Sergio Alvarez Moya—the talented Spaniard with the wide-set grin—had even more reasons to smile after capturing Saturday’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes on June 10th.

The dazzling win came from the unbeatable efforts of Sergio and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding Arrayan. Together the pair seemed to grow wings, flying across the ground in 35.76 seconds mastering narrow turns and making easy work of the towering 1.60m fences that plagued many that came before. Known for his fiery personality, Arrayan keeps Sergio and the spectators that gather ringside on their toes with exuberant expressions after the fences and a super quick step that makes him an all-time crowd favorite.

Over the past two seasons, they’ve amassed several major grand prix finishes around the globe, including placings in Rome, Gijon, and last month’s win in the €100,000 Grand Prix Renault CSI5* at Jumping International de Versailles CSI5* in France. But perhaps one of the most significant wins on this dynamic duo’s resume was their 5th overall finish in this year’s Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Omaha.

If you haven’t been following their journey from Day 1, here are just a few reasons to get behind this formidable combo.

Sergio Alvarez Moya

  • Sergio began riding with his brothers at age seven at “El Forcón” in Asturias, Spain.
  • As a junior, he won the European Championships in 2001 aboard Flash de la Ramee.
  • Wanting to progress in his training, Sergio decided to move to Belgium in 2003. He trained there for six years before returning home to establish his own business in Barajas, near Madrid, where he is based today.
  • One of his most memorable career moments (besides Saturday’s win!) is coming in 3rd at the Grand Prix in Aachen in 2010 with Action Breaker.
  • In 2013, Sergio welcomed the arrival of his son Amancio with Marta Ortega Perez.
  • That same year, Sergio and Carlo placed 4th individually at the FEI World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Sergio made waves in 2015, becoming an overnight sensation after his performance aboard Carlo 273 in Aachen landed them in the leading position going into the Individual Final of the European Championship.

Source: FEI

-Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Spain’s Leading Man, Sergio Alvarez Moya [NF Style]

Arrayan

  • Arrayan was produced by Eduardo Sales to the CSI3* level in Wellington, Florida.
  • After being developed by Sales, Sergio’s spirited mount was then ridden by his fellow countryman, Armando Trapote, up to the 1.60m level.
  • After his win in the CSI5* Grand Prix of Renault in Versailles, Arrayan startled the group of prize-givers by suddenly rearing back on his hind legs during photographs. View the surprising scene as captured on Noelle Floyd.com’s Photo of the Day.
  • In Saturday’s Grand Prix of Cannes, Arrayan actually competed against his half brother and French gold medalist Roger Yves Bost’s mount, Sydney une Prince. Both horses share the same sire, Baloubet du Rouet.

-Photography by LGCT/Stefano Grasso and ©Tiffany Van Halle for Noelle Floyd.com