Alice – She is the instructor who loves working with children
Alice is also the manager of the Ranch Riding Tuscany riding centre. Following her dad Stefano and granddad Giacomo’s example, Alice grew up around farms and animals and now, as an adult, enjoys being outside surrounded by nature. Her passion for horse riding started and developed thanks to her uncle Valentino with whom, at the age of 8 years old she managed to convince her parents to enrol her at a riding school. Though sensing her mother’s fears and her father’s encouragement, Alice started successfully competing in 2007. Now she commits her efforts to tuition combining her passion for horses with her fondness for children, and young people with disabilities. For several years now, she has helped save many four-legged friends from ending up at the slaughterhouse, Lola and Caramello being among the lucky ones to live at Riding Tuscany.
Filippo – our handyman
He began his equestrian life and passion for horses in Calabria, where at the age of 13 he fearlessly started riding bareback on wild horses. He self-taught himself how to saddle up, ride and break in wild horses. In 2010 he saved his first horse from the slaughterhouse, Lola. You can meet this nice little horse here at the Riding Tuscany equestrian centre. Filippo started working on several ranches where he learnt everything about western-style riding, barrel racing, reining and team penning. He is an important sponsor and great expert of horses. You will always find Filippo here working hard to improve the stables and riding centre.
Benedetta – Our hippotherapist
Although Benedetta had an “imaginary horse farm” in her garden when she was a little girl, it was only at the age of 16 that she experienced her first leg-up, and from that moment onwards her life would always revolve around horses. After achieving a diploma as a school teacher, she went on to earn a degree in Equine-assisted therapy and rehabilitation at Careggi University Hospital, Florence, to help children and young people with problems and disabilities regain energy and self confidence. She currently works in a school with able-bodied and ability impaired children, and upon appointment she also provides equine-assisted therapy here at the riding centre.