Rodrigo Pessoa’s (BRA) winning partner during the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games passed away yesterday. The Holsteiner gelding died at the age of 32 after having retired from the sport back in 2004.
Owned by the Italian Vittorio Orlandi, the horse formed a winning partnership with the Brazilian legendary rider.
He was first considered unfit high-level competition, moving to Dutch Hans Horn’s stables in 1994 to be worked on up by another legend of the noble sport, Jos Lansink (NED).
Two years later, the gelding showed all of his potential winning grands prix. Eventually Lianos was sold to Vittorio Orlandi, who gave the horse for Rodrigo Pessoa to compete. The duo ended up winning Grand Prix of Wiesbaden and had a great performance at the Nations Cup in Hickstead.
Committed to participating at the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games, Pessoa also had another great horse, Tomboy. However, he chose Lianos for the competition, one which would eventually write their names in the history books of the sport. The gelding was retired in 2004.
Rodrigo rode Lianos to several grand prix victories, amongst them:
1998 FEI WEG Individual Jumping Champions at Rome
1998 Grand Prix of Geneva
1999 Grand Prix of Europe at Aachen
2000 Calgary Masters at Spruce Meadows
2000 Grand Prix of Geneva
2001 Calgary Masters at Spruce Meadows
2002 FEI World Cup at Verona
Rodrigo Pessoa wrote the following message on his Instagram account:
“You were 32 years old just laid down and went to sleep after a brilliant career and a happy retirement in Castellazzo, Italy.”
“Thank you to Vittorio Orlandi & Nelly Mancinelli for the trust.”
Source: Equisport & Rodrigo Pessoa’s Instagram account
Photo: © Equisport