My mother, Lica, is an eight time Brazilian National Dressage Championship winner, which earned her a place in the Guiness Book of World Records. My father, Arnaldo, was an enthusiastic polo player, just like both of my brothers, Andrè (2014 Brazilian Champion) and Fabio (highest handicap 8 and 9). My third brother, Arnaldo Filho, is passionate about racing and won the Brazilian Amateur Championships in 2014 with AMG-Mercedes.
I rode dressage and we shared her top mount Marko. I was just eleven years of age when Marko passed away and it shocked me so much that I wanted to stop riding entirely. However the horses never let me go - so one month later I started riding again, but changed disciplines and became a show jumper.
I was the Children's Jumping Champion in my home country at age 12 and was the Junior Jumping Champion at age 14 and then again at 18. I left Brazil to train in Belgium with the great Nelson Pessoa/BRA because I wanted to learn more. What was planned as a one year trip has turned into half of a lifetime...
I went to the stables of Olympic Champion Alwin Schockemoehle in Mühlen/GER and then spent many years in the United States before I eventually returned to Germany: in Fürstenau, by Osnabrück, to start with and now finally in Wachtberg, by Bonn. This is where I independently operate a show jumping and competition stables which has been largely supported by my sponsor, Edouard de Rothschild, an international show jumper himself, since 2002. In 2006 I decided that I would be riding for Portugal in the future.
speak five different languages, am committed to my own social projects and keep myself fit by jogging alongside the Rhine River, Zumba dancing with Debora do Nascimento M. Remagen, boxing with my trainer Michel Giround and strength training together with my son Pedro and our coach Erik Randrianarisoa. In Summer it's time for archery.
I have learned a lot about mental training from Esther Müller, Andy Svärd and Jean Lequoc and, in the meantime, have created my own coaching system and am writing my own books. Torsten Anklam supports me by meditation, breathing exercises and spiritual coaching.