaks, we are following the return of Brazilian national breeding to state competitions as well as national and international club rankings. The Brazilian Showjumping Horse (BH), has conquered space beyond frontiers, reaching good results in competitions on many levels.
Two months ago, in the United States, BH was represented by HFB Versace (Verdi x Indorado), recording clear rounds in 1m35 classes ridden by Fabio Leivas.
Luziada Jmen (Landário Jmen x Calisco Jmen) twice qualified in Junior Medium Jumper series at 1m30 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. A BH also placed third ridden faultlessly by Luiza Leivas Costa, from Rio de Janeiro, over two courses to finish fifth overall.
Haras Tok, represented by the mare Stella Tok (Cardento x Baloubet du Rouet) and rider Carly Anthony, entered the scene in the CSI2* Welling-ton Equestrian Realty 1m40, jumping clear at both 1m35 and 1m40 in Palm Beach.
Two other well-recognized Brazilian breeding farms saw their products stand out abroad early this season. Haras Rosa Mística with MyLord Mystic Rose, a son of Balou du Rouet and ridden by Juan Bolanos, had zero faults in a class for seven-year-old horses in Ocala. While Haras Umburanas with Canturion das Umburanas (Canturo x Nabab DeReve), ridden by Hercules Gadelha from Rio de Janeiro, also finished without fault in many 1m35-1m40 classes during the Winter Equestrian Festival.
In Europe, one of the highlights was Fast-car Império Egípcio (Diamant de Semilly x Calvaro Z), ridden by Brazilian Francisco Musa, when the pair finished third in the 1m30 series of the CSI2* Azelhof. In the same event, Miss-Sarajevo Império Egípcio (Diamant de Semilly x Canadian River), BH breeding at Haras Império Egípcio, jumped the Grand Prix Jump-off at 1m30, ridden by Francisco Musa to finish 14th. This mare also jumped clear in the CSI4* in Mannheim, Germany.
Android 3K (Zirocco Blue VDL x Indoctro) successfully participated in the CSI2*, in Bonheiden, with Brazilian rider Felipe Amaral.
Danna RJ (Quiz Time x Candidus), bred by Haras RJ in Rio de Janeiro, returned to international competition in the CSI2* Bonheiden, Belgium, under the saddle of Sweden’s Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli. The pair twice jumped clear in 1m35-1m40 classes during the event. They also stood out in CSI4* Grimaud, in France, completing the 1m40-1m45 series without penalties... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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