Francisco Musa & Catch Me Marathon Marvel at Hickstead

Hickstead, England – July 27, 2023 – The international showjumping action got underway at the Longines Royal International Horse Show CSIO 5* on Thursday with the running of the Longines World Ranking classes.

The second five-star class of the day, the €26,200 Royal International Trophy CSIO 5*, went the way of Brazil’s Francisco José Mesquita Musa (USA) and his longtime partner Catch Me Marathon – a combination who also made a winning debut at Hickstead last year.  

Today they took the win in a 50-strong line-up after delivering a time of 32.16 seconds, despite having “a little touch” at a couple of fences.

The Brazilian was supreme in the 1.50m challenge, edging out two British riders who also had a clean scorecard. Will Edwards (GBR) and SHW Candies B finished second in 32.64 seconds while Joseph Stockdale (GBR) and Ebanking completed the top three in 35.05 seconds.

The wide-open spaces of the Longines International Arena suit his 15-year-old Hanoverian mare (Contagio x Werther): “She’s a good horse, and always fast,” says Francisco. “I’ve known her for a long time – six years now, with some very good shows. She jumped unbelievably today. Normally, she jumps very well in big arenas, she really likes them.”

Tickets for the Longines Royal International Horse Show (25-30 July) are available at the gate or can be bought online. The action will be livestreamed throughout on ClipMyHorse.TV and Hickstead.TV, with additional coverage on Sky Sports and FEI.TV on Friday and Sunday.

Final Results – €26,200 The Royal International Trophy CSIO 5* – 1.50m

1) Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa (BRA) & Catch Me Marathon – 0 / 0 – 32.16

2) Will Edwards (GBR) & SHW Candies B – 0 / 0 – 32.64

3) Joseph Stockdale (GBR) & Ebanking – 0 / 0 – 35.05

Source: Press Release from Hickstead Press Office for the All England Jumping Course – Hickstead

Photo: © Elli Birch/ Bootsandhooves Photography