Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – February 14, 2021 – Top international Belgium rider Jérôme Guery (BEL) was foot perfect today at the Sunshine Tour, winning two of the most prestigious classes, both of which were FEI Longines Ranking classes.
In the Horseware Grand Prix CSI 3*, Gudrun Patteet (BEL) and Sea Coast Monalisa van’t Paradijs (Bamako de Muze x Emerald) were in the lead in the jump-off until Jérôme Guery (BEL) and Quel Homme de Hus went in to the arena and in the end, Patteet narrowly missed out on her third big win of the week. When the clock stopped Jérôme’s round aboard the 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion ( Quidam de Revel x Candillo) was almost two seconds faster than Gudrun’s.
“I saw that Gudrun had gone fast and well, and I tried to do better! I know my horse very well and these large arenas are great for him. I think that I turned tighter than Gudrun back to the double and in the second line, I took out a stride. In the last part of the course I was able to move forward in a strong gallop and I think I also took one stride less than her there as well. Two years ago this pair also won the Grand Prix CSI 3* here at Montenmedio. “I love to start my season here at the Sunshine Tour, it’s the best place in the world and with this win I am very, very happy, it’s a great start to the year.” Jérôme plans to “go to the Olympic Games with this horse. Last year we were prepared to go but unfortunately with the worldwide situation we all had to change our plans. This year I hope that we may go to Tokyo.”
Jérôme’s comments on the course, designed Louis Koninckx a current European Team Champion rider, were: “it was a good course. We all know that at the Sunshine Tour the tracks are always big and difficult, but that suits my horse down to the ground. It’s his favourite type of track. I was very confident it would suit us when I walked the course”.
Danish rider Andreas Schou (DEN) and Quadrosson Ask (Quadros 3 x Carentan) claimed bronze honors, registering no penalties and a final time of 45.69 seconds.
Final Results – €51,100 Horseware Grand Prix CSI 3*
1) Jérôme Guery (BEL) & Quel Homme de Hus – 0 / 0 – 42.39
2) Gudrun Patteet (BEL) & Sea Coast Mona Lisa van’t Paradijs – 0 / 0 – 44.20
3) Andreas Schou (DEN) & Quadrossom Ask – 0 / 0 – 45.69
Source: Press release (edited) from the Sunshine Tour
Photos: © Sunshine Tour / Moises Basallote Fotografia