15/12/2019 - 17:43

The Sensormatic Grand Prix Trophy will fly to Finland with Noora Forsten

The winner this afternoon for the Grand Prix of the Sensormatic Tropy this winter in La Coruña is Noora Forsten. The international 2 * jumping competition that takes place just before the 5 *, was saved until the end for its winner, since the Finnish show jumper was the last to enter the arena in the jump off. A total of 14 pars qualified for the final call, and Forsten snatched a podium that for many minutes seemed destined for the Spaniard Armando Trapote. Both Armando and Ainhoa ​​Manero, who was third, guaranteed the national presence as winners in the podium.
Forsten rode Con Caya with the challenge of beating the 34.81 seconds that Trapote had achieved with Tinkerbell and that, with Ainhoa ​​Manero, were the only two clear rounds so far. Interestingly, Teresa Blázquez-Abascal had been the closest to the winning time, that of her husband, with less than a second difference, but with one bar down. Forsten was determined and had the power and poise of a young woman with Caya (9 years) to climb to the top of the test.
Manero was third with a time of 36.91 seconds, and already with four points, Teresa Blázquez fourth with Tornado V with a time of 34.82 and Alberto Márquez Galobardes fifth with 35.47 seconds and Berry de Maillet.
It was a test full of emotion, in which warm applause was not lacking for the two local riders who managed to qualify for the jump off, Gonzalo Añón and Diego Ramos. Unfortunately, both of them lacked luck to complete the circuit without problems. Also a highlight of the classification for the definitive leg was the Catalan Álex Codina, with just a month of work with Costello DC, a horse of great experience, champion of Spain which was owned by Gerardo Menéndez Mieres.
The equestrian complex of La Coruña of Casas Novas is buzzing with activity, with preparations for the great event of the weekend: the Longines FEI World Cup Grand Prix, a 5 * test that will make us hold our breath more than once. Forty riders, all of them belonging to the world elite of jumps, concentrate to attack the throne of this test of the world circuit. Naturally, they all want their place in the final to be held in April in Las Vegas.
In order to win, they will have to face a circuit specially designed for the challenge. Obstacles of 1.60 meters with two rounds, the first full round and a second one, of the final jump off. The Christmas atmosphere and the expectation of the crowd that only contributes to the tension and excitement witnessed this afternoon in this elite equestrian sport.
Among the participants are: the Australian who in the last two years has reigned each time, Edwina Tops-Alexander; Sergio Álvarez Moya, Spanish best ranked in the world ranking; Michael Whitaker, British winner of the NH Collection 5 * Trophy this weekend and always ready to surprise; Gudrun Patteet, Belgian who is well aware of what it feels like to win at Casas Novas; Maikel van der Vleuten, Dutchman with horse riding in his genes; Denis Lynch, the Irishman who yesterday was unbeatable in the Longines Trophy; Eduardo Álvarez Aznar, who has just won the 1.45 meter 5 * test at IFEMA Madrid Horse Week; or the Frenchman Robert Olivier, who will surely want to take his revenge after his victory slipped from his fingers twice in this contest.