D. ÁLVARO DOMEQ ROMERO, PREMIO IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK EN LA SEXTA EDICIÓN DEL EVENTO

The Board of the MHW Foundation and the Organizing Committee of IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK have given this afternoon the IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK Award to the Dressage and Doma Vaquera rider, Mr. Álvaro Romecq Romero, for his spectacular sports career and an entire life devoted to promoting Purebred Spanish Horses all over the world.

The founder and director for 25 years of the Andalusian School of Equestrian Art has not only taken this award but also has been given by Victor Jerez, athletes painter, with one of his paintings.

JONATAN PEÑA REAFFIRMS HIS TITLE AT THE BACARDÍ “MAESTROS DE LA VAQUERA” CUP FINAL

Dexterity, rhythm and passion are the qualities that best describe the BACARDÍ  “MAESTROS DE LA VAQUERA” CUP FINAL. The audience encouraged each and every one of the riders from the stands and cheered the perfect performance of the different exercises.

Jónatan Peña and his horse Talavante, winning pair of the I COPA MASTERS OF THE VAQUERA that took place during the last edition of IFEMA MHW, already surprised yesterday reaching the podium of the first class of this great final. Today they put the stands back on their feet, applauding their spectacular performance (551.50 points) with which they reaffirmed their title of COPA “MAESTROS DE LA VAQUER Champion for the second consecutive year.

The podium of today has not changed at all compared to yesterday, as second was the current Spanish Champion of Doma Vaquera, Alvaro Teba del Pino, with his horse Manolete ending with 549.17 points. And José Manuel Martín Japon with his horse Bondadoso, took the third place with a score of 533.16, this being his first time competing in IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK.[:]

AN EXCITING JUMP OFF ENDS WITH DANIEL DEUSSER AND TOBAGO Z AS WINNERS OF CSI5*-W LONGINES FEI JUMPING WORLD CUP GRAND PRIX IFEMA

The CSI5 *-W LONGINES FEI JUMPING WORLD CUP GRAND PRIX IFEMA began at 13:00 on the Main Arena of IFEMA. A class that makes the stands to overflow with people eager to see the best riders in the international ranking performing an impressive 160 cm course.

Of the 40 initial participants, only 10 were able to pass to the Jump Off. A fairly tight triple has been the main problem for most riders. However, a very close turn to obstacle six and the obser from obstacle nine, have not helped anyone to finish this initial course without fault.

Riders like the Germans Marcus Ehning and Ludger Beerbaum, or the Frenchmen Simon Delestre and Julien Epaillard, were some of the most outstanding participants of this class who have not been able to get into the Jump Off.

No Spanish rider has been able to make the initial journey without fault, being Laura Roquet Puignero the best classified. “It is very important to have World Cups in Spain,” said the Catalan rider, “and despite the fact that today has not been great, I am very proud of the performance of all Spanish riders”.

The rider Irma Karlsson with Ida van des Bisschop opened the Jump Off, and managed to stay in third position with a time of 48.28 seconds. The performance of the Swedish has been a surprise for many, since she has not been having very good results over the last three days of competition.

Second was the Swiss Steve Guerdat riding Ulysses des Forets, who managed to stop the clock in 47.12 seconds. Despite this second position, Guerdat remains first in the international ranking. “I am very happy with the season,” said the Swiss “to run the World Cup is one of my childhood dreams.”

The first classified has been the German Daniel Deusser with his stallion Tobago Z with an impeccable course finished in just 47.12 seconds. “I was really scared when I saw Steve doing such a quick course,”  said Deusser, “but in the end it’s a matter of luck and you have risk it all”. After winning this Grand Prix, the German rider fell flat on his horse Tobago Z: “He’s my number one. It is the first year that we run 1.60m and he’s constantly improving.”

OTTI VERDÚ IS CROWNED AT THE CSI2* GRAND PRIX MARCA 80 ANNIVERSARY

Otti Verdú Vidal, the Catalan who has shined in this VI edition of IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK, has reaffirmed her position at the CSI2* GRAND PRIX MARCA 80 ANNIVERSARY.

This class of 145 cm disputed under a “Jump Off” table has been the perfect setting for Otti Verdú to once again dazzle the public with her performance. The binomial formed by the Reus rider and Top Lulu have been the fastest both in the initial course and in the Jump Off, ending the latter in 32.89 seconds.

Second was her compatriot Paloma Jiménez-Carmona with Sherie Star who made an impeccable course in 34.26 seconds. The British Emily Moffitt took third place riding Winning Good in a time of 64.56 seconds.

The other two riders who managed to sneak into the Jump Off, the French Fanny Skalli and the Spanish Santiago Nuñez Riva, knocked down an obstacle that definitely took them off the podium.

JOSE FUMERO HERNÁNDEZ MAKES THE FIRST PODIUM OF THE SECOND DAY OF IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK

The second day of competition of the VI edition of IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK began early in the morning with the CSI2* COMUNIDAD DE MADRID TROPHY, with a height of 125 cm. A very fluid class where many young Spanish riders are encouraged to participate to start gaining experience.

Riders and horses got up early to start warming up before facing the first course of this Saturday. The route has not given many difficulties, making it possible for the majority of participants to be able to finish without fault.

The winner of this class was Jose Fumero Hernández with his mare Garsina, in an unbeatable time of 48.43 seconds. With barely a second of difference followed him the pair formed by Pedro Fernando Mateos Rodríguez and Ultra Lord. The Catalan rider, Patricia Segura closed the Spanish podium riding Venu TotI in a time of 51.66 seconds.

The day will continue with the big class of the CSI2*, the RODILLA TROPHY and later will start the CDI-W FEI DRESSAGE WORLD CUP GRAND PRIX EULEN TROPHY, one of the many novelties offered by IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK this year.

