Marlon Modolo Zanotelli comes from a family of horsemen. His father and grandfather taught at the Military Police in MaranhÃ£o . His three brothers are active in sports.
In 1996 he rode his first tournament in 1998 and Brazilian Vice-champion of juniors.
In 2002 he was runner-up with South African team and in 2004 he became team world champion with Brazil.
In April 2008 he first came to Europe and worked for the rider Ludo Philippaerts in Belgium.