Rodrigo Pessoa

Rodrigo Pessoa (born 29 November 1972 in Paris, France) is a Brazilian equestrian and show jumper. An Olympic gold-medalist in individual jumping, he is an accomplished rider backed by his 70 Grand Prix wins. He has represented Brazil at six Olympic Games. Rodrigo has just been announced by Horse Sport Ireland as the new Irish showjumping team manager.

Rodrigo Pessoa
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Medal record
Equestrian
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Individual jumping
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Team jumping
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Sydney Team jumping
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1998 Rome Individual jumping
FEI Nations Cup
Silver medal – second place 2013 Barcelona Team jumping
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1995 Buenos Aires Team jumping
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team jumping
Silver medal – second place 2007 Rio de Janeiro Individual jumping
Silver medal – second place 2011 Guadalajara Team jumping
Pessoa and his mount Coeur

Riding careerEdit

Pessoa first competed in 1981 at Hickstead. In 1984, he claimed his first title as champion of the pony class and again in 1985. In 1988, he competed in his first Grand Prix.

He continued to his triumphant career by competing and winning many Grands Prix. In 1992, he rode Special Envoy in the Olympic Games in Barcelona for Brazil, making him one of the youngest rider to compete in the Olympics at the age of 19. In 1996, he again rode in the Olympics in Atlanta and helped Brazil win the bronze medal with Loro Piana TomBoy.

In 1998, he rode Gandini Lianos to be the youngest World Champion at 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games in Rome.

Pessoa took his career further by winning the World Cup Final on Baloubet du Rouet three consecutive years in 1998, 1999, and 2000. He finished as the reserve champion the fourth year. In his fifth and final World Cup, Rodrigo and Baloubet du Rouet finished in third place. He later claimed the title and prize for the world's best rider and in addition to the Show Jumping Year trophy. In 2000, at the Olympic Games in Sydney, he again won the bronze team medal. In the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he won the individual silver medal, but, after disqualification of the Irish rider Cian O'Connor and his horse Waterford Crystal for doping, he was awarded the Gold medal in an award ceremony in his home town of Rio de Janeiro. In 2010, he won the Grand Prix on a horse named HH Ashley.

In 2007, Pessoa won the individual silver and team gold medals at the Pan American Games, held in his home town.

In 2010, he finished fourth individually and fourth with his team of Brazil at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington KY. In 2011, he once again mounted the podium at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, with Team Brazil to collect a Team Silver Medal on HH Ashley.

He was also chosen to be Brazil's flag bearer at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[1]

International Championship ResultsEdit

Results
Year Event Horse Placing Notes
1990 World Equestrian Games Special Envoy 8th Team
23rd Individual
1992 Olympic Games Special Envoy 10th Team
9th Individual
1993 World Cup Final Special Envoy 13th
1994 World Equestrian Games Special Envoy 4th Team
8th Individual
1996 World Cup Final Tomboy 4th
1996 Olympic Games Tomboy   Team
9th Individual
1998 World Cup Final Baloubet du Rouet  
1998 World Equestrian Games Gandini Lianos 5th Team
  Individual
1999 World Cup Final Baloubet du Rouet  
2000 World Cup Final Baloubet du Rouet  
2000 Olympic Games Baloubet du Rouet   Team
27th Individual
2001 World Cup Final Baloubet du Rouet  
2002 World Cup Final Baloubet du Rouet  
2002 World Equestrian Games Baloubet du Rouet 9th Team
26th Individual
2003 World Cup Final Baloubet du Rouet  
2004 World Cup Final Baloubet du Rouet 38th
2004 Olympic Games Baloubet du Rouet 9th Team
  Individual
2005 World Cup Final Baloubet du Rouet 7th
2007 World Cup Final Oasis 31st
2007 Pan American Games HH Rufus   Team
  Individual
2008 Olympic Games HH Rufus DSQ Team
DSQ Individual
2009 World Cup Final HH Rufus 5th
2010 World Cup Final HH Lets Fly 16th
2010 World Equestrian Games HH Rebozo 4th Team
4th Individual
2011 Pan American Games HH Ashley   Team
26th Individual
2012 Olympic Games HH Rebozo 8th Team
22nd Individual
2013 World Young Horse Championships G C Atlanta Z   Seven Year Olds
2014 World Young Horse Championships Darthus 31st Six Year Olds
2014 World Equestrian Games Status 5th Team
21st Individual
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew; DSQ = Disqualified

HorsesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rodrigo Pessoa será o porta-bandeira do Brasil em Londres-2012" (in Portuguese). GloboEsporte.com. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Robert Scheidt
Flagbearer for   Brazil
London 2012
Succeeded by
Yane Marques