Belgian native but American citizen David De Wispelaere just returned from a Sun Shine Competition Tour at the 2002 SICAB in Spain. The Spanish National Horse Show Championships Finals (SICAB) was held in Seville at the end of November 2002. De Wispelaere was the first American ever to have competed at the SICAB Championships.
De Wispelaere left the United States to to qualify the 7-year old Idilio, the 6-year old Camaron and the 5-year old Hacendado for the Championships Finals for Purebred Spanish Horses at 2002 SICAB. All three stallions have been imported from Spain only two years ago and were trained by De Wispelaere himself.
David set up base in Vejer de la Frontera (about 40 minutes from Jerez) in September and for the next three months competed all over Spain in Qualifier Shows in Cordoba, Oviedo, Vejer, Granada, Valencia and Seville, organized by ANCCE (the National Organisation for Breeders of the Pure Bred Spanish Horse).
He collected titles such as Champion of Young Stallions, Champion of Suitability and 3rd Place in the FEI 5 yr. old Dressage Division with his stallion Hacendado, Reserve Champion in the 6-7 yr. old Stallion Division and 3rd Place in the Prix St. Georges with Iidilio, Champion and Reserve Champion at 3rd level with Camaron, who is owned by Kimberley Van Kampen of Hampton Green Farm. All stallions qualified for SICAB (the Finals in Seville) and finished among the 11 best in all of Spain.
David is right know getting his stallions settled at Pati Pierucci's Riverbend Farm in Virginia for the CEM Quarantine.