IMHW STATEMENT ON COVID-19

Dear Friends,

We are facing an exceptionally difficult situation brought on by the Corona Virus pandemia. The strict measures of confinement declared in the Spanish Government’s State of Alarm require that we all change our lives in order to overcome this crisis as soon as possible. It is therefore our responsibility and priority to protect our health and prevent this virus from spreading. This challenge is even greater for the equestrian community because we must also protect the lives and health of our horses. 

The equestrian world, as with all industries, has been directly affected by this crisis. Many of us are suffering the consequences of the imposed restrictions.

The suspension of activities in the equestrian sector not only affects the athletes of the various disciplines. It also has great impact on all companies, freelancers, and personnel involved both directly and indirectly in our sport.

Right now, we must call on the spirit of sacrifice, personal achievement, determination, and dedication. These are the values that comprise sports and that specifically define horse riding.  Now, more than ever, we must embrace these core principles to overcome this unprecedented pandemia.

On behalf of our team, the members of the Organizing Committee of IFEMA Madrid Horse Week, we would like to express our solidarity and send a message of encouragement to the entire Equestrian community and especially to all those affected by the Covid-19.

For the time being, we send you a big virtual hug and look forward to the moment in the near future when we can once again enjoy our beloved sport together as a group.

Signed

The Organizing Committee of IFEMA Madrid Horse Week

Unbeatable Marcus Ehning, in the Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix of IFEMA Madrid

Marcus Ehning stole the show on the last day of IFEMA Madrid Horse Week. The German and Pret A Tout won the Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix, IFEMA Trophy with a very fast run, “the horse has a lot of experience and he is very quick so my goal was to beat Pieter Devos”, Marcus said. The podium was completed by two other spectacular riders, Christian Ahlmann, who said he, “did not expect to be in the podium because my horse is very young and in fact entered the arena slightly scared”, and Pieter Devos, after the Madrid leg is now number one in the Western European League ranking. In the Press conference with the three top riders and Alvaro Arrieta, the best Spanish rider Carolina Aresu was also present who managed a very good run, only finishing with 4 penalty points. She said, “I feel very comfortable with my horse and this was my third 5* Grand Prix with him”.

It was difficult to repeat yesterday’s day, in which the Spanish riders took home the gold of the five jumping trophies; among them, the Olympic Sergio Álvarez Moya, was undefeated in the CSI5* Alfonso X El Sabio University Trophy of 1.50m. However, on the last day of the IFEMA Madrid Horse Week, the  Spaniards maintained a good standing and started the day with a podium that was one hundred percent Spanish.

A dozen riders finished the 1.25m CSI2* Zalacaín Trophy without fail and the top six were Spanish. Jesús Garmendia Echevarría, bronze medal the day before in the CSI2* 1.40m Rodilla Trophy, won the first test of the day with Llain de Llamosas, an eight-year-old stallion. Alejandro Álvarez Gutiérrez and Califa SA ran almost as fast, the pair who finished third yesterday at 1.25m of the LG Signature Trophy. Finally, the young rider Pablo Valle Espinedo and his 12-year-old horse, Tresor de Varende, scored third place.

Finally, at 1:00 pm, the star of all the IFEMA Madrid Horse Week events, the Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix, began. Marcus Ehning and Pret A Tout achieved the victory with a very fast and fine run, in an intense jump off between nine legends. The crowd roared in excitement on a standing ovation after the German managed an even better time than Pieter Devos (43.66) who has just gone before him. But Ehning, who already in 2016, won the World Cup Grand prix also in Madrid, was able to take advantage of knowing that he had to be quicker with his 16-year-old horse and managed an unbeatable time of 43.30 seconds.

Christian Ahlmann also made a brilliant round with his young Dominator Z, but he exceeded his compatriot’s time by just 0.23 seconds. After receiving the second place in Madrid, the rider has acknowledged that he did not expect such a successful result from his 9-year-old black stallion. Although defeated by the Germans, Pieter Devos has been having his best year. He won in Stuttgart, he won third place in Lyon, and also this weekend in Madrid where he also achieved back in 2015, which has allowed the Belgian to climb to the first position of the Western European World Cup ranking.

