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Pietro Sandei – The Italian Stallion – The new Eventing Pin Up – See How He Got On At Badminton 2019

Pietro Sandei – The Italian Stallion – The new Eventing Pin Up – See How He Got On At Badminton 2019

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Italian Eventer what more could a girl ask for!!


Italian owner/rider Pietro Sandei (27) who is based near Parma in Italy enjoyed a successful Badminton debut in 2017 with his former ride Mouse. With Badminton entry Rubis De Prere he was a member of the Italian team for the 2018 WEG, won team bronze at the 2017 European Championships and that same year the combination won the Italian Championship at Montelibretti. Since 2011 he has represented Fiamme Oro, the sports section of the Italian police force.

Pietro was a former member of Italian Pony, Junior and Young Rider teams competing at four European Championships. He was a winner of Pony team bronze (2007) and in 2011 rode Mouse at the 2011 Young Rider Europeans. In 2015 he represented Italy as an individual at the European Championships at Blair Castle.

Pietro trains with James Connor and Jacopo Comelli and outside of eventing enjoys cycling, running and mixed martial arts. His mother is now breeding horses for the future.

Rubis De Prere is a 14-year-old Selle Francais gelding. He is by Fedor De Seves out of a mare by Quandy Du Mayne (a daughter of Galoubet A).  Rubis was acquired as six-year-old. In 2017 the combination won the CCI3* at Vairano.


Pietro Sandei completed his dressage on Thursday and put in a fantastic performance to see him sitting 8th overnight on a score of 30.6 in front of UK’s Pippa Funnell and Izzy taylor. The uniform definitely had us weak at the knees!!

You have just finished your Dressage, are you pleased with that performance?

The first impression was very good. I love this place. For the first time in my horses life he was a little tense but we do our best but for today I am very happy.

Are you looking forward to the cross country?

I think that it will be exciting. I think it is a good track and we shall do our best but we shall see.

After the second day of dressage Pietro and Rubis De Prere went into the cross country sitting in a respectable 18th.

Cross country 

IMG_1525What a lovely round Pietro Sandei and Rubis De Prere had they got some lovely jumps around the course. Fence 7 and 8 Joules Corners just looked effortless. The Shogun Hollow at Fence 10ab which was causing some issues just looked effortless for this combination as they jumped it spot on. Rubis De Prere gave a huge jump over 11/12 the kbis Bridge which was a decent size fence in itself, they must have felt airborne for quite some time there!. I had my heart in my mouth moment at the Outlander PHEV Bank but some clever footwork from the horse got them out of trouble and then they just bowled on round the course. Rubin De Prere looked full of running still at the end of the course and they jumped clear though unfortunately 33.6 time penalties cost them dearly and they dropped from 18th place to 42nd place going forward to showjumping. However they were a delight to watch go across the country and we here still very are taken with this combination.

How was your cross country ride ?

I am very happy, it is the horses first 5* and he went very well. Sometimes we helped each other,  I helped him and sometimes he helped me. I am very proud of him

PIETRO SANDEIRubis De Prere passed the trot up this morning following yesterdays cross country after a slight scare, they were sent to the holing box for a further check and after some deliberation they were given the green light and they headed into the morning session of showjumping.


This Combination put in a lovely fluent round which was lovely and steady but a little too steady and they incurred 1.6 time penalties and this added to their 3 poles down. They got a lovely huge jump over the last and but it was a lovely round to watch and I think that this pair have much more to show us yet! This is only Pietro’s second Badminton and it was the horse’s first ever 5 star so definitely ones to watch!

From what we could see you were jumping really well.

Yeah the horse jumped well but there was a lot of atmosphere in the arena. I am happy as we finished in the best way and I hope to do better next year.

Italian stallionYou had a little bit of a moment at the trot up this morning but he jumped a lovely fluent round 

This morning did not start very well but it was all good in the end and the feeling with the horse was good in the end. I think he suffered from the pressure of the big atmosphere with the crowds in the arena, but we will work on that for our next competition.

The only way to get them used to an atmosphere like this is to bring them here so it’s all experience under your belt and gives you something to build on.

Yes it has been a great experience for me and the horse and we can go home with the big experience

What are your plans now after Badminton?

Now I have to go home, I have a big travel back. Then I will work with young horses for the next month and for him we shall see about the European Championships

Pietro and Rubis De Pere finished 42nd and I have to say this is an exciting combination to watch and he certainly had the girls in the media centre weak at the knees so we most certainly look forward to their return to the uk.

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