Britain's Emily Moffitt, 23, has found a new trainer in Lorenzo de Luca. The aim is that the Italian rider, who announced a few weeks ago that he was leaving Stephex Stables, will prepare her for the Paris Olympics in 2024. "Perfect match" Italian showjumper Lorenzo de Luca appointed to take her to the next level with her sights set on the Paris 2024 Olympics.
De Luca, 33, will train Emily extensively, replacing Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher, 38, who has worked with Emily and Poden Farms for the past five years. "It has been an incredible journey and it has been a privilege to work with Ben for the past five years," Emily said.
"I now believe I am at a critical point in my development as a rider, and Lorenzo will be able to provide both his vast experience as a rider and substantial training time in the UK to help me achieve my goals."
Emily's father Neil Moffitt, who owns Poden Farms, said: "I would like to thank Ben for all his work and achievements with Emily. It has also been a pleasure to see him grow into an Olympic gold medallist alongside Poden Farms prodigy Explosion W.
"It is now time for a new beginning and Lorenzo's appointment will take Emily and Poden Farms to the next level. He has a formidable track record, not only as a rider but also for successfully producing young horses. I believe he is the perfect match for the Farm and for Emily."
Emily began training with Ben Maher in 2016 at the age of 17. Within the first few months of their partnership, Emily stepped up to the 5* level did so successfully.
Lorenzo says: "I am very excited to be working with Emily Moffitt and the Poden Team. Emily is already an established rider and I am looking forward to enhancing her talent and pursuing new goals. Poden Farms wants to train more young horses in the future, which is something I enjoy doing. I am therefore already looking forward to bringing these horses to the highest level of the sport".
Source: Press release