Sergio Alvarez Moya with Arrayan, top pair!

The Spanish rider, Animo Testimonial, is getting great results in this season.

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The Spanish Sergio Alvarez Moya and his 12-year-old bay gelding Arrayan took their first Global Champions Tour Grand Prix win at Cannes last 10 June with a very brilliant riding style. Italian Chef de Piste Uliano Vezzani created a course of big fences to test both scope and speed. A total of 24 riders went through to the Grand Prix and it was a total of 10 riders who made it through to the jump-off. “Grand Prix are so hard to win. There were so many riders in the jump off, but it turned out to be fantastic, especially for me. I know my horse is very fast and flat over the jumps, and has a huge stride, so it was very hard for them to catch me. I didn’t have to fight much with him and he jumped his best. I couldn’t be happier - Moya said - This is my best year so far. I have a big group of horses - I would like to say thank you to my owners and the people who really support me. I don’t think I could have had a better jump-off; I saw Daniel’s round and he was really fast. I know my horse is flat and fast over the jumps but he’s not turning very good. Luckily today I had every good turn, I could push and I didn’t have to pull too much, so when I came out of the ring I knew there were a few fast ones coming, but that they’d have to work hard for it. I’ve had Arrayan a year. He’s such an enthusiastic horse - sometimes a little bit strong to ride! Just before the class G&C Farm bought him, so I’m super happy. It couldn’t be a better beginning together.” In the current season Moya and Arrayan won the World Cup Final in Omaha and the Grand Prix at CSI5* Versailles.