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.”
Pedro’s training techniques are in high demand around the world. Riders from Germany, France, Portugal, Sweden, Russia, Mexico and the United States seek his help in “normal” riding, dressage or Working Equitation. His approach of adapting to the horse’s personality and abilities, and analysing how the rider can help the horse is what makes him such a wonderful trainer and rider.
“Riding is a dance, but horse and rider have to listen to the same music,” Pedro says. His training philosophy comes from years and years spent riding and teaching different horses, from small stables to some of the most renowned establishments for classical horsemanship and equestrian art, such as the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art. Many of Portugal’s most successful international competition riders have come from the Portuguese School – Gonçalo Cavalho, Miguel Ralao, Daniel and Carlos Pinto, Luis Valenca, Nuno Palma, to name a few.
The School exclusively works with Lusitano horses; the breed is known to be flashy and bold, but they are also very sensitive horses. Today’s Warmbloods are a lot closer to the Lusitano in temperament Pedro says.
“The right training prepares horses and riders slowly for the next step in their education. If you force too much in the beginning it just becomes frustrating when they don’t do what you ask, because they are not ready. The most important advice is to be patient and to try to understand. Don’t try to make big steps, try to make solid steps,” he cautions.
Are you curious about what you can learn from Pedro Torres? Then don’t miss the Dressage Masterclass and Education Sessions with the Portuguese Master!
Aqualuma Grand Pavilion
Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm - Dressage Masterclass with Pedro Torres