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Cassio Rivetti and Alexander Onischenko part ways

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Cassio Rivetti - here on Vivant at the WEG - has ended his collaboration with Alexander Onischenko. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Cassio Rivetti has decided not to continue his collaboration with Alexander Onischenko. Rivetti – originally from Brazil – has been riding for Ukraine since 2009, when he made his championship debut for the country at the European Championships at Windsor. This year he was the best of the Ukrainian riders at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, finishing eight individually on Vivant. "I had a great time riding for Mr. Onischenko, and I have to thank him – he gave me the chance to compete in the top sport," Cassio says to World of Showjumping. "I don't regret anything, this has brought me so much experience and also the possibility to ride at the Olympic Games and the World Championships twice."

The horses Cassio has had at his disposal from Onischenko – Vivant, Chataga, La Cross and Gabbiano – are now all back at Onischenko's stable in Germany while Forlap DC left for Stephex Stables earlier this month. Rivetti is not without horse power though, as he has some good up-and-coming seven and eight year olds in his stable in Wisbecq, Belgium. "I have two very good eight year olds – a mare and a stallion – from the same owner. The mare – Cassiana – finished fourth here in the Grand Prix qualifier in St-Lo yesterday. The stallion is a bit green, but it's a good one," the 34 year old rider says. "I also have the seven year old Torgal de Virton from Francois Mathy, and I think he will go on to do the bigger classes next year after gaining experience at youngster level during 2014," Cassio continues. "Of course I also hope to be able to welcome more new talents during the next months, I will stay here in Wisbecq where I rent my stables."

Whether or not Rivetti will go back to compete for Brazil is not yet decided. "I don't know yet," he says. "I will have to talk with my family and with the Brazilian federation. It is of course a possibility, and I would in many ways like to ride with my Brazilian colleagues again – but at this stage it is too early to tell."

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