Tomorrow begins the last CSI 4*for this Sunshine Tour which ends on Sunday with the Invitational Grand Prix and prize money of 100,000 euros.
It was an important day of competition today at the Sunshine Tour with the Young Horse Finals. 170 Young Horses competed over the three categories (5, 6 and 7yr old), in classes designed to test their current form and showcase their development during these five weeks of competition.
There was a German win in the David Broome, Main Arena today, when Vancouver Dreams (Valentino/Stakkita by Stakkato) owned by Max Kühner, was steered to victory by Helmut Schönstetter. This 7yr old Final was a Longines Ranking class, built at 1.40m. The pair took the lead as the second last to go in the jump off, in a time of 32.58 sec. In the interview afterwards Helmut Schönstetter told us that; he began fairly slowly here at the Tour, building up his horse’s confidence and form until this last week. He stated that the results in this last week had been excellent and that he was really content with Vancouver Dreams and also with the rest of the horses in his stable, and of course, with today’s win.
Brighton Bay (Ultimo/Anoulavasca by Kreator) with the Czech rider, Emma Augier de Moussac, took second position in the class. Their time was a fast 33.04 sec. They beat Ballypatrick Flamenco (Je T’aime Flamenco/Cruise Leaf) ridden by Darragh Ryan from Ireland, into third place in 33.72 sec.
Gismo de Pravi, a Spanish Sports Horse (CDE) (Jimy de Pravia/Grande Van Kattebeek by Action Breaker) owned by Yeguada de Pravia, was the winner of the 6yr old Final, ridden by Ari González Barros also from Spain. This horse and rider team, also won the 5yr old Finals last year here at the Sunshine Tour, showing extremely good promise for the CDE and the breeders here in Spain. We look forward to seeing them here next year in the 7yr old classes. Their time in the 8 horse jump off today was 40.95 sec. They were first to go and setting such a fast time, no other competitor managed to beat them. Billy Fleance, (Tangelo Van de Zuuth/Billy McBeth by Billy Mexico), ridden by Jessica Dimmock from Great Britain, took second place in 43.39 sec, whilst another British pair, Galaxcy (Cedric/Sosopoehpoeh by Rolls Royce) ridden by Jake Saywell, took third in 43.86 sec.
In the 5yr old Final, Corsica de Greenbay Z (Calido/Ophelie de la Tassen by Karioka de Follee) owned by Eede Sprl, was the winner, steered to victory by the Belgian rider, Virginie Thonon in 33.74 sec. In her interview Virginie told us that the mare was quite complicated to ride, as she was very much a hot-blooded, sports horse. They have been working very hard to get her to perform calmly and steadily whilst jumping cleanly. They have had excellent results with her so far, winning the 4yr old Championships in Belgium. Her season this year will be aimed again at the Belgian Championships and also towards classifying her for the European Championships.
In second place was Chilli (Colestus/Caipirinja by Colorit) ridden by Sally Hopkinson from Great Britain. Their time was also extremely fast, just 33.91 sec. Charme de Virton (Tresor de Virton/Luteuse de L’Othain by Royal Bravour) took third place in 36.37 sec, ridden by Dayro Arroyave, from Columbia, who has had many successes over the Tour this year.
That is the last of this year’s Young Horse classes here at Montenmedio. Over 500 horses have taken part over the five weeks, which is the largest number ever here at the Sunshine Tour. We wish them all the best for the rest of the season and hope to see them return in years to come.
Tomorrow there are eleven classes, three Small Tour classes, three Medium Tour classes and five Big Tour classes. These start off this weekend of International 4* jumping and the last weekend of the XXIII Sunshine Tour. The final day is Sunday when there are four much awaited Invitational classes, one of which is the Grand Prix with prize money of 100,000 euros in which the top 50 riders from the whole Tour are invited to take part.