Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – February 26, 2022 – Saturday was a great day of top sport and at the Sunshine Tour and the feature class, the €26,300 Pavo Small Grand Prix CSI 4*. The top two riders on the podium had already been in the rosettes here at the Andalucía Sunshine Tour and were both from Belgium.
Only 14 horses got through to the jump off in this demanding Longines Ranking class, and there were a few that finished the first round with time faults. The jump off course was designed to favour bold, forward riding and had one really crucial left turn, from an oxer number 5, doubling back to an upright at number 6, before a relatively sharp turn right and a gallop down to the last fence.
In the end, it was Dominique Hendrickx (BEL) with the very athletic ‘Vintadge de La Roque’ (Kannan x Galoubet A) who managed to combine forward strides, with really neat turns and flew around the course with great style. Their time was 37.32 seconds.
Hendrickx was almost two seconds faster than Gilles Thomas (BEL) who was riding ‘Jetric Van Beek Z’ (Jivago D’Arsouilles x Vagabond de la Pomme) and took second place.
Adir Dias de Abreu (POR) also rode a lovely round and ended up in third with ‘Tashmir Z’; Danish rider Cecilie Tofte was fourth with ‘Happiness’ and the Spanish rider, Carolina Aresu was fifth with the amazing jumper, ‘Criquet de L’Isle’.
Final Results – €26,300 Pavo Small Grand Prix CSI 4*
1) Dominique Hendrickx (BEL) & Vintadge de La Roque – 0 / 0 – 37.32
2) Gilles Thomas (BEL) & Jetric van Beek Z – 0 / 0 – 39.08
3) Adir Dias de Abreu (POR) & Tashmir Z – 0 / 0 – 40.33
Source: Press Release from the Sunshine Tour
Photos: © Sunshine Tour / Moises Basallote Fotografia