Born on 13 July 1985 in London, Charlotte Dujardin is a world dressage champion. She competed with the gelding Valegro, which was entrusted to her to be trained, in her first dressage Grand Prix event in 2011. Since then the pair won many prestigious competitions as the European Dressage Championship in Rotterdam and the FEI World Cup Grand Prix in London in 2011. Again, with Valegro, she won the 2012 World Cup Freestyle event in London and in August of the same year they won both the team and the individual dressage gold medal at the 2012 Games of the XXX Olympiad. In 2013 she was awarded the gold at the FEI European Championships in Herning. In 2014 she won the Dressage World Cup in Lyon and the year after in Las Vegas. Again in 2015 she earned the gold in the freestyle and special dressage events, and silver in the team event at the FEI European Championships in Aachen. She became the first dressage rider to hold the World Cup, as well as other world and European titles. She was also an Olympian winner. She joined Acavallo team in 2012. She uses the Acavallo products in training and in competitions. In particular, she uses a Sheepskin Just Gel Pad under her saddle and a Shaped Gel Pad directly on Valegro’s back. About those products she said: “I love my Acavallo gel pad for the comfort and freedom it gives Valegro. He enjoys the therapeutic gel pads under his saddle and the beautiful lambskin adds that special touch, as well as a super soft shock absorbing layer. I wouldn’t be without them”.
Scott Brash is currently the world number one show jumper born on 23 November 1985 in Peebles, Scotland. He began riding with his own pony at the age of seven, and at ten years old did his first show jumping competition with The Pony Club. Brash’s top horse is Hello Sanctos, currently the world number one horse, with whom he has been riding since late 2011. He competed as part of the British Team at 2012 Games of the XXX Olympiad in London and won the gold medal in the team event. He won the World Cup Grand Prix in Florida in 2012. In 2013 Scott Brash won the team gold and individual bronze medal at the Hearing FEI European Championships. He was also awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). In November of the same year, Scott sealed victory in the Grand Prix at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Doha. In 2014, Scott became the first rider ever to win three Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in the same season, in Cannes, Cascais–Estoril and London. In the same year, he won the Rolex Grand Prix in Geneva. In May 2015, Brash and Hello Sanctos won the Rolex Grand Prix titles in Aachen and Calgary. This made him the first rider to win show jumping’s Rolex Grand Slam and the sport’s biggest individual prize. Again, he won three legs of the LGCT Grand Prix in 2015, and has topped the Longines World Rankings since 2013. Scott Brash joined Acavallo team in 2015. The company does not consider him just an ambassador but also a collaborator who can help to bring innovation in existing products and new ones.
Valentina Truppa, born in Milano on March 18, 1986, currently is the most successful Italian Dressage rider ever. She is trained by her father, Dr. Enzo Truppa, who was an internationally successful dressage rider himself, being the first Italian to participate in Dressage World Championships in 1982. Dr. Enzo Truppa is working as an FEI 5 Star international dressage judge today. Valentina Truppa started riding at the age of four and began competing on horse shows when she was twelve. As a military police officer, she is a member of the Carabinieri Army Sports Group. Valentina achieved excellent results both on national and international level right from the start of her career. She was three times Young Riders’ World Champion and two times Young Riders’ European Champion. Furthermore, during this period, she won two other individual silver and bronze medals and one additional team bronze medal. Valentina can also look back to 28 wins at national championships by now. In 2012, she became bronze medalist at the Dressage World Cup Finals and took part in the Olympic Games in London, representing Italy as an individual rider. Valentina won several outstanding international competitions, two of which on World Dressage Masters level. Besides this, she has been training and schooling numerous Italian Grand Prix dressage riders during the last years. At the Arezzo international dressage horse show on June 7, 2015, she fell off one of her younger horses and was heavily injured. Due to a severe head trauma, she had to be placed in an artificial coma. Fortunately, she recovered well and after only 109 days, in September, she returned to competition and qualified for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games where she took part, being her second Olympic Games.