Spain’s Jaume Punti Dachs took individual gold and led his fellow team members Alex Luque Moral and Angel Soy Coll to the team title at the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 in Samorin (SLK).
Having won both individual and team Gold at the European Championships a year ago, Jaume Punti Dachs, had a great ride on Twyst Maison Blanche around the 160km track through forestry and farmland in a time of 06:46:42 to take the gold. His horse Twyst Maison Blanche wasn’t the first horse across the finish line, but the final vet check is the real finish line. So when both the United Arab Emirates runners, Napoli Del Ma (Saif Ahmad Al Mazroui) and Quran El Ulm (Ganem Abdullah Al Merri) were vetted out and Uruguay’s LG Muneerah wasn’t presented, first place was awarded to Jaume Punti Dachs.
“It was a very tough day”, Jaume Punti Dachs said. “There were magnificent horses in front of me, but endurance sometimes happens like this. You do everything right and then something goes wrong. It’s like life.”
Fellow Spaniard Alex Luque Moral and Calandria, deservedly took the best conditioned horse award, and individual silver, with Bahrain’s HH Sheikh Nasser Bin Al Kalifa taking bronze with Waterlea Dawn Treader in a time of 06:49:47.
“I slowed down to save my horse after the first fast loop, and then for the last loop, I decided to really have fun with my mare and show everyone what she could do after all the training for this championship,” said Alex Luque Moral.
Spain has been on a winning streak as their all-female team won the European Endurance Young Riders and Juniors Championships in Portugal earlier in the month and now here at the World Endurance Championships Spain stole the show again taking both golds. In the team event France took silver and the Netherlands were awarded bronze.
See final Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016 scores: www.wech2016.com