Rome out of new 2018 Nations Cup series, which launches next month in Florida and Abu Dhabi

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Tuesday 30 January - 18h29 | Ian Clayton and edited press release

Rome out of new 2018 Nations Cup series, which launches next month in Florida and Abu Dhabi

One of the most iconic competitions in equestrian sports, the CSIO5* Nations Cup in Rome, is not part of the Europe Division 1 circuit this year in the revamped Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup.

 - Rome out of new 2018 Nations Cup series, which launches next month in Florida and Abu Dhabi

While Rome (like Aachen and Spruce Meadows) will retain its historic Nations Cup event — the first of which was held in the Italian capital in 1926 — the Eternal City’s competition will not be counted in the team totals for this year’s Final in Barcelona in September. 

In total, there will be 13 Nations Cup qualifiers on three continents this year, with a double kick-off next month in Ocala, Florida and Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. The full calendar lists CSIO5* competitions in the following locations between February and August: Ocala, Abu Dhabi, Coapexpan, Mexico, Samorin, Slovakia, La Baule, France, Langley, British Columbia, St. Gallen, Switzerland, Sopot, Poland, Rotterdam, Falsterbo, Sweden, Hickstead, Dublin, and Budapest, with the 2018 Final set for Barcelona from October 4-7. 

Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, said: “It is a real pleasure for us to be part of this amazing series as Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch. We are really proud of the strong partnership we have established with the FEI since 2013 and look forward to sharing again our common passion for equestrian sports through the newly-named Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup series.”

“Last year’s Final was a thriller and, even after all these years, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup continues to be the very best of our sport,” added Rob Ehrens, Chef d’Equipe of the Netherlands, whose squad won last year’s title.  

The Piazza di Siena, or Sienna Square, located in the Villa Borghese gardens in central Rome, is one of the most beautiful arenas for Show Jumping in the world. The gardens are part of the third largest park in Rome and were begun in 1605 by Cardinal Borghese, who wished to turn his former vineyard into one of the biggest gardens in Rome since Antiquity. The piazza is named after the city of Siena, where the Borghese family originally came from. Longines will remain as official timekeeper of this year's competition. 

"The decision to leave the FEI circuit was a difficult decision for the Piazza di Siena competition,” said the head of the Italian Federation of Equestrian Sports, Marco Di Paola, in translated remarks, after ultimately unsuccessful financial and logistical negotiations. “The project launched together [regarding a renewal of the site] with CONI [the Italian National Olympic Committee] last year aims at a very high goal.” photo below: Howard Hudson/English Wikipedia

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