Cesar Torrente Receives S-Judge Status and Plans Move to the U.S.A.

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 10:53
Diego Henao, Cesar Torrente, and Charlotte Bredahl watching future champions in Germany

Colombian 4* dressage jude Cesar Torrente received approval by the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) to become an “S” Judge. This has prompted Torrente to consider a permanent move to the USA in the near future.

Torrente is from Bogotá, Colombia and has become well known around the world through his blog and Facebook page where he continuously posts helpful advice, information and guidance for all levels of dressage riders.

“I come from South America where we do not always have all the trainers or the judges to give good advice,” Torrente explains, “Sometimes the federations don’t have good ways to communicate what is changing in the FEI rules and what is changing regarding training methods.  So, I started using my blog so that my community around my country would learn things like what rules have changed, or to be aware that if you do this in the ring, the judges will do that.”  

A medalist at the 2010 Caribbean and Central American Games aboard Royal Copenhagen as well as at the Bolivarian Games, Torrente started riding at the age of 12. He is now a lawyer by profession and a member of the FEI Tribunal.

Torrente was the first judge to be promoted through the new FEI educational system to 4* in 2017. As a rider, he has had the honor of standing on the medal podium to receive the team gold medal two times in the Central American Games.

Torrente has been approved by the USEF as an “S” judge, which is the highest rank for judges in the USA.   “I feel very honored that the USEF granted me this status and that now I am allowed to judge all national shows within the US,” he commented.

In addition to that, the US government has granted Torrente an O1 Visa which only goes to persons of extraordinary ability. He also explains that he has acquired all permits to work in the US and Canada, and is downsizing his legal practice in Colombia and is now officially planning his move to the US.

Photo © Astrid Appels

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