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Sport Dressage, Eventing
NOC Brazil   
Born09 Jun 1973 in São Paulo, BRA
Height1.81 m
Human Interest
General Interest
Other information STABLES
He is based at Bombadill Equestrian in Oxfordshire, England. The yard is named after his horse Tom Bombadill Too, with whom he competed at two Olympic Games and two World Equestrian Games [WEG]. "It's a dream come true after all those years working hard in the UK to have your own little corner. The idea is to offer the base to all top-level riders from juniors to seniors to get ready for major shows – with the busy UK calendar, people often come over from abroad to have some preparation runs for those big occasions." (Facebook page, 06 Jul 2022 Instagram profile, 25 Sep 2021;, 27 Aug 2019)

He was asked to work alongside the organising committee ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and help prepare the equestrian competition. He also served as trainer for the Portuguese team at the World Equestrian Games [WEG] in 2002 and 2006, as well as at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (, 14 Aug 2013; FEI, 22 Sep 2010)
Further Personal Information
Residence England
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? His parents were riders, so it was natural for him to take up the sport.
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Last Update
  21 Dec 2021
General Interest
Nicknames Ruizinho (Facebook page, 12 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career His parents. (, 10 Jul 2015)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried riding at age four at the Hipica Paulista club in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "Keep fighting because with time and hard work, one day things will happen." (, 10 Jul 2015)
Famous relatives His parents competed in equestrian jumping at an elite level, and his father also played polo internationally. His wife Renata Rabello Costa won a bronze medal in team dressage at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Jul 2022;, 18 Apr 2017)
Injuries He fractured the humerus bone in his arm and three ribs after falling from his horse Ballypatrick Srs while competing at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. He returned to competition in March 2020. "This was my first serious fall with some bad broken bones, but at the end of the day, I was very lucky." (, 03 Mar 2020;, 27 Aug 2019;, 05 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours He received the 'Brasil Olimpico' [Olympic Brazil] Award as Best Eventing Rider of the Year in 2010, 2012, and 2015. (, 13 Dec 2019)
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Bombadill Equestrian: England
General Interest
Ambitions To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, and the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. (, 07 Apr 2022)
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach William Fox-Pitt [national], GBR

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) TOM BOMBADILL TOO 42 9
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) TOM BOMBADILL TOO 36 12
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2011 Pan-Am Games-CCI2* Guadalajara (MEX) TOM BOMBADILL TOO EL 3
2004 CH-M-YH-CCI2* Le Lion d'Angers (FRA) QUIZY 45  
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) TOM BOMBADILL TOO 32  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) IDAHO D’ARGONNE 56  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
24.04.2014 to 27.04.2014 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA)   TOM BOMBADILL TOO EL  
02.04.2014 to 06.04.2014 CIC3* Norwood NC (USA)   TOM BOMBADILL TOO EL  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CIC2* Tallahassee FL (USA)   TOM BOMBADILL TOO 4  
21.11.2013 to 24.11.2013 CCI3* Barretos SP (BRA)   TOM BOMBADILL TOO 2  
24.10.2013 to 27.10.2013 CIC3* Porto Alegre RS (BRA)   TOM BOMBADILL TOO 2  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CIC2* Colina SP (BRA)   TOM BOMBADILL TOO 2  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CIC2* Colina SP (BRA)   IDAHO D’ARGONNE WD  
18.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CIC3* Barretos SP (BRA)   TOM BOMBADILL TOO 2  
18.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CIC2* Barretos SP (BRA)   IDAHO D’ARGONNE 2  
18.05.2013 to 19.05.2013 CIC2* Barretos SP (BRA)   LAND BRAVUS RET  
28.03.2013 to 31.03.2013 CCI2* Deodóro RJ (BRA)   TOM BOMBADILL TOO 1  
28.03.2013 to 31.03.2013 CCI2* Deodóro RJ (BRA)   IDAHO D’ARGONNE 3  
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   TOM BOMBADILL TOO   9
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal

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