The road to None 2016: first official meeting for the MCI Final 2016

Work in progress in None to organize the next MCI European Finals. An important meeting was held at HorseBridge’s stable to define the next steps.

Victor Alvarez Diez winner of the MCI Final 2013 in Barcelona at Grand Prix level (photo © EquestraGroup).

MCI Masters of Iberian Horses is a unique circuit where both amateur and professional riders  compete on different categories from young horses through all levels up to Grand Prix, it has a very friendly atmosphere and the competitions are opened to all riders with full papers P.R.E. or P.S.L. horses.

Federico Orso Restivo manager of the HorseBridge Equestrian Centre in None that will host the MVI European Final 2016 (photo © EquestraGroup).

Different countries organize throughout Europe their national shows and the top pairs qualifies for the European Finals plus the European Championship. The Final takes place on rotation each year in different countries with Italy being the choice for 2016 and Spain for 2017.

Horsebridge owner, Federico Orso Restivo, is monitoring all the organization and goes forward with the preparations to host the double appointment with the MCI Final and the  European  Dressage Championship for Iberian Horses which are scheduled from 27 to 30 October. More details were defined after the meeting held Saturday April 2nd with the President of MCI Europe, Mr. Philippe Roche, his wife, Mrs. Bianca Roche, who won many MCI Finals, and the President of MCI Italy,  Giacomo Silvio Mazzoleni.

Philippe Roche, on the right, President of MCI Europe pictured with some judges at Barcellona 2013 Final (photo © EquestraGroup).

Not leaking out the finer details,  we can anticipate that probably the show will start with a half day earlier on Thursday in the afternoon after the Opening Ceremony, a solution which would not substantially change the original programming, allowing to better manage the competition where  expecting pairs which came from many European circuits are going to be in great number.

The Italian Team, led by Chef d' Equipe and MCI Italia President Giacomo Silvio Mazzoleni on the right, won the Silver medal at None 2011 MCI Final (photo © EquestraGroup).

The MCI circuit continues to  grow in Europe, proved by the fact that last year United Kingdom and Czech Republic were officially added to the Circuit which already includes Belgium, Spain, Italy and France. Other countries are interested to joining MCI Europe with a national circuit and some are already individually present like: Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden and Slovakia.

The Horsebridge in None has already organized with success the 2011 edition of the MCI Final. This year, with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the MCI foundation, the Organization Team want to involve the territory, showing to the hundreds of European riders and friends who will reach None the beauties of the area that is next to Turin, city that hosted back in 2006 the Winter Olympics and magnificients places like Royal castles and hunting parks such as “The Hunting Residence of Stupinigi”, one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in northern Italy, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The Park of the Stupinigi’s Residence is adjoining the HorseBridge Equestrian Centre hosting the 2016 MCI Final.

An amazing view of Stupinigi's Royal Hunting Residence whose park is just neighbour to HorseBridge .