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Yann Candele and Kevin González de Zárate take top honors in La Coruna

Saturday, 29 July 2017
CSI4* La Coruña 2017

Photo (c) Manuel Queimadelos. Yann Candele with USA Normande. Photo (c) Manuel Queimadelos.

The second day of CSI4* LA Coruña once again demonstrated its convening power: Full stands and thousands of people enjoying the competition throughout the day. Despite some gusts of wind and a few drops of rain, the pleasant temperature and the desire of the fans to enjoy the equestrian show, made this Saturday a new sport and public success in Casas Novas.

Incredible performance of Yann Candele in the Longines Trophy

Canadian rider Yann Candele won the Longines Trophy, after beating everyone else in a thrilling Winning Round. Candele, a member of Canada's national team, riding Usa Normande (Made in Semilly x Urbain du Monnai) was number 12 on the startlist but that did not stop him from setting an amazing time of 41,82 seconds. Gudrun Patteet tried to catch Candele's time as the last rider to go aboard Sea Coast Ideo d'O (Bentley x Querlybet Hero), but finally finished second with a time of 42.18 seconds. Completing the podium was Spains Julio Arias riding Reggae du Tillard by Jarnac.

Candele's victory takes on a larger dimension facing the fact that it is the first time he rides Usa Normande. The mare is normally seen under Nicolas Paillot who was not able to compete in La Coruña due to a last minute injury.

Kevin González de Zárate brings the first Spanish triumph to the CSI4* La Coruña in the Massimo Dutti Trophy

Kevin González de Zárate got the first Spanish triumph in La Coruña on Saturday as he won the Massimo Dutti Trophy. Riding Quattila de Glos (Quito de Baussy x Roy d'Artoire), the winner of the CSI2* Santander Grand Prix three weeks ago, he finished with a time of 57.52 seconds.

The home crowd held their breath as Gudrun Patteet launched for the first place riding Sea Coast Ferly (Calato x Darco). The Belgian on-form rider has tasted the triumph in Arteixo, but finally a few hundredths left her in second place. Completing the podium was another Spanish rider, Diego Pérez Bilbao, who finished with a time of 58.94 riding Quinty du Buisson (Quarz II Adelheid Z x Oberon du Buisson).

Source: Press release from Oxer Sport // Picture © Manuel Queimadelos.

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