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The 2021-edition of the Sunshine Tour kicks off this week

Monday, 08 February 2021
Sunshine Tour 2021


Edited press release from Oxer Sport



From the 9th of February until the 28th of March, Dehesa Montenmedio will become the location for some of the best riders in the world due to the celebration of the Sunshine Tour – the most well-known tour in Europe. 

The XXVII edition of the Sunshine Tour will commence on 9th of February, and will offer 38 Longines FEI Ranking competitions, six qualifying Grand Prix classes for the Tokyo Olympic Games and a total of 2.000.000€ in prizes during the seven weeks of competition.

400 riders and 2000 horses will compete throughout the following weeks in Europe’s most prestigious tour, an ideal spot to prepare for the season. “This will be a very special year having the Olympic Games and European Championships ahead and the Sunshine Tour is the perfect location to prepare the horses,” said world no. one Steve Guerdat, who will be in Vejer de la Frontera. 

Riders such as Kevin Staut, Pénélope Leprevost and Roger Yves Bost, winners of the team gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio; Gregory Wathelet and Jérôme Guery, the Belgian riders who hold the team gold medal from the 2019 European Championship; Steve Guerdat, nº1 on the world ranking; Simone Blum, who won individual gold at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018 – and many more top riders will be competing at this year's Sunshine Tour. 

The Spanish representation also stands out for its high level. Pilar Cordón, Gerardo Menéndez and Manuel Fernández Saro, members of the national team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games; the current Spanish Champion in the young rider category, Sira Martínez; Cayetano Martínez de Irujo, Olympic rider at the Barcelona Olympic Games; Kevin González de Zárate and Armando Trapote were members of the Spanish team in the only two Nations Cup events held in Spain and Portugal in 2020.

Young horses from 5 to 7 years old will start up the competition this Tuesday and will remain the focus until Thursday when the first classes of the CSI3* with heights from 1.30m to 1.50m kick off. On Friday, a CSI1 * will be added for the amateur riders with heights from 1.10m to 1.30m. In total this first week, the tour will distribute more than € 227,000 in prizes and the Horseware Grand Prix on Sunday will be the queen class that will add the final touch. The entire competition can be followed live through the official media partner ClipMyHorse.TV and the tour’s website.

This edition will take place under the strictest sanitary protocols and will be held behind closed doors with exclusive access for riders and staff who prior to the event have certified perfect health conditions through an official document.

In addition, the Dehesa Montenmedio facilities have been equipped, by the Spanish company Global Health, leaders in disinfection, with the latest protection technology against Covid-19 to guarantee the control of the virus in each of the spaces, reducing the risk of contagion to a minimum.

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