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James Smith and ‘Arkuga’ top the podium in the Diputación de Cádiz Grand Prix

Kara Chad and ‘Igor GPH’ win the Medium Tour Grand Prix. Nicola Pohl with ‘Fiona des Hayettes’ the Small Tour GP and Uxue Arruza Rodríguez the 1* GP

The top 50 riders from this week took part in the Diputación de Cádiz , 4* Grand Prix, a Longines Ranking class and qualifier for both this year’s European Championships and the 2024 Paris Olympics. The stands were full with an enthusiastic crown on this lovely sunny ‘Andalucia Sunshine Tour’ day and they weren’t disappointed with participation from many of the top international riders in our sport. The course was challenging and from the 50 starters only nine managed to jump clear around the course designed by Marcos Núñez. The jump off was very competitive and our winner, the British rider James Smith, stopped the clock 0.01 of a second, in front of his compatriot Karl Robins who ended up taking second place. James was riding the 12yr old mare ‘Arkuga’,who is by a top showjumping sire, ‘Arko III’ and whose dam sire is  ‘Heartbreaker’.


James, after winning this 4* Ranking class told us: ‘I thought the course was very tough today. I think there was nine clears from 50 starters, it was very testing all the way round. I’m just delighted with my horse, he jumped fantastic and then again in the jump off he was amazing, I’m very grateful to the owners, John and Laura Renwick for allowing me to have the ride on him. He’s just amazing you know and he just gets better and better.  It’s my first time here at the Sunshine Tour and I absolutely love it, the rings are amazing, the facilities are great and I definitely plan to be back!’

And we really look forward to seeing him here again!


James’ time was 40.33s and in second place, in 40.34s, was Karl Robins on his own, ‘Equine America G Camille HBF’ (‘VDL Zirocco Blue’ x ‘San Patrignano Cassini’), who also had two fabulous rounds on this talented mare who is also 12yrs old.


In third was Spanish rider Manuel Fernández Saro with the lovely mare, ’Acoufina PS’. Fourth was the very talented German rider, David Will with ‘My Prins van Dorperheide’ (‘Zilverstar T’ x ‘Winningmod’) and in fifth was Italian rider, Michael Cristofoletti with ‘Everest D.R’, (‘Carthago Z’).

The prize giving ceremony was by Cultural Delegate, Antonio González, and the Provincial Sport Delegate Jaime Armario.

Of the other Ranking, Grand Prix classes here today at the Andalucía Sunshine Tour, ‘sponsored by ‘la Consejería de Turismo, Cultura y Deporte’ and co-financed by the European Union, one of the most exciting was the 1.50 Medium Tour, held in the Hickstead arena. This was another class that really challenged the 73 riders. In the end our winner was the Canadian rider, Kara Chad with ‘Igor GPH’ (‘Harley’ x ‘Crawford 5’) who went later on in the class with a really forward ridden super fast clear.


In a quick interview Kara told us after her super win:  I couldn’t be more happy with my horse ‘Igor’. It’s our first time doing the Medium Tour Grand Prix so it was a good result. It was definitely a tough enough course, there was only six in the jump off I think, but ‘Igor’ took it on like an absolute champ and I’m very lucky to ride him.


German rider, Kendra Claricia Brinkop with ‘Ma Belle’ was second with American rider, Michael Hughes and ‘Melodie-K Van’t Kattenheye’ in third. Manuel Fernández Saro was once again in the rosettes with ‘Jarlin de Torres’, in fourth and, in fifth, was the Brazilian rider,  Luiz Felipe de Azevedo Filho with ‘Sierra du Piedrouz Z’.


The German rider, Nicola Pohl with ‘Fiona des Hayettes’ was another winner today in   another Ranking class, the Small Grand Prix, which was in ring 5 and set at 1.45. In second was British Chris Smith with ‘Messarado Blue’; third was American, Adam Prudent with ‘Labalou’; fourth, French rider, Isaure Charpentier with ‘Diaman d’la Rousserie’ and fifth British, Nicole Lockhead Anderson with ‘Cassandro B’.


The CSI1* GP had a Spanish top two;  Uxue Arruza Rodríguez with ‘Clarin de Llamosas’ followed by Nora García Urtasun with ‘Etincelle de Saint’A’.  In third was the Belgian rider, Eva Jennen with ‘Emalie Terma G Z’. Fourth was Irish rider, Grace McHugh with ‘Carousel Gold’ and in fifth was Italian, Andrea Pina with ‘Mayflower PS’.


This ends the week here at the sunny XXIX Andalucía Sunshine Tour. As usual full results may be found on our social media outlets. Jumping starts up again on Tuesday with the young horses, the five, six and seven year olds.

12/03/2023   by Sunshinetour News , Press releases

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