Piazza di Siena to take on its 87th edition from 20-26 May
After 87 years, Rome’s beautiful Villa Borghese gardens is once more preparing for its world famous and glamorous International Horse Show. This year the appointment with the Official International Horse Show runs from Thursday May 23rd to Sunday May 26th, but the Villa Borghese – the large and ancient park in the centre of Rome – will for the first time this year open its gates to horses, riders and spectators as of Monday, May 20th.
This four-day event features top international riders (including the The World No. 1 rider, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat, the Reigning European Champion Peder Fredricson from Sweden, and an array of Olympic stars) competing in traditional riding displays, as well as thrilling show-jumping and polo matches. The line-up for the 87th edition of Piazza di Siena reads like the “who’s who” of the world of international show jumping from 14 countries.
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.
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.
Admission to both areas will be free of charge allowing supporters to watch all the classes. Seating at the Galoppatoio will be available along the arena while at Piazza di Siena spectators will be able to use the terraced part on one side of the arena and the grassy area outside the Casina Raffaello.
It will also be possible to buy seats for a third open grandstand built along the short side of the oval opposite the entrance to the arena.
20-26 May 2019
Piazza di Siena, Villa Borghese