The Italian Equestrian Federation has named the team of four riders who will compete in the eventing competition at the Rio Olympics.
Italy originally qualified for the competition with a composite team of three riders who had qualified through the individual rankings. However, the withdrawal of one competitor meant the Italian team were given another berth in the competition, and now have a team of four riders.
The horses and riders chosen to represent Italy include:
- Stefano Brecciaroli and Apollo Vd Wendi Kurt Hoeve
- Luke Roman and Castlewoods Jake
- Peter Roman and Barraduff
- Arianna Schivo and Quefira de l’ Ormeau
Giovanni Ugolotti and Oplitas have been named as the reserve. Vittoria Panizzon was withdrawn from the Olympic selection process after both her and her horse Borough Pennyz incurred injures.
President of the FISE Vittorio Orlandi commented: “The three Olympic disciplines of the Italian equestrian sports are together again at the Olympic Games after sixteen years. It is the result, no doubt, commitment and perseverance of knights and amazons at the end of a difficult and challenging qualification process managed to reach a first major milestone. The Olympics have always been the most important goal of each Federation and I am sure that our pairs are every effort to live up to the “mandate” that Italy equestrian sport today has given them. they are all motivated and ready to face a challenge so important. I’m sorry for Vittoria Panizzon and Borough Pennyz, which last had to give up possibility of being summoned. they reach my very best wishes for a speedy recovery. Now everybody is focused on appointment in five circles that keep you busy professionals and enthusiasts for a whole month full of at the highest level sport.”