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In brief – Mônica Pinto Lima Graziano

In this edition of ‘in brief’ we talk to Brazilian rider Mônica Pinto Lima Graziano.

 Tell us your name and age:

Mônica Pinto Lima Graziano, 26

Mônica Pinto Lima GrazianoWhere are you from?

I was born in Bandeirantes, Paraná, in Brazil. I lived there until I was around 24, graduating from UENP – Universidade Estadual Norte do Paraná, located in the same city – majoring in Veterinary Medicine.

How did you get into endurance riding?

I started riding horses from a very young age, being born and raised in the farm where my parents live till this day. So I can say that the environment where I was brought up was the the first factor encouraging me to ride.

I did my first endurance ride at the age of 13 straight on 120 km, prompted by my cousin Henrique Garcia! So yes, it turned out to be a family tradition.
After earning my undergrad degree, in 2014, I started working with my cousin. By then I was working part-time in the veterinary practice and part-time training endurance horses.

It didn’t take long for me to realise I wanted to devote all my time to riding horses. And since then that’s been what I do. I apply myself every day in order to be better at endurance training. And I’ve been fortunate enough to have an academic background that prepared me to achieve it.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Every achievement is so unique. It makes it hard to pick one. But if I were to choose, I would say being nominated as 160 km Brazillian Champion twice in a row (an unprecedented achievement at that point) with my partner, Sintra.

What is your favourite thing about endurance?

In several ways, endurance riding demands the most of two athletes that need to work as one during the race! It’s just amazing. The one thing that captivates me the most is the fact that endurance riding is very challenging. It is very demanding from the point you even decide to run a race, for starters. The hard work and training from both athletes make a victory really special! It is a huge privilege to do what I love every day.

Do you ride and train your own horses?

I ride other people’s horses who trust my work and my team, and yes, I do also train “my own” horses.


Image credits: Luis Carlos Ruas


FEI Profile – Mônica Pinto Lima Graziano

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In brief – Mônica Pinto Lima Graziano

In this edition of ‘in brief’ we talk to Brazilian rider Mônica Pinto Lima Graziano.

 Tell us your name and age:

Mônica Pinto Lima Graziano, 26

Mônica Pinto Lima GrazianoWhere are you from?

I was born in Bandeirantes, Paraná, in Brazil. I lived there until I was around 24, graduating from UENP – Universidade Estadual Norte do Paraná, located in the same city – majoring in Veterinary Medicine.

How did you get into endurance riding?

I started riding horses from a very young age, being born and raised in the farm where my parents live till this day. So I can say that the environment where I was brought up was the the first factor encouraging me to ride.

I did my first endurance ride at the age of 13 straight on 120 km, prompted by my cousin Henrique Garcia! So yes, it turned out to be a family tradition.
After earning my undergrad degree, in 2014, I started working with my cousin. By then I was working part-time in the veterinary practice and part-time training endurance horses.

It didn’t take long for me to realise I wanted to devote all my time to riding horses. And since then that’s been what I do. I apply myself every day in order to be better at endurance training. And I’ve been fortunate enough to have an academic background that prepared me to achieve it.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Every achievement is so unique. It makes it hard to pick one. But if I were to choose, I would say being nominated as 160 km Brazillian Champion twice in a row (an unprecedented achievement at that point) with my partner, Sintra.

What is your favourite thing about endurance?

In several ways, endurance riding demands the most of two athletes that need to work as one during the race! It’s just amazing. The one thing that captivates me the most is the fact that endurance riding is very challenging. It is very demanding from the point you even decide to run a race, for starters. The hard work and training from both athletes make a victory really special! It is a huge privilege to do what I love every day.

Do you ride and train your own horses?

I ride other people’s horses who trust my work and my team, and yes, I do also train “my own” horses.


Image credits: Luis Carlos Ruas


FEI Profile – Mônica Pinto Lima Graziano

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