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.