Emanuel Andrade and Walter 61. (Photo © Jack Mancini)
The young Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade with 19-year-old continued its breakneck race to excellence on stage at the world equestrian show jumping, managing to be again tenpin protagonist in the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.
After Emanuel managed to take by assault the highest recognition in 2012 as the best Junior rider at WEF, in 2013 the three titles available as the best rider of the season at the WEF (Overall Leading Jumper Rider) was carried beating as Junior at the time to all professionals and marking a record for wins with 28 for the circuit, including the titles of best trainer and best owner. In 2014 things remained the same three titles and adding the second consecutive year the best rider (Overall Leading Jumper Rider), best contest equestrian jumping worldwide, but this time beat his own mark of 28 wins now putting the figure at 36, a mark that remains in effect to date.
Already in 2015 was his first year as Amateur, which monopolized the first three post including the championship in the category Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper with C. Jack Sparrow Z as season champion, Oxford in second place and Boy IV in the third. The title is also carried as WEF Overall Top Jumper Owner and was second in the WEF Overall Jumper Rider, a title he had won in the previous two years.
For 2016 was no exception, year of Olympics mean new challenges in his young but fruitful career have allowed him to play a World Equestrian Games in Normandy, fight for the bronze medal at the last Pan American Games in Toronto and get the overall individual silver medal in the Central American Games, where the WEF allowed him to win the season championship in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper with Walter 61 and the Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper with Rufus De Violaines, adding six wins classics in both amateur categories.
Now continue the way via Rio de Janeiro to compete in his first Olympic Games in a year of growth in sports, which will certainly bring new facets and interesting results for the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival.