Manuel Añón won the Big GP with Rackel Chavannaise, Mnauel Fernandez Saro with Coreall was 2nd and French rider Penelope Leprevost with Flora De Mariposa was 3rd. (Photo © Moises Basallote)
The Spanish national anthem played twice today at the SunshineTour with a great day for national riders, thanks to the victories of Manuel Añón in the Big Gran Prix and Teresa Blázquez in the Classic Tour Gran Prix.
Manuel Añón was unbeatable in the jump off with a time of 44.07sec on Rackel Chavannaise, thus finishing off his first week of competition here, in fine form. Interviewed after his win he said “This is my first competition of the year. I have come to Montenmedio to prepare my horses and then I plan the rest of the season, although a couple of my horses are recuperating from injury so far they have felt great and I could not have had a better start. It has been a while since I had a clear round in a jump off, so this was a very satisfying day and an excellent start to this testing Olympic year”.
Manuel Fernández Saro riding Coreall, for Spain took 2nd place. The current Spanish National Champion stopped the clock in 44.26sec. The French rider Penelope Leprevost, who lies 4th in the FEI Longines Rankings, and her superb mare Flora de Mariposa were 3rd in 44.45sec. Penelope Leprevost explained that she is starting off her Rio Olympic preparation here at the Sunshine Tour and that this is her first outdoor event since the World Cup in Geneva. “This is an excellent place not only for preparing young horses but also to be able to compete at the highest level, especially considering the really exceptional quality of the arenas.”