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Rodrigo PESSOA

Rodrigo PESSOA is a Brazilian athlete and competes in Jumping.

Name Rodrigo PESSOA
FEI ID 10000435
Gender Male
Date of Birth 29/11/1972
Competing for Brazil - BRA
Registration Jumping 2019
Last update 27/09/2019
FEI Database




Jumping 70x70
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried riding at age four. He began taking the sport seriously at age 12 in Belgium.
Why this sport? His father encouraged him to take up the sport. "The pressure and expectation have been there from the start, so I know how to deal with it. It's been a part of my life forever. For me, it became normal. I prepare for shows by being as normal as possible. Since I was a kid I had a clear goal in my head. It was to do this job and to be the best and win as much as possible. To see my father compete I wanted to do the same, and one day become an Olympic champion."
Name of coach Philippe Guerdat [national], SUI
Training Regime "I start in the morning with riding the horses so they can hack out or go on the treadmill in the afternoon. After lunch, I'll usually ride again if there are some horses that still need to be worked."
General Interest
Hobbies Golf, spending time with family. (fei.org, 07 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career His father Nelson. (rodrigopessoa.com, 02 Nov 2014) Ludger Beerbaum
Hero / Idol Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (phelpssports.com, 29 Feb 2016; rodrigopessoa.com, 02 Nov 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He has a lucky neck chain. (rio2016.org, 15 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "You really need to have goals in life that are obtainable, but at the same time big dreams. You also need to be ready to put in the work so you can reach those dreams." (worldofshowjumping.com, 10 Jul 2018)
Awards and honours He was flag bearer for Brazil at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (rio2016.com, 28 Oct 2015) He was named Brazil's Rider of the Year in 1998. (Athlete, 05 Jul 2000) Received "The Pierre de Coubertin" prize for Fair Play after the WEG 2010 in Lexington
Famous relatives His father Nelson represented Brazil in equestrian jumping at two Olympic Games. He also won gold in the team event at the 1967 and 1995 Pan American Games. His wife Alexa Weeks has competed in the sport at an elite level. (hamptonclassic.com, 21 Jun 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 23 Dec 2014; rodrigopessoa.com, 02 Nov 2014)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (worldofshowjumping.com, 10 Jul 2018)
Other information NATIONAL COACH In 2016 he began serving as team manager of the Irish national equestrian jumping team. He signed an initial two-year contract, which he extended in December 2018. In September 2019 he announced that he would step down from his role as coach but continue to work as a consultant for the Irish team from November 2019, and instead focus on representing Brazil as a rider at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (equisport.pt, 16 Sep 2019; irishexaminer.com, 19 Dec 2018; olharolimpico.blogosfera.uol.com.br, 28 Sep 2017; porforadaspistas.com.br, 09 Jul 2017) OTHER ACTIVITIES He has served as a member of the Athletes' Committee of the International Equestrian Federation [FEI]. (nzequestrian.org..nz, 01 May 2018; leperon.fr, 05 Jun 2018)
Milestones He won the World Cup Final in 1998, 1999 and 2000 on Baloubet du Rouet, making him the first rider to have claimed victory at the event in three consecutive years with the same horse. (allsands.com, 27 Aug 2010)
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Alexa Weeks, daughters Cecilia, Sophia and Luciana
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish