Born in 1957 in Jerez de la Frontera where there is a very strong horse tradtion, Rafael is a dedicated horseman who has been training riders and horses all his life. Following in his father's footsteps he commenced his career at a tender age when his father bought and ran an equestrian centre in Palma de Mallorca. It was there that he had his first important dressage competition success becoming the Balearic Regional Champion in 1982.
In 1987 he obtained his Spanish Instructor's qualification and returned to his native city of Jerez to pursue his career. After winning his first National Championship with his horse Flamenco in 1994 he was chosen to form part of the Spanish National Dressage Team representing Spain in the 1995 European Championships. From that date on his career has gone from strength to strength, first with Flamenco and then with Invasor, both pure bred Andalusion stallions, culminating at the 2004 Athens Olympics when he won team silver and individual 8th position.
Following the retirement of his beloved horse Invasor, Rafael now dedicates his time to his passion for teaching and training.
In 2013 Rafael was delighted when he was asked to be the trainer for the Spanish National Dressage Team and looks forward to helping them prepare for the 2014 World Equestrian Games.