Before the jump off, a total of 40 opponents faced a very technical 1.60m course with complicated combinations designed by Javier Trenor. On this occasion, the Spaniards lost their opportunity after Eduardo Álvarez Aznar and Sergio Álvarez Moya retired from the course.

The CSI2* 1.45m Marca Trophy ended this fantastic weekend. The last rider who has finished victorious from the IFEMA arena Madrid Horse Week was the Spaniard, José Fumero, thanks to his good performance with his 11-year-old mare Donita. From about thirty participants of the last competition, only three riders succeeded to a small jump off. The second place has been awared to the Argentine, Rosendo Bidart, who was eliminated after falling from Enriques of the Lowlands in the jump off, and the second position given to the Portuguese Bernardo Ladeira and his stallion Dento, who knocked down two bars.

As on the previous days, the Salon del Caballo was full of activities and exhibitions. The Non-Stop Track hosted exhibitions from other types of disciplines: horseball, vaulting, indoor cross and horse rides. In the afternoon, a Lusitanian thoroughbred danced for the attendees and the magic of Paco Martos and his horses entertained the fans.

And so an exciting and thrilling 3 days of competition and shows have ended where the national riders have made their local fans proud.

Spanish Tsunami on the second day of the IFEMA Madrid Horse Week

The unbeatable Dorothee Schneider wins the Grand Prix Dressage World Cup Freestyle and the Spanish riders triumph in all the jumping events of the journey!

Five trophies and five Spanish golds. The second day of IFEMA Madrid Horse Week started just like yesterday, with Spaniards reaching the podium, and this time the rest of the classes were contagious. Early in the morning, with the bars at 1.40m above the ground, in the CSI2* Trophy Rodilla, Kevin González de Zárate, scoring the second place yesterday in the CSI2* Exterior Plus Trophy of 1.25m, and his Recesvinto horse were placed first, in a two-phase test in which 26 pairs (of 38 participants) were able to complete the course. The second place went to the rider Paloma Jiménez-Carmona González and her mare Sherie Star, who surpassed Jesús Garmendia Echevarría and George by just a few tenths of a second.

The morning continued with the CSI2 * 1.25m LG Signature Trophy, also awarding more medals for the Spaniards. For a second time, Kevin González de Zárate received the gold medal, where he surpassed his own mark of the previous day with his 9-year-old horse Calipso van de Bergdalhoeve Z. Álvaro Álvarez Gutiérrez also improved from his result on Friday (bronze at 1.25m), this time, with his gelding Califa SA. The rider Carlota Miret and her 18-year-old mare Ubine Jambo M won the third position.

Today at 2pm, Spain triumphed as the rider Pilar Lucrecia Cordón with Seawillow won the CSI5 * 1.45m Air Europa Trophy, who were the same pair that won the bronze yesterday. The Spanish rider, impressed Madrid with her 9-year-old gelding who she has been jumping with this autumn in the Belgian show competitions in Lier and Opglabbeek. The Italian, Emanuele Gaudiano and his horse Kingston van het Eikenhof achieved the second place, and the Norwegian Victoria Gulliksen, with Ballenteskin Watch This, took the third place on the podium. Only six pairs finished the course without fail, because the time was short.

Later on, the IFEMA Pavaillions were flooded with some of the most beautiful and epic music. The music was chosen by the 14 riders who designed their own choreography to compete in the FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle. But the leaders of the podium did not change much from last night. Dorothee Schneider did not disappoint, and dazzled again on Saturday with DSP Sammy David Jr. in a very original and special reprise where the judges awarded her with a score of 82.29. Just like yesterday, Claudio Castillo Ruiz and his stallion Alcaide were not able to beat the German winner. After winning three silver medals in Rotterdam, here in Madrid, he came second with a good score of 80.23. And finally, in third place, the Dutchman Hans Peter Minderhoud and his stallion Glock’s Zanardi repeated another bronze just like on Friday in this Freestyle class with a score of 78.35 placing him in the first position of the Dressage World Cup ranking.

