Spain’s José Antonio Garcia Mena debuts Spanish-bred Divina Royal at Big Tour to win Abrantes CDI3* Grand Prix

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José Antonio Garcia Mena and Divina Royal. File photo. © Lily Forado

ABRANTES, Portugal, April 24, 2021–Spain’s José Antonio Garcia Mena debuted the Spanish-bred Divina Royal at Big Tour to win the CDI3* Grand Prix Saturday, just 0.131% ahead of Portugal’s championship team partnership of Rodrigo Torres on Fogoso Horsecampline.

José and the 11-year-old Hanoverian mare by Desperados scored 72.783% for the win and the first international competition since Intermediate B two years ago.

Rodrigo and Fogoso were awarded 72.652% for runner-up with three judges placing Davinia Royal first and two giving the nod to Fogoso. Rodrigo and the 11-year-old Lusitano gelding were on Portugal’s team at the 2019 European Championships that earned the nation a start at the Tokyo Olympics.

Fellow Portuguese Martim Meneres on Equador were third on 69.457%.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix

Judges: Frederico Pinteus Maarten Van der Heijden Isobel Wessels Francis Verbeek van Rooy Irina Maknami
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 72.783 ESP José Antonio Garcia Mena Divina Royal 72.717 70.109 72.5 74.674 73.913
2. 72.652 POR Rodrigo Torres Fogoso Horsecampline 74.457 73.804 69.239 73.043 72.717
3. 69.457 POR Martim Meneres Equador 67.826 71.957 67.826 68.587 71.087
4. 69.326 ESP José Antonio Garcia Mena Cuba Libre 68.152 67.935 69.13 70.652 70.761
5. 69.130 BRA João-Victor Marcari Oliva Escorial Horsecampline 69.457 67.826 68.478 68.043 71.848
6. 68.522 POR Vasco Mira Godinho Garrett 67.5 69.565 67.283 68.913 69.348
7. 68.391 POR Daniel Pinto Furst Fritz 10 69.348 67.717 68.043 67.935 68.913
8. 67.587 POR Rita Ralão Duarte Disturbio 66.196 68.913 67.065 67.174 68.587