Corona Times: Hit & Run with Severo Jurado Lopez

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 20:54
Hit & Run
Severo Jurado Lopez at the 2019 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses :: Photo © Astrid Appels

In corona times we are all ordered to stay at home, self quarantine, and do social distancing. With more time on your hands to spend online, Eurodressage launches a "Hit & Run" interview series so that you get to know the world's most famous dressage riders and personalities more closely. 

Spanish Grand Prix rider Severo Jurado Lopez began his international career as a young rider showing at the European YR Championships in 2008 and 2009. He first hit the spotlight as a professional rider, working for Van Olst Horses in The Netherlands and competing young stallion Chippendale at the World Young Horse Championships in Verden. His Grand Prix career started on Van Olst's Numberto. He was head-hunted by Helgstrand Dressage. He won the World Young Horse Championships five time (Fiontini, D'Avie) and represented Spain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio on Lorenzo. With Deep Impact he competed at the 2017 European Championships and 208 World Equestrian Games. 

Hit & Run - Severo Jurado Lopez

What is your earliest memory? 

I have no idea

Which person alive do you admire the most and why?

I don't admire one specific person, but I admire certain characteristic of many people: honesty, Passion, Hardworking, self-reflecting, positive mindset (optimism). 

When were you the happiest?

Competing at the 2016 CDIO Aachen with Lorenzo

What is your biggest fear?

Loosing someone close to me, a family member

What was your first thought today?

I'm late

What is your most annoying character trait?

Perfectionism with horses

Which trait do you dislike the most in other people?

Not being respectful

What is your dearest possession?

My knowledge

If you look into the future, what do you see?

Happiness and relaxation

What makes you unhappy?

Being unsatisfied with the training of my horses

What is the love of your life?

Annika Damrau

What was the best choice you ever took in life?

To became a professional rider and make my living of it

What's your guilty pleasure?

Gin & Tonic

What do you owe your parents?

Everything, they have always supported me

Who can sit next to you at your dream dinner table?

My family

What was the worst job you ever did?

Helping my father in his garage. Almost the only thing I got to do was sweeping. 

What was your biggest disappointment in life?

I don’t have an answer to this, I always see positive things even in disappointments. And in long term you only learn and get stronger. So I don’t have any big disappointment in my mind. Maybe at the moment that Corona has changed all plans this year!? 

What would you change if you can go back into the past?


Name one thing that would improve your quality of life?

Better weather in Denmark

What is your biggest achievement?

Fifth place with Lorenzo in the Rio Olympics and 5-times World Young Horse Champion

What is the most important life lesson you have learnt?

No one has a secret or magic key for success, it's all about hard work and passion

Where would you like to be right now? 

I wish we would be training right now for the Olympics

What's your favourite scent?

Forest smell

Which character would you dress up in for Halloween?

I don't like dressing up for Halloween or carnival 

To whom would you like to say sorry?

If I have hurt someone without knowing, nor on purpose

What does love feel like for you?

Love is what makes me do what I do everyday, so love is my power and my drive

When are you most relaxed?

After a (successful) competition

What super power would you like to have?

Mind reading 

When did you last cry, and why?

I don't remember

When were you closest to death?

Luckily, I’ve never been close to death

How do you want to be remembered?

As a good person

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