Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – October 30, 2022 – The €51,900 Andalucía Grand Prix CSIO 3*, played today on the main green track of the Montenmedio equestrian facilities as the finishing touch of the II Andalucía October Tour, has culminated in a tremendous and very fast victory for the young Irish rider Niamh McEvoy (IRL). In this way she ends in the best possible way a fruitful circuit in which he has accumulated several victories and numerous podium positions. The Irish pairing with Templepatrick Welcome Limmerick, a twelve-year-old mare daughter of (Limmerick) and owned by Robin Bingham, has worked especially well. Together they were third in the Hipotels Trophy held on October 14, fourth in the Suzuki Grand Prix on the 16th and today brand new winners of one of the most anticipated races in the entire circuit,
To achieve this, the Irishwoman flew over the route designed by Javier Trenor (ESP), masterfully completing it in an incredible 32.06 seconds, which was unbeatable for the rest of the twelve pairs participating in the jump-off. His compatriot Cian O’Connor (IRL), the last to go out on the track, seemed to have a chance with Kilkenny (Cardento), but his time of 33.51 seconds was far from the one achieved by Mcevoy.
“It is my first time here in Montenmedio and it has been a wonderful experience in general and, especially, in this Grand Prix. My mare has jumped phenomenally. She was very strong in the first round, there were some very difficult lines, especially at the beginning of the test but she put her heart into it as always and she succeeded. And the tiebreaker was incredible. She is magnificent and competed hard, but also very carefully and bravely. It is the second Grand Prix of her three stars, so right now I am in a cloud”, explained the winner at the end of the test.
For her part, the American Mavis Spencer (USA) with Carissimo 25 (Cascadello x Clinton) closed a brilliant day, placing herself in a deserved third place, after having been one of the two ‘ex aequo’ winners of the Grand Prix CSI 2* held in the morning on the track Milton sand.
Final Results – €51,900 Andalucía Grand Prix CSIO 3*
1) Niamh McEvoy (IRL) & Templepatrick Welcome Limmerick – 0 / 0 – 32.06
2) Cian O’ Connor (IRL) & Kilkenny – 0 / 0 – 33.51
3) Mavis Spencer (USA) & Carissimo 25 – 0 / 0 – 35.09
Source: Press Release from the Sunshine Tour
Photos: © Sunshine Tour / Moises Basallote Fotografia