Born: November 29, 1972
Simply put, Rodrigo Pessoa is one of the most successful riders in show jumping history. He won the individual Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome. He also won team Bronze Medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He also won team Gold and individual Silver Medals at the2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro and team Silver at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
Pessoa has competed in 13 FEI World Cup Finals, and won in 1998, 1999 and 2000; he is the only rider to win the Final three consecutive years. He also placed in the top three on three other occasions. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, Pessoa was given the honor of carrying the Brazilian flag in the Opening Ceremonies.
The son of legendary rider Nelson Pessoa, Rodrigo started taking riding seriously at the age of 12 in Belgium. The list of his Grand Prix wins would fill many pages but it includes major international horse shows such as Gothenburg, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Cannes, Paris and Spruce Meadows, as well as U.S. shows in Wellington, Harrisburg and Washington.
Pessoa has competed in six World Equestrian Games, including the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games held in Normandy, France with the horse Status, where the Brazilian Team finished in fifth place.
Pessoa is married to Alexa Weeks, who has also been a successful show jumping rider on the U.S. circuit. He made his first appearance at the Hampton Classic in 2012.