Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – Februrary 21, 2020 – Torrential rains that fell this morning really threatened to affect the celebration of the €95,500 Equine America Grand Prix CSI 4*. The David Broome main arena is grass and on Sunday it demonstrated its amazing quality and enormous capacity to absorb water and drain it away really fast, allowing the most important class of this week to take place as planned.
This Grand Prix was sponsored by the leading makers of horse supplements, Equine America. The course’s maximum height was 1.55m, and consisted of 13 jumps and 16 efforts. The class had nearly 60 entries with just 9 managing to jump clear in the first round.
Two Belgium riders took the top places, with the amazingly fast and neat rider, Gudrun Patteet (BEL) taking complete control of the jump off, riding Sea Coast Kashmira Z when there were just a couple of riders left to go. The Belgian and the 11-year-old bay Zangersheide mare (Kashmir van’t Schuttershof x Libero H) blazed through the course for the second time, breaking the beam of the timers in 36.06 seconds in the tiebreaker.
Jérôme Guery (BEL) who won last week’s €51,100 Horseware Grand Prix CSI 3*, was riding Grupo Prom Diego today. He went in after Gudrun and really chased her time but couldn’t quite catch her. However as he crossed the finish, he was wearing a very broad smile and was clearly delighted with his gelding, finishing less than a half second slower than the winners.
Douglas Lindelöw (SWE) the Swedish rider that won the Medium Tour Grand Prix on Saturday, also shone today, riding a beautiful fast and rhythmic clear in the jump off with Casquo Blue (Chacco-Blue x Carthago Z) and they finished in third place.
Winner’s Circle – Gudrun Patteet (BEL)
“The mare I was riding today, Sea Coast Kashmira Z has more experience than the horse I was riding last week and this clearly allowed me to ride stronger and faster.”
The Course was built by French designer Grégory Bodo. Gudrun’s thoughts on the course were: “when I walked the course I though it was big enough, there were some very big uprights and some very technical combinations. I thought it was a very well built CSI 4* Grand Prix course.” Gudrun also noted something about the last line of fences: “it was very difficult with a very short distance from an oxer followed by a very difficult combination. I think there were a lot of faults at this part of the course.
Final Results – €94,900 Equine America Grand Prix CSI 4*
1) Gudrun Patteet (BEL) & Sea Coast Kashmira Z – – 0 / 0 – 36.06
2) Jérôme Guery (BEL) & Grupo Prom Diego – 0 / 0 – 36.55
3) Douglas Lindelow (SWE) & Casquo Blue – 0 / 0 – 37.39
Source: Press release (edited) from the Sunshine Tour
Photos: © Sunshine Tour / Ahmed Al Maawali