‘A lifelong dream’ was how Enrique Camiruaga Rueda, described his impressive win in the Invitational Grand Prix on Vejer de la Frontera this Sunday. He rode a carefully crafted clear round over the beautifully designed course, taking the top of the podium as the only rider who didn’t touch a pole, despite 50 of the best combinations at the Andalusian Sunshine Tour, all vying for a top placing. His 11-year-old horse, Vintage, by Verdi TN is owned by Ramón Tomas Bayo. The course designer was Uliano Vezzani, and he said that he aimed to create a course that the horses would finish ‘happily’ with confidence. “I like it when the horses finish, and you see them calm and happy.” It was a fascinating course with some lovely lines, especially the open water jump to a double and a testing last line that passed in front of the crowds.
Enrique said: “It was a course without a pause. It was very technical and asked for complete concentration from both rider and horse.” He realised that Vintage was going really well from the very first fence and felt super comfortable in the arena. “The horse did an excellent job, and I am extremely proud of him, but the most wonderful part of this win was how the crowd reacted, they were so happy for me”.
Second place was Enrique’s compatriot, Santiago Núñez Riva who was riding Valentino de Hus Z (Vivaldi du Seigneur x Trophee du Rozel) and stopped the clock in 74.27s. Britain’s James Wilson took a well deserved third place with Imagine de Muze (Nabab de Reve x Chin Chin).
Source Andalucia Sunshine Tour