In Memoriam: Pedro Oscar Mayorga 1921–2014

FEI Communications
Pedro Oscar Mayorga (left), former FEI Honorary Vice President and Bureau Member, who has passed away at the age of 93. He is pictured here with HRH Prince Philip, FEI President from 1964 to 1986.

Pedro Oscar Mayorga (left), former FEI Honorary Vice President and Bureau Member, who has passed away at the age of 93. He is pictured here with HRH Prince Philip, FEI President from 1964 to 1986.

Pedro Oscar Mayorga, former FEI Honorary Vice President and Bureau Member, passed away peacefully on 6 January 2014 surrounded by his family at home in Buenos Aires. He was 93.
 
A Jumping rider, an Olympian, a chef d’équipe, and an official at the highest level of the sport, Mayorga was the longest serving FEI Bureau member, having joined in 1956 as the first ever Latin American representative on the Bureau.
 
Born in Buenos Aires in 1921, the year in which the FEI was created, Pedro Oscar Mayorga began competing in equestrian events in his native city at the age of eight and was a two-time national junior champion. In 1947 he met top rider Elena Argañaràz on the Jumping circuit and they married eight months later. Together they competed at FEI events in Europe and America throughout the 1950s. They had five children, three of whom – Eduardo, Juan Francisco and current FEI Second Vice President Pablo Mayorga – are involved in equestrian sport.
 
In 1955 and 1959, Mayorga was on the Argentinean Jumping team at the Pan American Games in Mexico City (MEX) and Chicago (USA), but probably his most significant achievement as an athlete was the fourth place of his country’s team in the Jumping competition at the Stockholm 1956 Olympic Games. This remains the best Olympic placing by an Argentinean equestrian team to date.
 
In the late 1950s, Mayorga combined riding and the role of chef d’équipe and in 1960 he was chef d’équipe of the Argentinean team which won the historic Aga Khan trophy at the Dublin Horse Show in Ireland. He was also chef d’équipe at the Olympic Games in Rome the same year.
 
Between 1962 and 1976 he was Technical Delegate in Jumping and Eventing, President of the Ground Jury in Jumping, and a member of the Appeal Committee at key events, including four Olympic Games – Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972, and Montreal 1976.
 
In 1956, while walking the Jumping course in Aachen (GER), he was told that the then FEI President HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands would like to meet him. Shortly afterwards Pedro Oscar Mayorga became an FEI Bureau member. From 1965 he held the position of Second and then First FEI Vice President until he stepped down in 1981. “The Bureau will not be the same without you,” HRH Prince Philip, FEI President from 1964 to 1986, wrote to Mayorga upon his retirement.
 
“The passing of Pedro Oscar Mayorga comes as very sad news to us all,” FEI President HRH Princess Haya said. “He was a talented rider, a successful chef d’équipe, a much respected official, the longest serving FEI Bureau member and Vice President, and a real gentleman whom I admired very much. He dedicated his long life to serving our sport and the contribution he has made in his various roles is truly exceptional Our thoughts are with his family and especially with our dear friend, FEI Second Vice President Pablo Mayorga, at this time of mourning. Pedro Oscar Mayorga’s legacy will live on through his son.”
 
“I believe I will never be able to contribute to our FEI as much as my father did during his 25 years as Bureau Member and Vice President,” Pablo Mayorga said.
 
The FEI extends its sincere condolences to Pedro Oscar Mayorga’s family, to the Argentinean equestrian community and to all his many friends around the world. May he rest in peace.

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World Equestrian Games

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 13:23
FEI Communications
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Alltech Media
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FEI Press Release
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USEF Communications Department
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Show Jumping

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The Ridge at Wellington PR
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HITS E-News
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Split Rock Jumping Tour
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Reining and Western Riding

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 15:27
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 14:49
Equestrian Events, Inc.
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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 11:44
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Eventing

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 14:49
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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:31
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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:22
Jenni Autry for Eventing Nation
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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:12
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The votes have been tallied, and we’re very excited to announce that Libby Head and Sir Rockstar are the winners of the Golden Chinchilla as 2014 EN Horse...
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 09:15
Mythic Landing Enterprises, LLC
Gaithersburg, MD - Popular for their excellent footing and galloping tracks, CDCTA is excited to make some changes that will be introduced in the spring of 2015. Mike Mendell is CDCTA's new organizer who brings not only experience at the upper-levels of eventing, but also a level of professionalism that has allowed him excel as a trainer and...
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 10:09
Ottawa, Ont. - Equine Canada is pleased to announce that in an effort to make our High Performance 1 coaching program accessible to our busy coaches, we will be traveling to Ocala, Fla. on February 9-11, 2015 to host training modules. Although these sessions are targeted at prospective High Performance 1 coaches, current Equine Canada certified...

Driving

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:16
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group
Weirsdale, FL - January 22, 2015 - Tickets for the Driving Derby Hoedown Saturday February 28, and Sunday March 1, 2015 are now available online http://www.uset.org/Driving-Derby-Hoedown.php or through Katie Whaley who will be attending Sunshine States and Kingdom of the Sun driving shows. driv he Driving Derby Hoedown is a special fundraising...
Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 12:39
Cindy Timmer, FEI Communications
Koos de Ronde (NED) flew to victory in the super exciting winning round of the last FEI World Cup™ Driving qualifier of the 2014/15 season held in Leipzig (GER) over the weekend. His compatriot IJsbrand Chardon was the last in the arena and was well on his way to victory when his carriage tipped over in the last part of the course which resulted...
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 07:03
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 11:08
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Friday, January 9, 2015 - 06:58
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 09:26
Hoefnet.nl
Driving lover in heart and soul and owner of the well known Industrial and Pool Company Willy Naessens from Belgium will support triple World Champion Boyd Exell from Australia in the next years. Naessens previously supported the very successful Belgian four-in-hand driver announced that Willy Naessens will sponsor Boyd Exell during a press...