• 26/06/2009

    The PRE reached the top of the podium at the 2009 Spanish Dressage Championships

    Rafael Ortiz with “G-Nidium” was proclaimed Spanish National Champion and José Manuel Jiménez riding “Piconero IV” were in third place taking the bronze medal.
    The Spanish Dressage Championships and 2nd King’s Cup took place in the facilities of the la Beata Equestrian Center in Valdepeñas, Jaén, from the 18th to 21st of June. For the first time, the tests at these championships were qualifiers for the ANCCE Cup.

    The PREs were most outstanding; with one of their performances achiving top place on the podium.  Rafael Ortiz was proclaimed twice Champion of Spain with “G-Nidium”, owned by Yeguada Azores; a title that they had previously won in Oviedo in 2006. “This second title confirms that his work is on the right pathway and a good technique, partly due to the training by Rafael Soto” confirmed Rafael Ortiz. Also worth mentioning, was the position taken by Juan Antonio Jiménez, who was one of the Olympic Riders on the Spanish National Team, riding “Piconero IV”, who is owned by Yeguada Jesus Ovelar.  They won the bronze medal. This pair went from less to more over the three days of the competition, and managed to be placed third in the general classification.

    Rafael Ortiz, who reached the final day as the leader, did not disappoint either the public or the five judges of the test. He retained his first place, obtaining the maximum score that he had achieved until then in his career, 76.300%. Starting as favorite did not facilitate his position; the responsibility was even greater. “On the first day, “G-Nidium” did not put a foot wrong, perhaps he lacked some expressiveness, which he achieved on the second day, and the third was practically resolved”, confirmed the Champion of Spain.

    Rafael Ortiz, rider and Judge, assured us that the level of the PRE in top level competition is quite high, and we are currently experiencing very good times for the Spanish equestrianism and for the PRE, confirming that the PRE is ideal for Dressage.
  • Source — ANCCE — 26/06/2009