In the evening, there was another Spanish victory, and definitely the most exciting. Hidden away by the public, Sergio Álvarez Moya, the last to enter the arena, flew through the most demanding class of the day, the CSI5 * Alfonso X El Sabio University Trophy with heights of 1.55m. The Olympic rider and his young mare Kardenta vant Meerhof were the fastest amongst the dozens of excellent riders that played the winning manga. For less than a second of difference, the Spaniard surpassed the German Christian Ahlmann and the 8-year-old stallion Solid Gold Z. After Álvarez Moya’s exciting round, the Italian Emanuele Gaudiano and  his unsual Chalou scored third place. This last pair who repeated their position on the podium, as they achieved the silver of the CSI5 * 1.55m Star Damm Trophy on Friday.

Beyond the high competition, the public of the central arena were entertained by the ponies in the Pony Turf Aon Trophy. They have been followed by a fun with the  Horseman team show, the acrobats who, barefoot, jumped an obstacle course of up to 1.40m.

At 10:45 p.m., the last test of the day began, the CSI2* Lexus Trophy, an entertaining Jump & Drive in seven riders, dared to jump on horseback and drive an SUV against the clock. This is how Kevin González de Zárate got his third victory, and he was accompanied on the podium by Fernando de los Santos García, the first rider of Eduardo Álvarez Aznar,  and Marco Juncadella Hohenlohe. As a climax, the rider Clémence Faivre and her Romanian horse offered a special performance.

Just like on Friday, the Non Stop Track hosted one show after another: Deporcan’s dogs demonstrated their agility, there was natural dressage and cowboy dressage exhibitions. Meanwhile, men on stilts, donkeys and other pets were strolling around the Horse Hall to entertain the hundreds of fans.

The final of the III Copa de la Vaquera was also held on Saturday, which premiered last year at IFEMA Madrid Horse Week. The winner, to the sound of flamenco, was José Ramón Pérez García with Donaire, who obtained the highest average score after two days of competition. Jonatan Peña and Talavante, the winners in the last edition, were in second place, although they were in the first qualifying round on Friday. Almost the same score as Amador Martín and Santano II JB, in third position.

So an exciting day ends leaving the spectators with a good feeling before the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Grand Prix IFEMA Trophy that will be held tomorrow at 1.00pm.

Fernando Martínez de Albornoz “Pichi”, IMHW 2019 Award

The Board of the MHW Foundation and the Organizing Committee of IFEMA Madrid Horse Week have unanimously decided to grant the IFEMA Madrid Horse Week Award in its seventh edition to Mr Fernando Martínez Albornoz, “Pichi”, one of the most relevant figures in Spanish horse riding for more than 6 decades, in recognition of the trajectory of a lifetime in the discipline of jumping obstacles.

The commemorative event will take place on Sunday December 1 during the development of the Grand Prix of Longines FEI Jumping World Cup, Ifema Trophy, which will begin at 1:00 p.m.

At 87, Pichi continues to ride every day and compete whenever he can and, he says, it is clear that no one will get off the horse because “life from up there is much better.”

Since discovering the horse riding as soon as you enter the military academy of Villa Sanjurjo, Morocco, the rider, always competitive, accumulates more than five hundred prizes, including 32 Grand Prix such as Burgos, Zaragoza, Oviedo, Logroño or Santander and even, in 2018, bronze in the Spanish Veterans Championship. But also his body has received innumerable blows derived from the more than 400 falls that have had to overcome.

Born sportsman, he crossed the Atlantic under sail, was a military ski champion and Basque champion of trampolining, but it was always clear that the riding was different from the rest of sports “in most sports they put you on the ground immediately and, on the other hand, the horse is very generous, it is special ”Said and done, at 87, Martínez de Albornoz has become an example to follow in the world of Spanish horse riding and for that reason and for the wonderful character that character will receive, this 2019, the IMHW Award.

Ifema Madrid Horse Week sponsors the 1st class of the 109th edition of the International ShowJumping Competition in Madrid

From May 17th to the 19th, the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid will host the 109th International Jumping Competition in Madrid, which for the sixth consecutive year will be part of the Longines Global Champions Tour, the most important equestrian circuit in the world. The Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT), which this year celebrates its thirteenth edition, is the most prestigious international equestrian circuit in the world and with the largest economic prize in the world,

In addition to the CSI5*, which will include two qualifiers from the Global Champions League, there will be also a CSI2* with classes from 1.15m to 1.45m including a Grand Prix, on Sunday, scoring for the Longines Ranking FEI.

