Alvaro de Miranda, affectionately known as Doda, began horseback riding in São Paulo with his father at age nine. Today he is one of the most successful showjumpers in Brazil, having helped to raise the profile of the sport in his home country. When he won a Bronze medal with his team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, it was a first for the nation and one of the most memorable moments of his career.
Doda trained originally with Nelson Pessoa. Doda and his wife Athina Onassis’s company AD Sports Horses was based with Nelson and Rodrigo Pessoa in Belgium until 2010 when he moved them to a purpose built yard in The Netherlands. Doda has won many high-profile classes - the Grand Prix of Geneva, Chantilly, Doha, Bordeaux and La Coruña, and a Silver medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
The most cherished horses of his career include Penunmbra Baunani, Aspen and Chatwin. He cites his father and his wife, Athina, as his biggest career influences.
1996 Olympic Team Bronze medallist with Aspen
Competed in the 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Championships, finishing 4th in the Team event in 2010
1999 Pan-Am Games Team Gold medallist with Aspen
2000 Olympic Team Bronze medallist with Aspen
Competed in 2003 Pan-Am Games
Competed in 2004 Athens Olympics and 2014 London Olympics
2011 Pan-Am Games Team Silver medallist with AD Norson
2012 LGCT Lausanne Grand Prix winner with AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno
2013 LGCT Valkenswaard Grand Prix winner with AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno
2016 Global Champions League Team Rider for Madrid in Motion