Also the great synergies of world’s horse riding recognise the benefits of the innovative Tyrefield surfaces made with rubber recycled from End-of-Life Tyres (ELTs): greater animal’s and rider’s comfort and a more sustainable management of horse riding centres.

At Fieracavalli, sport meets innovation with two horse riding surfaces made with over 80,000 kg of recycled rubber thanks to Ecopneus – the non-profit company dedicated to the recycling of End-of-Life Tyres – and UISP (Unione Italiana Sport per tutti – Italian Union Sports for Everybody)

The magic that characterises the synergy between horse and rider has a new partner. Scientific studies and field tests have demonstrated how the use of state-of-the-art, sustainable horse riding surfaces in recycled rubber have many advantages: they protect horses’ articulations; they drastically reduce dust dispersion in the air compared to the traditional sand fields; they drain water, have very cheap maintenance costs and are anti-shock – which makes them particularly suitable also for young riders’ protection.

For this reason, the Tyrefield horse riding surfaces made with recycled rubber are among the protagonists of the 121st edition of Fieracavalli (Verona, 7-10th November). They are an innovative solution capable of combining sports, environmental sustainability, and wellbeing for horse and rider. The FieraCavalli surfaces have been created thanks to Ecopneus – the non-profit company that manages the collection and recycling of End-of-Life Tyres in Italy – and UISP, l’Unione Italiana Sport Per tutti (Italian Union Sports for Everybody).

The Tyefield surfaces installed in Pavilions 2 and 7 at Fieracavalli with the contribution of Promix and Italgreen have been made according to the parameters identified in a research carried out by Uliano Vezzani, International Chef de Piste, in collaboration with Fabrizio ForsoniRider and Responsible for UISP’s SDA National Horse Riding, in order to create horse riding surfaces that are ideal for various disciplines.  Recycled rubber has been used also for all the walkways linking the various areas dedicated to horses thanks to Ecoplus. The test results confirm the benefits linked to the use of the Tyrefield surfaces.  

The surface of Pavilion 2 is the result of the collaboration of Ecopneus, UISP, and the Department of Veterinary Studies of the University of Perugia. It has been created with 45,000 kg of recycled rubber from ELTs and the technical support of Promix. The specific composition of the surface has been tested by horsewomen at national level with horses specialised in dressage and it has been deemed suitable for many activities: the three gaits, dressage, vaulting and horse riding lessons (even for people with disabilities), the rehabilitation of horses with shocks to their legs, and postural problems.  The surface is composed of recycled rubber slabs positioned on a rubber mattress. Synthetic turf with “nobilitated” recycled rubber infill and encapsulated sand is placed above the slabs to guarantee a soft and comfortable surface for the horses.

The photos of Fieracavalli 2018

The surface of Pavilion 7 will see the best  champions of the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM competing on it. Its composition has been specifically developed for show-jumping and has been tested by the international rider Giovanni Lucchetti with appropriate horses and 130 cm high test jumps during training. The tests have shown great horses’ serenity on this surface: it is excellent for relaxation work; it has good shock-absorption properties with the three gaits; it is characterised by excellent grip upon narrow turns; it absorbs shocks and allows good thrust upon jumping. The companies Promix and Italgreen have used 43,000 kg of recycled rubber to create it. Differently from the previous surface, the surface layer is a mix of nobilitated powder of recycled rubber and coconut granules. The surface has been studied and created to best satisfy the needs and the performances required from horses during show-jumping competitions.

Giovanni Corbetta, General Manager of Ecopneus – the non-profit company mainly responsible for the management of End-of-Life Tyres in Italy – stated: “We asked the people of reference of the equestrian sector to identify the optimal parameters for the creation of surfaces in recycled rubber. The field tests and scientific research have highlighted the potentialities and benefits of these state-of-the-art solutions, for the animal’s and rider’s health and wellbeing. A more and more concrete reality that makes us hope for a constantly growing attention to sustainability even in equestrian installations”.

Many activities have been planned on these surfaces: from the III edition of the Ecopneus-Uisp Trophy, to the Arabian Horse Show (the “Arabian Dream” Show); from the exhibition of the riders of the Army’s Military Veterinary Centre, to vaulting. On Thursday 7th November at 12:00 there will be the official inauguration of the Tyrefield surface (Pav. 2), At Pav. 7, instead, it will be possible to see the training session of the Last Jump 5 Stars, where the best champions of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup will train.

The schedule of Gran Premio Fieracavalli 2019

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THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 09.00 – 10.00 Movimentazione libera cavalli 10.00 – 10.40 UISP – Straightness training study e focus 10.40 – 11.00 UISP – Esibizione CE.MI.VET. 11.00 – 12.00 Movimentazione Libera Cavalli 12.00 – 13.00 UISP – Inaugurazione Campo ECOPNEUS 13.00 – 19.00 Arabian Horse Show Gran Premio Fieracavalli FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 09.00 – 11.00 III° Trofeo lavoro in piano ECOPNEUS/UISP – Cat. E 206 11.00 – 11.30 UISP – Horsemanship e Légéretré 11.30 – 19.00 Arabian Horse Show Gran Premio Fieracavalli SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 09.00 – 16.00 Arabian Horse Show Gran Premio Fieracavalli 16.00 – 16.30 UISP – Straightness training study e focus 16.30 – 19.00 III° Trofeo lavoro in piano ECOPNEUS/UISP – Free Style SUNDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 09.00–14.00 ArabianHorseShow Gran Premio Fieracavalli 14.00 – 17.30 III° Trofeo ECOPNEUS/UISP – Volteggio Ludico 17.30 – 18.30 UISP – Premiazione III° Trofeo ECOPNEUS/UISP 18.30 – 19.00 UISP – Horsemanship e Légéretré