French and Spanish triumph at Gijón CSIO5* — Great Britain’s Saywell 3rd in Grand Prix
A fantastic Show Jumping weekend in Gijón, Spain. The 75th edition of its horse show wrapped up with a Spanish victory. After several days of competition, local Asturian rider Gerardo Menéndez and his mount DC Casino won the Grand Prix, the first Spanish rider to do so at Gijón in 25 years. On Saturday, France had an outstanding victory in the Nations Cup, with Ireland 3rd and Great Britain 5th.
The competition schedule in Gijón did not follow the classic format exactly, with the Nations Cup qualifier — the 7th and final qualifier in Europe Division 2 — taking place on Saturday rather than Friday, and the Grand Prix Monday instead of Sunday. In the Nations Cup, Philippe Guerdat’s France, featuring World No.3 Kevin Staut, topped a podium rounded out by the Netherlands and Ireland (all in Division 1 and thus ineligible to pick up points for the Nations Cup Final at the end of September, although already qualified for the Final based on previous performances). Worth noting as part of the €26,000 French victory was the double-clear performance of Nicolas Delmotte and his 9-year-old mount Ilex VP.
The British, the only ones eligible to score points at this leg of the Nations Cup, closed out the top five, with Ben Maher and MTF Madame X (alongside Nigel Coupe and Golvers Hill, Alison Barton and Roma IV and Keith Shore and Mystic Hurricane) the one combination to go clear.