There are several names you must know if you are practicing horseback riding in Italy.
Particularly three names went down in history, the pride of our nation in showjumping:
Raimondo D’Inzeo: 1 gold medal (Rome 1960) 2 silver medals (Melbourne 1956) 3 bronze medals (Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964, Munich 1972)
He and his brother, Piero D’Inzeo, the so called “invincible brothers” were the top of the Italian showjumping, ranking first and second at the 1960 Olympic games; they were even the first athletes to participate in 8 consecutive editions from 1948 to 1976.
Piero D’Inzeo: 2 silver medals (Melbourne 1956, Rome 1960), 4 bronze medals (Melbourne 1956, Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964, Munich 1972)
Piero is remembered even for being the most succesfull horse rider at the international horse show “Piazza di Siena” (8 titles won).
Graziano Mancinelli: 1 gold medal (Munich 1972), 2 bronze medals (Tokyo 1964, Munich 1972).
Called “Il cavaliere” (the equestrian par excellence): he grew up in a modest family, winning several competitions with cheap horses, reason why he was disliked by the “Roman high social class” equestrian, who rode superior breeding horses losing.