Italian rider Giovanni Ugolotti (33) is based near Naunton in Gloucestershire. It will be a third visit to Badminton for Giovanni who with Badminton entry Oplitas represented Italy at the European Championships at Blair Castle.
With Stilo Kontika he made his Badminton debut in 2014 and that year the combination represented Italy at the WEG and finished in 22nd place. Giovanni made his senior championship debut the year before, at the European Championships in Malmo, jumping double clear with Stilo Kontika and were members of the fourth placed Italian team. Last year he gained his best result to date, winning the CCI3* at Ballindenisk (Oplitas).
Giovanni began eventing in Italy and progressed up the levels finishing 4th in the 1999 Italian Junior Championships. From 2002 – 2007 he was a member of the Italian Army Equestrian Team before coming to England in May 2008 where he worked for Andrew Nicholson and rode young horses for Tristram Owers.
In 2008 he placed 1st and 2nd at Hartpury CCI*, and won the Pau CIC**. In 2010 he finished 12th at Pau CCI4* taking the prize for the ‘best first timer’.
Giovanni a keen football fan and supporter of AC Milan, is engaged to Canadian international rider Kathryn Robinson who is also entered for Badminton.
Oplitas is a 15-year-old Spanish sport horse gelding. He was bred in Spain by Ramon Beca and is by the thoroughbred Fines out of Berganza by the Hanoverian Golfi – he is a full brother to Badminton entries Armada and Nereo – if they all take part it will be the first time ever for three full siblings. Oplitas was formerly produced and ridden by Andrew Nicholson and Giovanni acquired the ride in 2012.
17.0hh , bay , gelding
Dam Berganza (Golfi)
Varenna Allen, Reading, Berks.
Mary Bathurst, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon.
Kathryn Robinson, Cheltenham, Glos.