This is the young man who has beaten Michael Jung to win the first leg of the FEI Classics™ at Pau, France on Qalao Des Mers.
That alone should be enough to put on your CV, but Maxine Livio has come so very close to taking the prize twice before.
He finished second here in 2014 - his first time at Pau - and took the runner-up spot at Luhmühlen in June this year.
He said: “I’ve finished second at this level before, so finally to win is very special. I’ve had a marvellous time at Pau”
Michael Jung, the 2016 and 2012 individual Olympic gold medallist, held the lead after Cross Country on FischerRocana FST, but knocked two fences on the 11-year-old mare, moving down to third place, and handed the win to Livio.
He might have had a sense of déjà vu, as he narrowly missed out on winning here last year. It all came down to one fence that he toppled, handing victory to France’s Astier Nicolas, who went on to win team gold and individual silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Did you know?
At Pau, we generally see younger, less experienced horses from elite riders, as they like to rest their top horses after the Olympic Games.