Rodrigo Pessoa is one of the most decorated riders in the sport of show jumping, with an impressive list of world titles riding for his home country of Brazil. With his legendary horse Baloubet du Rouet, Rodrigo won the World Cup Finals an unprecedented three consecutive years in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Baloubet and Rodrigo also won the individual gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games and helped Brazil earn team bronze in the 2000 Olympics.
Rodrigo won the world championship in 1998 riding Lianos, earned individual silver and team gold in the 2007 Pan American Games riding Rufus, and helped Brazil earn a team silver medal in the 2011 Pan American Games riding HH Ashley. At the beginning of his career, a horse named Tom Boy helped Rodrigo earn team gold in the Pan American Games in 1995 and team bronze in the Olympic Games in 1996. In addition to these prestigious titles, Rodrigo has earned over 70 grand prix victories and five derby wins worldwide throughout the course of his amazing career.
In 2006, Rodrigo began his partnership with CN’s Hunter Harrison and Double H Farm by riding Oasis. Rodrigo and Oasis won in Falsterbo (Sweden), Lanaken and Brussels (Belgium). In 2007, the new partnership with Harrison began to thrive with the purchases of Rufus and Cantate Z.
In 2010, a talented stallion named HH Rebozo took Rodrigo to the top four in the final round of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. His success continued in 2011, when he rode HH Ashley to team silver for Brazil in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
Rodrigo will continue his successful partnership with the Harrisons as he begins his new venture with G&C Farm. With the backing of two of the best owners in the business, Rodrigo hopes to once again reach number one in the sport.
1995 Team Gold Pan American Games – Tom Boy
1996 Team Bronze Olympics – Tom Boy
1998 World Champion – Lianos
1998 Volvo World Cup – Baloubet du Rouet
1999 FEI World Cup – Baloubet du Rouet
2000 FEI World Cup – Baloubet du Rouet
2000 Team Bronze Olympics – Baloubet du Rouet
2004 Olympic Champion – Baloubet du Rouet
2007 Individual Silver Pan American Games – Rufus
2007 Team Gold Pan American Games – Rufus
2011 Team Silver Pan American Games