Oliva Nova, Valencia, Spain – January 27, 2023 – Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) and Catenda were a force to be reckoned with on Friday at the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour. The duo teamed up for the win in the €27,400 Dammann Reitplatz- u. Sportplatzbau Trophy Grand Prix Qualifier CSI 3*.
A star-studded list of 93 combinations entered the ring for the most important class of the day, a speed challenge featuring obstacles set at the height of 1.45 meters. In the end, it was the Australian and her very own 2011 dark bay Holsteiner mare (Casall x Contender) who prevailed, doing so in flawless fashion while completing the course in 71.97 seconds.
It was a duel between two of the best ladies in the sport for the win with another multiple five-star grand prix winner claiming second place. Pénélope Leprévost (FRA) gave Edwina a run for the jackpot, falling just short due to her time of 72.11 seconds aboard Djagger Semilly (Diamant de Semilly x Apache d’Adriers).
The top three were completed by Mike Kawai (JPN) and Tokyo du Soleil (Montender x Papillon Rouge), who registered a penalty-free performance in 73.25 seconds for the final spot on the podium.
Final Results – €27,400 Dammann Reitplatz- u. Sportplatzbau Trophy Grand Prix Qualifier CSI 3*
1) Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) & Catenda – 0 – 71.97
2) Pénelope Leprévost (FRA) & Djagger Semilly – 0 – 72.11
3) Mike Kawai (JPN) & Tokyo du Soleil – 0 – 73.25
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