Decorated Italian young rider Beatrice Arturi has decided to go professional and has accepted an assistant rider position at Gestut Sprehe in Benstrup, Germany.
The five-time European Youth Championship rider and Italian Junior Champion Arturi made the move to Germany on 29 January 2022.
From Children to Young Rider
The Milanese Arturi began riding at the age of 6 and first preferred jumping until a fall made her switch to dressage. First coached by Gloria Colombo, followed by Italo and Norma Cirocchi, "Bea" has most recently been working with Francesco Zaza.
Arturi made her international show debut as a 13-year old in the Children's division at the CDI Arezzo in June 2015. Aboard the Rhinelander bred Sandro Minka EST (by Sandro Boy Junior x Kigali) she competed in the inaugural European Children Championship in Vidauban in the summer of 2015 and placed 16th.
In 2016 she rode her first CDI junior classes on Sandro Minka EST before obtaining a new ride, Le Bom (by Louis Le Bon x Pit I) in 2017, who took her to the European Junior Riders Championships in Roosendaal that year, where they placed 30th in the individual test.
In 2018 she partnered with the Trakehner Donaudistel (by Distelzar x Herzzauber) and he took her to the European Junior Riders Championships in Fontainebleau, where they were Italy's best scoring pair to finish 14th in the Kur. In 2019 they were 7th in the Kur finals at the European Junior Riders Championships in San Giovanni in Marignano.
In February 2020 Donaudistel sadly passed away and the Arturi family secured KWPN gelding Grandeur (by Charmeur x Krack C) as her young riders' horse. At the 2020 European Young Riders Championships in Pilisjaszfalu they were 26th in the individual test and at the 2021 European Young Riders Championships in Oliva Nova, they were 23rd in the individual test.
The 20-year old Arturi has chosen to pursue a professional career as a rider and never even considered to go to college.
"I decided to undertake this since I was a child," she said. "Let's say I've always known. I always knew this was what I wanted to do in life and I declare myself super lucky to be in a stable of this prestige and being able to train with such good riders. It excites me to give my best."
Arturi has been thrown into the deep end and has to ride at least 10 horses a day, an immersive experience which she enjoys.
"I ride about 10 horses per day," she said. "The day for us riders starts early in the morning and ends in the late afternoon with a 90-minute lunch break. In the evening, Sabine Rueben (training manager) writes a message which horses we get to train the next day. Of course we never ride a horse alone, but are supervised by Simone Pearce and Sabine."
Arturi brought Grandeur to Germany, which she now trains with the help of Simone Pearce.
"Laura Conz (Italian team captain) will come here every now and then to follow me and give me her precious advice," Arturi added. "I left my young horse Alba Del Castegno in Italy in the hands of Francesco Zaza."
Bea plans to compete Grandeur at the CDI Lier at the start of March.
Photo © Astrid Appels - private
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