Vejer de la Frontera, Spain – February 26, 2021 – Friday was an extremely wet day here on the Atlantic coast and as the clouds didn’t want to move on the decision was made, due the sheer volume of rain that had fallen, that it would be prudent to move the important and biggest class of the day to Saturday This meant that the CSI 4*, Big Tour, Longines Ranking class, at a height of 1.50m, would be held on Saturday, c competition that is sponsored by YouHorse Trophy.
Despite this, the other Ranking class was able to go ahead here at Montenmedio. The €26,000 Medium Tour C Two-Phase Class CSI 4* at 1.45m, was held in the Milton Arena which drained perfectly and allowed the very competitive set of 72 competitors to carry on with their day as usual.
The International Irish rider, who is well used to rain at home, Dermott Lennon (IRL) rode the amazing mare MJM Pursuit. Dermott, is very well respected in Spain and won Gold here in the World Equestrian Games in Jerez in 2002. He was also Individual European Champion in 2001 and needs very little introductions with multiple top trophies under his belt.
The mare is also a prolific winner on the international stage and is an Irish Sport Horseowned by MJM (IOM) Holdings. The contest was a two-phase special and Dermot finished the second phase clear, in a time of 31.67seconds.
Danish rider, Andreas Schou (DEN) riding one of the many horses he has brought to the Tour, Afghan (Arpeggio x Weinberg). The duo advanced to and completed phase two without having any penalties attributed to them, stopping the clock in 31.86 seconds..
In third place was the Dutch rider whose name pops up on the leaderboard in almost every class she enters! Kim Emmen (NED). Today, she was on her regular winner, who is owned by the Bruntwood Farm, the lovely stallion Warriors Glory (Warrior x Caretino Glory), crossing the timers in 32.17 seconds at the end of phase two.
Final Results – €26,000 Two-Phase Class CSI 4* 1.45m
1) Dermott Lennon (IRL) & MJM Pursuit – 0 / 0 – 31.67
2) Andreas Schou (DEN) & Afghan – 0 / 0 – 31.86
3) Kim Emmen (NED) & Warriors Glory – 0 / 0 – 32.17
Source: Press release (edited) from the Sunshine Tour
Photos: © Sunshine Tour / Moises Basallote Fotografia