Verona, Italy – November 05, 2021 – America’s Jessica Springsteen (USA) got the 2021 edition of Jumping Verona off to a flying start when galloping to victory in the first international competition of the show today with a brilliant performance from Tiger Lily.
Going 34th in the big field of 61 starters, she showed the rest a clean pair of heels when racing through the finish with her 14-year-old chestnut mare in 30.39 seconds. This left her well clear of runner-up Filippo Marco Bologni (ITA) who broke the beam in 30.95 seconds with his ever-reliable 17-year-old stallion Quidich de la Chavee while Bologni’s Italian compatriot, Luca Marziani (ITA), finished third when fractionally slower with Don’t Worry B
Sweden’s Petronella Andersson (SWE) and Jeunesse van T Paradijs lined up in fourth ahead of former Egyptian rider Sameh El Dahan (EGY) and Suma’s Zorro who are now flying the flag of Great Britain. And rounding up the truly international field, Brazil’s Marlon Zanotelli (BRA) finished sixth with his exciting young mare, the nine-year-old Chili.
Jumping Verona 2021 has attracted a fabulous field of top showjumping riders and horses from all around the globe for three days of world-class jumping leading to Sunday’s Italian leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ series, and Springsteen’s win highlights the quality that can be expected over the coming days.
The 29-year-old daughter of rock legend Bruce Springsteen is 33rd in the world rankings and a super-talented horsewoman. Riding Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, she was a member of the silver medal winning American team at this summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Final Results – Safe Riding Prize CSI 5*-W
1) Jessica Springsteen (USA) & Tiger Lily – 0 / 0 – 30.39
2) Filippo Marco Bologni (ITA) & Quidich de La Chavee – 0 / 0 – 30.95
3) Luca Marziani (ITA) & Don’t Worry B – 0 / 0 – 30.96
Source: Press Release from Jumping Verona
Photos: © Jumping Verona / Stefano Grasso