Oliva, Spain – 2017 October 29: during CSI Mediterranean Equestrian Autumn Tour 2 Gold tour – 145.(photo: 1clicphoto.com I Nicole Ciscato)
The 2017 Autumn MET resumed in Oliva Nova, Spain, for its second part of the Tour, with week one of competition concluding in the €30,000 Grand Prix presented by Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort.
On Sunday, October 29, Spain’s Javier Trenor set the 1.45m track that saw 16 jumping efforts and an allowed time of 87s. Of the 71 entries, four proceeded to the jump off, with Great Britain’s Jamie Wingrove and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding Bart VI (Lord Z x Levantos) was setting an unbeatable time of 38.26s.
“Ideally it would be nice to have a few more pairs in the jump-off, but it all worked well for me today,” commented Wingrove. “The jump-off track suited me and my horse. After jumping him earlier during the week, I changed a few things before the round today and those changes turned out right.”
In November of 2016, Wingrove and Bart first competed together on the rated circuit at the CSI2* level.
“He can be a little bit challenging to ride,” commented Wingrove. “I have had him just short of a year. He is a naturally fast horse, and I thought that if I just keep moving and keep the fences up, I have a shot at the win.
Last to go in the jump-off, Germany’s Marcel Wegfahrt and the 7-year-old Oldenburg stallion Carnan (Cartogran x Kannan) rode to a safe clear round in 48.60s for 2nd place.
Ireland’s Michael Duffy and the 11-year-old AES stallion EFS Top Contender (Lauriston x Continue) finished in 3rd place with a time of 39.47s.
Russia’s Maria Bibikova and the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding Quasimodo (Quidam’s Rubin x Corofino I) finished on four faults in a time of 42.95s for 4th place.
Th full results can be viewed here.