Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – February 11, 2022 – Currently ranked 20th in world, the amazing Swiss rider Steve Guerdat (SUI), jumped an absolutely perfect masterclass round today which was pure joy to watch. With 5 Olympic Games appearances under his belt and the crowning glory, an Individual Gold medal in London, plus three World Equestrian games, it is clear that this rider has absolutely nothing to prove. On Friday, he added one more to his list of accolades by winning the €25,600 Big Tour Speed Challenge CSI 4* and the prestigious Geolastic Trophy. This company is a specialist in the construction and maintenance of equestrian arenas.
His partner at the top of the podium today was the bay stallion ‘Albfuehren’s Maddox’, who is by Cohiba 1198 (Chacco Blue), dam sire Maraton. They stopped the clock in 63.53s around the course designed by the Italian Elio Travagliati. Steve received the Geolastic Trophy from Guillermo González Eguinoa, who is the director of Geolastic. Steve told us that he was very satisfied with his result today and the course design; he also commented that he was impressed with the arena surfaces here at the tour.
Just under a second behind Steve was young Dutch rider Sanne Thijssen (NED), who had a very smart round on the stallion owned by Stal Thijssen ‘Con Quidam RB’.
Just over a second behind Sanne, was the German rider Kendra Claricia Brinkop (GER) riding the mare, ‘Malissa de Muze’. Another Swiss rider, Alain Jufer (SUI) with ‘Cornet MM’ was fourth, followed by the Irish rider, Alexander Butler (IRL) with ‘Eidhoven GH’.
Final Results – €25,600 Big Tour Speed Challenge / Geolastic Trophy CSI 4*
1) Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Albfuehren’s Maddox – 0 / 63.53
2) Sanne Thijssen (NED) & Con Quidam RB – 0 / 64.49
3) Kendra Claricia Brinkop (GER) & Malissa de Muze – 0 / 65.57
Source: Press Release from Andalucía Sunshine Tour
Photo: © Moises Basallote Fotografia