“After putting in pause my participation in Swiss competitions, some thought I had stopped competing all together. I just took a new path…”, smiles Patricia Segura. Discreet, the experienced rider doesn’t like to get ahead. “I don’t know how to sell myself, I’m not very interested…” she confides. However, the young “quadra” has never competed as much as she has in the last two years. But from now on, it is all over Europe that, under the Spanish banner, she defies the bars, well positioned in the footsteps of her mentor, the Italian international rider, Luca Moneta. “Luca gives me the opportunity to follow him on major international competitions. I am lucky to have become his student…”, she explains. A chance that owes nothing to luck, as the meeting of the two riders seemed to have been written.
The first time she saw him evolve, Luca Moneta rode a horse she knew well in Rome. And for good reason, she broke it in herself and rode it until it was six years old before having to part with it. “When I saw what Luca was able to do with such a sensitive horse, it impressed me,” she recalls. A few years later, another horse will precipitate their meeting.
Patricia then took charge of Champs d’or, a young horse that seemed to suffer as soon as he was ridden or even approached. “He was like tetanized with pain. We couldn’t get anything from him…”, describes Patricia Segura. She had him examined by the Swiss veterinarian, Thomas Wagner, who came to the conclusion that the illness he was suffering from was not of physical origin. Therefore healthy in body but for his mind the specialist’s recommendation was based on a single name: Moneta.
Immediately, the cap was set for Italy. “Luca had never seen a horse in this condition before and the other horses systematically attacked him”, continues the rider. In a few months of work, Luca Moneta managed to calm the animal down and restore the instinct and dignity it seemed to have lost. And above all, to make him accept the presence of a rider on his back. “Since then, Champs d’or has shown everything he can by ranking in 130 and 140 on the 2019 Sunshine Tour. This horse has genius,” enthuses Patricia Segura.
Based on the observation and understanding of the horse’s personality, Moneta’s method, known as the natural approach, aims to find the right compromise: to be accepted and understood by the animal while preserving its body and mind.