I really can’t believe everything that’s happening to me at the moment.
August and September have been an incredible two months for Italy’s top para-equestrian dressage rider Sara Morganti.
At the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, France, she won a silver and gold medal in the grade Ia individual and freestyle events riding Royal Delight.
To claim the title, she beat Great Britain’s multi-gold medal winning Sophie Christiansen, who she had also beaten in the team test earlier in the competition.
After that performance, Morganti was then voted the Allianz Athlete of the Month Best Female via a poll on Paralympic.org.
Paralympic.org: How did you feel when you heard you had been named Allianz Athlete of the Month Best Female?
Sara Morganti: It’s brilliant. I can’t believe it. It’s voted by people who obviously think I should have had the title and that’s incredible. I really can’t believe everything that’s happening to me at the moment.
And what have you been up to since you got home from France?
Since I got back I have been received, along with the best Italian Paralympic and Olympic athletes of the year by the President of Italy. He wanted to personally congratulate all the Italian athletes of the year. I have also met the Presidents of the Italian Paralympic and Olympic Committees - everything is so wonderful.
Has your success at the World Equestrian Games sunk in yet?
It still feels unbelievable because it is so much more than I hoped for. It’s so wonderful I can’t really say ‘it happened to me’.
How have you celebrated?
I celebrated with all my family. I have three brothers and two sisters so I had a big party at home with them and with my nephews and nieces and my husband. And then when I went back to work they greeted me with a wonderful cake. It has been a party since I came back and I haven’t stopped celebrating yet.
I work part time as a secretary in the mornings to be able to do sport in the afternoon.
Are you back in training?
I continue training because I need to. I stayed an extra week in Normandy and as soon as I came home I started riding again and I’m happy about that. The week I stayed in Normandy my horse came home and I really missed her and riding. She has special treats every day – salad, carrots, and fruit. I always take something for her because she deserves it so much.