Sport needs supporters, and the world too. As a result of the recent agreement signed by both the International Jumping Riders Club and the North American Riders Group, interest among riders all over the world grew and made them want to participate actively to the future sport debate.
Andres Rodriguez, aged 30 from Venezuela, is one of them. He does believe in the Club and wants to join it, in order to bring the sport’s south American issues to the international attention. With a wide and speedy horse business expansion, South American countries look at Europe as the good model in structures, events, and professionalism. Now more than ever, with the upcoming Olympic Games in Brazil, the urgency to bridge the gap is strongly felt. Silver medal in the 2001 South American Junior Championships and trained in the past by the Pessoa family, Rodriguez, who is now a well-known professional rider, expressed his intention to be part of the IJRC, encouraged by the relevance that the Club demonstrated through the years at the FEI table.
With a consistent experience competing in Europe, the Venezuelan rider knows in fact which are his country’s needs and wants to stand for its equestrian development. Not just equestrian, because Rodriguez is a Just World International rider ambassador too, the humanitarian organization sponsored by the World Equestrian Games which will take place in Normandy by the end of the next month. With more than five hundred thousand visitors expected, the Just World’s campaign during the World Championships will concern the projects funded by the charity itself running in Guatemala, Honduras, Cambodia and Colombia, with the help of the whole equestrian community. With an impressive move within the Top 100 of the World Ranking, now in 69th position, Andres Rodriguez is preparing with his team for the Weg. For him, being there will represent a double opportunity as a rider and as a man: meeting all the riders and all the Just World Ambassadors together to discuss the future. Their own and the one of the world.
by Barbara Leoni