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In brief: Andre Alvarez

Who is Andre Alvarez?  We take a moment to ask the Chilean rider a few questions in our series of short rider features, ‘In Brief’:

What’s your name, age and where are you from?

Andre Alvarez, age 29 from Santiago, Chile.

When did you start riding?

When I was 14.

Is it in the family? If not, where did you pick it up?

It’s sort of in the family. When I discovered the world of endurance, I used to live in El Arrayan. It’s like a neighbourhood on the mountain, and my uncle – who was also my neighbour – had a horse at home.
I ran after school every afternoon to see it and gave it carrots, everything I had. I was totally amazed by this animal.

Why horses and why endurance?

The real question should be… why not horses? 🙂
But honestly I think it’s a mix of feelings. On one side there is a great sensation of freedom. When you are in the saddle with the mountain range of the Andes in front of you and the possibility to go anywhere you want, it’s amazing. On the other hand, and maybe this is why I love endurance so much, is the horsemanship you can develop. It’s so hard to make a bond with a horse so when you achieve it it’s fantastic and forever.

What achievements and highlights stand out for you?

That’s a tough question. We had big achievements with one of my mares in the local endurance championships. We got three years in a row on the 120km podium of the annual championship.
But maybe one of the biggest moments I had was in the USA, when I finished the Tevis Cup. I rode a wonderful horse named Pink Floyd, one of a kind. What a wonderful race. It’s all I enjoy about riding horses, whether it’s my own horses or riding somebody else’s.
For the last few years I’ve been riding friends’ horses. I’m very thankful, because most of them were really good horses and even won some races. Now I’m beginning to have my own again.

Do you train the horses?

Only mine, but 80% of the training is done with the help of people who work at the stable.


Instagram: @andre_alvarezv
FEI Database: Andre Alvarez

Feature image credit: Francisco Boetsch

In brief: Andre Alvarez

Who is Andre Alvarez?  We take a moment to ask the Chilean rider a few questions in our series of short rider features, ‘In Brief’:

What’s your name, age and where are you from?

Andre Alvarez, age 29 from Santiago, Chile.

When did you start riding?

When I was 14.

Is it in the family? If not, where did you pick it up?

It’s sort of in the family. When I discovered the world of endurance, I used to live in El Arrayan. It’s like a neighbourhood on the mountain, and my uncle – who was also my neighbour – had a horse at home.
I ran after school every afternoon to see it and gave it carrots, everything I had. I was totally amazed by this animal.

Why horses and why endurance?

The real question should be… why not horses? 🙂
But honestly I think it’s a mix of feelings. On one side there is a great sensation of freedom. When you are in the saddle with the mountain range of the Andes in front of you and the possibility to go anywhere you want, it’s amazing. On the other hand, and maybe this is why I love endurance so much, is the horsemanship you can develop. It’s so hard to make a bond with a horse so when you achieve it it’s fantastic and forever.

What achievements and highlights stand out for you?

That’s a tough question. We had big achievements with one of my mares in the local endurance championships. We got three years in a row on the 120km podium of the annual championship.
But maybe one of the biggest moments I had was in the USA, when I finished the Tevis Cup. I rode a wonderful horse named Pink Floyd, one of a kind. What a wonderful race. It’s all I enjoy about riding horses, whether it’s my own horses or riding somebody else’s.
For the last few years I’ve been riding friends’ horses. I’m very thankful, because most of them were really good horses and even won some races. Now I’m beginning to have my own again.

Do you train the horses?

Only mine, but 80% of the training is done with the help of people who work at the stable.


Instagram: @andre_alvarezv
FEI Database: Andre Alvarez

Feature image credit: Francisco Boetsch

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