Special Envoy - 1980 Gelding - TIH
Sire:King of Diamonds (ID)
Dam: Highland Lady 3 (ISH)
Dam Sire: Highland Flight (ID)
Breeder: Mary Hughes, Kilkenny
Special Envoy spent his earlier years being produced by Kilkenny’s Marion Hughes before being sold by Marion’s father Seamus Hughes to Nelson Pessoa. The new partnership won the Dublin Grand Prix in 1989 when Pessoa was 54 years of age. He later gave the ride on Special Envoy to his son Rodrigo, who clicked with the horse from their first show together in 1990 (Rome) and came 3rd in the Grand Prix at Aachen. They competed at that year's World Championship, with Rodrigo only 17 Years Old.
In 1992 Rodrigo joined the Brazilian team for the Olympic games in Barcelona and, aged 19, was the youngest rider contesting the Olympic Games. Riding Special Envoy he claimed individual 9th. Rodrigo and Special Envoy accumulated Grand Prix wins in Aachen (1992, 1993, 1994, 1997), Arhus (1994), Geesteren (1997), Geneva (1993), Mechelen (1992), Paris (1993), Wiesbaden (1993) and the Eindhoven Derby (1993). In addition to this Rodrigo and Special Envoy won Team Gold at the 1995 Pan-American Games in Argentina.
“Special Envoy was a remarkable horse, the first horse I mounted in the main GPs, he launched me in the great international circuit. I did my first World Championship with him, my first Olympics. I was lucky to have had many quality horses, but should I have to choose one, it would have to be him, for launching me in the great competitions.” Rodrigo Pessoa