Great Britain’s Alexandra Thornton has added two world caliber mounts to her string of horses with the addition of the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding Cornetto K (Cornet Obolensky x Calido) and the 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Living the Dream (Toulon x Flamenco De Semilly).
Both horses, previously ridden by Italy’s Alberto Zorzi, were under the ownership of Greek’s Athina Onassis. Onassis rides with mentors Jan Tops and Edwina Tops-Alexander, who train both Zorzi and the 24-year-old up-and-comer Thornton.
Both Living the Dream and Cornetto K were paired with the Italian rider in January of 2017. Zorzi and Cornetto K have had a successful season of competition, receiving multiple distinctions on the competitive LGCT circuit. On June 24 they won the €300,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix de Prince du Monaco, and overall, have acquired 14 top-ten placings in the span of seven months. Zorzi and Living the Dream competed at various CSI competitions across the European and Asian continents, most recently securing a 3rd place finish in the 1.50m CSI5* class at the LGCT of London on August 6. Both horses were previously ridden by Brazil’s Doda de Miranda. He piloted Cornetto K to a top 10 individual placing at the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympic Games.
Thornton, who competes in the Global Champions League as the U-25 rider for the Shanghai Swans, will now benefit from the school mastery of these top level competitors.