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"Stella has always had very natural riding skills and unusual connections with the animal. Horses become athletes because we train them but we must respect their nature and timing."

Stella was born in Italy and grew up in Lugano, Switzerland. Her family were not involved in the equestrian industry but have always been extremely supportive to her.

At the age of 16 Stella took her first experience abroad in Belgium during the summer months where she had the honour to work with René Van Paesschen for two weeks riding the young horses, meeting Stanny and the kids and living a wonderful experience.

After her high school degree aged 18 years old, Stella decided to leave home to base herself at a top eventing yard to start her approach to a professional career.

Stella had been based with Nicolas Touzaint (Anger), Dirk Schrade (Düsseldorf) and Andreas Dibowski (Döle) all of whom are top event riders.

While she was in Switzerland her base was in 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.

Unfortunately her family suffered of a tragic loss after the illnesses of her mother in December 2015. Stella’s mother Hélène fought against cancer bravely for 5 years. The following years have been very tough for Stella and her family and therefore her career slowed down a little bit and was put on hold.

Stella moved to England to set up her own business to produce young horses and compete at major events including Badminton and Burghley one day.

Stella initially based herself with a bunch of horses in a fantastic yard in the heart of Oxfordshire for a few years. In 2019 Stella decided to leave the Italian Air Force and moved  to a dream private yard in Cheshire, at Lower Rock Farm.

Between 2010 and 2019 Stella has competed at major events including; Boekelo, World Cup Malmö, Aachen twice with the Italian Team, CC5* Pau, several top 10 at CCI4*, Luhmühlen, Saumur and other local UK national and international shows in the last few years.

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