Riding: Jorge Capela, national champion of coupling

Jorge Capela em plena competição

"I felt like I was honoring my family, my hometown and Portuguese sport." The Jorge Agueda Jorge Capela was crowned national champion of achievement, winning the gold medal in the race that took place in the Sports Complex of Companhia das Lezírias, in Monte de Braço de Prata, on October 20 and 21. In an interview with RA, the young man talks about the conquest and the demands of the modality

Jorge Capela

Jorge Capela, national champion of coupling

P> Sacred national champion recently, winning the gold medal. What does the title represent for you?
R This achievement is a reflection of all the work that I and my family have dedicated to horses during all these years, feeling a long sense of purpose when I received the medal and the track and heard the National Anthem with the feeling that I was honoring my family, my hometown and Portuguese sport.


Q: What other titles did you get beyond this?
R Over the years, I have taken part in several events and won several national titles. I highlight the participation in the cup of Portugal and the consecration of national vice champion in the class of initiates in the year 2016. From there my goal was to achieve the title of national champion. At this moment, a new objective has arisen, that is the participation in international competitions and maybe one day to be able to participate in the world championship of singular horses.

Q: How long have you been riding and riding specifically?
R Regarding the connection to riding, this has been coming for several years, because since I remember, my father always had horses and always maintained close contact with the equestrian environment. In relation to the discipline of coupling, from very early, sensibly by the 10 years, it drove ponies, but in a ludic perspective. Regarding the competition, this is a relatively recent passion, emerging in 2015, through the contact with Eng. Eduardo Ribeiro and Eng. Manuel Alegria, both also passionate about the linkage and great drivers of this competition discipline.


Q> Where do you train and how much time do you invest in training?
R I can only accomplish this discipline because there is a very good family coordination and excellent teamwork. As I find myself studying outside of Águeda, I can only train the horses "seriously" at the weekend, however, my sister is the person in charge of training them during the week at the family farm in Albergaria- the old. At the weekends, I usually go to Oliveira de Azeméis to train more deeply with his great friend, coach and also, national champion in the pair class Eduardo Ribeiro. Usually I dispense about 10 hours on weekends, however, my family dispenses about 3/4 hours a day during the week.

Q: Is it easy to reconcile riding and study?
R As the phrase goes, "there is time for everything". There is time to study, time for horses and time for fun and recreation, however, it sometimes becomes difficult to reconcile everything. What I do is try to organize my agenda at the beginning of the week, in order to distribute my time very well in the various activities, dedicating myself to 100% in everything I do. However, at the time of the competitions I have to leave aside the studies a little. However, I am fortunate to have great friends who make it easier for me to work in the weeks leading up to the competition

Q> What motivates you and what attracts you in this mode?
R Coupling has always played a very important role in our society, through transportation, agricultural work and vehicles of war. What motivates me is that this competition is the most complete type of animal traction test, since it requires great versatility, both on the part of horses and drivers. This test requires a high degree of teaching of the horses and at the same time speed, courage and flexibility, also requiring that the driver has the ability to perform dressage exercises and at the same time has the skill to drive your horses at great speeds in small obstacles, allowing so test the versatility of the team.
Although not a well-known discipline, in my opinion, it is up to its participants to publicize it, as this is the only modality in riding that allows the participation of individuals from 8 to 80 years.


Is it an expensive sport? Do you have support?
R Coupling is a very expensive mode. Everything involving horses is synonymous with expenses because all the material required for the competition is extremely expensive. In the world of riding, the linkage is one of the disciplines that requires greater logistics, because unlike dressage or obstacle jumping, it is only necessary to take the horse and saddle, in this discipline it is necessary to transport horses, harnesses, two carriages, one for the marathon test and another for the test of teaching and maneuverability / cones, among other indispensable things. At this moment, I only count on the financial support of my father and with the support of the Municipality of Águeda.

Isabel Moreira (text)

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