Riccardo Pisani and Chaclot, a duo on the rise
Tell us about the string of horses supporting Chaclot...
There is Cristo 28 (Cornado I and Stakkato), he’s a great second horse. He may not be at the level that Chaclot is at, but he plays an important role in my stable. And if not him, I have the 6- and 7-year-old’s that I mentioned earlier. Last year, we sold a horse so that we could reinvest in the sport and as a result, I don't have many horses jumping at the highest level. Silvia has four horses at the top level, including her excellent horse, Charlemagne (Cachas).
Do you ever swap horses between yourselves?
That may happen from time to time, but generally not often.
Do you also take your young horses to international competitions?
Yes, for example, I took Seronera to Knokke. It’s important that young horses get used to those big events. To get used to the atmosphere.
What does it mean for you to ride for your country?
That has always been my dream. The Nations Cup is still the highlight of the weekend for me. I like the atmosphere of those competitions. I’m happy to have been able to ride in so many Cups over the past two years, and I hope it will continue. We have a great team spirit. I've been on the Italian team in Division II a few times before, but I've never felt such an incredible connection between the riders than these last two seasons. We’re together all the time, in both good times and bad.
What are your plans for the future, especially as Italy didn’t book a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?
This week we’ll participate in the World Cup stage in Verona and Chaclot will then have a break before refocusing on next season. He’ll then go to Belgium for 4 to 6 weeks and will be back home just before Christmas. In January, he’ll start the new season again at the Sunshine Tour and for the rest of the season, our plans are not set yet as lots can change.
Do you have any dreams?
I’ve had the opportunity to ride in some of the most beautiful places in the world, such as Spruce Meadows. It was definitely a dream to go there. But the major competitions that I’m keen to participate in one day are of course Aachen and Geneva. And the Olympic Games, of course, is my ultimate goal.
Do you have time for any other passions?
Not really, but I do regularly follow the football news. My son Andrea and I are fans of Inter Milan, and we try to go to their matches from time to time. But otherwise, I don't really have any other passions. I like to stay home with my family or enjoy a good restaurant.