She has managed to gain even more momentum ahead of the home straight of Part I of the CES Valencia Tour: Jörne Sprehe took victory with Hanoverian gelding Solero from the Sprehe stud in the Trofeo Bodegas Hispano + Suizas, Saturday’s main jumping competition. The 36-year-old German show jumper from Fürth remained free of faults for the duration of her 67.45 second round – a time which put her almost four seconds ahead of her competitors from France, Slovakia and South Africa.
Fuelling up the tank for a long season
Nicolas Delmotte from France and Darmani van`t Heike came in second place, ahead of Bronislav Chudyba, a Slovakian rider who lives in Switzerland, piloting Guayarmina WV. Jörne Sprehe, who has been competing in the CES Valencia Tour since the start of the second week, has used the new tour offering in Spain intelligently and successfully. She has brought her top horse, Luna, to the Spanish sunshine, as well as a whole host of younger horses, who have been able to “bank” both strength and experience during their time in Valencia.
Spain triumphs in the Premium Tour
29-year-old Saul Portos, who in January won the Grand Prix (CSI2*) at the Winter Cup in Aros, has claimed victory in the Premium Tour at CES Valencia. Portos, who was competing for the Hipico La Pinada Club, was riding Dutch mare Fantasy. The Trofeo Hospital Clínico Veterinario CEU Cardena Herrera was carried out as a two-phase jumping competition. Saul Portos remained free of errors in both rounds, a feat which only two other competitors – Italy’s Matteo Barco with dArtagnan B and German rider Wilhelm Haberl with Lesotho – achieved.
And the second big test of the Master Tour also ended in a “home win”. Jesus Martinez Cadenas and Flinstons Van Meyershoeve won the Trofeo Bodegas Hispano+Suizas 1.40 metre competition ahead of Swiss Nations Cup rider Nikolaus Schurtenberger with Holstein horse Lireu. Schurtenberger has met a number of his compatriots in Valencia this week including Thomas Fuchs and Pius Schwizer. The Swiss rider, who recently placed highly at the World Cup in Amsterdam, also arrived in Valencia this week and is coaching German show jumper Philip Houston at the CES.
First tour cycle concludes on Sunday
On Sunday the first three-week cycle of the CES Valencia Tour will come to an end with six final tests across all the tours. The highlight will be the Trofeo El Corte Inglés, the Grand Prix, which will be a world-ranking jumping competition, broadcast via a live stream by ClipMyHorse.tv.
Part II of the CES Valencia Tour begins on 12th March. Just enough time for the organisers to prepare all the grounds, stables and facilities for new arrivals and to give the team a brief, well-earned break. The premiere of the CES Valencia Tour has been underway since 5th February. From 12th March onwards the next three-week tour instalment will be in full swing in Valencia, before two more weeks of tournament from 9th to 21st April 2019.