Pedro, the ring master

How long will you be doing this?

 

As long as I can. I’ll do the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, the Pan American games, the Olympic Games the year after. As long as people ask me I’ll be there.

 

Do you have some favorite horses?

 

I have many. One small story is about Milton (John Whitaker’s flamboyant star – the first show jumper to win over £1 million in prize money.)

I used to fly the horses to Canada to Spruce Meadows and we were at Stansted in England and the groom somehow lost the horse. We were on the runway so I jumped over and grabbed his rope. The horse was rearing and I hanged on to it – if he’d run off he could have been hit by a plane. When I then let go of it the skin of my hands came off but we saved Milton! So that’s one of many happy stories with the horses.

 

I did 20 years of flying with horses. We brought Europeans over on a jumbo with 65-70 horses. In the old days they had to organize it differently than now. There were grooms and veterinarians. Every groom looked after their horses. The captain decided where the mares and the stallions should go. It was fun.

 

Do you have a favorite show?

 

I worked all over the world – in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the States, South America – I did shows in Venezuela and Brazil. I do Hong Kong now. Aachen has a history and a size that makes it unique. Hermès takes place in an unbelievable location..There are so many beautiful shows that it is impossible to name which ones I prefer. I only do 10-12 shows a year and I always enjoy it.

 

“It’s the only sport where we have an animal and a human being competing together. And the only sport where men and women compete against each other on the same level.”

 

 

How do you see the sport in the future?

 

We have to bring it more and more to the people. Show that it is not just people in helmets who do it all. We must focus on the horses and the bond between rider and horse. It’s the only sport where we have an animal and a human being competing together. And also, it’s the only sport where men and women compete against each other on the same level. I dress up to make people smile and I give some rosettes to the riders at the prize giving. Basically; its a about giving the people a show.

 

 

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With the Boss

Photos courtesy of Pedro.

 

 

 

 

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