About

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Giovanni progressed up the levels in Italy, finishing 4th in the Italian Junior Championships in 1999.

From 2002 - 2007 he was a member of the Italian Army Equestrian Team before coming to England in May 2008 where he worked for Andrew Nicholson and rode young horses for Tristram Owers.

In 2008 he placed 1st and 2nd at Hartpury CCI*, and won the Pau CIC2*. In 2010 he finished 5th at Saumur CCI3* and 12th at Pau CCI4*, taking the prize for the best first timer. He finished 11th at Boekelo CCI3* in 2011 and 15th at Saumur CCI3* in 2012.

2013 was a great season for Giovanni, with an 8th at Chatsworth CIC3*, 5th at Tattersalls CCI3*, 15th in the British Open Championships and 16th in the Blenheim 8/9YO CIC3* Championships. To top it all, he and Stilo Kontika represented Italy at the European Championships in Malmo, jumping double clear for 25th place.

Giovanni & Stilo Kontika retained their place on the Italian team for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, finishing 22nd individually. Then, in 2105 Giovanni and Oplitas won the CCI3* at Ballindenisk which helped to earn them a place on the Italian squad for the 2015 European Championships at Blair Castle.

The following year they completed their first Mitsubishi Motors Badminton, and were named as first reserves for the Rio Olympic Games. Giovanni finished his 2016 season with a double clear at Boekelo on CCI3* first timer Cult Rewind.

Kathryn was a keen member of the Woodland Pytchley Pony Club where she went through the Pony Club tests and competed regularly. She came back to competitive riding after she finished A levels and a University Arts Foundation course, starting her eventing career at Sam Albert's as a working pupil. She then went on to work a season at Roger Charlton race yard and also a season at Alan King; both were very educational.

Cranford StudIn 2010 Kathryn placed 3rd in the CCI1* at Houghton, and 4th and 11th in the CCI2* at Osberton. The following year she represented Canada at the London Olympic Test Event in Greenwich, jumping triple clear, leading to her being short listed for the Olympic Games.

2013 was a good year for Kathryn as well as for Giovanni. She placed 12th & 15th in the CIC3*s at Tattersalls and Chatsworth, before finishing 11th in the Blair Castle CCI3*. Her form continued in 2014: 9th at Chatsworth and 10th at Hartpury CIC3*s and then finishing the season with a 7th place in her first CCI4* at Pau.

In 2015 Kathryn & Bee were 21st in Belton Park's CIC3*, also completing Aachen CICO3* and earning their first team selection, riding at the Pan Am Games. In 2016 Kathryn achieved her long held dream of riding at Badminton, Let It Bee jumping a double clear. With a 15th place at Barbury CIC3*, Kathryn and Bee were on the plane to Rio and a first Olympic Games.