Ogni mese, all’interno di questa rubrica, vi proporremo un libro diverso, un romanzo o un manuale, un volume che racconti il forte legame che si instaura tra cavallo e uomo.
Questo mese abbiamo scelto il romanzo di Sara Albanese.

Il cavallo, si sa, per sua natura non ama ciò che avviene dietro le spalle, preferisce ciò che accade davanti agli occhi e questo, in chiave metaforica, lo rende il miglior amico che si possa avere.

Quello di Sara Albanese più che un romanzo è uno scrigno di emozioni, parole semplici ma di grande impatto, che toccano delicatamente il cuore, così come la sua storia.

In questo libro-diario Sara si apre al pubblico, raccontando con grande emozione la sua storia personale, come in un viaggio, si corre da una tappa all’altra, scivolando tra le pagine.
L’amore per i cavalli e il forte legame che la lega a questo animale, da sempre così presente nella sua vita, fa di questo libro il nostro consiglio del mese.

Info del libro:

ISBN – 9781471659928

PAGINE – 77


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 dressage rider Silvia Rizzo is one of the awarded “Brand Ambassadors” at the Chi è Chi Awards 2015 in Milan.
The prestigious recognition has been awarded at Palazzo Reale in Milan on Tuesday 22nd of September, as an opening event to 2015 Milano Fashion Week. Since 2001, the awards has honoured notable personalities in the Italian business world.
The 2015 edition main theme was “Brand Ambassadors”, namely people who bring Italian fashion in the world within their respective fields: Fashion, Design, Cinema, Music, Food, Sport, Charity and Beauty. And who could be a better testimonial of Made in Italy in Sport than Silvia?

Thanks to her passion and awareness about the latest fashion trends, Silvia has gained a large following in the equestrian world as a stylish icon, making a trademark of her elegant attitude in and off the dressage arenas.

Many people know her as the Italian Fashionist.

The jury of Chi è Chi, some of the best Italian fashion experts and editors, recognized Silvia’s commitment in sponsoring Italian style in the equestrian fashion field. Of course the collaboration between Silvia and Accademia Italiana plays a crucial role. Silvia was for many years a main testimonial and purchaser for our brand.

The awards were presented by ten young Italian entrepreneurs and startuppers, chosen by the Town Council of Milan for their original and innovative ideas. Cristina Tajani, councillor for Work Politics, Economical Development, University and Research was the host of the ceremony.


Summer now comes to an end, with the first rainy days of the new season.
But don’t worry! Accademia Italiana helps you to get into the new season mood with an exclusive preview of the 2015-16 fall/winter collection, which will be soon available on our shop online.

fall-winter-2Gino Moschetti’s brand never stops and is already bursting with ideas for next season.
The inspiration for the new fall/winter season comes from two distinct but somewhat linked cultural references: eighteenth century baroque and gypsy.
Accademia Italiana took the inspiration for BAROQUE mood from an age bursting with creativity and artistic flair, matched with an odd taste for magniloquent and daring shapes… in all artistic fields, including fashion.
The eighteenth century was also the golden age of the horse, both in terms of its importance to human activities and of the acknowledgement of its role.
All of these suggestions merge to bring the Italian designer’s collection to life in a perfect mix of style and passion for the equestrian world.

The EMPIRE item offers the main features who are essential to every rider: elegance and technicity.
In this case, elegance comes from the all-over textured insert with one of the brand trademarks: the LOGO texture, characterizing all of the most sophisticated items by Accademia Italiana in the last few years. In EMPIRE breeches we can find it perfectly matched with another main feature of the house: the polyamide exclusively produced soft and tough fabric.
With a wide selection of colours, EMPIRE gives the unique opportunity to impersonate a real XVIII century knight, and to be a brave warrior, then a lonely hero, then a sly and clever outlaw, as you prefer it. You will be part of the most realistic role-playing game you have ever tried!
The dull blue shade of NOTTURNO colour proposes a Blade Runner style dark and charming look, more sophisticated PLUM and STEEL hues and the CORTEX variation complete the EMPIRE colour range.
References and quotations within this item goes from comic strips to videogmaes, to cult movies like the Pirates of the Caribbean saga. Keyword is to get away from reality and to highlight a new and unusual side of your personality, never forgetting to stay stable in the saddle thanks to our silicon Grip, which never misses as in all breeches by Accademia Italiana.
The other items within the baroque mood: BAROQUE, a located printed pattern, available in STEEL, PLUM and BLACK, and the two textured items LOGO (you can choose it in a BLACK or a MOLE hue) and DAMASK, with an all-over pattern of eighteenth century inspiration.

