Leopoldo Palacios

Leopoldo Palacios is a horse sport personality easily recognized around the world. An FEI ‘O’ course designer, Leopoldo set the tracks at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and was the co-course designer for the 2008 Olympic Games with Steve Stephens. He is only the second person to have the distinction of designing at two Olympics.

As a course designer, Leopoldo has officiated at international competitions in more than 35 countries including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia to name but a few.

An architect by trade, Leopoldo was the course designer at the 1997 World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, the 1991 and 1995 Pan American Games in Buenos Aires and Havana respectively. At the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, he acted as Technical Delegate, just as he had at 2005 World Cup Final in Las Vegas.

A former competitor himself, Leopoldo competed nationally and internationally from 1956 until the 1980’s. In 1971 and 72, he was named Venezuela’s ‘Rider of the Year’. In 1976, he began working as a course designer and, in 1993, earned his Official International Course Designer status from the FEI, the highest level of achievement.