The Gran Premio Maeza put the finishing touch to the first edition of the Maeza International Jumping Competition with an exciting victory of the Asturian Carlos López Fanjul and his Ashaane Villa Rose. Once again the main event of the weekend stayed at home with this triumph of the Oviedo rider after the victory last Sunday of the veteran Leonardo Medal, who this time has not been so fortunate.
A total of 41 riders competed in the course designed by the course manager Javier Trenor and only 8 pairs managed to finish the first round without faults to ensure their place in the jump off.
The public attending the Sariego facilities were able to enjoy one of the most exciting tie-breakers in a long time. Applause, whistles, cheers and 8 riders fighting at full throttle for the winning title.
Jesus Garmendia met the expectations and finished with a time that no one else has managed to improve under 39 seconds, but sometimes so much speed takes its toll and Callias, his 10 year old horse, made a mistake that took them away from the first place.
Behind, the Canarian rider Ismael García Roque, another of the most competitive riders in our country, secured his zero with a somewhat calmer time, 41.90 seconds. Thus, the Canary Islander remained in first place until, shortly after, the rider from Oviedo appeared on the track with the fast and agile Ashaane Villa Rose. Carlos was eager to win. In the last year he had been at the gates of victory on numerous occasions and, finally, thanks to a relentless ride in 39.16 seconds, he was proclaimed the undisputed winner of the Grand Prix Maeza.
On the podium they were accompanied by Victor Bettendorf with Atomic de la Roque, winner of the Ascor Trophy on Friday, who with 40.02 placed second in the classification and the Canarian Ismael Garcia Roque with La Costa, mare with which next July 25 will represent our country in the final of the Nations Cup in Warsaw.
Eric Van der Vleuten Jr has been the fourth classified rider with Lycero ST Hubert, a deserving position of this binomial that only competed together for the second time.
With the prize-giving ceremony by Cruz Maestre and his daughter Christina Bares, owners of Yeguada Finca Maeza, and the resulting lap of honor of the best classified riders, surrounded by the warmth of the public, the first edition of the Maeza International Show Jumping Competition came to an end, which promises to become a classic in the region during the summer season.