International Horse Show at Piazza di Siena

Piazza di Siena International Horse Show Rome
Roma 25 maggio 2018 86í CISO di Roma - Piazza di Siena Coppa delle Nazioni INTESA SANPAOLO LUCA MARZIANI ITA © foto di Simone Ferraro / CONI

Piazza di Siena to take on its 91st edition from 22-26 May

After more than 90 years, Rome’s beautiful Villa Borghese is once more preparing for its world famous and glamorous International Horse Show “Piazza di Siena”.

This year the appointment with the Official International Horse Show runs from 22 May to 26 May. Spectators will be allowed in for free to enjoy the ancient stands as well as the ‘natural’ ones surrounding the arena.

This four-day event features top international riders competing in traditional riding displays, as well as thrilling show-jumping and polo matches. The line-up for the 91st edition of Piazza di Siena reads like the “who’s who” of the world of international show jumping.

There are 82 participants (20 female riders and 62 male riders) representing 17 nations. The list is led by four Top 10 riders: British rider Ben Maher (No. 2 in the FEI ranking), Swiss riders Steve Guerdat (No. 3) and Martin Fuchs (No. 5), and Austrian rider Max Kuhner (No. 7). Among the Italians, Emanuele Gaudiano (No. 25) and Lorenzo De Luca (No. 55) hold the highest rankings.

Piazza di Siena International Horse Show Rome
CSIO Roma 2018 – Rolex GP Roma – Giulia Martinengo Marquet on Verdine SZ
– Roma, Piazza di Siena, 27 May 2018
– ph.Mario Grassia/FISE

Piazza di Siena takes its name from the city of origin of one of the most ancient and noble families of Rome: the Borghese. At the end of 16th century, Prince Marcantonio Borghese commissioned to architects Mario and Antonio Asprucci a new space, able to recall the places he beloved. His desire, in fact, was to bring, in the city of Rome, the traditional popular celebrations atmosphere they enjoyed, since the Middle Ages, in Tuscany.

It is recognised as one of the most beautiful horse shows in the world, with its gala dinner with local and international glitterati. A demonstration of elegance and style with high class festivities.

Piazza di Siena 2019
© foto di Simone Ferraro / CONI

Just like last year, the horse show will be held in two different arenas in Villa Borghese; the oval in Piazza di Siena, even more enchanting now the grass has grown back, and the Galoppatoio, which will host some of the international classes as well as almost all the national ones.

The stage for the grand finale on Sunday May 26 will be reserved entirely to the prestigious and rich Rome Rolex Grand Prix, with prizemoney of 500,000€.

Fifty horses and riders will compete over two rounds with jumps measuring up to 1.60m with the winner assigned not only victory in what is considered one of the most coveted Grands Prix in the world but also a place in the history of show jumping.

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22-26 May 2024

Piazza di Siena, Villa Borghese

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