Cesar Hirsch (VEN)
César Hirsch was born in Caracas with a passion for horse sport and a knack for business. He graduated in Venezuela with a Bachelor Degree in International Business and performed specialized post-graduate studies in the Advanced Program in International Business at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1994.
His passion for horses and interest in equestrian sport led him to compete internationally for ten years, beginning in 1979. He is an FEI Judge level 3 and Chief Steward level 3, FEI Steward Tutor and Steward General for Venezuela. During his more than 2 decades in the FEI he accounts for hundreds of international events including 5 Pan-American Games, 4 Central American and Caribbean Games, 4 Bolivarian Games and Central American Games, 2 South American Games, South and North American Championships, World Equestrian Games and World Cup Finals among others.
Cesar has been recently appointed by the FEI as Overall Chief Steward for the next Olympic Games RIO 2016.
He also serves as Deputy Chairman and Group V Representative of the FEI Nominations Committee and as Official Technical Ambassador of Just World International.
His skills in communication achieved through years in professional business activities, and his affinity for sport led him to television and radio broadcasting. He starred in live broadcasts of the National Football League in two Superbowls: XXXVI in New Orleans, Louisiana, and XXXVII in San Diego, California. He was the first Venezuelan to broadcast the NFL.
César is married to Francis Hoet, a realtor originally hailing from Belgium. They have 4 children: Nicole (17), Leopoldo (16), Victoria (11) and Isabella (6).
Carmen Barrera (ESA)
Carmen Barrera born in San Salvador, El Salvador in 1975, graduated from The Ethel Walker School in Connecticut, attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She has a Masters Degree in Sport Management, from the University of Poitiers in France. Carmen started riding at the age of 7, first as Show Jumper and later on as an Eventer. In 2002 she was a member of the Bronze Medal Team at the Central American And Caribbean Games held in El Salvador. ln 2013 she was part of the Silver Medal team at the Central American Games in San Jose, CRC. She served as President of El Salvador Equestrian Federation from 2003 until 2015 when she stepped down to pursue other areas in the sport. Carmen has been the Chef ‘d Equipe for El Salvador at numerous Regional and Continental Games, as well as World Equestrian Games. She became active within the FEI in 2007 as Deputy Chair for her Regional Group and in 2010 she joined the FEI Bureau representing Central American and Caribbean Region, also known as Group V.
In 2014, at the FEI General Assembly held in Azerbaijan, Carmen was elected President of the Panamerican Equestrian Confederation (PAEC).
Mark Samuel (CAN)
Mark Samuel (CAN) became Chair of FEI Group IV in 2013.
Former founder, Chairman and current Director of Jump Canada he has also served in numerous volunteer capacities within Equine Canada. Founder and current Chair of the Jump Canada Hall of Fame. Former Volunteer of the Year for Jump Canada and Equine Canada. Mark’s family has had horses in all three disciplines at past Olympics, winning the Team Jumping Gold at the 1968 Mexico Games. A Hunter/Jumper competitor for over 45 years himself, Mark was a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team from 1999-2004 and attended the 2002 World Equestrian Games and 2003 Santo Domingo Pan American Games for Canada. Professionally, Mark is former CEO and current Chairman of Samuel Son & Co., Limited, (SSCL), a family owned Metals and Industrial Products company headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. SSCL has 110 locations around North America and is the 4th largest enterprise of its kind in the continent. Mark and his husband Kevin have four children and reside just outside of Toronto, Canada
Monique Archer (BAR)
Monique has been an avid equestrian from a very young age. Her children and husband are also active in equestrian sport and it is definitely a family affair. She returned to show jumping after many years of playing polo and immediately became involved in the Executive Committee of the Barbados Equestrian Association. She has held various positions for the past decade and is currently in her second term as President of the Federation. Monique is deeply committed to the development of equestrian sport in the Caribbean Islands and continues to dedicate her energies to projects related to this goal. Monique is the founder of a charity known as H.O.R.S.E. The Humane Organization for the Relief of Suffering Equines
whose purpose is to help save abused and neglected horses. Her efforts have seen H.O.R.S.E. develop into a highly successful charity that has rescued horses as well as positively impacted special needs and disadvantaged children in various H.O.R.S.E based programs. In her professional life, Monique owns and manages a business in Barbados, Archer’s Hall Design Centre, which offers interior design services to high end homes with retail locations
throughout the island. Monique was elected to the PAEC board in 2014 by the members of Group IV and enjoys her Board work on behalf of the the region.
Luis Roberto Giugni (BRA)
Luiz Roberto Giugni is the President of the Brazilian Equestrian Federation. In his professional life he is a dentist, but his first love is horses. He has been President since 2009 and has been part of the many great moments for Brazilian teams. Prior to becoming President, he was the Jumping Director at a equestrian club in São Paulo, then he was elected President of the state federation. In 2014, Luiz Roberto was named by FEI as a Chair of the Group VI. He divides his time between his dental practice and his commitments as a President of the Federation. Luiz Roberto’s goal as President is to ensure the effectiveness of the Federation as a sports organization and maintain the relationship with the global stakeholders in international show jumping.
Pablo Mayorga (ARG)
1959 to 1971 Jumping rider
1971 National Jumping Judge
1976 to 1983 Bureau Member of the Argentine Equestrian Federation
1979 to 1983 Secretary General of the Argentine Equestrian Federation
1996 to 2002 Member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Argentine Equestrian Federation
1976 to 1978 Candidate to International Jumping Judge (FEI)
1979 to 1999 International Jumping Judge (FEI)
since 1999 Official International Jumping Judge
since 2000 International Jumping Course Director
2002-2010 Chair Group VI
2006-2014 Executive Board Member
2006-2014 PAEC President
2010-2014 (FEI) Second Vice-President
Partner Lawyer at Mayorga & Perez Dupont law firm.
Official Mediator in the Law and Justice department of the National Court.