The event will take place in the facilities of Yeguada Finca Maeza and will count with an important level of national and international participation.
The first Maeza International Show Jumping Competition was officially presented this afternoon at the facilities of Yeguada Finca Maeza, where the equestrian event will take place from July 2 to 4 and July 9 to 11.
Many media and authorities have accompanied the Bares Maestre family, owners of Yeguada Finca Maeza in an event in which Cruz, director of the Finca Yeguada Maeza, has insisted "we come with the intention of being a traditional event, with the desire to stay". Yeguada Finca Maeza was born as a stud farm for breeding horses and little by little has been entering the world of competition "many riders encouraged us to launch ourselves into international competition and so this event was born". For the organization of the event they wanted to count on the collaboration of "the best sports marketing company Oxer Sport".
The director of Yeguada Finca Maeza highlighted the level of participation, 120 riders and around 320 rides during the 18 classes that will take place during the first two weekends of July. In addition, representatives from 10 countries will jump in the modern facilities of Sariego in which three classes will count for the Longines FEI ranking (World Ranking) and in which 121,000 euros in prizes will be distributed.
Cruz emphasized that the event will be open to the public and also "it will be possible to follow it through the equestrian channel ClipMyHorse.tv live in more than 200 countries, the best promotion for the Cider Shire".
For his part, the mayor of Sariego, Saúl Bastián, wanted to show his support to the event and especially to the Yeguada Finca Maeza and the Bares family for all "the effort and commitment to organize events like this that make us gradually look forward to a return to what our lives were like before the pandemic". Bastián invited and encouraged the neighbors to visit the council and of course the competition, which he defined as a combination of "sport, entertainment and a little bit of excitement".
To end the speeches, Álvaro Arrieta, president of Oxer Sport, the company organizing the event, thanked the media for their presence and highlighted the importance of the Yeguada Finca Maeza for the Spanish equestrian world "it is the first time that a private facility in Asturias has the courage to organize an International Show Jumping Competition". Alvaro focused his speech, among other things, on explaining the difficulties they have had to overcome to make this first edition a reality "Since we signed this project a couple of years ago, we have jumped a pandemic that we thought was taking the project down, then came an outbreak of rhinopneumonitis that paralyzed Europe, also the competitions that are canceled those weeks are moved to the summer creating a collapse of competitions. There is more supply of competitions in Europe than demand for riders". Arrieta ended his speech thanking all the media partners and sponsors who from the beginning have shown their support and closeness to the event "without them this competition would not be possible".
An emotional moment was the moment after the speeches in which the sculptor José de la Riera presented the trophies that will be awarded to the winners of the three FEI Ranking classes. The works sculpted by him in corten steel are exclusive designs for the Maeza International Show Jumping Competition.
The painter Breza Cecchini Riú has also presented part of her work, which is exhibited in the competition's VIP dining room and decorated the walls during the official presentation.
An artistic point to put the finishing touch to the presentation that gives the starting signal for the first edition of the International Show Jumping Competition of Maeza.
From the 2nd to the 4th of July and from the 9th to the 11th of July, the facilities of Yeguada Finca Maeza will receive near than 300 horses and 120 riders in what will be one of the most important competitions in our country.
National and international riders from different parts of the world will compete in the Asturian facilities as a kick-off of the summer sports season and with the intention of preparing for the Olympic event in which several of them will take part.
Riders of the prestige of the Asturian Sergio Álvarez Moya, current Spanish champion, Iván Serrano, winner of the Caixabank Grand Prix at the Santander International Show Jumping Competition that concluded this afternoon, Pedro Veniss, Brazilian winner of the Pan American Games in teams in 2019, the Chilean Jorge Matte, who has just competed in the Longines Global Champions Tour competitions in Paris and Monaco, the Asturian Julio Arias, who has been living in Belgium for many years, and Ismael García Roque, member of the national team, third in the Nations Cup in Peelbergen last May.
The competition, which aims to become a classic of the Cantabrian summer, will distribute a total of 121,000 euros in prizes, with a total of 18 classes with heights ranging from 1.25m to 1.45 meters.