Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – February 19, 2021 – Today was an intense day of competition here at the Dehesa Montenmedio installations. There were classes at all the levels and 6 arenas were at full swing all day. With Sunday’s Equine America Grand Prix looming on the horizon the second, FEI Longines Ranking class was very competitive. It was a 1.50m class, held under Table A with a jump off, there were 91 entries and just 15 competitors went through to the second round. After two for perfect rounds, the very fast French rider Olivier Perreau (FRA) and his very athletic mare GL Events Venizia D’Aiguilly were proclaimed the winners.
The Frenchman and the 12-year-old bay Selle Français mare (Diamant de Semilly x Quick Star) were supreme in the 1.50m contest by advancing to and completing the jump-off without having any penalties attributed to them, crossing the finish line in 37.41 seconds.
It is the first time at the Sunshine Tour for this pair but they are very well known on the circuit having won the important Le Saut Hermès CSI 5* in 2019 and the Grand Prix CSI 4* of Gorla Minore.
Today here in Vejer de la Frontera, they won again, just a few hundredths of a second in front of the Czech rider, Ales Opatrny (CZE) with Gentlemen VH Veldhof (Quite Easy I x Calido I).
In third place was the brilliant rider David Will (GER), who also won yesterday’s big class. Today he was riding the lovely gelding Ted (Waranta x Jalisco B).
All classes can be followed live on ClipMyHorse.TV and both the Sunshine Tour web page or on the Mobile app.
Final Results – €26.500 Catunambú Jump-off Challenge CSI 4* 1.50m
1) Olivier Perreau (FRA) & GL Events Venizia D’Aiguilly – 0 / 0 – 37.41
2) Ales Opatrny (CZE) & Gentlemen VH Veldhof – 0 / 0 – 37.74
3) David Will (GER) & Ted– 0 / 0 – 38.55
Source: Press release (edited) from the Sunshine Tour
Photos: © Sunshine Tour / Moises Basallote Fotografia