Vejer de la Frontera, Spain – October 11, 2020 – It was yet another lovely warm day at the Sunshine Tour and the last day of the new Autumn Tour. The last class of the day was the long awaited Big Tour’s €54,200 Grand Prix CSI 3*, which was held in the large main grass arena that was named after the legendary rider from the Great Britain, David Broome. The GP was designed by Gregory Bodo (FRA) and was set at 1.50m with two upright fences, number 8 and 9 set at 1.60m. There were 45 entries in this class and the demanding track tested the riders and horses as it should for an Olympic Qualifier for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Just 11 riders got though to the jump off with many others falling foul of some difficult distances, one an oxer to an upright from fences 3 to 4 and one a triple bar spread, later on in the course that was followed by the penultimate fence, a double of white uprights of which the first element fell a few times. The quality of the horses and riders taking part was obvious and there were some really beautifully ridden rounds.
In the end, Henk Van de Pol (NED) rode two superbly positive rounds and literally flew around the jump off course winning by just under two seconds in 38.8sec. He was riding the wonderful Looyman Z (Numero Uno x Wellington).
Luis Sabino Gonçalves (POR) riding Argan de Beliard (Mylord Carthago*HN x Ahorn) had a beautifully neat round and this Portuguese pair took second place in 40.62 seconds.
The American legend, Laura Kraut (USA) with Goldwin (Emeral x Understone Van de Kapel) also rode a foot perfect round, finishing third with a double clear and a fianl time of 41.87 seconds.
In fourth and just off the podium was the lovely stallion Grand Cru vd Vijf Eiken ridden by the Canadian Vanessa Mannix (CAN) also had a lovely clear in the jump-off, timed in 42.92 seconds.
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Source: Press release from the Sunshine Tour
Photo: © Sunshine Tour / Moises Basallote Fotografia