Yesterday afternonn in Casas Novas, Guillaume Foutrier (FRA) was awarded with the first test of A Coruña CSI 5*-W, the €25,000 Engel & Völkers Prize CSI 5*. The French rider led the classification for more than half of the contest, a 1.45 meter one round challenge under the rules of fault & time. Foutrier rode Tchin de la Tour, an 11-year-old bay Selle Français mare (Chin Chin x Narcos II) stopping the time at 62.69 seconds. Of a total of 41 participants, they were the fastest couple of the 15 ones which managed to finish the round without failing.
Luca Maria Moneta (ITA), riding Neptune Brecourt, was the one who first had set the time to break in 62.72 seconds. And a brave Paola Amibilia (ESP) ensured the Spanish presence on the podium by leading Chac Balou N (Chacco-Blue x Balou du Rouet) to the 3rd position, with a clear round in 63.19 seconds, which was applauded by the audience. The fourth and fifth places were achieved by the Spanish Laura Roquet (ESP) with Sandi Puigrog (63.19 seconds) and the Laura Renwick (GBR) aboard Dublin V in 65.32 seconds.
Other two Spanish riders, Manuel Fernández Saro(ESP) y Gerardo Menéndez Mieres (ESP), also finished among the 10 top. The penultimate test of the afternoon already showed an important entry in the winter centre of Casas Novas, where the spectators lived with excitement the evolutions of the couplings on the track. Thus, and in addition to the applause for the Spaniards, others, such as Denis Lynch, had the ‘coruñes’ audience eating out of his hand.
The Irish rider rode his heart out to beat the clock in a fast and risky performance, which finally took him a waive from Dito and the corresponding loss of time. Nevertheless, the exciting reaction from the stands showed that A Coruña is looking for horse-riding and devoted themselves to each competition.
Guillaume Foutrier (FRA) & Tchin de La Tour during the awards ceremony
The Prize Massimo Dutti, which starts at 20.10h, will be the second test of the day in the 5* contest, and the one which will close today’s programme. After the awards ceremony, an equestrian show by Santi Serrano will be held.
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Source: Press release from Oxersport for CSI Casas Novas – A Coruña
Photos: © Oxersport
Categories: CSI 5*