This week, Madrid takes centre stage in European show jumping, as the Madrid Horse Week takes place in the city. The event includes competitions ranging from traditional doma vaquera riding to World Cup dressage, alongside a huge commercial village, shows and exhibits. The Spanish capital’s Feria de Madrid venue is also hosting the sixth qualifier of the Longines FEI World Cup jumping circuit.

Top riders taking part

Plenty of superstar riders are taking part in the CSI5* level show jumping. 46 riders, 94 horses, from 16 nations will compete this year. Britain’s Ben Maher and Laura Renwick will take to the stage. Ben Maher comes to Madrid off the back of his victories in the 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. Four Irish Riders also join Maher and Renwick – Michael G Duffy, Denis Lynch, Mark McCauley and Michael Pender.

Close rankings in FEI World Cup

Current FEI World Cup standings leader Steve Guerdat, and second ranked Pieter Devos will also make a bid to climb up the table. They are part of a select group who are already on the verge of securing a ticket to the Final. For its part, host nation Spain will have seven riders on home soil. These include Eduardo Alvarez Aznar, while France’s Kevin Staut, Germany’s Daniel Deusser, the Netherlands’ Maikel Van Der Vleuten, Sweden’s Peder Fredricson and the United States’ Jessica Springsteen are just a few of the other riders in the strong field.

You can watch classes from Madrid Horse Week LIVE here: