The fifth edition of Madrid Horse Week was bidding farewell until next year with the CDI5* Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio Freestyle Grand Prix, which started at 5:15 pm after having enjoyed a para-equestrian Dressage show.
Once again, the Spanish Olympic rider, Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, made us believe in magic riding Delgado. The entire stand fell into complete silence as soon as Ferrer-Salat began her reprise; eyes wide open in order not to miss a single thing of the incredible spectacle this binomial has granted us. As expected, they declared themselves undisputable winners of this CDI5* Alfonso X el Sabio Freestyle Grand Prix, with an unbeatable score of 80.825%.
José Antonio García Mena made a nice reprise with Benzi Ladro and, as happened in the previous day, he finished second, with a score of 75,800%. Third was the Portuguese Rodrigo Torres with Califa II, binomial that danced to the rhythm of “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd, having as a result an astounding ovation from the stands as soon as he finished his reprise.
This class has been the prelude to the Dressage World Cup that next year will be added to the MHW sports program, making the Spanish capital one of the only four cities in the world capable of hosting three World Cup events simultaneously in the same event.
MARCUS EHNING GOES BACK HOME WITH THE ESTRELLA DAMM TROPHY
The big jumping event of the day, the CSI5*- W, Estrella Damm Trophy, began shortly after the completion of the CSI2 * Regional Government of Madrid Trophy. This class had a height of 150 cm, and was disputed under the “Winning Round” scale.
The first round was marked by a course with very tight distances and complicated triple that has given some problems to the riders, especially the last element. So many problems they had that only 6 of the 12 riders who entered the next round did it without faults in this course.
A very international second round in which the only Spanish representation was Paola Amilibia riding Prunella d’Ariel, which was one of the few zeros of the previous round. Also on this course, the riders have had some difficulties, especially in the first element of the double. Finally, the famous German rider, Marcus Ehning, who was last year’s champion of the Mutua Madrileña – Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix, bid farewell to Madrid Horse Week with his first and only podium of this edition. He did it riding Funky Fred, in a time of 39.21 seconds. Following him closely was the Swedish Henrik von Eckermann with Chacanno, who finished the course with a time of 39.81 seconds. A bit slower was the Irishman Cameron Hanley with Eis Isaura, who climbed to the podium in third position, with 41.35 seconds.
The Spanish rider, Paola Amilibia, ensured the course without fault and has taken it calmly. She finished the test in sixth position in a time of 45.87 seconds.
SPANISH PODIUM HEADED BY JULIO ALVAREZ MOYA AT THE CSI2* REGIONAL GOVERNMENT OF MADRID TROPHY
The last day of this fifth edition of Madrid Horse Week began at 10 in the morning with the Grand Prix of the CSI2*, the Regional Government of Madrid Trophy. A class disputed under the “Jump Off” scale and a height of 145 cm.
A course that has not given much trouble to the riders, which has meant that 14 of the 27 riders of the class finished the course without fault, thus qualifying for the jump-off.
However, some obstacles of the jump-off gave some problems to the riders. Finally, the top five have been Spanish. Julio Álvarez Moya and G and C Quitador Rochelais, horse that used to be rode by his brother Sergio, finished the course in a spectacular time of 37.99 seconds that have propelled them to the first place, leaving the other riders without possibilities, since no one has been able to approach the time set by the Asturian rider. Second was Alberto Márquez Galobardes, riding Volt de Kergane, with a time of 39.10 seconds. Paloma Barceló placed third on the back of Charanta in a time of 39.74 seconds.