|Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela|
|Birthdate: September 11, 1996|
|Hometown: Wellington, Florida|
|Occupation: Full-time athlete|
Emanuel Andrade is one the hottest young talents in the sport of show jumping. Only 20 years of age, the young athlete has already amassed a string of high profile victories and major games appearances, including the 2016 Rio Olympics, that most international show jumping competitors only dream of.
Emanuel first stepped on to the international stage by dominating the high-profile 2012 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, where he won six Championship and 12 Reserve Championship titles. At the end of the 12-week show jumping tournament, Emanuel was selected from thousands of athletes as the Future Champions Leading Junior Jumper Rider.
In 2013 and 2014, Emanuel didn’t simply duplicate his outstanding results at the Winter Equestrian Festival, he exceeded them. In a feat never before accomplished by a teenager, Emanuel was crowned the Overall Jumper Rider at the 2013 and 2014 Winter Equestrian Festivals while his training stable, Hollow Creek Farm, was named the Overall Jumper Owner. In 2015, the accolades continued to roll in as Emanuel won the Hermes Talented Young Rider Award, presented to the most successful competitor in International Equestrian Federation (FEI) sanctioned competition under the age of 25.
In 2013, Emanuel made his senior team debut riding ZZ Top as a member of Venezuela’s Gold Medal team at the Bolivarian Games held in Trujillo, Peru. He made his first major games appearance at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, before he had even celebrated his 18th birthday. At the end of November, Emanuel and Nokia de Brekka won the Individual Silver medal at the 2014 Central and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico.
The following year at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, Emanuel and Hardrock Z jumped-off for the Individual Bronze Medal, eventually placing sixth overall. His incredible result qualified Emanuel to represent Venezuela as an individual at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he again rode Hardrock Z.
Recognizing the importance of giving back, Emanuel is a strong supporter of the Step by Step Foundation, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of underprivileged children by creating and supporting health, nutrition, water, education and other programs that substantially impact the human rights and development of children. Each holiday season, Emanuel uses his prize money earnings to buy and hand-deliver Christmas presents to hundreds of children in need.