Andrea Fappani grew up in a world that takes more than a passing interest in the arts, in fashion and in fast cars. However, the traditional Italian interests didn't turn Andrea's head from his passion for horses. And not even the acceptable dressage or jumping horses, but the all-American dream of riding western. And so his family took up the dream and Andrea was showing reining horses at the ripe old age of nine! He remained a Non-Pro through his teen years, winning the Reserve Championship title at the Italian Reining Futurity twice, and Championships at both the Derby and Maturity level.