The Autumn Tour restarts this weekend, with an intense competition programme building up to next wee
The Autumn Tour restarts this weekend, with an intense competition programme building up to next week’s Nations Cup
More than 600 horses and almost 250 riders will take part in the fifth week of the Autumn Tour which will include three Ranking classes and a Grand Prix qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics, 2021
The Nations Cup will take place from November 26th to the 29th.
606 horses and 242 riders will participate this week at the Autumn Tour here at the wonderful installations in Dehesa Montenmedio. With prize money of over 150,000 euros in the pot and three Longines Ranking classes, we expect to see some top competition here this weekend. The Grand Prix class, a qualifier for the 2021, Olympic Games in Tokyo, will be the highlight class with 54,200 euros in prize money. With these facts in mind we start the fifth week of the Autumn Tour on the 21st Nov running until Monday the 23rd.
During these three busy, competition filled days we are delighted to welcome many top International riders. These include the Belgian rider, Gregory Wathelet; French rider, Olivier Robert; British legend John Whitaker; Irish rider, Dermott Lennon and Dutch rider, Henk Van de Pol. These are just a few of the top names competing here amongst many other International and national riders who are at the top of their game. Many of these riders will be preparing their horses this week in the same arenas that will be used the following week, for the Nations Cup, which runs from the 26th to the 29th Nov.
The fifth week of the Tour will consist of around 12 classes each day, set across three arenas. There are Young Horse Classes, Small Tour Classes (1.10m and 1.20 m), Medium Tour Classes (1.30m and 1.35m) and Big Tour Classes (1.40m and 1.45m). On Monday the 23rd we will hold the Grand Prix, 2021, Tokyo Olympic Qualifier.
The sixth, and last week will start on Thursday the 26th Nov. This will include the Nations Cup which will be the highlight of the whole AutumnTour, organised by the Sunshine Tour team; a fitting finish to a tour that has been a great success both in the number of participants and the very high level of competition.
Running alongside the Nations Cup in this last week of competition, we also have a CSI2* and a CSIYH* for 5, 6 and 7yr old horses.
Finally we must stress that due to the exceptional and very current health situation, the competition will be run under the strictest Covid Protocol in order to guarantee the safety of all those participating in the event. Obviously this means that this event is a ‘Closed Entry event’ and the general public will not be permitted to enter the showgound.
The sheer size of the installations here, the large number of training and competition arenas, the vast number of stables and amenities means that riders and their teams can safely carry out all their normal tasks. We stress that all basic sanitary rules must be followed at all times. Every individual will have their temperature taken on arrival at the showground, masks must be worn throughout the installations and hydroalcoholic gel is provided in strategic places and must be used regularly to correctly sanitise hands when moving from one area to another.
With all these measures carefully considered we guarantee that we comply with the protocols set out by the Consejo Superior de Deportes (Higher Sports Council) and the Real Federación Hípica Española (the Royal Spanish Equestrian Federation), and we will thus avoid the risks associated with infection with COVID-19.
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