Casas Novas, Spain – July 20, 2019 – Luca Maria Moneta (ITA) gave Italy the first victory in this A Coruña CSI 4*/2* by raising the Marqués de Riscal Trophy CSI 4* and taking the lion’s share of the €25,000 jackpot after an excellent performance aboard Neptune Brecourt.
He did so in a test involving well-known names, among them the national riders Manuel Fernández Saro (ESP), Sergio Alvarez Moya or Gerardo Menéndez (ESP), and the international ones Federico Fernández (MEX), Samantha McIntosh (NZL) or Eric van der Vleuten (NED). The Italian topped them all in a very quick round in which he clocked just one-hundredth of a second over the 55 seconds.
This was a high bar that only Pedro Veniss (BRA) had almost reached had almost reached just five performance before on the mare Anaya Ste Hermelle (Andiamo x Paladin Des Ifs), registering 55.23 seconds.
The third position of the podium was for the Spanish Paola Amilibia (ESP), who finished second in the national ranking, on Chac Balou N (Chacco-Blue x Balou du Rouet) with a time of 57.46 seconds.
The horse that led Luca Maria Moneta (ITA) to victory, Neptune Brecourt – the rider affectionately calls him “Nepi” – is an exemplary 18-year-old Selle Français gelding (Cavalor Cumano x Kayack) with which he has performed various 5* tests, also in World Cup. Moneta is a regular rider in big competitions. He is 52 years old and relatively less veteran than others of his same age: it was not until he was 30 years old when he began to participate in major awards, after long training as an equestrian instructor. Since then, he has been a member of the Italian national team in numerous Nation Cups, as well as in European and World Championships.
‘The horse has run super well and I am very happy. I want to thank the Ortega family for this event. Hospitality is like nowhere else, I’m looking forward to coming to the winter edition’, said a satisfied Moneta after raising his prize.
The second-placed rider, the Brazilian Pedro Veniss (BRA), was on the Casas Novas podium for his second time. Yesterday, he was third in the Eurostars Trophy, the 1.50-metre event of the 4* test, aboard Sun Flower du Theil, behind his compatriot Marlon Módolo Zanotelli (BRA).
As for Paola Amilibia (ESP), she finally managed to get on the podium yesterday, after being ninth in the Eurostars Trophy CSI 5* on this same 12-year-old horse. The Catalonian rider was the first one to be crowned absolute Spanish winner in more than half a century.
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Source: Press release from Oxersport
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Categories: CSI 4*