Next Friday will kick off the XXXVII edition of the International Jumping Competition of A Coruña, a show that has become a classic of the city and is also the location of a scoring event for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup. Between Monday and Thursday, all the competing horses will arrive at Casas Novas. Meanwhile, the assembly tasks will intensify throughout the week, especially in the competition area.
Among the best riders of the CSI5* we have to highlight the presence of Germans Ludger Beerbaum (GER), Philipp Weishaupt (GER) and Christian Kukuk (GER). The winner of the World Cup of the last edition, the Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS), will also jump in the indoor riding arena of Casas Novas. Belgium will also have an important representation, led by young people Olivier Philippaerts and Jos Verlooy.
Among the favorites of Casas Novas will also be winners of tests in previous years such as Julien Epaillard (FRA), who comes from winning a test at Madrid Horse Week, or the Dutch Leopold van Asten (NED) and Maikel van der Vleuten (NED).
At the beginning of the week, as soon as the casualties and highs are confirmed after the weekend competitions, the CSI organization of A Coruña will publish the full list of riders and horses participating. In total, there will be more than 180 horses and a hundred riders and amazons, adding the lists of the CSI 5*-W and the CSI 2 *.
The Best Spanish Riders in Casas Novas
The Spanish representation in the CSI 5* W tests will have its best riders. Seven will be the national participants, led by Eduardo Álvarez Aznar (1st in the national ranking and 24th in the international ranking), Manuel Fernández Saro (2nd), Paola Amilibia (3rd), Gerardo Menéndez (7th and current Spanish Champion Julio Arias (8th) and Iván Serrano (12th). One of the big absentees in this important event will be Sergio Álvarez Moya, who is still recovering from his recent operation.
In addition to being measured against the entire foreign representation, our riders will also compete for a special prize, the Tyco Trophy to the Spanish best placed in the Longines Grand Prix on Saturday.
Three Internsive Days of Competition
The sports program of the competition consists of eleven events, six of category CSI2 * and five of CSI 5*-W, which will distribute nearly €800,000 in prizes, of which €330,000 will be taken by the best winners of the Longines FEI Grand Prix. Mundo – Caixa Bank Trophy for Sunday.
The opening day of Friday will be very intense, with two CSI 2* tests, which will be held between 11:30 am and 4:30 pm, and two more of the CSI 5*-W, from 5:15 pm to 10:30 pm. Once the Massimo Dutti Trophy is finished, where the riders who are not pre-qualified for the World Cup on Sunday will be able to get their pass to participate in it, the attending public will be able to enjoy the equestrian show with horses at hand. of Santi Serra. It is expected that this first day will be extended until after eleven o’clock at night.
On Saturday, however, the tests will not start until 2:30 p.m., with two trophies of the CSI 2* and the final highlight of the Longines Grand Prix, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., which will distribute about €300,000 in prizes.
The closing day will start early, at 9:00 in the morning with four other tests. The Grand Prix Longines FEI World Cup – Caixa Bank Trophy will be the most important and expected moment of the entire contest. The event, which will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will distribute the points to add to the World Cup classification and will also give the name of the new rider or rider who will become part of the winners list of the international Casas Novas
Admission is free and takes place under invitation. These can be collected, as of Monday, December 3, at the Kiosk of the Plaza de Ourense (A Coruña), at the Arteixo Information Point or at the Casas Novas Equestrian Center.
The contest can be followed live via internet through the equestrian center website www.csicasasnovas.com and the page www.oxersport.com. In addition, the Longines Grand Prix and the Grand Prix of the World Cup – CaixaBank Trophy will be broadcast on TVG and Teledeporte.
Source: Press release from Oxersport
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