Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – February 21, 2021 – It was a busy day that concluded the second week of the Sunshine Tour last Sunday. Besides the €95,500 Equine America Grand Prix CSI 4*, the Medium Tour Jump-off Challenge CSI 4* was held in the David Broome main arena. There were 78 combinations entered and 17 combinations managed to advance to the jump-off. After fierce competition the winner of this class was the Swedish rider Douglas Lindelöw (SWE) riding Cheldon.
The Swede and the 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Chacco-Blue x Baloubet du Rouet) advanced to and complete the jump-off without having any penalties attributed to them, securing the victory in 34.89 seconds.It is the first time that Douglas has come to the Sunshine Tour and he intends to stay for the whole 7 weeks of competition. “It’s a fabulous place, I love it!” Cheldon, is an experienced jumper of these big classes and he is 12 yrs old. “He jumped very well today in both the first round and the jump off.”
Japanese rider, Eiken Sato (JPN), who was leading the class up to that point, had to be content with second place today. He was riding the 14-year-old Chacanno (Chacco-Blue xKannan), registering a double clear and earning silver honors with a final time of 36.08 seconds.
“I am very pleased with second place in this class. My horse jumped fantastically well. I have had Chaccano for two and a half years and he is a marvellous horse. I feel very grateful to have a horse this good to ride.” Eiken will be here at Montenmedio for all seven weeks and afterwards. “We will return to Germany and do a few competitions there. Later in the year, we hope to go to the Olympic Games. Let’s see what happens!”
The third place on the podium was claimed by another Swedish rider, Angelie Von Essen (SWE) with her scopey grey mare on Cochella (Cartani 4 x Lord).
Final Results: €31,000 Medium Tour Jump-off Challenge CSI 4*
1) Douglas Lindelow (SWE) & Cheldon – 0 / 0 – 34.89
2) Eiken Sato (JPN) & Chacanno– 0 / 0 – 36.08
3) Angelie Von Essen (SWE) & Cochella– 0 / 0 – 36.92
Source: Press release (edited) from the Sunshine Tour
Photos: © Sunshine Tour / Ahmed Al Maawali