Madrid, 25 November 2018 – 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.”


The VI edition of IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK closed its doors with the CDI-W GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE ALFONSO X EL SABIO, this being the first time that Spain hosts a stage of the Western European League of the Dressage World Cup, most prestigious indoor dressage circuit on the planet.

The stands were overflowing with an expectant audience to see how the different Kürs that the participants were going to offer developed. This has been a class loaded with elegance that has left no one indifferent.

The unbeatable Beatriz Ferrer-Salat took the first place riding Delgado, her star horse. The Catalan finished with an incredible score of 81.285%, which has projected her to the top of the podium with no discussion possible. “It’s a dream to have a World Cup in Madrid,” said the Catalan. When asked about her arena partner, Beatriz smiles and says “Delgado is in top form despite being 17 years old”. It is not only a tradition to see Ferrer-Salat at IFEMA MADRID HORSE WEEK, an event she has been attending since 2014, but it is also becoming a tradition for her to winning edition after edition.

Second was his compatriot Claudio Castilla Ruiz with Alcaide, thus maintaining the position he had yesterday in the CDI-W TROFEO EULEN, with a not inconsiderable score of 78.915%, especially considering that this is his first World Cup,

The Portuguese Maria Caetano and Coroado took third place with 77.655%. “It’s a pleasure to compete in Madrid,” said Maria, “where I feel at home.”


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.


Pedro Fernando Mateos Rodríguez and Ultra Lord have been in charge of making the Spanish hymn to inaugurate this Sunday morning in the CSI2* VILAPLANA TROPHY, ending the 125cm course in a time of 51.30 seconds. Second was the Catalan Patricia Segura, an amazon who has surprised the public with her performance in this event, which stopped the clock in 52.91 seconds riding Venu Tot.

The British Sophie Gracida and her mare Atlantis B placed third in a time of 53.97 seconds.


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.

Before the Dressage Grand Prix took place the AON PonyTurf, a charity project that has the collaboration of different foundations dedicated to the protection and care of children. The class, presented by La Sonrisa de Alex, has been won by Isabel Mascardi riding Woody.[:]

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