Biography

“A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character.”

Stella has French roots although she was born in Italy, and grew up in Switzerland studying in Lugano. 

Her family were not involved in the equestrian industry but always been extremely supportive from the beginning. Stella had her first riding lesson at the riding club in Verona at the age of 4 years old. 

Stella started eventing at the age of 12. Up until then she had only been competing at show jumping.

At the age of 15 Stella took her first experience abroad in Belgium where she had the honour to work with René and Stanny Van Paesschen. 

Stella competed at the European Championship in 2006 IRL  – 2008 SUI and 2010 CZE (best Italian score 12th place) and she achieved a bronze medal at the Yr Italian champions in 2010 riding Miss Wanted Fast

Stella has been based with Nicolas Touzaint (Anger) in 2009, Dirk Schrade (Düsseldorf) in 2012  and Andreas Dibowski (Döle) 2014 all of whom have been top event riders for some time before she moved to England in 2015.

In between the experiences she enjoyed abroad Stella’s base in Switzerland was Avenches / Kerzers at Stall Notz where she was working with Jürg Notz (Show Jumping), Jürg Röthlisberger (Dressage) and Peter Hasenböhler (Cross Country).

In 2012 after several results at the top level of eventing Stella was engaged as a member of the Italian Air Force as an eventing athlete, and was short listed for London Olympics 2012.

Between 2010 and 2019 Stella has competed at major events for the Italian Team including: Boekelo, World Cup Malmö, Aachen in 2011 and 2012, and Luhmühlen. She had her debut at  CC5* level in 2011 at Pau, qualified for London Olympics at Saumur and had several top 10 finishes at CCI4*,

In 2019 Stella left the Italian Air Force, focusing more on trading young sport horses and breeding.

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