Showjumping couple Marlon Zanotelli and Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli will leave their positions at Ashford Farm to set up their own business. "We have had a fantastic time together, and remain close friends," says Ashford Farm-owner Enda Carroll to WoSJ. “Marlon and Angelica are at the stage in their life and careers where they have to give their own business a go.”
Marlon started working at Ashford Farm in January 2011, and was joined in 2014 by Angelica. Last year the two married, and in February this year they welcomed baby girl Melissa. Working his way up from scratch, Zanotelli is now ranked 71 in the world and made his way on to the Brazilian team for the 2014 World Championships. Now the Zanotellis turn a page, to venture out on their own from the 1st of January next year.
"We will continue to work and have horses together," Carroll says. "However, I will be looking for someone new as a rider here - hopefully somebody young to build up just as with Marlon. I wish Marlon and Angelica the best of luck, and I am sure they will have instant success.”
Zanotelli himself reveals that the details around the move are not clear yet, but the plan for the couple is to stay in the area of Belgium that they are currently located. “We have bought a house here and my family lives close by, so we would like to find a stable to rent in this area. We hope to find some nice young horses to build up, and to do both the sport and trading as well as continuing to work with Enda.”
“It was a very hard decision to take,” says Marlon. “Enda is like family to me, and we are so close to all the people working at Ashford. We really appreciate that Enda supports our decision, and we are very happy he is willing to help us to start this new chapter.”
Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson
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