In short, a state-of-the-art facility designed to meet not only the needs of professional riders, but also those of those who may have just entered the world of equestrianism and those who decide to practice the magnificent discipline of horseback riding as a hobby or for therapeutic purposes.
You read that right, therapeutic. In fact, the San Remo Equestrian Society has for several years now been practicing hippotherapy, an effective method of treatment used since ancient times against diseases and disorders such as insomnia, epilepsy and forms of paralysis, unfortunately officially recognized as valid by medical science only after the end of World War II, but now practiced regularly in at least 30 countries around the World.
About ten differently abled boys from the class of the Aicardi Institute in San Remo, aged 15 to 22, have been continuously attending hippotherapy sessions organized by the Equestrian Society in cooperation with specialized FISE instructors for a long time, with decidedly satisfactory results. Therapeutic activities are usually conducted over a period of about an hour and a half, and involve simple riding exercises alternating with curative treatments based on approaching and developing a relationship of confidence with the animal.
Therapy activities coordinated by the San Remo Equestrian Society are joined by those of the AMAPEI Association of the Principality of Monaco, dedicated to the care of mentally disabled people of all ages, run by psychologist Yann Ballestra, who specializes in hippotherapy. The psychologist accompanies 6 people aged 18 to 54 with mental retardation to the facility once a week to follow them on their treatment journey.
The Club also has a Federal Riding School, approved and affiliated with FISE(Italian Equestrian Sports Federation) and led by qualified and capable professional instructors. The school includes many promising young riders, to whom the Society provides a substantial number of horses and ponies for beginners and younger riders. The school, open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., moreover, offers a free first lesson to those who would like to try the discipline of horseback riding without immediate commitment.
Trained and competition-ready riders always come out of this school. It is an honor for the society to be able to have names such as Rafael Amaral Rodrigues, Alessia Adené, Maddalena Valenzano Menada, Edoardo Biancheri, Giulia Alessi, Luis Antonio Neves and many others on its competitive equestrian team. Leading these athletes, moreover, is one of the greatest Brazilian equestrian champions of recent years, Luis Felipe De Azevedo, winner of two bronze medals at the 1996 Atlanta and Sydney 2000 Olympics in team show jumping, as well as holder of many individual Grand Prix victories. The team also includes his son Luis Felipe de Azevedo Filho (his name is exactly the same!) and his daughter Celine S. De Azevedo.
Every year this team takes part in competitions held on the San Remo Equestrian Course. At least three events are part of the annual calendar: the first takes place in June, and is the International Jumping Competition (ISC ) a star; in July, however, the National Four-Star Jumping Competition, a prestigious competition in which important and renowned Italian riders take part accompanied by a host of fans and enthusiasts of the sport.
But the most important and eagerly awaited event is certainly the International Jumping Competition a star called Derby dei Fiori, capable of attracting more than 4,000 people to the San Remo Equestrian Center during the long mid-October weekend in which it takes place. Our Italian riders, on this occasion, challenge great champions from Switzerland, France, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Brazil and many other countries of the World. The event, revived in 2006 thanks to the efforts of Circolo president Maria Grazia Valenzano Menada after a few editions held in the 1980s, sees more than 250 horses and 150 riders compete on the Circolo’s beautiful grass field. The event is gradually attracting the interest of the media and television platforms, and every year the event is broadcast on SKY Channel 221 by the cameras of Class Horse TV.
In addition to these competitions, the Club organizes (and has organized) other important events outside the fixed calendar. In fact, the rapid and great development undergone by the club during the 1980s prompted the organizers of the European Young Riders Championship to hold the 1992 edition here at the San Remo Riding Course.
San Remo Equestrian Society
- Address: Strada Solaro 127, San Remo (IM)
- Official website: www.societaippicasanremo.it
- Phone: +39 0184660770