Born in Warsaw, Poland, Anna Campanella’s equestrian career was ignited by her winning two silver medals at the 1994 Polish Championships in Dressage.
After moving to Italy 4 years later, Anna has since been climbing the ranks in the Dressage world and is now the Athlete’s Representative for Dressage at the FEI.
We went to her home to look at little more at the woman behind the athlete…
Anna, can you remember a moment that you fell in love with horses?
I do not remember that particular moment. It was since I was very small. I always liked all kinds of horses and all disciplines.
You have a daughter, Alice, who is also very competitive in the dressage world. Has your own childhood experiences influenced her love for horses?
My parents were never interested in my equestrian career until my individual Olympic qualification. When I was young, I had to work hard from the beginning to even start riding lessons. I remember I had to change two busses to get to the school and, once there, I had to work harder to be able to compete. Because of all that, I know how difficult it is to do it all by yourself—that’s why I try to give all the support I can to Alice because I know how challenging it can be to do it alone. I enjoy going with her to competitions and watching her perform.