fall-winter-4This last item leads us to the second mood crossing Accademia Italina 2016 winter season: GYPSY.
Dripping with Gypsy culture suggestions and exotic atmospheres which recall ancient Oriental treasures and preciously damasked fabrics, this mood shows itself rich in colours and with a sophisticated and youthful taste. According a preference to winter hues like ECRÙ, MUSK, NAVY, ENNÉ, Gino Moschetti presents the GYPSY item, characterized by a refined multicoloured embroidery on both pockets, together with a range of romantic and evocative named textures (POEM, LOVE & PEACE).

star-polo-plumNot only breeches in the latest collection by Accademia Italiana for 2015-16 winter season.
The reknown Italian equestrian clothing brand also presents its seamless POLO SHIRTS in the new colours coordinated with the whole collection (WHITE, PLUM).
But that’s not all, folks! A real tsunami is coming to bring a fresh wave of innovation in the field of technical clothing for the practice of dressage and jumping. Its name is AIR SYSTEM, the new jacket designed by Gino Moschetti’s brand. We could say the name of this item speaks on its own. And that’s actually true. Its revolutionary aspect is the technical, extralight and incredibly transpiring fabric. We can see the italian stylist’s trademark in the inserts on the hips and in the sleeves inner side, conceived in a special fabric made of net, that allows the body to breath freely during the warmest and most difficult competions.
Once again, Gino Moschetti designed Air System jackets with a special touch to introduce a casual but refined taste, as with the pocket zips with a thin orange fluo profile, or with the collar and vents on the back emphasized by the distinctive LOGO pattern.


The Italian Fashionist. This is how Silvia Rizzo has been known within the international tour. The Italian rider who elected Germany as her second homeland, has always made brave choices about her outfit, and this has become her trademark in the saddle. Always careful to everything around her in the fashion field, open to all kind of innovation and experimentation, she acted as a trailblazer in a new way of conceiving the discipline of dressage, and gave a huge contribution to shake and modernize a world which risks to stay immovable. And the crowd seems to notice this: Silvia is one of the most popular and more easily recognizable rider for a multitude of fans, to such extent that she deserved the nickname  « The fashionist ». This is due to the natural bond she can establish with her public thanks to her smile and kindness, what makes Silvia one of the most intriguing characters on the equestrian scene.

For all these reasons, Italian fashion designer Gino Moschetti immediately thought of her as a perfect testimonial for his brand. Not only she is a dressage rider of international level, she also embodies perfectly the concept behind Accademia Italiana: to provide professional riders with a wide range of breeches, polos and competition jackets assuring comfort, stability and a new stylish outfit.

Silvia Rizzo joined that mission with great enthusiasm. Her link with the brand got stronger year after year thanks to a mutual respect and a common faith in the need for a clear change in the equestrian world.

 

Now, after a long and successful collaboration made of ambitious targets achieved together, Gino Moschetti and Silvia Rizzo decided to take a further step within their partnership. From the green fields of her German estate Hof Marabunta, where she lives in company of her beloved horses, Silvia, together with her trainer and partner Michele Betti, has recently become an Accademia Italiana official retailer, and in this new position she has been playing an important role not only in Northern Germany.

From continuative items Master and Dresseur to the most contemporary ones, from prints to colors which are distinctive features of Accademia Italiana, Silvia Rizzo goes on to represent at her best the brand products and  philosophy.

Thanks to her status as a fashion icon and communication skills, Silvia can now approach a demanding and qualified public all over Germany to the brand collections, also through a new show-room, staged at her estate in Lower Saxony.

 


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.


A funny video of Andreas Helgstrand’s dressage exhibition with a hip-hop soundtrack in the background.

What do you think about it? Could it be an alternative way to broaden the popularity of the discipline within a larger crowd?


What happens if you put together a charming song and two talented and glamorous dressage riders?
It’s gonna be something awesome, no doubt about it!

I can’t figure you out – by HUGH
Directed by: Eoin Glaister with Charlie and Abi Hutton participation