Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Giovanni Ugolotti

  • 47 - Oplitas


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.



CDE, Spain, 2001
17.0hh, bay, gelding

Sire Fines

Dam Berganza (Golfi)

Owner(s): Varenna Allen, Reading, Berks.
Mary Bathurst, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon.
Kathryn Robinson, Cheltenham, Glos.

Notable Results

2016 – Barocca D’Alva 5th Oplitas
2015 – Ballindenisk CCI3* 13th Oplitas
2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* El Oplitas
2015 – Burgham CIC3* 18th Oplitas
2015 – Ballindenisk (1) 1st Oplitas
2014 – Blenheim CCI3* 43rd Oplitas
2014 – Caen WEG 22nd Stilo Kontika
2014 – Burgham CIC3* 24th Stilo Kontika
2014 – Belton CIC3* 66th Stilo Kontika
2013 – Malmo CH-Eu-C3* 25th Stilo Kontika
2013 – Hartpury CIC3* 47th Stilo Kontika
2013 – Gatcombe CIC3* Oplitas
2013 – Tattersalls CCI3* 5th Stilo Kontika
2013 – Chatsworth CIC3* 8th Oplitas, 14th Stilo Kontika
2012 – Pau CCI4* Ret Stilo Kontika
2012 – Montelibretti CICO3* 4th Oplitas
2012 – Saumur CCI3* 15th Stormhill Kossack
2010 – Pau CCI4* 12th Stormhill Kossack


2015 – Ret Stilo Kontika
2014 – Ret Stilo Kontika