The competition can be followed live on ClipMyHorse.TV
The world's equestrian elite is now ready to participate for the next three days in the CSI5* Madrid, which starts its 110th edition tomorrow in Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. This top-level celebration will be held under strict anti-Covid and anti-EHV protocols and will concentrate 201 horses and 127 riders in what is the second stage of the prestigious international Longines Global Champions Tour.
The participants, including seven riders from the top ten world ranking, exchanged their first sensations this afternoon on the famous grass arena of the Club de Campo, after going through the mandatory vet-check, which has been passed without any incidents. In these upcoming three days, we will be able to see top level riders such as German Daniel Deusser, current number two in the Longines FEI Ranking; the Swiss Martin Fuchs, third in the world and winner of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Madrid in the last edition; the English Ben Maher (# 5), who returns to the tour with his star horse "Explosion W", and Scott Brash (# 8); Olympic medalists Peder Fredricson (# 4), Kevin Staut or Marcus Ehning; and Belgians Pieter Devos (# 6) and Niels Bruynseels (# 11), who took the gold with “Delux van T & L” at the LGCT's first stop in Doha.
The heavyweights of the national scene will also be measured on Madrid’s famous arena, with Eduardo Álvarez Aznar and his horse Rockfeller from Pleville Bois Margot, the highest ranked Spanish pair who won the CSI4 * Grand Prix of Saint Tropez on May 2nd. Sergio Álvarez Moya, current champion of Spain, can offer a good show with Álamo, the winner of the World Cup Final in 2019 and who has been riding for a few months. Precisely this would be the second Grand Prix together after their victory in the CSI3 * Gorla Minore Grand Prix. The national team is completed by Ismael García Roque, Spain’s champion in 2019, the Olympian Manuel Fernández Saro and Santiago Núñez Riva winner of the Wild Card.
Almost a million euros in prizes
These three days will concentrate nine CSI1 * events (between 1.15 m and 1.40 m high) and six CSI5 * events, scoring for the Longines FEI Ranking, with a total prize money of 960,950 euros. The starting gun will be given tomorrow, Friday at 9 am by the CSI1 * Club de Campo Campo Villa de Madrid Trophy, a competition of 1.15 m, and the first round of the Global Champions League will close the day. Tomorrow the 16 teams will compete for the podium against the current leader, the Dutch team Valkenswaard United. The host team, Madrid in Motion, will try to overcome its eighth position with Cindy Van der Straten, Eduardo Álvarez Aznar and Maikel and Erick Van der Vleuten. The Spanish rider Sergio Álvarez Moya will also compete as a member of the Prague Lions, which holds the seventh position of the ranking.
On Saturday the action begins at 9.15 am with the CSI * 1 Mahou Trophy, continues with the second competition of the Global Champions League, qualifying competition for the most anticipated class of the weekend that will put the finishing touch to the day. After the first date in Doha, the best pairs will face off on the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Madrid, with jumps up to 1.60 m and 300,000 euros in prizes. The German Christian Ahlmann, the Canadian Eric Lamaze and the Swedish Evelina Tovek, among others, will provide the event of the highest level.
The third and last day will begin at 9.00 am with the second CSI1 * Club de Campo Villa de Madrid Trophy. In the afternoon, the King’s Cup Caser Seguros Trophy will be the final touch to an exciting weekend, with heights of 1.50 m and 1.60 m and 100,000 euros in prizes. In the previous edition, the first place fell into the hands of the Dutch rider Frank Schuttert.
This year, the first international outdoor event in Europe will be conditioned by the health protocols against Covid-19 and Rhinoneumonitis. However, the exquisite offer of commercial and gastronomic leisure in the event will remain intact: three food truck areas, more than 40 stands between the Pop Up “HorseShoe Market”, the commercial village of equestrian products and the children's leisure areas.
The competition can be followed live on ClipMyHorse.TV.