The twenty-first edition of the International Show Jumping Competition of Santander has been officially presented this morning at the event's facilities located in the field of the Palacio de la Magdalena.
The twenty-first edition of the International Show Jumping Competition of Santander has been officially presented this morning at the event's facilities located in the field of the Palacio de la Magdalena. The event chaired by the Mayoress of Santander Gema Igual has also had institutional presence of the Government of Cantabria, Mario Iglesias Director General of Sport, Ministry of Universities, Equality, Culture and Sport of the Government of Cantabria and the Director General of Tourism, Marta Barca; Celia Torío, Commercial Director of Caixabank in Cantabria and Asturias; the President of Oxer Sport Alvaro Arrieta and the rider Ivan Serrano. The appearance has also counted with the presence of numerous media who have attended the event.
The mayoress wanted to highlight "the importance of the event, which thanks to Oxer Sport is already part of a circuit that seeks to promote the Cantabrian Sea in summer" and also highlighted the importance of horse riding for the city of Santander thanks to the media coverage "the media talks about Santander. The most important classes will be broadcasted by Teledeporte and Movistar +, but more importantly, the event will be seen in full by a channel that is broadcast in over 200 countries, ClipMyhorse.tv. We will therefore have the possibility of being on the screens of many, many homes."
Gema Igual has had a special memory for José Manuel Riancho, who was Sports Councilor of the City Council that died in 2019 "José Manuel was very proud and always concerned about the International Show Jumping Competition. Oxer Sport has commented to me that the first class of the event, from now on, will always bear his name. This is something important for the City Council, a decision not taken by us but which is more than applauded." He has also had words of thanks for the sponsors and institutions "without which it would not be possible to have this category of appointment with this category of awards in Santander".
She has was thrilled with the occupancy data of Santander hotels scheduled for this weekend "We are almost 100% occupancy, some hotels only have a free room. We haven't had these percentages for a long time and this is thanks to Oxer Sport and the Santander International Show Jumping Competition."
To conclude he wanted to send a message to the public encouraging them to come to the stands of the free access contest and where "all measures will be implemented against covid. We have to start leaving fears behind in a responsible manner".
For his part Mario Iglesias, noted that "Santander is at the epicenter of international sport" and highlighted the good work of an event that has been in the city 100 years since it was inaugurated in the Campos de Sport de el Sardinero.
Marta Barca, Director General of Tourism of the Government of Cantabria has been happy "to present the International Show Jumping Competition of Santander, one of the most beautiful and special events that take place in the community and that generates economic activity, very important to enhance and enrich the tourism activity".
The commercial director of Caixabank, Celie Toría, official sponsor of the main event of the Caixabank Grand Prix event, has remarked "the effort and the union of all as key to get out of the slump and we can be here again presenting one of the most traditional events of the entire calendar and responsible for kicking off the summer season". A moment of joy where "we meet again".
The Cantabrian rider Ivan Serrano, currently number 9 in the national ranking, wanted to emphasize how "special this sport is, where there is no distinction of gender or age. In this sport we are all equal". He affirmed that it is a sport that is on the rise and encourages promoting it among the youngest "to whom it helps to instill a series of values such as respect and love for animals." He has also expressed his gratitude to the public that "helps and encourages the riders to give 100%."
Finally, Álvaro Arrieta, President of Oxer Sport, insisted on the effort that the event has meant after a complicated year due to the covid-19 and the subsequent equine pandemic that paralyzed the equestrian competition throughout Europe. At the same time, he showed affection for the competition, which he defined as "a special competition that Pablo Gracía, general director, and I carry in our hearts. It is where we started to build this dream that today is Oxer Sport, the origin of everything".