Under very strict sport protocols, action started today with the Young Horse Classes at the Dehesa Montenmedio with the XXVII edition of the Sunshine Tour. The seven-year-old class was a two-phase special class designed by Marcos Nuñez. Group A was won by Italian rider Luca Maria Moneta riding Epic, with another Italian taking second place; Clio Boni riding Japonica Di Ca’ San Giorgio. France’s Edouard Le Boux and Intox du Giure were third. Epic is a French sport horse by Con Air 7 and a veteran of the arenas here at Montenmedio, with great international results already under his belt from the last two years that he has competed at the Tour. Group B was won by the very successful Dutch rider Kim Emmen on the mare Lady Angeles, who caught many people’s attention. The mare is an Oldenburg by Los Angeles, her dam-sire is Lasino. The mare has had impeccable results since her debut in international competition, and from 2019 she has jumped clear in 65 of her 76 outings. Second was Ignace Philips de Vuyst with practically the first international outing for Olivia de Guldenboom, a homebred mare. He was followed in third place by his wife, Swiss rider Jane Richard Philips, riding Ocean.
Talented Belgian rider Ignace Philips de Vuyst rode both winners in the two sections of the seven-year-old class; Olivia de Guldenboom and Jasper. Not only that, he was also the winner of one section in the six-year-old class with Kavanna Eh Z and topped off his day in the five-year-olds with the mare Quit Isae de Guldenboom, who is related to Obelix de Guldenboom who was a prolific winner last year at the Sunshine Tour in the seven-year-old classes. Ignace said he was very happy to start off his season at the Sunshine Tour; “I am very happy with the horses and proud of them as many of them are homebreds. I am very pleased with the results. The five-year-old winner was at the first show of her life last weekend and is showing a lot of promise.” Olivia de Guldenboom was also second yesterday in her class and Ignace commented: “She is a fantastic mare and I hope that we can continue with good results over the following weeks, she is also a homebred. My father should be very proud of his homebreds.” Britain’s Emma Stocker also had an excellent day. In section A of the seven-year-old class she was second riding Orphea HQ and in section A of the six-year-old class she was the winner with Ferluche de Kergas. Tomorrow the first CSI3* begins at the 27th edition of the Sunshine Tour and the David Broome and Hickstead arenas will be officially inaugurated with both Medium and Big Tour classes.
Source and photo press release Oxer Sport