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Home: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Born: February 11, 1965
Jimmy Torano has been on the grand prix tour for more than 25 years having ridden in his 1st Grand Prix during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL in 1989. Following his marriage to his wife Danielle, he spent several years building up his show barn JET Show Stables, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He achieved great success with “Lancier 4” owned by Sir Ruly Group. In 1998 the pair placed 2nd in the Sugarbush Grand Prix, 3rd in the Monmouth Grand Prix, 7th in the Budweiser Grand Prix De Penn National and 10th in the Grand Prix of New York at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden.
In 1999, Torano placed 9th in the Budweiser AGA Championship, 7th in the $100,000 Jaguar Gold Coast Grand Prix, CSI-W and 3rd in the $50,000 Grand Prix of Tampa. He then rode in his first World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden and won one of the warm-up classes.
Torano qualified to ride in his second World Cup Final in 2000. That year, he also placed second in the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix De Penn National at Harrisburg, PA. He had an excellent 2001 season, placing in 30 of 45 Grand Prix events.
Torano had six Grand Prix wins in 2005 including a win in the $60,000 Hermés Grand Prix on “Aguila”. He followed that with two wins in 2006. He was the Leading Open Jumper rider on the Vermont Summer Tour in both 2007 and 2008.
In 2009 Torano rode “Heechhiems Tampa” to win the Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix. In 2010, Torano and “Vince” won the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. In 2013 Torano won the highest hunter stakes class in the world, the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, at HITS Saugerties aboard the mare “La Bonita”. It was a special win for the pair as the mare was only five years-old and was competing at only her second-ever horse show.
Success also came his way in 2014, when he won the $30,000 Manchester & The Mountains Grand Prix aboard “Wannahave.”
In 2016, Torano won the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby aboard “Levland” at the Lake Placid Horse Shows and jumped to victory with “Day Dream” against a field of the world’s best in the $216,000 U.S. Open at the Central Park Horse Show in New York.
At the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival, he and “Day Dream” again proved competitive against top fields, taking third place in the $130,000 Grand Prix CSI3* and seventh place in the $130,000 Adequan Grand Prix CSI3*. With “Betagravin,” Torano took third place in the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 10, and won the $6,000 Illustrated Properties 1.40m FEI speed class.
Torano is a Big “R” judge and has judged many major classes including the 2006 Pessoa USEF Medal Finals, 2007 USET Talent Search Finals, 2008 Pony Medal Finals and the 2008 ASPCA Maclay Finals. In 2016, he was part of the judging team alongside Candice King, Chris Kappler and Bobby Braswell for the ninth annual George Morris Excellence in Equitation Award, a prestigious competition for top equitation riders which was won by T.J. O’Mara.
Jimmy is also an active committee member, serving on several committees of the Zone 4 USHJA. He is an active Board member of the North American Riders Group (NARG) and frequently serves as an analyst on show jumping telecasts.
In 2006, Torano became a father when his wife Danielle gave birth to their daughter Natalia. They also have a son, Jimmy, who was born in 2010.