Brazil Nominates 2 Grand Prix, 3 Small Tour Combinations for Pan American Games

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Pedro Manuel Tavares de Almeida on Aoleo.

June 26, 2019

Brazil nominated its dressage squad for the Pan American Games a month from now of two Grand Prix and three Small Tour combinations, all riders with international championship experience including three Olympians seeking a team start at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The squad announced by the Brazil Equestrian Confederation with the team of four and a reserve to be determined for the Lima, Peru Pan Ams is:

Prix St. Georges/Intermediate I

João Victor Marcari Oliva, 23, and Biso das Lezirias, 13-year-old Lusitano stallion (Solar Pinhais x Maravilha) owned by Barbara Elisabeth Laffranchi

João Paulo dos Santos, 35, and Carthago Comando SN,  12-year-old Brazil-bred Lusitano (Tulum Comando SN x Famoso III) owned by Jose Francisco Brito Eusebio

Mauro Pereira da Silva Júnior, 38, and Don Enrico AMM, Brazil-bred Warmblood owned by Anna Maria Capella Mantegazza

Grand Prix/Grand Prix Special

Pedro Manuel Tavares de Almeida, 25, and Aoleo, 16-year-old PSL stallion (Owni x Vingador) owned by Luíza Tavares de Almeida

Leandro Aparecido da Silva, 43, and Dicaprio, 17-year-old Oldenburg stallion (De Niro x Canaster I) owned by Ricardo & Patricia Villela Marino

Leandro Aparecido da Silva and DiCaprio.

Two berths for Tokyo are at stake at the Pan Ams, available to teams competing at the Pan Ams with at least one Grand Prix combination.

Brazil, Canada and Mexico will compete for the Tokyo spots. The United States is already qualified with its silver medal performance at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon.

Leandro Aparecido da Silva and Dicaprio were on Brazil’s 2015 Pan Am bronze medal team as well as the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon. Leandro also competed at the 2008 Olympics and the 2011 Pan Ams.

Pedro and Aoleo were on the Brazil team at the 2018 Tryon World Games. Pedro also rode at the 2016 Olympics at home in Rio de Janeiro and 2014 World Games in Normandy.

João Victor Marcari Oliva and Biso das Lezirias.

Although only 23 years old and competing Biso das Lezirias for only three months after the horse was ridden by Portugal’s Maria Caetano, João Victor is an experienced international rider. His record includes the 2014 and 2018 world championships, the 2015 Pan Ams, 2016 Olympics and and 2017 World Cup Final in Omaha.

João Paulo dos Santos and Carthago Comando SN.

João Paulo dos Santos and Carthago Comando SN in the past year have logged nine victories in 10 starts, including a sweep of a special qualifier in Buenos Aires last November. João Paulo was on the bronze medal team at the 2015 Pan Ams in Toronto.

Mauro Pereira da Silva Júnior and Don Enrico AMM also competed at the Buenos Aires special qualifier. Mauro rode for Brazil at the 2011 Pan Ams in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Tulum Comando, the sire of Carthago Comando that is also nominated for Lima.


Mauro Pereira Junior and Don Enrico AMM

Note: All photos were provided by the Brazil Equestrian Confederation.