The podium on Saturday at the Tour was the Belgium rider Gudrun Patteet with her very fast mare Sea Coast Kashmira Z. After receiving the Trophy from the Director of Geolastic, Guillermo González Eguinoa, Gudrun said; “It seems like my mare really likes this arena!” It is not the first time that this pair have won similar classes in this arena, just last year they were the winners of both the Grand Prix class sponsored by Horseware and also the GP sponsored by the Diputación de Cádiz. “My mare jumped really well both in the first round and the jump off. I am very happy with her. The track was big enough but comfortable for the horses.” Second place Kim Emmen (NED) on Warriors Glory and in third place was Richard Vogel (GER) riding Floyo VDL. Billy Cool and Johan-Sebastian Gulliksen (NOR) won the Big Tour 1.45m class and in the Medium Tour the FEI Longines Ranking class was won by the number 1 ranked rider in the world, Steve Guerdat (CHE) riding Ulysse des Forets. Just behind him on the scoreboard was the British rider Matthew Sampson who is a seasoned regular here at the Sunshine Tour. He told us today, “My horse Curraghgraigue Obos Flight is very fast and careful. The class was very fast and competitive and I could not be happier with the result, we also won the 1.40m class yesterday.” Third place was taken by another top rider, the brilliant Jérôme Guery from Belgium riding Eldorado WPZ.
Sunday there were three CSI3* Grand Prix classes with prize money of over €93,000. Belgian rider Jérôme Guery was foot perfect winning two of the most prestigious classes of the day, both of which were FEI Longines Ranking classes. In the morning he won the 1.50m Medium Tour Grand Prix, riding the stallion Grupo Prom Milton and by pure chance this class was held in the Milton arena. In second place in this Grand Prix was another Belgian rider well known here at the Tour, Dominique Hendrickx riding Floris TN. In third place was the German rider Richard Vogel, who has had a great week on top of the podium, this time riding Alentejo. In the star class of the weekend, the Horseware Grand Prix, Gudrun Patteet and Sea Coast Monalisa van’t Paradijs were in the lead until Jérôme went in to the arena and in the end she narrowly missed out on her third big win of the week. When the clock stopped Jérôme’s round was almost two seconds faster than Gudrun’s. “I saw that Gudrun had gone fast and well, and I tried to do better! I know my horse very well and these large arenas are great for him. I think that I turned tighter than Gudrun back to the double and in the second line, I took out a stride. I love to start my season here at the Sunshine Tour, it is the best place in the world and with this win I am very, very happy, it is a great start to the year.” Jérôme’s comments on the course designed Louis Koninckx were; “It was a good course. We all know that at the Sunshine Tour the tracks are always big and difficult, but that suits my horse down to the ground. It is his favourite type of track. I was very confident it would suit us when I walked the course.” In third place was the Danish rider Andreas Schou on Quadrosson Ask.
Source Oxer Sport