The 2017 edition closed with a superb day of sport on Sunday thanks to a truly stunning World Cup Grand Prix. There were more than over 160,000 visitors to Verona - from as many as 63 countries! – all keen to get to know more than 3,000 horses representing 60 breeds, attend more than 200 appointments embracing animations, competitions and shows, as well as discover cutting-edge products thanks to 750 exhibiting companies. Success on all fronts, as the President of Veronafiere, Maurizio Danese, "Fieracavalli this year continues a tradition of success that began 119 years ago. Veronafiere is closely involved with institutions, federations, associations and companies to promote the development of a green economy sector that in Italy boasts more than 400,000 horses and employs almost 50,000 people. In 2018, we will celebrate the important goal of 120 editions and we are already working to celebrate this date with new initiatives and even greater involvement of the city of Verona and its historic centre. Our dream is to bring horses back into the Arena." Not should be overlook Jumping Verona, hosting for 17 editions the only Italian leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™. This year was a breath-taking event for 6,000 lucky people who managed to grab tickets for the Grand Prix in the afternoon. Four Italian riders made it to the jump off and hopes of an Italian victory were only dashed by the fast clear round for Maikel van der Vleuten, the Dutchman who triumphed today. Alberto Zorzi came second to move into the number one spot in the provisional World Cup rankings, flying Italy's blue colours from the top of the world. "This year's results rewarded our commitment towards constant improvement and innovation at Fieracavalli. The international calibre of the show has grown. Enthusiasts and sector operators were welcomed by the entire equestrian value chain in Verona through its top-level events." So said Giovanni Mantovani, CEO & Director General of Veronafiere, on definitively closing the 119th edition of Fieracavalli - while inviting everyone to save the date for next year in Verona: 25-28 October 2018.