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Highlights from the Andalucía Sunshine Tour 2023, part three

Friday, 31 March 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. 

With more than 1000 riders and 3500 horses in action in nineteen different rings, jumping a total of 483 classes during the tour, of which 40 were FEI Longines Ranking classes, it's safe to say that the Andalucía Sunshine Tour is one of the most popular destinations for showjumpers in Europe. 

First, we go into the magic forest at Dehesa Montenmedio with Armando Trapote and Tornado VS on an early March morning. 

All photos © MacKenzie Clark.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Ireland's rising star Niamh McEvoy impressed during the tour with several strong performances, and concluded it all with a 5th place in the invitational CSI4* 1.60m Andalucía Grand Prix aboard the 9-year-old Olivia de Muze N.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark A big hug for Kara Chad from Matthew Sampson after the Canadian rider won the CSI4* 1.50m Medium Tour Grand Prix with Igor GPH during week five of the tour.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Jesus Garmendia Echevarria and Callias flying over one of the many breathtaking fences at the tour, most of which are designed by Armando Trapote.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Richard Howley was on a winning streak, taking the top honours in the CSI4* 1.50m Barceló Conil Playa Trophy and the 1.50m Andalucía Trophy during week six, as well as both CSI4* 1.50m Grand Prix qualifiers during week seven.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Teresa Blazquez – event director of the Andalucía Sunshine Tour – in the magic forest with Nasa de Toxandria.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Adam Prudent and Labalou in action.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Thumbs up from Tomas Galilea and Vertigo WAF after a clear round in the invitational CSI4* 1.60m Andalucía Grand Prix which concluded week seven.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Julie Welles earning air miles in the stunning Hickstead arena.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark The man of the moment... Richard Howley was more or less unbeatable.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Happiness for Ivan Serrano Saez and Rain Man after a clear round in the invitational CSI4* 1.60m Andalucía Grand Prix which concluded week seven.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Morning light at Montenmedio.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark The one and only Con Quidam RB and Sanne Thijssen won the CSI4* 1.50m invitational Medium Tour Grand Prix during week seven.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Beautiful fence design in the David Broome arena.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Pedro Veniss and the lovely Nimrod de Muze Z.

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 Billy Twomey and Lady Lou won the CSI4* 1.45m La Equina Small Grand Prix during week six of the Andalucía Sunshine Tour.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark During the tour, there are eight members of staff dedicated to taking care of all the ring maintenance at the venue – ensuring excellent footing such as in the stunning David Broome arena.

Photo © MacKenzie Clark Incredible fences are everywhere at the Sunshine Tour, especially in the main arena.

Photo © MacKenzie Clark Game face!

Photo © Mackenzie Clark A big smile from Derin Demirsoy, one of many riders that loves it at the Andalucía Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain.

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