Andrea Fappani was born and raised in Italy, but moved to the U.S. in the 1990s. In 2006, Fappani reached National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Million Dollar status. He is the youngest rider and the first European ever to do so. Fappani now rides under the American flag.
When Fappani relocated to the U.S., he spent five years as an assistant to Todd Bergen, who also is a NRHA Million Dollar Rider. In 1997, he placed sixth in the Non Pro division at the NRHA Futurity.
In 2000, Fappani won the NRHA Futurity Intermediate Open Championship riding Hagans Sugarman. He became the first European rider to win the NRHA Futurity Open Championship in 2001 with RR Star.
At the 2004 NRHA Derby, Andrea was Co-Reserve Champion on NQH Little Jac.
At the 2008 Reining by the Bay, Fappani won the Open Derby Championship on the six-year-old stallion Spooks Gotta Gun, who is one of the few deaf horses to compete in reining. Fappani also rode Tinsel Jac to the Open Derby Reserve Championship.
In 2009, Fappani rode Lean with Peppy Chex to a sixth-place finish in the CRI2* at Reining by the Bay. At the High Rollers Classic, he and Tinsel Jac were second in the CRI2*.
The next year, he placed seventh in the CRI2* at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) with Custom Casino, and took sixth and ninth on Custom Legend and Einsteins Revolution, respectively, at the Adequan/USEF National Reining Championship.
In 2011, Fappani rode Yellow Jersey to a second-place finish at the NRBC.
Fappani had a solid year in 2013. At the NRBC, he finished second and fifth in the USEF Open Reining class with Stars For The Chicks and Dreamy Little Sailor, respectively. Fappani and Stars For The Chicks scored another second-place finish in the CRI3* at the Kentucky Reining Cup.
He began 2014 in a big way by winning the Sun Country CRI3* with Smoking Whiz. The pair then finished third in the CRI3* at the Kentucky Reining Cup, which served as the first round of the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial. Following the second and final round of the Championship and Selection Trial, Fappani and Smoking Whiz ended up in fourth place and earned a spot on the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Squad. He also finished in fifth place with Custom Cash Advance.
Fappani and his wife, Tish, have two sons, Luca and Jeremy. The Fappanis run a successful training and breeding business, Fappani Performance Horses, in San Marcos, Calif.