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Highlights from the Andalucía Sunshine Tour 2023, part four

Saturday, 01 April 2023
CSI4* Sunshine Tour 2023

As the last four weeks of the traditional Andalucía Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, have come to an end, we look back at some of the highlights from the 29th edition of the event which this year attracted a record number of horses and riders. 

During the colder winter months of January, February and March, professionals and amateurs flock to Dehesa Montenmedio to compete, with the backdrop being the stunning white village of Vejer de la Frontera climbing up the hillside above the showground. 

All photos © MacKenzie Clark.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark A hug from Duarte Seabra for Dourados after a double clear in the invitational CSI4* 1.60m Andalucía Grand Prix, where the pair finished second.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Getting ready...

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Armando Trapote and Tornado VS jumping a clear first round in the invitational CSI4* 1.60m Andalucía Grand Prix. With eight faults in the jump-off, the pair had to settle for the 10th place.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark With nineteen rings – seven of which are grass and unarguably among the best in the world to jump on, a 90mx45m covered arena, stabling for 2400 horses, blacksmith and veterinary facilities, 15 km of trails for hacking in the forest, as well as paddocks and grassing areas, the Andalucía Sunshine Tour has become one of the most popular showjumping destination in Europe.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark The boys are back in town... It was hard to get past Michael Pender and Richard Howley in the biggest classes during week six and seven.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Full focus for Michael Hughes.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Getting the studs right is essential.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Michael Pender and HHS Calais took back-to-back wins in the CSI4* Big Tour Grand Prix classes during week six and seven. First they won the CSI4* 1.55m Suzuki Grand Prix, then the invitational CSI4* 1.60m Andalucía Grand Prix.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark When at Dehesa Montenmedio, nothing beats this start to the day!

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Michael Viehweg had a fantastic tour, and in the CSI4* 1.55m Suzuki Grand Prix during week six he ended second with Contario.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Rikke Belinda Barker and the stunning Tabalou PS.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Kisses and cuddles!

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Unbeatable: Michael Pender and HHS Calais got the 2023-season off to the best possible start!

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Good reason to smile: Ireland's young talent Niamh McEvoy, who rides for Greg Broderick's Ballypatrick Stables, impressed during the tour with several strong performances.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Ebolensky getting some well-deserved attention.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Richard Howley with two of his biggest fans; his daughter Anna and his wife Morgan.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark James Smith and Arkuga won the CSI4* 1.55m Diputación de Cádiz Grand Prix at the Sunshine Tour during week five.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark And just like that, the seven weeks of the Andalucía Sunshine Tour flew by!

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