There was an exciting ending to the CSI4* A Coruña, a benchmark of international show jumping. As always, the Galician public was really supportive and enjoyed each class with great excitement. Casas Novas was filled with people during the three days, both in the stands and in the surrounding areas, where people of all ages enjoyed the equestrian and leisure offer.
Canadian Wins CaixaBank Grand Prix
A determined Jaclyn Duff proclaimed herself winner of the CaixaBank Grand Prix. The Canadian, who had already been the first to finish the First Round without fault, was able to resist the pressure and faced a final course with an amazing time of 44.23 seconds. And that earned the 30-year-old rider her first International Grand Prix 4*, after competing in Knokke and Calgary.
A very excited Duff picked up her trophy while Canada’s anthem was playing for the third time this weekend in Casas Novas: Friday with Tiffany Foster in the NH Collection Trophy, and Saturday with the victory of Yann Candele in the Longines Trophy.
Second place for Olivier Robert and Eros, who endured the pressure of being the last of the Second Round and finished in 45.31 seconds. And applauded with excitement by the Galician public, the Spanish Julio Arias took the third place, with 48.48 seconds, which also gave him the Tyco Trophy to the best Spanish rider qualified in this class. These three were the only ones that were able to finish without fault in both rounds.
Few riders were able to finish the first course without fault. Even Epaillard knocked down after dominating the entire morning. But he managed to enter into the Second Round, as did his compatriot Cheronnet who also qualified with 4 points, this being his first knockdown in the whole show. Two Spanish riders did not fail: Diego Pérez Bilbao and Julio Arias, who qualified without fault for the Second Round with Asis Arango Lasaosa, who had 2 points for exceeding the time granted. Alongside them, the Belgian Mathy, the French Robert and the Dutchman van der Vleuten also competed in this round.
“All good thing come in threes,” must have thought Julien Epaillard when Safari d’Auge began to gallop on the Casas Novas arena in the Prosegur Trophy. And so he did. The Frenchman left off his rivals with a clear and fast course, which has served him to celebrate his third victory in the CSI4* A Coruña. His time, 57.93 seconds, was impossible to overcome for the 15 binomials that were left.
Eric van der Vleuten, who would finish second on the back of Quivive S Z, with 58.44 seconds and Gudrun Patteet, who has once again demonstrated she likes challenges, was third with Sea Coast Ferly in a time of 60.11 seconds. She climbed again to the podium after being second yesterday in the Trophy Longines and second, and also in the Trophy Massimo Dutti. The best ranked Spanish rider in this class was Julio Arias, being sixth, behind Abdel Saïd and Robert Olivier.
Epaillard confirmed himself with another triumph, this time in the first class of the day, the Eroski Trophy. As happened on Friday in the Trofeo Marqués de Riscal, which opened this edition, Sheriff de la Nutria LM returned to lead the French to victory in a time of 46,45 seconds.
They also repeated podium Luis Sabino Gonçalves and Kevin González de Zárate. The Portuguese with Teck de Riverland, with who he lifted the Lexus Trophy yesterday (47.54 seconds), and the Spanish rider with Calypso van de Bergdalhoeve Z (49.40 seconds). Outstanding performance of González de Zárate in this show, since he has climbed to the podium in three occasions this weekend with a first, a second and a third place.
With this grand finale concluded the third and final day of the CSI4* A Coruña. An event that, once again, has left images of crowded stands and big enthusiasm for the equestrian world. During the three days, thousands of people have accompanied from the stands the evolution of the binomials in the outdoor arena of Casas Novas, and everyone has been able to enjoyed both the sports competition and leisure that complemented the offer of the show.
Today closes the curtain of the summer edition and the next horizon is in December, when A Coruña will once again be the center of the looks with the CSI5* Longines FEI World Cup Jumping.