Jerez de la Frontera - Sunday’s final closure could not have been more perfect. Carl Hester and NIP TUCK were the winners once again in the ZettaSportMusic Grand Prix Special #VuelveaJerez
One could hardly do better. It was another exceptional test for the British rider, who performed on Sunday in the ZettaSportMusic Grand Prix Special at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art; there were no seats left around the arena and the spectators’ attention was truly caught by the action they were witnessing. Carl Hester obtained a triple victory and a new personal record with NIP TUCK, as they scored 77.412%, their highest marks ever in a Grand Prix Special.
Carl Hester was, consequently, the winner of the custom-made Freestyle from ZettaSportMusic. Last week’s custom-made music winner was Sönke Rothenberger, as each week of the two consecutive CDIs that took place at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art offered the same prize.
Charlotte Dujardin and BAROLO (Breitling W x Highlight x Hitchcock) made their debut at the Grand Prix Special and climbed up the positions once again, achieving second place, just behind their teacher. The chestnut shows a lot of potential, as not only is Charlotte Dujardin a great rider, but BAROLO is young, only ten years old; it appears that improvement is conceivable and that these two have a bright future ahead of them. Yesterday, they turned heads with their performance and their score of 73.275%. Their only mistake appeared to happen in the two tempi changes.
The third position in the ranking of the Special with a score of 71.667% was awarded to Gonzalo Carvalho and pure-bred Lusitanian mare BATUTA (Quixote x Jandaia x Icaro), though the mare seemed slightly less relaxed than in the GP.
At the weekend, visitors, competitors and organizers came together to share a wonderful sweet sherry, the typical oloroso variety, including Charlotte Dujardin; some of the world’s finest dressage riders; the president of the Equestrian Federation of Singapore, Melanie Chew; and breeder, lover and supporter of Spanish horses, Kimberly Boyer. They joined locally-based international riders such as Juan Manuel, Dani, José or Ramon Beca, who is a former Olympic event rider and a breeder of some of the world’s best eventing horses (New Zealand event rider Andrew Nicholson’s NEREO was bred by him).
Another Spanish national equestrian champion from a different discipline who was also enjoying the show was none other than Luis Erquicia, the nephew of the great Alvaro Domecq who founded the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. And what unites them all is, undeniably, their passion for the horses.
Last but not least, we must sincerely thank our Sponsors and Partners who have been part of this event, such as ZettaSportMusic, Dos Lunas Dressage, the Jerez City Council, El Diario de Jerez newspaper, the JARACAR Audi Jerez brand, the Juan Gil wineries, the fantastic Momento Andaluz catering service and the HACE Jerez & Spa amongst others.
We will soon come up to Oliva for a further fortnight of two CDI3* in April. But first of all for now, for this year, it is time to say goodbye, from the CDI3* REAAE Come back again. #VuelveaJerez 2017.
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