• Vittoria Panizzon

  • Vittoria Panizzon

  • Vittoria Panizzon

  • Vittoria Panizzon

  • Vittoria Panizzon

Vittoria Panizzon is a 3-time Olympian, a multi-medalled Championship competitor, former World number 8, with placings at the very top levels of the sport – she has enjoyed top 10 finishes at 5* and championship level, along with numerous wins at CCI4* level.

Vittoria spent her childhood growing up in Italy and started off her eventing career in her home nation, and was quickly selected to represent Italy.

Vittoria's Father was Italian, while her Mother is Scottish, and at the age of 17 Vittoria made the move to the UK to finish off her education and gain more eventing experience.

Vittoria graduated from Bristol University in 2005 with a degree in Biology, having successfully negotiated studying and eventing a string of horses at the same time. During this time Vittoria based herself with Sarah Bullen, who has been her long term mentor ever since.

  • 27th Individually and member of 7th placed Italian team, Tokyo Olympics 2021
  • Qualified Individually for London 2012
  • 16th Individually and highest placed member of 6th placed Italian team, Beijing Olympics 2008
  • Top 30 World Rankings
  • 3rd and 5th Montelibretti CCI*** with Borough Pennyz and Rock Model 2012
  • 3rd Cameri CIC*** with Rock Model 2011
  • 6th Blenheim CCI*** with Borough Pennyz 2011
  • 3rd Gatcombe Intermediate Championships with Borough Pennyz 2011
  • 7yr old National Champion Osberton CCI** (with Borough Pennyz) 2010
  • 5th place inaugural Express Eventing 2008
  • Bronze team, 8th Individually and best Italian European Championships 2007 with Rock Model
  • Youngest competitor to complete 2005 & 2007 European Championships
  • 10th Aachen CIC*** International 2007
  • 1st Belton Grantham Cup Advanced 2007
  • 6th Blair Castle CCI*** 2007
  • 2nd Belton Grantham Cup Advanced 2006
  • 17th Individually and 5th placed team 2005 European Championships
  • 1st Blair Castle CCI* 2003
  • Silver Individual Medal Young Rider European Championships 2003
  • Gold Individual medal and bronze team Junior European Championships 2000
  • Gold medal Italian National Junior Championships 1999 & 2000

As well as competitive eventing, Vittoria runs residential horse and pony camps at her yard, allowing you to bring your horse and stay with her receiving training and using the wonderful local facilities available.

The team advantage

As a non-British competitor, Vittoria is in the fortunate position that with the right horsepower, she is highly likely to be offered a team place at all major championships, therefore giving a potential sponsor significant coverage on the world stage.

Due to greater selection opportunities over the years, Vittoria has gained significant championship experience, and successful form. Since coming over to the UK, Vittoria has been selected to represent Italy at every Olympics since 2008, on three different horses, all of which she has produced from the start of their careers.

In October 2023 Italy qualified for the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.

 

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What is eventing?

Horse sports have a unique feature; the cooperation between two athletes, horse and rider, and the relationship and mutual respect built up between them is the key to a successful partnership. Thus equestrian sport is a way of life requiring immense dedication.

Eventing is the most complete and daring combined equestrian competition. It covers every aspect of horsemanship: the elegance, the obedience of the horse and its harmony with the rider characterise Dressage; speed, endurance, jumping ability and bravery are essential for the Cross Country; agility, technique and coolness under pressure are a necessity for the Show Jumping.

Eventing is the ultimate equestrian challenge. Comprised of dressage, show jumping and cross country, it can be likened to a triathlon, with horses and riders demonstrating a range of skills across the three disciplines. To compete successfully in eventing, combinations must show harmony and rhythm in the dressage, balance and precision in the show jumping and accuracy and bravery in the cross country phase. The combination with the lowest penalty score at the end of the event is the winner. As horses and riders move up the levels, the difficulty and technicality of the phases increases.

The focus of the whole competition is the Cross Country which consists of a course of imposing solid natural fences to be completed within a time limit.

  • Eventing is one of only three equestrian disciplines represented at the Olympic Games.
  • A fast-growing sport with a 6-fold increase in International fixtures within a decade.
  • One of 5 Olympic sports in which men and women compete as equals.
  • Amateurs and professionals compete together.
  • It originates from the military with the purpose of training officers and horses for challenges on and off duty.

ABOUT EVENTING

What is eventing:

Eventing is the ultimate equestrian challenge. Comprised of dressage, show jumping and cross country, it can be likened to a triathlon, with horses and riders demonstrating a range of skills across the three disciplines. To compete successfully in eventing, combinations must show harmony and rhythm in the dressage, balance and precision in the show jumping and accuracy and bravery in the cross country phase. The combination with the lowest penalty score at the end of the event is the winner. As horses and riders move up the levels, the difficulty and technicality of the phases increases.

Owner benefits:

  • Compete at beautiful and culturally significant venues across the UK and abroad
  • Get close to the action
  • See the hard work come to fruition, from the start of a journey to the pinnacle of the sport
  • Be part of a great team, with the shared ambition of top level competition and success
  • Corporate hospitality and free entry to events, a novel way to entertain clients and business partners at magnificent venues.
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Promotional opportunities for companies and sponsors, incl. the benefits of association with the sport of Eventing, and Vittoria Panizzon:

  • Endorsement by an Olympian
  • With the right horsepower, Vittoria is highly likely to be offered a team place at all major championships, therefore giving a potential sponsor significant coverage on the world stage.
  • Business logos utilised and promoted across kit, vehicles and clothing – worn/used across the country, and abroad – broad reach
  • Rider available for appearances, Press releases, Adverts and Pictures.
  • Enjoying media coverage at major events on television, radio, podcasts and in newspapers
  • Connection with a good clean-image sport and a personable and highly regarded top rider
  • Tangible association with a growing sport (6-fold increase in European fixtures within a decade)
  • Highest number of spectators on a single day for any European sporting event (250,000 spectators at Badminton Horse Trials)
  • Targeting an affluent audience: demographic profile of competitors and owners AB 63% & CI 37% and of spectators AB 52% & CI 28% (highest in UK).
  • Targeting an audience over a wide age profile in spectators and competitors.
  • Potential to extend the company's media coverage through nearly 1,500 hours of equestrian sport broadcast yearly by 31 international broadcasters to a potential 300 million viewers in 160 countries.
  • Access to quality hospitality at magnificent venues including the grounds of numerous famous private stately homes.
  • The sport's unique feature - the cooperation between rider and horse - encourages the development of responsibility and respect in young people.
  • Participation age profile over a far greater range than most sports enabling a long term relationship with the rider.

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