The program consists of 15 classes, 7 of them scoring for the Longines Ranking FEI, with around 230 horses and 140 riders from all over the world. Tomorrow 17th will start at 9:30 a.m. the first class of the venue in which Ifema Madrid Horse Week will be the official sponsor. In total about 1 million euros will be distributed in prizes. The Longines Ayuntamiento de Madrid Grand Prix on Saturday and the Copa del Rey Volvo Trophy on Sunday will be the most important classes of an exciting weekend with the best of the world equestrian.

More than just an event, it is an experience where you will enjoy the shopping areas, the food trucks line up enlivened with live music and the most fun activities for the little ones in the house.

Tickets can be purchased at www.marcaentradas.com with prices between € 10 and € 15. From Thursday, 17th, tickets will be only available at the ticket office.

Daniel Bachmann Andersen winner of the last leg of the Western European League of the FEI Dressage World Cup

This weekend has finished the last leg of the European Western League of the FEI Dressage World Cup in s-Hertogenbosh, Holland; with the triumph of Danish Daniel Bachmann Andersen riding Blue Hors Zack with a score of 84,890. The second position for the German Helen Langehanenberg with Damsey FRH and a score of 84,875 and the third position for the German Isabell Werth riding Emilio with a score of 82,930.

After finishing the Western European League of the 12 venues of the FEI Dressage World Cup, we will have the Final in Göteborg, coinciding the dates also with the Final of the Western European League of Longines FEI Jumping World Cup from 3rd to 7th of April  2019.

In this LINK you will be able to see the results of the last leg of the Western European League of the FEI Dressage World Cup in s-Hertogenbosh.

In this LINK you will be able to see the final results of the Western European League of the FEI Dressage World Cup.

Watch Highlights in this LINK

Eduardo Álvarez Aznar qualified for the Final of Longines FEI Jumping World Cup in Göteborg

Great class of Eduardo Álvarez Aznar in the Grand Prix Longines FEI Jumping World Cup in Bordeaux. The Spaniard, riding “Rockefeller de Pleville Bois Margot, occupied a magnificent third place that allows him to qualify for the Final of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup.

ROCKEFELLER did not disappoint, showing himself to be sure and firm, thus becoming one of the six or who would pass to the tiebreaker among the 39 pairs participating in the Grand Prix.

Eduardo Álvarez Aznar knew that this was one of his last opportunities to be in the grand final for the second consecutive year and that they had to be very fine, since the track manager was going to set a very demanding course for the occasion.

The tiebreaker was won by Daniel Deusser with TOBAGO Z, who, with this, added his third victory after the Verona and Ifema Madrid Horse Week. The German, was the only one of the five riders who repeated a zero in the jump-off that could be below 47 seconds. Second classified the Belgian Gregory Wathelet, with “Iron Man van de Padenborre” and in third place Eduardo Álvarez Aznar with Rockefeller, with which he obtained the place for the World Cup Final occupying the 15th place of the table after the 13 venues.

Classification Jumping World Cup

Last stage of the Western European League of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup

[In the near end of the week, from the 7th to 10th of February, will take place in Bordeaux the Western European League of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup.

Since 1978, Jumping International of Bordeaux he was one of the most important members of society, as well as in previous periods, especially for leisure at Jumping. During 4 days, the arena  is always full and, sometimes, the stars give way to fans (Antares Championship), but also to young riders with Super As Pony Elite events or the young stallions of 7 and 8 Bordeaux Young Sires Masters.

On Thursday, 7th of February  there will be an equestrian show, called the Iberian Night; that counts on the schools of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art of Jerez and the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art of Lisbon, a great staging where we will also find the Iberian horses Cadre Noir de Saumur and those of the troop of Until Later. A unique encounter between the three main art academies.

In this last stage of the League it will be decided which riders have classified and picked up a score for the Final of the Western European League of the Jumping World Cup that will take place in Göteborg (SWE) from 3rd to 7th of Apri, 2019.