Roberto G. Lopez
FEI Certified Coach Level 2

Roberto was born in 1976 in San Salvador, El Salvador and comes from a well-respected horse family. Roberto has 22 years experience in the horse industry. He is a certified FEI Coach, having completed Level 1 and 2 of the FEI Coaches System. He is certified to coach showjumping 1.30m, dressage 3rd level, and three-day event preliminar level one star (CCI*),1.10m. These certifications have been tutored by world renowned trainers such as Lars Meyer zu Bexten (Level 1) and Jean Philippe Camboulives (Level 2).His father, Bernardo Lopez Davidson is a FEI (International Equestrian Federation) judge and course designer, and currently travels all over the world judging some of the most important show jumping competitions including CSI events at Spruce Meadows, La Silla Monterrey, Stadium Jumping Palm Beach, and many more all over Europe and Latin America. He has held many prestigious titles like President of the Pan-American Confederation (appointed by the FEI), President of the Children's Committee (also appointed by the FEI,) and Treasurer of the Salvadoran Olympic Committee, a position he held for over 14 years.  In addition, Bernardo has been an avid breeder of Hanoverian horses for over 16 years and Roberto was fortunate to be exposed to the quality of horses that resulted from his father's breeding program. Roberto competed as a show jumper for 10 years representing El Salvador and placing in many international competitions including the1992 Olympic Festival in Mexico City, 1994 Central American Games, and several young rider competitions all over North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Throughout his life Roberto has acquired knowledge from several different top class trainers including Raul De Leon, Pablo Gamboa, Alberto Guasch (coached the Mexican Olympic Equestrian Team), Lars Meyer zu Bexten (assistant coach for German National Show Jumping Team), Jean Philippe Camboulives (coached Australian and Brazilian Three-Day Event Olympic Teams), and his brother Bernardo. In May 2005 Roberto finished his MBA program from Loyola University in New Orleans, and afterwards relocated to Florida to escape hurricane Katrina. It was at this time that Roberto dedicated himself full time to being an instructor/trainer. He has successfully worked with all level riders, starting young kids, developing intermediate riders, and coaching advanced riders in several shows including the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. On September 2010 he moved to Illinois and successfully started a riding program. In Illinois, he has coached students at NIHJA shows and A shows. Currently he operates from Camelot Farms where he is working with horses and riders of all levels.

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