Coming into the World Equestrian Games, Italy's Lorenzo de Luca and 10-year-old mare, Irenice Horta, had done exactly four shows together - the WEG rounding things out as lucky number five. And lucky it has been, with the pair rocking and rolling right into the top five seated riders going into Sunday's individual finals.
Lorenzo, ever cool and collected, is all smiles this week. From the expertly designed - and extremely challenging - courses, to navigating a brand new partnership with a mare who pushes athletic to the next level, he's feeling good about his chances to take home a medal. A gold one, to be exact.
Photos by Sportfot.
Written by Erin Lane
Erin Lane is the Director of Insider at NOËLLE FLOYD and a living definition of crazy horse girl. A lifelong hunter/jumper rider and avid polo player, Erin believes that equestrian education should be accessible to all riders and is on a mission to bring that to life through Insider. Shaped by the horse community, Erin wants to give back, build relationships connected by a passion for horses, and vibe with her fellow horse girls. You can pretty easily win her over with bay horses, weenie dogs, and wine in any form.