Vejer de la Frontera, Spain – October 22, 2021 – The Swiss rider, Alain Jufer (SUI), is recently arrived here at the October Tour but his reputation precedes him. Today he took the top of the podium in the Equine America sponsored, 1.45m Big Class, the highlight of the day. This was held in the main ring here at Dehesa Montenmedio. Alain was riding the talented 12-year-old Westphalian, Cornet MM (Cornet Obolensky x Gralshueter) and they looked extremely comfortable in the arena producing an excellent round as they also prepare for the Andalusian Grand Prix class, held here on Sunday. In reality this pair need no introductions with a plethora of successes on their CV, including both 5* Nations and World cup events. This gelding is owned by Marlis Mühlebach and is by the top stallion, Cornet Obolensky. Alain has been based with his friend Steve Guerdat since the summer of 2020 in Elgg where they work in tandem, riding, teaching and training.
There is no stopping Ireland with their riders’ winning streaks looking very impressive as we build up to the Nations Cup. Today the young rider Francis Derwin (IRL) took second place on the podium riding AHG Whiterock Cruise Down (Cruisings Micky Finn x Touchdown). This is a 12-year-old, Irish gelding bred by Ann Fannon Clancy and he has given his owners, the Derwin family, a lot of happy times and great results as they watched him progress over the years from a 6yr old. Kate Derwin is Francis’s sister, and she was the European Young Rider Champion with this lovely horse in 2019, whilst Francis started off his international career with him as part of the team that came fifth in the Europeans this summer, in Portugal, Vilamoura.
Completing the podium places was British rider who is sponsored by Equine America, Matthew Sampson (GBR) riding his regular partner, the 12-year-old Ebolensky (Clinton x Heartbreaker). Matt’s track record with this horse speaks for itself with numerous good results in 5* classes and these two will be part of the British Nations Cup team next week! We really cant wait to watch these amazing combinations in the Nations Cup and the tension around the show ground is already rising!
Final Results – €25,400 Speed Challenge CSI 3*
1) Alain Jufer (SUI) & Cornet MM – 0 / 54.49
2) Francis Derwin (IRL) & AHG Whiterock Cruise Down – 0 / 52.96
3) Matthew Sampson (GBR) & Ebolensk – 0 / 56.7
Source: Press Release from the Sunshine Tour
Photos: © Sunshine Tour / Moises Basallote Fotografia