'I Can't Win With a Horse I Don’t Love': Eight Lessons Luciana Diniz Has Learned From Fit for Fun 13

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sk Luciana Diniz about Fit for Fun 13 and chances are, she’s going to get a little gushy. After more than five years together, the 15-year-old Hanoverian mare has not only helped the Portuguese rider achieve some of her best results to date, she’s also become a treasured partner and teacher. “I can't win with a horse that I don’t love,” she says, adding that 'Fitty’s' special characteristics have actually changed the way she looks for future partners. Fit for Fun, Luciana explains, is a more than appropriate name for the mare because “it’s pure pleasure to ride her.”

Although the pair ended up pulling out of last year's World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C., they have proven over the years that they embody a true partnership, with top placings in international events a regular occurrence. Luciana shares eight things she's learned about riding – and about life – from her chestnut partner-in-crime: