The Dutch has imposed himself in an intense tie-break that has put the finishing touch to the Longines Global Champions Tour of the capital.
Many bars have fallen in the King's Cup Volvo Trophy, the 1.55m class that has put an end to these intense days of competition in the fifth venue of the Longines Global Champions Tour. The clock imposed by Santiago Varela, 73 seconds, and the difficult combinations have prevented many pairs from passing to the jump-off.
Among nine excellent opponents, the unbeaten has been Frank Schuttert, after a hard jump-off that has demanded technique and courage in equal parts. Incredible the fast execution of the 26-year-old Dutch and "Queensland E", a stallion who, however, did not start too well at the beginning of these days. A deserved second place for Martin Fuchs and his mare "Chica B Z", silver by a few tenths. The Swiss says goodbye to Madrid with great sensations, as winner of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Madrid and winner with his team, London Knights, in this fifth venue of the Global Champions League.
Also magnificent the round of the American Laura Kraut and "Curious George", horse that loses some time in the air, and that has been only a few hundredths of a second slower than the Swiss´ grey.
Among national performance, the Asturian rider Gerardo Menéndez Mieres has been proclaimed winner of the Caser Trophy for being the best King's Cup Spanish rider.
In Caser Trophy we have seen a parade of clear rounds with more than half of the starts without faults, but the victory had French flavor; the always speedy Julien Epaillard, current 36 of the Longines Ranking FEI, has managed to win with the stallion "Safari D Auge”. Second for a few hundredths of a second, the Swedish Malin Baryard-Johnsson with her mare "H & M Second Chance", while the third fastest pair to stop the watch was the Dutch Eric Van der Vleuten with "Djoost Again", which has shown tremendously in form in this appointment of the Longines Global Champions Tour.
In the CSI2 * Grand Prix Eulen Group, a demanding test at 1.45m, ten pairs have fought in the jump-off to win the honors. Finally, the tray was for Gonzalo Añón, penultimate rider on the arena, with the 12-year-old horse "Toledo du Phare". The Galician settled in Madrid has beaten the time of José Bono Rodríguez and "Sligo Hard Times", who have had to settle for silver. And the third position has fallen into the hands of the Ecuadorian amazon based in Madrid Ana Carolina Sandoval Muñoz, with the stallion "My Lord's Way".
Spanish podium in the St. George International School Trophy of 1.25m. Pablo Valle Espinedo has managed to occupy the first place with "Tresor de Varende", horse with which he participated last year in the Fontaineblue Championship, and third with "Insolite V't Molenvondel", 11-year-old mare owned by the Irish Alex Duffy (brother of Michael). The Asturian Fidel Davila García, silver with "Chantre".
The day opened up with the St. George International School Trophy of 1.15m. Eleven starts and only six pairs have been classified. Of course, all of them have shown a fierce competitiveness galloping against the obstacles, but the winners have been María López de la Vara and "Garsina". Both repeat the gold of the first day in this Longines Global Champions Tour, in Ifema MHW Trophy of 1.15m.
One more year the 109 edition of the International Jumping Competition of Madrid closes its doors after an intense weekend of competition, in which more than 15,000 attendees have been able to enjoy the best of the world equestrian and the best environment. 365 days for the magnificent green arena to recover before receiving again this event, the "Formula 1" of the equestrian.