photo by Noelle Floyd

Experience of a Lifetime

Rancho Santa Fe resident and equestrian Eduardo Menezes represented his native Brazil in the Rio Olympics this past summer. Team Brazil finished in fourth place in the team jumping competition. “It was an amazing experience; the crowd was crazy supportive and we felt from day one that nothing bad could happen to us with such support,” he said. Eduardo grew up on his family’s cattle ranch in Brazil, where he started riding ponies at age three. He began his international career in 1999 and has competed in the World Cup finals, Pan-American Games, and other events all over the world.

Eduardo and his wife moved to Rancho Santa Fe in 2010 with a family he coaches. “I have lived in many different countries and I can’t think of a better place to live and raise my kids,” he said. “The weather, the beautiful landscape, and the people are what we love the most here.” Eduardo left San Diego in December 2015 to compete in Florida, China, and across Europe in preparation for Rio; he returned the day after the Olympic Games in August 2016. “The preparation for such an event is long and a lot of work but it was worth it,” he said. “The feeling to represent my country in the Olympics in Rio was something difficult to put in words, but I felt that the 30 years of work was well paid off.”

Eduardo and his business partner Enrique Gonzales are the owners of Rancho Santa Fe’s E2 Stables, focusing on global sport horse sales and developing successful horse and rider bonds. Eduardo continues to ride and compete in San Diego and the rest of the world.