Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – January 22, 2023 – The last day of jumping of the first week here at the Andalucía Pre-Sunshine Tour, finished off with an extremely exciting jump-off of the €26,200 Grand Prix of Vejer de La Frontera CSI 2* , held in the Milton arena. With top international riders taking part, it was never going to be without a great atmosphere and as it was, 11 top riders got through to the jump off.
First to go in the jump off was local Spanish rider Armando Trapote (ESP), who currently holds the National Spanish Championship title. He was riding the very agile Tornado VS (‘Toulon’ x ‘Contender’) and he jumped an immaculate clear, in an extremely fast time of 37.85 seconds. He set the bar high and left all the work for the rest of the riders. No one managed to beat the time as the class progressed and, as the last rider went in, Armando was still in the lead. In the end, Trapote (ESP) ended up taking second place.
So, last to go was Olympic Brazilian rider Pedro Veniss (BRA), with his long term partner Boeckmanns Lord Pezi Junior (Böckmann’s Lord Pezi x Quattro 7) who absolutely flew around the track, and stopped the clock in 37.10 seconds, to the cheers of the crowd, taking the win!
In third, just 0.05s behind him, was the British rider, Matthew Sampson (GBR) with the lovely grey, Guestlist (Cicero Z van Paemel x Eros Platiere) finishing in just 37.90 seconds, ending the week in style, a very successful time here so far.
Pedro told us, after his win; ‘I’m very happy, I really like this place.I think my first time here was in 2000, so many years ago, I try to come every year. I feel my horses are very happy here, that’s why I always try to come to the show. He also went on to say about the stallion, ‘Böeckmanns Lord Pezi Junior’; ‘I felt he was very good, the course was very fair. He will have a week off next week and then we will start again in February’.
Pedro’s plans are; ‘we are going to try to do some Nations Cups, and to prepare a little bit for the Pan American games, thats the goal this year, ….. to qualify Brazil for the Olympics. I’m going to try my best to be in the team first, and then I hope Brazil will qualify for the Paris Olympics’.
Fourth was Swiss rider, Martin Fuchs (SUI), who has had the best results of all the competitors in this first week, and who is ranked number 2 in the world, for good reason. On Sunday, he was riding ‘Viper Z’ (‘Vigo D’Arsouilles STX’ x ‘Grannus’), with whon he had already won the 1.45 class the Friday before. In fifth was the French rider, Guy Jonqueres D’Oriola (FRA) with ‘Aristo du Loir’ (‘Lando’ x ‘Ephebe for Eveer*La Silla’).
Final Results – €26,200 Grand Prix of Vejer de La Frontera CSI 2*
1) Pedro Veniss (BRA) & Boeckmanns – 0 / 0 – 37.10
2) Armando Trapote (ESP) & Tornado VS – 0 / 0 – 37.85
3) Matthew Sampson (GBR) & Guestlist – 0 / 0 – 37.90
Source: Press Release from the Andalucía Sunshine Tour
Photos: © Sunshine Tour / Moises Basallote Fotografia