Magnificent first day of international competition in the camp of the Palacio de la Magdalena, with 78 outings on the track in the three classes played.The Suzuki Trophy the most important class of the day with obstacles of 1.40m high and 29 horses fighting to win, has finished the first day of competition.
Invincible the Sevillian Paloma Jiménez-Carmona, who for the second time today was in the lap of honor, with a smooth tour and a very fast time of his mare "Sherie Star". "I'm very happy with the triumph. This mare has been with me for 3 years and she's my soul mate. With her I won, among others, the individual class in the Samorin Nations Cup in Slovakia" Tells us the rider, 23yo, who has been the winner of Spain Youth and Runner-up of Spain Young Rider. "Today's class was a lot of fun, I was ready to gallop. I tried and it worked out for me. I'm very happy, I didn't expect it" Nine riders with 0 points trying to beat the Sevillian in time, but none could. The Basque based in Cantabria, Ivan Serrano, favorite rider in this edition, has managed to position himself in second place with his reference horse "Tam Tam du Valon". The third, another rider among the favorites, always competitive and on the edge, the Basque Kevín González de Zárate with "Atlantic Z", a 12-year-old horse "to which I have felt very well. The feeling has been very good and I have seen the track well. We'll see what happens in the next few days."
The day began with the Eurostars Hotel Real Trophy of 1.30m high held under a two-phase scale, in which the young rider from Madrid, part of the national team, Pablo Valle, with "Insolite V'T Molenvontel", has been proclaimed the winner, he also won a few weeks ago, a class at the Wierden Nations Cup. Pablo is one of the riders who will represent the junior national team at the European Dutch Championships next July. Paloma Jiménez Carmona, started the day well and together with his mare "Betty Boop de Cluis", 8yo, have been the second fastest. The third qualifier has been the canary rider Ismael García Roque, with the fast and young horse "Grey Man", a regular tandem on the podium of national competitions.
In the afternoon the bleachers of the central track have been filled with audiences who have wanted to approach to enjoy this event, unique in the Cantabrian mountain range and, bet on your favorite rider. The young Basque rider, Alvaro Gónzalez de Zárate, was the winning bet in the 1.20m event, Santander City Council Trophy. His 12-year-old "Monboulette Z" gives him nothing but joy, together they have won more than 13 competitions nationally and internationally and today, they have added one more to their brilliant record. Antonio Gómez Martín, Director of IMD de Santander, also presented the award to the Asturian Alejandro Alvarez Gutiérrez who together with "Quito d'Anjou" have made a brilliant journey resulting in second place. Also Basque the third classified, the Amazon Sofia Castellanos together with "Contharika", mare that i acquired recently and with which it is already understood perfectly.
Tomorrow the competition will start at 12.30am with the 1.30m class, to continue with the 1.20m class at 16.30pm, and the 1.40m at 18.30h.