Riccardo Pisani and Chaclot, a duo on the rise
Your stables are called Lozar Stables. Where does that name come from?
Silvia Bazzani: In 2008, we went to Holland to look at a group of young horses. Among them was a 7-year-old, Zarajevo, that we bought. I did my first national Grand Prix, and I got my first ranking with him, and then I got pregnant. Riccardo rode him for a few months, then we received a call from François Mathy to see if he was for sale. I wasn't happy about selling him, but my parents told me it was a good opportunity to reinvest in some good youngstock. So we sold him. That was the first time we earnt a lot of money from a sale and were able to buy even better young horses. Riccardo used to call Zarajevo "Lozar", and when we needed a name for our stables, that was the one we went with. And even though the sale was difficult at the time, I think it was a good opportunity, because Chaclot wouldn’t be here if we hadn't sold him.
How do you organize your stable?
We have about 20 horses. Each of us has a groom for international competitions. We have two flatwork riders and two grooms. So that’s 6 people that work for us in total. We started breeding thanks to Chaclot. We started thinking about it two years ago and bought some foals. It's a long-term venture. We’d like to have between 3 to 5 foals per year. We have a friend who knows a lot about breeding that helps us make the best breeding choices and finds good lines, especially maternal ones. We’re trying to find foals from dams who have several offspring competing at 145cm and higher. We hope to train good horses for the future. We bought two more foals at a sale in Opglabbeek. Of course, we won't really know if they’re good horses for about 10 years or so, and maybe then they’ll be for Andrea and not for us anymore! These two agendas, high level sport and breeding, complement each other perfectly.
Has Chaclot ever had any foals?
Yes, we're waiting to see his first foals. We’re starting to get a lot of breeding requests, especially after the Europeans in Rotterdam. There should be between 20 and 25 Chaclot foals next year. What’s incredible about him is that he is very similar to his sire, Chacco Blue, both physically and in his temperament, and we know how excellent that mythical stallion has been at breeding. But we’ll have to wait until we see his first foals on the ground. I hope that in a few years’ time we’ll talk about Chaclot as a successful stallion.
Chaclot at the European Championships this Summer in Rotterdam
What type of mare would you cross with Chaclot?
Chaclot has a lot of blood, he’s a horse with great technique and a lot of respect. I think he would suit quite different types of mares. He has a lot of heart. He may not be the fastest horse, but he has enough blood. For example, we have chosen a mare that is not very tall, another that didn’t have enough ability. Chaclot could also go well with a mare who doesn't have the best temperament, because he is really extraordinary, he is very mentally sound. At competitions, he never gets stressed, he sleeps for long periods of time in the box, but once on course, he knows what he has to do.
How is his life as a stallion organized?
We only do frozen semen with him. Last year, he was collected in Italy. But this Winter he may go to Belgium. That will also depend on the indoor season’s program.
Do you have riders who compete for you?
Yes, Mateo Bianco competes our young horses from 4 til 6 years old. As soon as they’re ready for international competition, they’re brought here. He does a very good job. Before, we did everything ourselves, but now that Silvia has horses to compete internationally as well, we have less time available. And he’s a great rider.
What is a typical day like at Lozar Stables?
The alarm clock goes off very early. We have to get the children ready for school which is 40 minutes away. Silvia drives them to school and I exercise. Then, we ride about 6 horses each. The young ones don’t work much. We give them time to grow. The more experienced horses work between 2 and 3 times a day. When we finish riding, the children get back from school and they often want to ride as well. I also train some customers in the area. But that’s only three days a week, because the rest of the time, we're out competing.
When do you go to Belgium to see Jos Lansink?
In 2018, we stayed there for 3 months during the Summer. We took 15 horses, even the old ponies, and the whole staff. This year, we went in April and stayed there for 5 months... If we continue at this rate, we’ll be living there in two years! We have to bear in mind that that’s where everything happens. There are so many competitions, so many horse dealers...
To be continued tomorrow...