CSIO5* Roma: Emanuele Gaudiano a lucky man
Emanuele Gaudiano knows he’s a lucky man to be leading the Italian team into the ring at Piazza di Siena for tomorrow’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ presented by Longines. A broken collarbone, sustained while competing at Valkenswaard in The Netherlands two weeks ago, could easily have left him sidelined for several months. “But the doctors did an amazing job, I had an operation right away at a hospital in Bonn, Germany, and I’m feeling really good again!” said the rider who will turn 30 at the end of next month.
It was in the jump-off of the 2-Star Grand Prix at Valkenswaard that he took a nasty fall from Carlotta. “She is only a seven-year-old and we were clear in the first round and I took a long distance at the first fence. She’s very careful and small, I wanted to do the distance in six strides but she put in an extra stride and I hit the ground – hard!” Gaudiano explained today. He said he was advised by the medical team that he could ride again in a few days, so he gave it a week and headed for the Global Champions Tour event in Madrid Spain seven days later.
He admits it was a bit painful at first – “if my horse pulled I could really feelt it” – but he feels he is fully recovered now and can’t wait for tomorrow’s team event in which the host nation will take on some of the strongest sides in the sport.
“I will ride Casper tomorrow, and it’s not going to be an easy day. The teams here are the very best, so for Italy to finish near the top of the order will be a good result for us” he said.
The Italian star has been racing up the Longines World rankings list in recent months and is now in 19th position. Gaudiano is very pleased about that, but explains that it may have come about for an unusual reason.
“We sold my top horse, Admara, and he is now with Rene Lopez (Colombia) . I had him for eight years and when we sold him I had to use a lot of the other horses in my stables instead, and when they got their chance they showed what they could do. Now I’m in the top-20 in the world and I’m very happy with that!” he explained.