Valentina working on a trio as hope for Tokyo Olympics

Valentina Truppa salutes a great sporting year, marked by the beautiful participation at the past Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

For Valentina Truppa, the post Olympic period was one of the most productive and a source of great satisfaction. After the retirement from competitions of Chablis she put temporarily aside participation to international events. The Italian Olympic rider dedicated her time to the growth of her younger horses with which, since some time now, she started competing in national circuits. And the confirmations are promising.

In September 2016, the CDN in Mondovi, at the Regional Championship, Valentina Troop won the first position with both horses she brought to the rectangle: riding the young Smile Di Fonteabeti ended in the top of the podium for the FEI Young Horses category reserved to 4 years-old, while the more experienced Sauvignon scored a great victory in the category reserved to 7 years old horses.

Valentina, Sauvignon and Smile Di Fonteabeti were soon again in the spotlight. The Italian Championship in Caselle di Sommacampagna, held between late September and early October 2016, reserved six podiums to the Amazon; twice, Valentina and Smile Di Fonteabeti closed ahead of everyone else in the category Young Horses 4 years-old, thus winning the third podium towering in the final standings. Similarly, with Sauvignon, the rider took second place in two stages reserved for the 7 year old Young Horses, then getting the second place in the final standings of the category.

Valentina Truppa could not end the year in a better way, conquering another first place in the last competition of 2016. With Sauvignon, in fact, she closed in front of everyone in the Prix St. Georges at CDN None, for the traditional Christmas Competition in December.

The productive period saw the arrival at the A.S.D. Centro Equestre Monferrato, where Valentina trains and operates as instructor, of some interesting and promising newcomers.

Two new entries arrived from Germany; Haley's Comet, mare daughter of Hochdel whose paternal bloodline comes from Caprimond and Donnerhall while the mother by Weltmeyer and Lauries Crusador, and Devalero, son of Diamond Hit, from the stable of Ingo Pape from which also came Sauvignon. These three horses, Haley's Comet, Devalero and, indeed, Sauvignon are Valentina Truppa's hope trio leading to Tokyo 2020.

In addition to Smile Di Fonteabeti, another young 4 year old horse arrived to CEM, Dolcetto (by Diamond Hit), while in the three years the arrival of Zeus, from Zacks x Rodhiamant, has aroused great emotion for the quality of his movements.