For British Grand Prix rider Wayne Channon the 2005 Sunshine Tour CDI couldn't have ended better. Aboard his KWPN licensed stallion Lorenzo (by Ferro x Wolfgang), Channon claimed two distinct victories during the third and final show weekend at Montenmedio in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain. He aced the Grand Prix with 70.500% and reigned supreme in the Grand Prix kur to music with 72.70%. Furthermore, he became the 2005 Sunshine Tour Grand Champion with the highest average mark after three weekends of CDI showing.
End February 2005, Channon loaded up four horses for a four-day drive from Belgium to South Spain in pursuit of a new competitive challenge. With two Grand Prix horses -- Kasjmir and Lorenzo CH -- registered for three weeks of intense showing in front of the critical eyes of a handful of O-judges, Channon definitely aimed at raising the bar.
But what would the Sunshine Tour in Spain be without Andalusians and Lusitanos competing there? It was absolutely refreshing to see such a multiplicity of Iberian bred horses perform at top level in Vejer de la Frontera and the major advancement the Iberian riders have made in five years time is staggering. The Andalusians are no longer piaffe-passage machines, but they now can actually walk and extend as well.
Read the Complete 2005 Sunshine Tour CDI Report on Eurodressage.com