Madrid, Spain – The Spanish team celebrated in front of their home crowd this evening after winning the Longines EEF Series Nations Cup of Madrid CSIO 3*, the fifth leg of the 2022 Longines EEF Nations Cup Series.
Thanks to its horse and rider combinations Manuel Fernandez Saro (ESP) & Acoufina PS (0/0), Mariano Martinez Bastida (ESP) & Belano vd Wijnhoeve Z (EL/8), Santiago Nuñez Riva (ESP) & Valentino de Hus Z (0/0), Eduardo Alvarez Aznar (ESP) & Full Option van’t Zand (0/0) and Chef d’Equipe Carolo Lopez-Quesada, the team’s performance was impeccable, as confirmed by the clear rounds with which it won a Nations Cup that saw ten teams at the starting gates, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Chile, Mexico and the USA.
Already in the lead after the first round, Spain was only seriously threatened by Belgium, but following a clear round by Gilles Thomas (BEL) riding Calleryama, last but one to go, the Spanish team reacted without hesitating with another clear by Eduardo Alvarez Aznar (ESP) on Full Option van’t Zand, handing the Nations Cup to the home team. Ireland finished third on eight penalty-points.
This exciting Nations Cup was held at the beautiful Club de Campo Villa in Madrid in its large grass arena. The Madrid equestrian centre has always hosted top events such as CSIOs, and in 2011 it was there that the FEI Jumping European Championships were held.
As expected, the course built by Spanish chef de piste Isabel Fernandez de Canete respected the principle of ensuring that horses and riders were in the best possible conditions for jumping 5* problems while the height of the jumps remained within the limits allowed for 3* shows.
Spain’s supremacy was emphasised by the three double clear rounds ridden by Manuel Fernandez Saro (ESP), Santiago Nuñez Riva (ESP) and Eduardo Alvarez Aznar (ESP). Belgium’s Gudrun Patteet (BEL) and Gilles Thomas (BEL), Ireland’s Jessica Burke (IRL), France’s Juliette Faligot (FRA), Portugal’s Duarte Seabra (POR) and Great Britain’s young Sienna Charles (GBR) also rode double clear rounds.
It is worthy of note that the British team fielded three very young riders belonging to famous equestrian families, with in addition to 19-year-old Sienna Charles (GBR), who is Peter Charles’ daughter, also the 19 and 23-year-old brothers Oliver (GBR) and William Fletcher (GBR), whose parents are Graham and Tina Fletcher. Another young rider with a famous equestrian surname was Belgium’s 21-year-old Thibault Philippaerts (BEL).
Quote from the Spanish team:
Chef d’Equipe Carolo Lopez-Quesada: We will now try and plan all the next legs as best we can so as to qualify for the final in Warsaw as that is our goal.
Manuel Fernandez Saro: I am very happy with this result, winning the Nations Cup in one’s own country is a great joy.
Mariano Martinez Bastida: It was rather difficult for me to ride in the second round after being eliminated in the first, but I was supported by my team mates and in the end everything was fine.
Santiago Nuñez Riva: I couldn’t be happier! Having won here at home was a great satisfaction. I am very pleased with my horse.
Eduardo Alvarez Aznar: My horse does not have a great deal of experience but proved his reliability today, performing well under pressure. This is a positive sign for the future.
Final Results – Longines EEF Nations Cup of Madrid CSIO 3*
1) Team Spain – 0
2) Team Belgium – 4
3) Team Ireland – 8
5 Nations from Region West qualified for the Semi Final in Deauville:
1. IRL 180 points
1. ESP 180
3. Bel 160 p
4. FRA 150 p
5. POR 120 p
LES – Longines EEF Series 2022 – Next legs
09-12 June Drammen (NOR) – LES Qualifier Region North
16-19 June Gorla (ITA) – LES Qualifier Region South
23-26 June Deauville (FRA) – LES Semi-Final North-West
30-03 July Budapest (HUN) – LES Semi-Final South-Central
08-11 Sept Warsaw (POL) – LES Final
Source: Press Release from EEF – European Equestrian Federation
Photo: © EEF
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