The Portuguese rider António Matos de Almeida arrived this Thursday with a victory in the inaugural event, with obstacles at 1.4 meters, on the first day of the International Jumping Course (CSIO) in Lisbon.
Riding the horse Corlandollar Z, Matos Almeida completed the exercise without fault, in 52.61 seconds, ahead of North American Julie Welles, second, and British Vicky Burd, third. In the ‘top 10’, the Portuguese Madalena Eloy also appeared, in sixth place, with 59.14 seconds.
The second race of the day, at 1.45 meters, was won by Spaniard Kevin Fernandez, with Belgian Ludo Philippaerts in second and Italian Emiliano Libertai in third.
Belgian Bart Clarys won a big event of the day, 1.50 meters, ahead of Frenchman Olivier Perreau, second, and Belgian Thibeau Pits, while João Mota was eighth, Mário Prieto was ninth and António Matos de Almeida 10th. .
In an integrated day event, the Portuguese Maria Inês Cisneiros, 10 years old, won the contest.
On Friday, the Nations Cup, with nine teams in the competition, including Portugal, is the main highlight of the Lisbon CSIO, the first of two tournaments on this three-star circuit, in Portugal this year, before Vilamoura, in November.