esterday was the first day of the five-star event at Casas Novas in La Coruna, Spain. The Master of Faster, Richard Spooner and his leading WBFSH mount Cristallo were the winning combination in the NH Hotels Trophy 1.50.
Richard didn’t surprise anyone when he clocked 40.90 seconds, pushing Dutchman Harrie Smolders on Exquis Powerfee to second with a time of 41.43. There were nine double clears including Olympic gold medalist Steve Guerdat riding Carpalo and Stephex Stables’ Eiken Sato riding Espyrante. The third fastest combination belonged to French veteran Michel Robert and striking grey stallion Nenuphar’Jac.
The Warsteiner Trophy went to the Ukraine’s Katharina Offel and Cathleen. It was a full class with over 60 riders and Katharina topped the very best of them with her bay mare Cathleen with the time of 56.28. Kathi was just fractions faster than Michel Robert on Catapulte and Eiken Sato on Viva.
Well done riders!!