Last spring Rome’s historic CSIO celebrated its 85th anniversary while at the same time embarking on a new and exciting chapter in its history. The project approved by CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee) and FISE (Italian Equestrian Federation) was developed to emphasise a different type of event, which apart from sporting excellence, focuses strongly on enhancing and protecting the environment in the beautiful Villa Borghese Park. These guidelines will be shown at their best in the 2018 event scheduled for May 23rd to May 27th.

The amazing view of grass once again in the oval of Piazza di Siena (the original surface had been replaced with white sand in 2007) is the first significant step. This return to the original structure of Piazza di Siena’s oval, as designed at the end of the 18th century by Prince Marcantonio Borghese, sends a message not only to the city, but to the whole world, together with decisive support for Rome’s artistic heritage.

Bringing Piazza di Siena back to its former glory helps to rediscover the sense of immortality in a single, great work of art. In this setting, horses and riders will be an extraordinary fresco in movement, an 'exhibition' of technique, science and the art of equitation. The message that the

Organising Committee is sending can therefore be summarised in one word; reintegration. Reintegration of a historic setting, Piazza di Siena, in its natural cradle, the Park of Villa Borghese, as it was once envisioned, designed and finally created, returning it to its original architectural glory.
 
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Feeling responsible for a unique site inevitably calls for the creation of something that is equally distinctive. This sense of responsibility and reintegration regarding the original values of Piazza di Siena in its setting in the Villa Borghese, means that the Organising Committee is faced with an even greater responsibility towards the entire equestrian sports movement. This responsibility means creating an event that is unique in the world, suited to the site hosting it, with top prize-money (€800,000), a technical level of the highest standard and new top-level partners who have chosen to support the Organising Committee in this innovative, extraordinary adventure.

The Organising Committee has decided not to confirm the Rome CSIO as part of the 2018 Longines FEI Nations Cup circuit. The objectives of the project launched by CONI and FISE last year are very high. The show will strive to be something unique in the world calendar of equestrian sports and to achieve this objective there is a need to work with the necessary autonomy in all decisions related to its organisation (competitions, prize money, programme, sponsorships etc.). The 2018 edition of the Rome CSIO will be of the highest level. Piazza di Siena will have its Nations Cup just like the two most important CSIOs hosted in Europe and North America (Aachen and Calgary).

The uniqueness of the Piazza di Siena Horse Show will be at the service of equestrian sport. The goal, for now quietly whispered, is to make the Roman Show what Wimbledon is for tennis, a unique and legendary event benefitting the world of equestrian sport.
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