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)

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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)

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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).

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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.

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