Portuguese rider Hugo Tavares won the first class of the CSI3* Mijas week with a fasted round against Spaniard Gerardo Menendez. (Photo © Costa del Sol Tour)
Portuguese rider Hugo Tavares won the speed class at the CSI3* Mijas Costas del Sol Equestrian Tour week opening in a time of 65.57 seconds.
Securing 50 World Ranking Points with his victory, Hugo Tavares was presented with the 14-year-old gelding Phebus du Fief (Echo des Forets II x Prince Ig’or) to mark a clear advantage against his opponents, on course designed by Italian Elio Travagliati.
The class that had the participation of 54 pairs none could stalk the time of Hugo Tavares, who was escorted in second place by Spanish rider Gerardo Menedez with his 12-year-old stallion Cassino DC (Cassini I) in time of 67.22 seconds and for third place the favorite and inspired Laura Renwick of Great Britain, being her time of 67.47 seconds with the 11-year-old gelding Bintang II (Tangelo van Zuuthoeve x Orlando).
The fourth and fifth place was occupied by Julio Arias from Spain with the 11-year-old stallion Armani des Maraichers (Kashmir van Scuttershof x Quater) in 70.41 seconds and Italian rider Camila Franci was fifth with the 12-year-old stallion Festo van Paemel (Cicero x Darco) in 74.95 seconds.
By Latino Ranking added World Ranking Points Colombian rider Mauricio Ruiz in 15th place with the 9-year-old stallion Dakota (Stakkato x Wolkenstein II) in 4 fouls regular round and 75.38 seconds. Also Francisco Mesquita Musa of Brazil added FEI Ranking Points, escorting in 16th place to the Colombian rider and being his time of 75.69 seconds with the 9-year-old mare Catch Me T (Contagio x Werther).
Out of the points by the Latinos were Sergio Neuppmann from Brazil with the 11-year-old mare Chacca Blue (Chacco-Blue x Glenn Alme) in 17th place, his countryman Joao Victor Castro totaled 5 fouls in box 20th with the 11-year-old gelding Quentin PJ (Quidam de Revel x Escudo 19), Felipe Ramos Guinato accumulated 12 fouls in 40th place with the 13-year-old Zenzero (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Burggraaf), Mexican rider Jose Alfredo Hernández Ortega did it in 14 fouls with the 11-year-old mare Grupo Prom Carla Columna (Candillo) to finish 47th and Dayro Arroyave from Colombia with the 10-year-old gelding Tanucci du Ter (Crown Z x Tenor de La Cour) on a bad day with 16 fouls ranked 50th.