World champion Lianos, is no more.

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Rodrigo Pessoa’s former grand prix ride and world championship winner in 1998 Lianos (Landlord) has passed away at the age of 32 at his owner’s farm in Castellazzo in the North of Italy.
Lianos’s breeder Anke Philipp sold him for less than 2000€ as he was not supposed to be able to compete due to an injury he had while being a foal. Some years later, Lianos entered Hans Hoorn’s yard where he has competed under the saddle of Jos lansink before being purchased by Vittorio Orlandi for his rider Gianni Govoni. After their end of professional relations, the bay gelding ends under the saddle of Rodrigo Pessoa and together the pair had lived up all expectations, winning the prestigious Grand Prix of Calgary twice, the Grand Prix of Falsterbo, Geneva and the world cup in Verona just to mention some.