With Spain’s victory in the Longines Challenge Cup, the consolation competition of the Nations Cup Final, the public that crowded the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona’s tribunes vibrated as never before. The heroes Alberto Márquez Galobardes (Ucello Masseure), Eduardo Álvarez Aznar (Rokefeller de Pleville Bois Margot), Santiago Núñez Riva (Valentino de Hus Z) and Sergio Álvarez Moya (Jet Run), and Marco Fuste as Chef d’Equipe obtained a historic victory for Spanish equestrian sport.
After failing the qualification to the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final by 45 cents of seconds, the Spanish team completed a spectacular Challenge Cup.
As the three best courses are the only ones counted, the 12 penalties of Santiago Núñez Riva were not added to Spain’s score. Only the four points of Alberto Alverez Galobardes were took into account as Eduardo Alvarez Aznar made a clear round. Sergio Alvarez Moya, the last rider of the team to enter the arena, perfectly knew that only a clear round could grant victory to Spain. A stony silence invaded the tribune while the last Spanish rider was on the arena. The Asturian rider exploded of joy after completing the course with no penalties.
Netherlands finished second with a total of 8 points and Brazil obtained the third place with a total of twelve penalties.
Coinciding with the second gala dinner, the Longines Challenge Cup counted with the presence of Simon Baker, Longines elegance ambassador. The Australian actor, known for of his role in the Mentalist TV show, was in charge of the prize giving ceremony along with CSIO Barcelona’s high representatives.