Santiago Varela will be the course designer of the Showjumping Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020

The next Summer Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo, from July 24th to August 9th 2020: the course designer of the show jumping Olympic Game will be the Spanish  Santiago Varela.

Santiago Varela (45) was born in Madrid in 1968, he graduated from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid with a degree on Economics and Business Administration .

He was introduced to horses at a very short age, and he started his career as Course Designer at the Club de Campo de Madrid in 1984.  At the age of 15 he obtained the title of Local course designer, his career progressed and in 1993 was appointed International Course designer and in July 2013 achieved the FEI Level 4 Course Designer During 2013, Santiago was appointed as Course Designer of the first Furusiyya Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, and the FEI European Championships for Young Riders, Juniors, and Children in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain.

In 2011 he was responsible to design the FEI European Championships in Madrid, and the Super League Final in Rotterdam. The later was his second experience as Super League Final Course Designer after Madrid in 2001.

Since 1999, Santiago has been the Course Designer of CSI 5* Madrid, he is also member of the Organizing Committee since 1986.

Santiago first international show was in Vigo 1993, and since then he has built the courses for multiple International shows during his career.  Among others, La Coruña 4* and 5*, CSI 4* Vejer de la Frontera, CSI 3* San Sebastián, CSI 3* Santander, CSI W Sevilla, CSI 3* Vilamoura (POR) and CSI Queretaro (MEX). Course Designer five times of the National Championship in Spain and numerous times in Juniors and Young Riders.

At the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro he was working as a technical delegate.

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