Jose Daniel Martin Dockx and Kimberly van Kampen's PRE stallion Grandioso won the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix Dressage Championships held at Villafranca near Madrid, Spain, on 7 - 9 October 2011. Martin-Dockx, who is trained by Spanish team coach Jan Bemelmans, captured his first Grand Prix title in his career. In the absence of the entire Spanish Euro-team, the B-team riders were eager to step into the spotlight. They took centre stage at the national championships held at the SEK equestrian centre in Madrid with Martin Dockx pipping Carmen Naesgaard for the gold. Martin-Dockx has only been riding Hampton Green Farm's 12-year old PRE stallion Grandioso (by Adelante x Sevillano IX x Nevado IX) since February 2011, taking over the ride from a recuperating Courtney King-Dye.
The new Spanish partnership has been growing steadily and at the national championships they finished second in the Grand Prix (68,255%) and won the Special (68,792%) and freestyle (74,300%) taking the overall lead with 211,347% points.
"I am thrilled and, honestly, also very surprised at this honor," Grandioso's owner Kim van Kampen told Eurodressage. "Grandioso is only in his first year at Grand Prix and his rider and I did not have any expectations for him this year beyond becoming more experienced at the level. I am very grateful to Jan Bemelmans for his "plan" for the horse, which is working better than we could have imagined. Also, I want to thank Courtney King-Dye for her years of investment in GR, Lendon Gray for two essential clinics with Daniel this summer to help him with test riding, and of course my deepest gratitude to Daniel for taking on the horse--and the pressure--and doing an excellent work."