Lorenzo Antali is a young Italian rider, born in 1994, competing in jumping contests. In 2015, he and his horse Campej, a bay stallion, have achieved prominent success in regional and national competitions.

Since last year, Accademia Italiana has signed a partnership with Lorenzo, choosing him as one of its testimonials. The young talented rider embodies all of the Italian brand principles: passion, devotion, elegance and attitude. Accademia Italiana strongly believes in and supports all young athletes who are working hard to make their dreams come true.

The last months of the year have been full of strong experiences and emotions for Lorenzo and Campej.

On 23rd October, they took part in a Csi 2 stelle competition in Cattolica and achieved qualification to the Grand Premio delle Regioni under 21 of Fieracavalli in Verona.

On 5th November, they made their debut on the prestigious field of Verona, ending up with a 14th place. Lorenzo admitted he felt great feelings by competing on a stage where, two days after, some of the best names of Jumping made their appearance.

Lorenzo and Campej ended the year with some notable results and making their debut in a national Grand Prix in Gorla Minore.

The New Year began with an exceptional second place in c130 category, once again in Gorla Minore, on 12th February 2016.

Accademia Italiana wishes good luck to Lorenzo Antali and Campej for the new season, in the hope of new success and gratification together!

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Today I am going to tell you a story. A true story which may sound like a movie. Indeed, if it were an American story, it would have probably already been adapted into a movie. But this is not a Hollywood story, our story comes from Germany, where it’s known as “the legend of Stockholm”.

The main characters are West German Olympic rider Hans Günter Winkler and his horse Halla, a national hero, a kind of German Seabiscuit. (do you know Seabiscuit’s story? We talked about it in our article about horses starring in movies).

Why the “legend of Stockholm”? It’s 1956. The Olympic Games will take place for the first time down under, in Melbourne, in the month of December. But not for all the athletes. The equestrian competitions took place months before in Stockholm, because of quarantine laws in Australia not allowing the transport of horses.

Germany was not having a good time then. With the country politically split in two nations, The Germans had not fully recovered from the hardship of post-war era.

Sport helped the country to rebuild a sense of national pride. Two years before, West Germany national football team won for the first time the World cup in Switzerland, beating football power Hungary in the final game, a glorious feat that would be remembered as the “Miracle of Bern”.

Just two years after that exploit, German sport fans could testify another miracle, the “legend of Stockholm”.

Final round of the team jumping. No surprise to see the German riders competing for the gold medal. At the beginning of the competition, though, it seemed that luck was not on their side.

In the first round, Winkler pulled a groin muscle at the penultimate obstacle, after his mare took off early and threw him out of position.

The pain did not allow Winkler even to stand sitting in the saddle. Without him, the German team would have been eliminated and lost an assured medal. But Winkler did not want to give up. After he was given tranquilizers, Winkler could comfortably sit. However, drugs that could reduce the pain also made him quite unconscious, and therefore he was only given black coffee before his final ride to reduce his dizziness.

He totally trusted his horse Halla. And Halla repayed him with an incredible performance.Just a few years before, Halla was considered a “difficult horse” no one could ride because of her bad temper.

There is no other tie stronger than that between a rider and his/her horse.

“She knew that something was wrong” Winkler said after the triumph. That day he could barely steer her through the course. The rest was up to her.
Halla completed a clear course, giving to her rider and the German team individual and team gold.

It was a great triumph for the Germans, perhaps not as much for the Italian team. The silver medal was awarded to the “Azzurri”, led by brothers Piero e Raimondo D’inzeo, together on the podium also individually (behind Winkler and Halla, of course).

The D’inzeo brothers would have had their share of glory four years after, when the Olympics were held in their hometown, Rome.

In 1956, it was Winkler and Halla’s turn to give birth to the “legend of Stockholm”. The rider became one of the most celebrated German athletes of his time. The mare is still one of the most successful horses at the Olympic Games, with a total of three gold medals.

It is all due to the special tie they built together year after year, even when nobody believed anymore in Halla, who was meant to be an “unexpressed talent”.


Italian rider Lorenzo Antali achieved a great result last weekend. The young promising equestrian ranked in 7thplace at the 2015 Criterium Young Rider.

A prestigious result for the twenty-year-old, who since this year has signed a strong partnership with Italian brand Accademia Italiana, always supporting rising talents within the national equestrian movement.

antali_7_2Riding Campej, a bay stallion born in 2002 (son of Corrado I x Landgraf), Lorenzo, under the guide of his trainer Giovanni Oberti, contested a massive race. Concluding day 1 with four penalties, he had the best time (no penalties) in day 2. In the final he had four penalties, achieving an impressive 7th position overall. His great performance earned him the honour to get an award from FISE president, Knight Vittorio Orlandi.

Accademia Italiana congratulates  Lorenzo and Campej for their excellent performance, waiting for the next official competitions, youth Test Event in Bologna and CSI in Cattolica, where our brand will be as usual by his side.