FEI MEYDAN ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP: IT’S THE THIRD-TIME GOLD FOR SPAIN!
Spain is the Endurance Queen: it means gold medal in the FEI Meydan Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors 2018 (Pisa, Italy).
The Spanish team with his third consecutive gold medal shows a new future champion generation next to the seniors Spanish world and European champions.
Winners: Raquel Costa Codina with Tunez Cost; Bruna Pujols Aumatell with Ulkiem Kelenn; Martina Codina Sala Planell with Cs Rogelia.
Silver medal goes to Italy’s Niccolò Trotta (Quassia Distinta), Carola Dino (Colorado), Camilla Coppini (Alkimia), Valentina Galli (Agadir by Galuska) e Aurora Salvati (Nevosu). This result confirms the silver medal reached in 2016.
Spain also won the individual title, thanks to Raquel Costa Codina (Tunez Cost). The silver individual medal goes – for the first time – to Slovakia with Michaela Supekova (Girola de Quercus).
The French Lilou Tomas Arnaud (Scherazade Larzac) reached the bronze.
Chef d’Equipe, Ignasi Casas:
“Spain team is a family. We are lucky because we can work together all the days and we live near in Cataloña. Endurance is a philosophy of life and the girls are hard worker. This is the third consecutive gold medal team at the Continental Championship, a result due to the importance of Endurance in Spain. Raquel, our individual gold medal was extraordinary and kept calm until the end”.
Raquel Costa Codina:
“I can’t believe, it is like a dream came truetea. I have done my best, trusting in my horse. Tunez Cost was born at home so we grow up together. My team is my family e we enjoyed a lot. I thing the finish line makes the difference.”.
Lilou Tomas Arnaud:
“I have decided the strategy race with my team-mate Emma Frances. We start following the Spanish team until the finish line. Scherazade Larzac has an hard character and hates the plastic bottle, but I am sure she has a “bon coeur”.
“I can’t believe to be the individual silver medal. This is the first Endurance Slovakian title and my first European Championship. My team is formed by: my sister and me, but of course our family is always present. The most difficult part in the truck has been the last loop, because it was a little bit different from the other ones and my horse was not used, but I am really happy”.
Chef d’Equipe Fausto Fiorucci:
“I am the head of the Italian team since two months. Since the first day my keyword was “the team first of all”. We were competitive and we fought together until the end”.
Valentina Galli: “the silver medal team is a great satisfaction, because it is my first European Championship. Today the Italian team win: I would thank Niccolò Trotta, who sacrificed his individual climb to stay close to me during the third loop. I was tired and he motivated me following the directions of the coach Fiorucci”.
Carola Dino: “This medal is for my horse Colorado, for my family and for my trainers Pietro Moneta and Sara Guzzoni“.
Camilla Coppini: “I thank my family, a real Endurance experts. They have made this silver medal possible. At home we are also a team: my sister Caterina is the number one, my dad is my trainer, and my mum takes care of me and my horse”.
Niccolò Trotta: “I started ride in Endurance race at 15 years old, I wasn’t really a child, and now Endurance is my life. Today I think that the secret to win a medal team is being toughs and strong. I would thank Bruno Mollo, the owner, the trainer and the farrier of Quassia Distinta”.
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Valentina Marini Agostini
nternational Relations – Press Office Toscana Endurance Lifestyle 2018
(Head of Press Office, Daniela Cursi)