Pedro Torres

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Pedro Torres
World Champion in
Working Equitation

Working Equitation, Dressage, Portuguese Equitation

“To learn something from everyone – that is my philosophy!”

Anyone involved with Working Equitation will most likely hear the name Pedro Torres mentioned in the first five minutes. The multiple European and World Champion is a rider, trainer, instructor and coach of the Portuguese National Team. With his famous stallion “Oxidado” he played a big role in the sport and won the most titles in Working Equitation worldwide.

Pedro Torres was born in Lisbon and developed his passion for horses and riding as a child. Having ridden for fun as a child he started giving lessons at the local riding school as a teenager- an absolute success, for this led him to move to Quinta da Marinha and training sport horses. João Pedro Rodrigues, Riding Master of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Arts, was responsible for influencing many riders with his riding ability and knowledge. Pedro Torres worked and studied for around fifteen years with him and owes his legendary stallion Oxidado to him.

As well as Working Equitation Pedro Torres has also represented his country internationally in Grand Prix dressage. He is a talented allrounder and impresses everyone the way he approaches and combines such different disciplines. The bond with the horse is the most important thing for him.

“One needs a partnership with the horse. If you achieve that then you have a horse with lots of presence. I want my horses to let their personality shine through”

Pedro Torres is renowned for his skill not only as a rider but also as a trainer, for empathizing with every student and finding an individual solution for them and their horse.

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Working Equitation - Basic Training with Pedro Torres Part 2: Riding Precise Flying Changes

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