SANTI SERRA MOVES THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE OF IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK

The grand finale to the Saturday night session came with Santi Serra, a man who loves his horses and discovered that with his voice he was able to tame them and get to do magic with the equines.

Santi Serra made the audience fall at his feet, accompanied by his group of Frisians Napoleon, Maximilian, Claudius and Caesar, and his Arab horses Nika de Sercam, Loretta de Sercam and Aquir Ramira. The natural dressage rider show also featured two giant poodles, Popy and Beverly; two Border Collies, Roda and Banchs, and a pair of stunning hawks Fatima and Horus.

This motley group was in charge of making the stands overflow with people who were thrilled with their performance.

KEVIN GONZÁLEZ DE ZÁRATE DRILLS UP TO THE FIRST PLACE OF THE CSI5* -W JUMP & DRIVE LEXUS TROPHY

There is no rider who knows better the CSI5*-W JUMP & DRIVE LEXUS TROPHY class than Kevin González de Zárate. The Basque, known for his fast courses, proves that he is just as skilled with the steering wheel of a Lexus NX 300h – the only hybrid SUV model of the Japanese brand that has been presented in this VI edition of IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK.

Despite being the last participant of the class, Kevin beat the record riding Contharika, stopping the timer in 64.45 seconds.

Second was the Norwegian Johan-Sebastian Gulliksen with Calido, who has surprised the public with his skillful handling of the car, finishing the course in 69.66 seconds. Third was another Spaniard, Alejandro Entrecanales Marsans on the back of Ugo du Plessis, who in his race towards the car has had time to greet the magnificent public gathered today at IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK.

MARCUS EHNING, INDISCUTIBLE WINNER OF THE CSI5*-W ESTRELLA DAMM TROPHY AFTER AN INTENSE WINNING ROUND

A class under the rules of “Winning Round” table is synonymous with adrenaline and entertainment, and the CSI5*-W TROFEO ESTRELLA DAMM was not going to be an exception.

The best riders of the event fought this afternoon for a position on the podium of the big class of today. A very squared 150 cm course has been the first barrier that the participants have had to overcome, where the fifth obstacle – a double – has been the main one in charge of making the screen for the Winning Round.

In this first course, many well known riders such as the Frenchman Simon Delester, second place in the CSI5*-W Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio Trophy that took place yesterday, fell off the table. None of the Spanish participants has been able to qualify for the Winning Round, with Gerardo Menéndez Mieres as the best classified with a 21st place.

The Winning Round has been loaded with tension and the public had many good riders to choose from to place their bets.

Finally it was the German Marcus Ehning, known as “the maestro”, who was in charge of giving us a fast yet elegant course, which has secured him the first place with his horse Funky Fred in a time of 37.18 seconds.

Second was the Italian Emanuele Gaudiano with Chalou, who was not far from Ehning, finishing the course in 37.83 seconds. Being the last participant, the Frenchman Guillaume Foutrier conquered the bronze medal riding Tchin de la Tour in a time of 38.08 seconds.

The winner of yesterday’s CSI5*-W Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio Trophy, Julien Epaillard was left without chances to qualify for the podium when Usual Suspect d’Auge knocked down the penultimate obstacle of this Winning Round.

JONATAN PEÑA WINS THE FIRST CLASS OF THE II EDITION BACARDÍ COPA “MAESTROS DE LA VAQUERA”

The Doma Vaquera discipline returned to IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK after the resounding success of the first edition COPA MAESTROS DE LA VAQUERA, hosting the second final of the competition.

This Saturday has started the SECOND EDITION BACARDÍ COPA “MASTERS OF LA VAQUERA”, an unmissable event that took place in the Commercial Village, located in the pavilion 14.

Jónatan Peña and his horse Talavante, winner of the I MAESTROS DE LA VAQUERA CUP that took place last edition of IFEMA MHW, put the stands back with a spectacular performance getting the first place with a score of 283.33.

The second has been for the current Spanish champion of Doma Vaquera, Alvaro Teba del Pino, with his horse Manolete that finished with 281.50 points. A rider who debuted today at IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK, the Andalusian José Manuel Martín Japon who, along with his horse Bondadoso, took third place with a score of 277.33.

On Sunday at noon will begin the BACARDI “MASTERS OF LA VAQUERA” FINAL CUP that will end a competition that began in April and has had seven scoring events before the final in Madrid.

THE BRITISH LAURA RENWICK IS MADE WITH THE CSI5*-W TROFEO AIR EUROPA

The CSI5*-W TROFEO AIR EUROPA kicked off at 4 p.m., opening the afternoon session of the second IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK competition day.

Several obstacles of the 145 cm course designed by Javier Trenor, the course manager of the event, have complicated the performance of most riders. The penultimate obstacle, a triple, has been responsible for keeping most of the participants away from finishing the course without fault.

One of the few who managed to make a clear finish was the British Laura Renwick who almost at the end of the race placed first riding Dublin V in a time of 52.24 seconds. Shortly after followed Maikel Van der Vleuten with Beauville Z, who finished in second place with 53.02 seconds.

Third was the pair formed by the Belgian Celine Schoonbroodt-de Azevedo and his mare Venus de l’Eyre in a time of 53.19 seconds, which had managed to stay top of the table for much of the class.

The champion of the test of the previous day, the CSI5*-W ¡HOLA! TROPHY, Luca Maria Moneta has kept the public in suspense until the last moment. The Italian has been the last participant of this CSI5*, and made a spectacularly fast tour with Connery. It seemed that it would be able to beat the mark imposed by the British, however a knockdown in the first obstacle of the triple moved Moneta away from the podium.