Eco-friendly event promised for Italy’s endurance world champs

Riders on the Isola della Scala endurance track.
Riders on the Isola della Scala endurance track. © Verona 2022

A legacy of the 2022 FEI Endurance World Championships in Verona, Italy, will be the transformation of the competition track into a horse riding trail in sync with the area’s eco-tourism values.

The event in October is being run at Isola della Scala in the Veneto countryside, an area rich in scenic beauty and renowned for the production of Vialone Nano rice – a short-grain or “dwarf” rice especially suited to risotto.

In describing endurance as “one of the most eco-friendly disciplines on the equestrian scene”, Event Director James Coppini said that in the current world climate, the championships had “really important social connotations”.

“Sport cannot fight the uncertainties and fears that our world is experiencing, but nevertheless it carries the duty to reaffirm, more than ever, the high values of resilience, inclusion and brotherhood,” he said.

Horses have been part of Isola della Scala’s eco-sustainable tourism for several years, with trekking, lessons and training on offer in the area.

The Scala endurance track with its sandy soil is designed to be transformed into a horse trail combining tourism and the protection of the landscapes. The project is a collaboration between trade show organiser Veronafiere, the city of Isola della Scala and the Garda Endurance Team.

The FEI Endurance World Championship Verona 2022 runs from October 19 to 23.

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