Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – February 27, 2022 – Brazilian Olympic riders claimed the top two places on the podium of the €95,380 Equine America Grand Prix CSI 4* on Sunday to conclude the third week of the third week here at the Andalucía Sunshine Tour. Pedro Veniss (BRA) and Nimrod de Muze were the winners followed by Yuri Mansur (BRA) taking second place aboard ‘Humberto Ask’.
In this very demanding class, from an initial field of 48, just five riders got through to the jump off with clear rounds and the next five places were taken by riders that finished with time penalties. The course was set at 1.55 and designed by Grégory Bodo (FRA) and Alain Lhopital.
The winner with a very fast clear, was the very last to go and knocked his compatriot off of the top spot in an exciting finish to the class; stopping the clock in a time of was 38.91s. Pedro Veniss (BRA), is no stranger to the arenas here at the Andalucía Sunshine Tour and was extremely happy with both jumping rounds from the gelding, ‘Nimrod De Muze Z (Nabab de Reve xTinka’s Boy). The three-time Olympian is a very well respected international rider, having also competed in three World Equestrian Games and two Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona. We are delighted to have him here at the Tour, he told us: “Nimrod De Muse Z jumped incredibly well and I am really happy to win my first 4* Grand Prix class with this horse here today. None of this would be possible without my team”.
Yuri Mansur (BRA) conquered second place backed by a penalty-free jump-off effort time of 39.67 seconds, another rider who is a regular here, and extremely well respected all over the world. With two Olympic Games appearances under his belt as well as participation in the 2018 World Equestrian Games and many other achievements not to mention here; he is a steady part of the Brazilian and International equestrian scene. Today he was riding one of his top horses, ‘Humberto Ask’ a beautiful grey, Belgian warmblood stallion by the amazing sire (Cornet Obolensky x Lazio) and owned by Stutteri Ask stud farm in Demark.
Cameron Hanley (IRL) earned bronze honors as the only other rider to go clear in the jump. This international rider has competed in 2 World Equestrian games and Nations Cup rounds, to mention just few of his records. Today, he rode a really beautiful round with his own ‘ESI Toulouse’ (Siec Livello x Quasimodo Van de Molendreef) really showing off his experience, and finished the course in 40.21s for a well deserved third place.
Leopold Van Asten (NED) and ‘VDL Groep Miss Untouchable’ (Chacco Blue x Aldatus) were the hot favourites to win in the stands today and indeed they were fast! He had the fastest time of the day, stopping the timers at a a mere 36.43 seconds, but unfortunately, he had a pole which dropped him down to fourth place.
Final Results – €95,380 Equine America Big Tour Grand Prix CSI 4*
1) Pedro Veniss (BRA) & Nimrod de Muze – 0 / 0 – 38.91
2) Yuri Mansur (BRA) & Humberto ASK – 0 / 0 – 39.67
3) Cameron Hanley (IRL) & ESI Toulouse – 0 / 0 – 40.21
Source: Press Release from the Andalucía Sunshine Tour
Photos: © Sunshine Tour / Moises Basallote Fotografia / Ahmed44 Photography