Both Giovanni and Cristina De Marchi were born with a very strong passion for horses.
Giovanni started to ride when he was just 10 and his first teacher was so impressed by Giovanni’s passion that he personally used to go to pick him up from the train station and drive him to the riding school.
Cristina, started as a child to train (or at least try to train) any animal available ranging from hamsters, cats, dogs and even crickets, making them do show jumping! She inherited her passion for horses and horse back riding from her grandmother who herself was given the passion from her family.
They met very young and 23 years ago they decided to dedicate their lives to their passion for the equestrian art. They moved from Milan to Tuscany in one of the most beautiful spots in the Chianti area where they founded the Equestrian Riding Centre Il Paretaio.
Their brilliant career as trainers started in Milan with the meeting of a French master Gerard Beckrich, followed by the meeting of Albert Moyerson, a very reputable horseman and pupil for many years of the great Nuno Oliveira. At Albert Moyerson's Centre they had the chance to meet the master Louis Valenca, one of the chief riders in the Portuguese Equestrian School.
For more photos see pages 4 -7