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Mathieu Billot wins Grand Prix – Francisco Moura

Mathieu Billot, from France, won the Grand Prix “Francisco Moura”, with the 9 year old mare Ilena S (Verdi x Calido). The same set had already won the third place in the Grand Prix the week before.
The Brazilian set Marlon Zanotelli and Siren de La Motte end in second place, followed by Japanese Taizo Sugitani with the Stallion Cuba. Duarte Seabra, with Fernhill Curra Quinn, was the best Portuguese rider with the fourth place.
The course consists of 13 obstacles and 16 efforts featured 49 sets, and passed to the Barrage only 9. The Sunday Grand Prix was a qualifying competition for the Championships of Europe 2017.
The Grand Prix Francisco Moura, which took place in the arena with the same name, was also a tribute to the Portuguese rider, who passed away in 2010.
The other Sunday competitions were dominated by English riders. Alexandra Thornton won at 1.40 m with the horse Charielle. The 1.30 m competition was won by Sophie Fawcett and Quite Cadiz. Abbie Summers with how many won the event of 1.20 m.
In spite of the world wide riders that we watched today, one of the most exciting moments of this Grand Prix was a tribute to the highly reputed, Bob Ellis, one of the greats course desingers in the world. Bob Ellis worked with Vilamoura for eightteen years and was the teacher for countless course designers around the world.
Last Friday the Portuguese rider Duarte Seabra, with his horse Fernhill Curra Quinn, won the event of 1.45 m, counting for FEI Longines Ranking.
On Saturday there was again the Portuguese anthem with Francisco Rocha wining the competition of 1.35 m. It was the second victory for the Portuguese in the Vilamoura Atlantic 2017 Tour with C Berriz Z.
The Small Grand Prix on Saturday (1.40 m – FEI Longines Ranking) was won by Nicolas Deseuzes (France) with the Mare SF Razzia des Sables. Julien Gonin, also French, won the main competition (1.45 m) with Une Etoile.
The Atlantic Tour 2017 began on February 14 and April 2 ends, with a total of 6 weeks of competition in Vilamoura.
The main sponsores of international Vilamoura Atlantic Tour 2017 are: Turismo de Portugal/Algarve, Câmara Municipal de Loulé, Caixa de Crédito Agrícola, Vilamoura World and Microprocessador (sistemas digitais).


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