| Andres Rodriguez|
| Andres Rodriguez Chepito|
11 May 1984
Caracas, Venezuela (1984-05-11)
Darlon van Groenhove, Caballito, Fifty Fifty 111
January 4, 2016, Wellington, Florida, United States
Andres Rodriguez (show jumper) Wikipedia
Andres Rodríguez (11 May 1984 – 4 January 2016) was a Venezuelan businessman and an international show jumping competitor. He travelled between Caracas, Paris (where he was based during the summer season), and Florida (where he managed a competition horses facility). Rodriguez trained with rider and coach Eddie Macken. His achievements included the team silver medal at the 2005 Bolivarian Games, the team bronze medal at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, an individual silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games of Toronto, and subsequent qualification to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Rodriguez entered the world top 50 for the first time in August 2015, and the subsequent series of results enabled him to be world no. 42 in the Longines rankings of October 2015 and no. 2 in the Latin America rankings.
Rodríguez was born in Caracas on 11 May 1984. He studied for a degree in International Business from Lynn University, Florida, and sat on the Board of Directors of Insmart Colombia and Wendy's Venezuela. He spoke Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese fluently.
Rodríguez decided to become a professional rider at the age of 12 and started competing in horse shows. He won the final in the children category in 1996, a competition for young children under 14, then won the silver medal in the junior category in the 2001 South American Championships.
Rodríguez trained with Nelson and Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) from 2002 to 2006, in Belgium where the Pessoa family was based. This allowed him to compete in Europe. In 2005, he was a member of team Venezuela and helped claimed the team silver medal at the Bolivarian Games in Bogota, Colombia. His finished in eighth position individually.
In 2013 he placed in the Las Vegas National Horse Show, the Fort Classic Grand Prix and the World Cup Grand Prix in Las Vegas.
In 2014, Rodríguez competed at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, and helped his team win the bronze medal. This result qualified the country for the 2015 PanAmerican Games in Toronto, Canada, where he won the individual silver medal. In 2015 he won in Wellington, Lexington, and Spruce Meadows and Rodriguez broke into the world top 50 in show jumping. The silver medal at the PanAmerican Games in Toronto and his subsequent qualification to Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympic Games enabled him to place forty-second worldwide in the October's world rankings and second in the Latin America rankings.
Rodríguez was the first Venezuelan ambassador of the charity association JustWorld International. The charity was established by former United States show jumper Jessica Newman and aims at helping impoverished children through food and educational programs. Rodriguez was an ambassador for brands such as Samshield and Manfredi Equestrian.FEI
Silver medal South American Championships – Junior – Caracas, Venezuela, 2001
Team silver medal, Bolivarian Games Bogota, Colombia, 2005
Individual gold medal, ODESUR Games, Medellin, 2010
Team bronze medal, ODESUR Games, Medellin, 2010
Individual bronze medal, ODESUR Games, Medellin, 2010
Individual silver medal, ODESUR Games, Medellin, 2010
Team gold medal, Central American and Caribbean Games Mayaguez, PUR 2010
Individual silver medal, Central American and Caribbean Games Mayaguez, PUR, 2010
Team gold medal, Bolivarian Games Lima, Peru, 2013
Individual silver medal, Bolivarian Games Lima, Peru, 2013 (Accumulated)
Individual gold medal, Bolivarian Games Lima, Peru, 2013 (Grand Prix)
Individual gold medal, Bolivarian Games Lima, Peru, 2013 (Speed)
Team bronze medal Central American and Caribbean Games, Veracruz, Mexico, 2014
Individual silver medal Panamerican Games, Toronto, Canada, 2015
1st place GP CSI 3* - Tryon NC, USA – Ariantha.
1st place CSI 5* - Calgary, CAN – Verdi.
1st place CSI 3* - Lexington, KY, USA – Darlon Van Groenhove
1st place CSI 5* - Wellington FL, USA – Caballito
3rd place CSIO 5* - Dublin, IRL – Fifty Fifty 111
2nd place CSIO 5* Puissance – Dublin, IRL – Caballito
6th place CSIO 5* Derby – Dublin, IRL – Fifty Fifty 111
4th place CSI 5* - Dinard, FRA – Fifty Fifty 111
2nd place CSI 3* GP – Le Touquet, FRA – Darlon van Groenhove
2nd place CSI 3* GP – Windsor, GRB – Caballito
2nd place CSI 5* GCT – Hamburg, GER – Darlon van Groenhove
3rd place CSI 3* GP – Maubeuge, FRA – Darlon van Groenhove
2nd place CSI 5* - Wellington FL, USA – Caballito
3rd place CSI 4* GP – Wellington FL, USA – Caballito
6th place CSIO 4* GP – Wellington FL, USA – Caballito
6th place CSI 5* - Wellington FL, USA – Fifty Fifty 111
9th place CSI 5* GP – Wellington FL, USA – Caballito
Rodríguez died on 4 January 2016, in Wellington, Florida, from injuries due to a car crash. He was travelling with fellow equestrian Sophie Walker at 3:25 am when he lost control and smashed into a concrete pillar. Walker died instantly and Rodriguez was taken to hospital but died several hours later. It was later found that Rodriguez's blood alcohol level was more than 50 percent over the legal blood alcohol driving limit when he crashed his car.