Pedro Torres is what you would call a true all-round talent. Most of you will associate him with the sport of Working Equitation, but he also represented Portugal at the 2007 European Dressage Championships and loves a bit of jumping in his training.
Pedro’s big passion is horses and developing a partnership with them, and that also means looking beyond his chosen discipline to find the best techniques. In his own words, “I do any kind of competition, it is what I do. I like all equestrian disciplines.” He is a rider first and foremost, and rides the discipline his horse tells him to ride, or that he feels the horse has the most potential for.
There are many similarities in the training of dressage, jumping and Working Equitation horses and identifying these is part of Pedro’s philosophy. He describes Working Equitation (WE) as the most complete sport and technically more challenging than Grand Prix dressage. And he must know, after all, the Portuguese rider has won multiple World and European Championships in Working Equitation and has influenced the image of the sport significantly. No combination has been more successful than Pedro and his imposing Lusitano stallion Oxidado, who is loved and admired by fans around the world.
Pedro himself is a great admirer of Carl Hester and his riding style and he seeks out five-time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund and her partner Richard White for advice on his dressage training. Several top ten placings in recent international CDI2* and 3* Grand Prix competitions see his name included in the FEI Dressage ranking lists.
But while he has two very talented dressage prospects in his stable, the Lusitanos Ahoto and Csar, Pedro has no ambitions to qualify for the next Olympic Games. His own riding goals are simple, “To ride better. This is what I want to do. Ride better, understand the horses better, find better techniques. And this is what I want to do with the rest of my life. I don’t have the goal to go to the Olympic Games, I want to spend my days developing new techniques and understand the movement, the muscles, the tendons — this really is my passion. My goal is to see if I can ride better.”