Three days of competion at the Sunshine Tour

On Friday the Marseillaise sounded for the winner of the Catunambu Trophy
With Sunday’s Equine America Grand Prix looming on the horizon, the second FEI Longines Ranking class was very competitive.  It was a 1.50m class, held under Table A with a jump off, 91 entries and just 15 competitors went clear.  After two for perfect rounds, the French rider Olivier Perreau and his mare GL Events Venizia D’Aiguilly came out on top.  Just a few hundredths of a second in front of the Czech rider, Ales Opatrny riding Gentlemen VH Veldhof.  “It is a fantastic competition, it is designed around the riders and the horses.  My mare jumped the first round extremely well today and she was very fast around the jump-off course, she is naturally a very fast mare and today she jumped really well.“  Álvaro González de Zárate was the only Spanish rider who made it to the jump-off with Dry Cor (by Cornet Obolensky).
The Medium Tour C, 1.45m class was the second Longines Ranking class of the day.  The class was won by Richard Vogel (GER) riding Ride Smart Never Walk Alone. Luca Moneta from Italy was second on Etoile VD Wijnhoeve and the British favourite Matthew Sampson was third with Curraghgraigue Obos Flight. In the biggest class of the Small Tour, Spanish rider Javier González Fraga and his 9-year-old Bubalu took the victory. “Bubalu is one of my homebreds, I have worked with him right from insemination of the mare, all the way through gestation, birth, raising him and starting him under saddle, right to this moment!” In the Table A fastest time class, the competition was fierce. Irish rider Kellie Allen and French rider, Stanislas de Malet finished off the podium places riding Beetlejuice and Urican respectively.
David Will continues to be unbeatable 
The German rider whose name is becoming very familiar here at the Tour, David Will, shot to the top spot with just under a second in hand over the world number one ranked rider, Stever Guerdat. The German rider plans to stay in Montenmedio for two more weeks and return home for a rest. David told us; “It was one of those courses that when you walked it appeared relatively straightforward. It gave you the impression that would not be much of a problem to jump well but later on it was clear that it was pretty complicated and there were a lot of faults. The line from fence 3 to fence 6 was tough and there were many ways to ride it.” Steve Guerdat’s time was 0.58s slower than David and in the end had to settle for second place rinding his mare Uranie de Belcour. Third place was taken by the Egyptian rider Mouda Zedaya riding the chestnut gelding Galanthos SHK.
The Medium Tour Grand Prix had 78 starts and 21% managed to get into the jump-off. The Swedish rider Douglas Lindelöw riding the 12-year-old Cheldon took the victory. Cheldon is an experienced jumper of these big classes. He jumped very well today in both the first round and the jump-off.” Japanese rider Eiken Sato had to settle the second place today  riding the 14-year-old Chacanno (by Chacco-Blue). Third place was for Swedish rider Angelie Von Essen with her 16-year-old mare Cochella.
Japanese rider Daisuke Fukushima took second place in the 1.45m Big Tour class, riding the gelding Tailormade Contou.  He came second behind the talented French rider Guy Jonqueres D’oriola, who was riding Ando de la Soire. Mariano Martinez Bastida also had a really good day today. He was both first and third in the 1.40m Medium Tour beating off serious competition in this class with 98 entries. Once again Quicksilver and Cleartoon were the main protagonists although Steve Guerdat managed to squeeze in to second place riding the 8-year-old  gelding Pb Djazz D’arvor.
Gudrun Patteet and Sea Coast Kashmira Z take the top spot in the Equine America Grand Prix 
This CSI4* Grand Prix, built by French designer Grégory Bodo, was sponsored by the leading makers of horse supplements,  Equine America. The course’s maximum height was 1.55m, and consisted of 13 jumps and 16 efforts. The class had nearly 60 entries with just 9 managed to jump clear in the first round. Two Belgian riders took the top places, Gudrun Patteet taking complete control of the jump-off riding Sea Coast Kashmira Z when there were just a couple of riders left to go.  Jérôme Guery who won last week’s GP, was riding Grupo Prom Diego yesterday. He went in after Gudrun and really chased her time but could not quite catch her. However as he crossed the finish, he was wearing a very broad smile and was clearly delighted with his gelding. Gudrun told us“The mare I was riding today, Sea Coast Kashmira Z, has more experience than the horse I was riding last week and this clearly allowed me to ride stronger and faster.” Douglas Lindelöw, the Swedish rider that won the Medium Tour Grand Prix on Saturday, rode a beautiful fast and rhythmic clear in the jump-off with Casquo Blue and they finished in third place.
The 1.45m Big Tour class was extremely competitive with some very fast riders taking the podium places. Once again Richard Vogel was in top position, this time with Morton V’tMerelsnest, a nine-year-old BWP gelding. In second place was the British rider Emma Stoker who is based in Belgium. Today she was riding Cornetboy.  This gelding was competed before by Ignacio Montesinos from Chile and took part in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, and then went to Axel Verlooy.  Third place was taken by a regular British rider and winner here at the Tour, Matthew Sampson. Today he was riding the gelding Chacco Boy, who is by Chaccomo. Matt has only been riding this horse since last November and they started off their competitive career here at the Autumn Tour.
The young Spanish rider Paloma Barceló had a very successful day today winning the Big Tour 1.35m class riding Vivaldi D’Hyrencourt. Douglas Lindelöw took second place in this class. The Italian rider Paolo Paini took third place.
The Small Tour Grand Prix 53 horses took to the course with just 5 jumping clear. In the end Juan Ramos from Argentina, with the 13-year-old stallion Iorio were the only combination to jump clear in both rounds and they won the class. Stanislas de Malet and Urican came in second and third place was for the Czech rider Mariana Michlickova riding Leeve Jung 2.
Sameh El Dahan from Egypt was the winner of the 1.40m Medium Tour class riding the 11-year-old Argentah (by Argent) This 36-year-old rider is based in Ireland at the Sycamore Stables with Joanne Sloan Allen. In second place was Luca Moneta with riding Chilli 41 and in third was Wilm Vermeir with N-Joy van ‘t Hellewater.
Source and photo Oxer Sport


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