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Sampson speeds to the win in the CSI4* 1.50m Schelstraete Equine Law Trophy at the Sunshine Tour

Friday, 10 March 2023
CSI4* Sunshine Tour 2023

Photo © MacKenzie Clark Matthew Sampson and Ebolensky, winners of the CSI4* 1.50m Schelstraete Equine Law Trophy at the Sunshine Tour. Photo © MacKenzie Clark.


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The Andalucía Sunshine Tour in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, is in its fifth week of competition and Friday's feature class was won by Matthew Sampson (GBR) and the 14-year-old mare Ebolensky (Clinton x Heartbreaker) – a pair that also topped the CSI4* 1.55m Horseware Big Tour Grand Prix during week one of the tour.

No less than 90 horse-and-rider combinations had lined up for the CSI4* 1.50m Schelstraete Equine Law Trophy counting for the Longines Ranking – also a qualifier for Sunday's Big Tour Grand Prix. Eventually, it was Sampson who snatched the win from Frank Schuttert (NED) and the 12-year-old Gream (Verdi TN x Ultimo) when shaving the time down to 63.13 seconds – 0.26 quicker that the Dutch rider.

The third place went to Penelope Leprevost (FRA) and Djagger Semilly (Diamant de Semilly x Apache d'Adriers) in 64.25 seconds, followed by James Smith (GBR) and Holly (Zambesi x Verdi TN) in fourth in 64.79, while Sanne Thijssen (NED) and Con Quidam RB (Quinar Z x Cardino) placed fifth in 64.92 seconds.

In the 1.45m Medium Tour counting for the Longines Ranking, it was Sanne Thijssen who took the top honours, riding the 12-year-old mare Clarima 6 (Clarimo x Quintero). With a time of 26.19 in phase two of the competition, Thijssen was over a second faster than runners-up Charlotte Bettendorf (LUX) and Babacool (Tlaloc M x Urbain du Monnai). Penelope Leprevost finished third with GFE Candy de Nantuel (Luidam x Diamant de Semilly) in a time of 27.34 seconds, followed by David Will (GER) on Zaccorado Blue (VDL Zirocco Blue x Acorado) in fourth and Commandant Geoff Curran (IRL) on Tempo Manor in fifth.

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