Spain wins the Nations Cup in style, here at the III Andalucía October Tour
Top local rider, Teresa Blázquez Abascal, with ‘Nasa de Toxandría’ beat off France, in a thrilling jump off
The Chef d’Equipe was Carolo López Quesada and the other team members were Alberto Márquez Galobardes, Manuel Fernández Saro and Eduardo Álvarez Aznar
Spain has won the Nations Cup once again here at the III Andalucía October Tour, in a very exciting jump off finish. The Chef d’Equipe was Carolo López Quesada and the team members were: Alberto Márquez Galobardes with ‘Aldo du Manoir’; Manuel Fernández Saro with ‘Ezilis du Mesnil’; Teresa Blázquez-Abascal with ‘Nasa de Toxandría’ and Eduardo Álvarez Aznar with ‘D´Orient Batilly’. In the first round the team finished on 4 faults, but in the second they had three clears. This was exactly the same as the French team and put the two on equal points meaning a jump off would be the deciding factor.
With these two heading up the 8 that went through to the second round, the other placings were set with the United States of America in third place. Their team was headed by their Chef d’Equipe Anne Kursinski with riders, Zayna Rizvi on ‘Exquise du Pachis’; Caitlyn Connors on ‘Falcon de Hus Z’; Hannah Selleck on ‘Cloud 39’ and Jacob Pope on ‘Highway Fbh’ making up the team and scoring 4 faults in each round, finishing on a sum of 8 faults.
The rest of the results were: Belgium fourth, Ireland fifth and Great Britain sixth. The last two places were taken by Italy and Switzerland.
The French rider chosen for the jump off was Marie Demonte and was first to go on ‘Epona du Quesnoy’. They finished in a very good time but with one pole down. With all the pressure on her, home rider Teresa Blázquez who was the only one in the Spanish team, to jump clear in both legs, went into the ring on her brilliant, 10yr old chestnut mare, ‘Nasa de Toxandría’ (’Vertigo Saint-Benoit’ x ‘Chopin Van Het Moleneind’). She jumped a perfect clear round and the cheers that went up in the crowd could be heard across the show ground! A really well deserved win for Spain and a very special home win for Teresa Blázquez.
So finally the French team took second place; their Chef d’Equipe was Edouard Coupérie, and the other team riders were Harold Boisset on ‘Malia du By’; Stanislas de Malet with ‘Zambo M Z’, Guillaume Foutrier with ‘Corneska de la Faliza Z’
The rest of the jumping here at the III Andalucía October Tour, which is sponsored by ‘la Consejería de Turismo, Cultura y Deporte’ and co-financed by the European union; continued alongside the Nations Cup.
The Columbian rider Santiago Díaz Ortega and ‘Jump For Joy’ won the 1.45 Ranking class of the CSI2* They were the only pair that stopped the clock in under 62s. Dutch, Henk Van de Pol was second with ‘No Fathers Girls’ and Brazilian, Eduardo Pereira de Menezes was third with ‘Calypso des Matis’.
The 1.40 of the 3* was won by Spanish, Iván Serrano Sáez with ‘Classique des Loups’. Second was Argentinian Martin Dopazo with ‘Carlina Z’ and third, Brazilian, Felipe Amaral with ‘Carisma’.
The 2* 1.40 was won by Swiss rider Timo Heiniger with ‘Connor Ege’; second was Spanish, Íñigo Fernández de Mesa with ‘Casper de Luxe’ and third, British, Claudia Moore with ‘Jadraque P’.
Swiss win from Roger Umnus and ‘Kirasinaa RSI’ in the 2* 1.30. Swedish win from Pontus Westergren with ‘Loretto VDL’ in the 1.20. Spanish, Fernando de los Santos was the winner in the 7yr olds with ‘Geisha Batilly’ and Molly Hay from the USA was the winner of the 5yr olds with ‘Tangilo Wi Ro Z’. Full results can be found on both the App and the website.
There are 8 classes tomorrow, including 2 Longines Ranking classes; the CSI2*Grand Prix and the CSI3* 1.50. Sunday is the final day and the III Andalucía October Tour, closes with the Longings Ranking class, 2024 Olympic Qualifier for the Paris games.
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