French rider Cedric Angot has won the CSI4* Grand Prix of Angola, the feature showjumping event of the Vilamoura Atlantic Tour 2015 in Portugal.
Just 13 of the 50 starters in the qualifying event for the Rio 2016 Olympics and the 2015 European Championships made it through to the jump off on Saturday at the Vilamoura Equestrian Centre.
The Grand Prix was promoted by Angola’s Equestrian Federation – Fequangola (Federação Angolana de Equestrian Sport) – in celebration of it joining the FEI as an affiliate. April 4 was also an important day for Angola, as it marked 13 years of peace after a devastating civil war which lasted several decades.
Angot and Rubis de Preuilly jumped the fastest over the Stefan Wirth course, stopping the clock at 50.03, with fellow French rider Philippe Rozier and Unpulsion de la Hart second in 53.21, and Switzerland’s Nadja Peter-Steiner third in 59.09 with one fault on Capuera II.
The six-week tour ended on Sunday, and offered riders from 35 countries some €825,000 in prizemoney.
Last Sunday’s CSI3* competition was in honour of the late Protuguese rider Francisco Moura, who died in 2010. The competition was won by Ireland’s Dermot Lennon and Loughview Lou-Lou, from François Brichart and Boosty Chavannais. Third was Italian rider Lourenzo de Luca with Geisha Van Orshof.
During the show riders and spectators were encouraged to donate to help the underprivileged children of Portugal’s Centro de Apoio à Criança de Quarteira.
A cheque for €3850 was delivered to the director of the institution, Ana Romão, by actor Ricardo Carriço, who supported the initiative called “A Jump for a Smile”.
“I think it’s our obligation to support and promote the work of associations like this that help those in need. The Algarve is a region often overlooked, so when the invitation came I did not hesitate in joining to this action,” Carriço said.