Growing up in the heart of elite equestrian sport in Wellington, FL, with two equestrian parents, Emma Butchard was all but predestined for a career in the industry.
Emma began riding as early as age four and started her competitive career under the tutelage of Gary Duffy and Erika Belden—the first in a long line of respected professionals with which she has worked. As a junior rider, she showed in the junior hunters and equitation divisions with Jimmy Toon and Chris Ewanouski before moving upward and onward to the jumper ring with Brian Walker. Rona Garm gave Emma the ride on all five of her horses for a few years, which prepared her to move up up to the Grand Prix and FEI levels with Ellen Raidt.
With top mount Brasil, Emma took her riding to the next level. In 2016, the pair qualified for and competed at the U-25 Final at the National Horse Show as well as the Open Jumper division at the historic Washington International Horse Show. The year 2017 produced many more top performances in what was surely a breakout year: Emma and Brasil showed in the Hollow Creek Farm U-25 Grand Prix series and contested their first CSI3* WEF Challenge Cup and 1.50m Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival before placing in CSI4* competition at both the Devon Horse Show and the Hampton Classic.
With a work ethic that matches her natural ability in the saddle, Emma has deservingly developed her reputation as a respected young professional. Now working alongside Andre Nagata in Holland, Emma is taking on the European show jumping scene and continuing to climb the ranks in the sport.
Andre Coutinho Mendonca Nagata
Andre Coutinho Mendonca Nagata began riding at 11 years old alongside his two brothers, Felipe and Gabriel, and all three siblings would go on to turn their love for the sport into careers. Andre has established his own successful business as both a rider and trainer out of Holland, and he regularly works with his brothers, who are based in San Remo.
Andre was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before visiting Europe for the first time from 2006 to 2009. After a brief return to his home country, he planted his European roots for good in 2016.
Andre received his training from Gian Luca Bormiolli and has recorded wins at numerous venues, from Brazil to Belgium, Germany, Holland, and beyond, including on the prestigious Longines Global Champions Tour. He has also regularly traveled stateside, riding, showing, and selling horses in Wellington, FL, with business partner, Franco Farm LLC.