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Italy hosted the best horse show in 2006, according to a panel of top judges and riders including Luger Beerbaum and Rodrigo Pessoa. San Patrignano CSI-5*’s “Vincenzo Muccioli Challenge” was awarded the Année Hippique Award for Best Event during the Maastricht CSI-4*.

The Année Hippique Award for Best Event has been running since 1987, and is awarded to the international show jumping competition with the highest level of technical excellence and entertainment value. Overall ambiance, quality of footing (in the arena and warm up areas), stabling, catering and prize money are all considered.

San Patrignano’s organising committee is delighted to have scooped the prize – a first for Italy. “This prize honours the extraordinary level of commitment and hard work of the 1,800 young men and women of the Community,” said Giacomo Muccioli, President of the San Patrignano CSI. “In 2005 we hosted the European Jumping Championship, and this year we received this prize from Année Hippique – another important milestone”.

Over the past few years San Patrignano has become as prestigious as Aachen´s CHIO, the “Wimbledon” of the horse world, and Spruce Meadows in Canada, the show boasting the largest amount of prize money.