LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR 2016
Die Longines Global Champions Tour – abgekürzt GCT – ist eine seit dem Jahr 2006 ausgetragene internationale Turnierserie im Springreiten. Alle Turniere der Serie werden seit 2007 als CSI 5*, der schwersten Turnierkategorie im Springreiten, ausgeschrieben.
Heute ist die Longines Global Champions Tour die höchst dotierte Reitsportserie der Welt.
Spectacular New London Venue for Longines Global Champions Tour 2017 | Foto: Copyright Royal Hospital Chelsea
A spectacular new destination joins the Longines Global Champions Tour circuit in 2017 with a prestigious event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the heart of London.
The high calibre event will feature the sport’s Olympic and World Champions including Great Britain’s Rio Olympics gold medallist Nick Skelton and members of the London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal team. The beautiful and historic grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will host the event from 3rd – 6th August.
The 5* international event will build on the legacy of the London Olympic Games and gold medal victory in the individual competition for Nick Skelton in Rio this summer on his star stallion Big Star.
Rolf Fulfils LGCT Title Dream With Amazing Casall | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
It was a night of dreams and the story of those who never give up, as Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) and the phenomenal 17 year old stallion Casall ASK claimed both the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha win and the prestigious 2016 LGCT Champion of Champions title in a magnificent showdown in Qatar. Describing the Title win as “a dream come true”, Rolf heralded his magnificent horse Casall as “just amazing”, with their 11 year partnership one of the most respected in the world.
His powerful season performance propelled him into pole position in the ranking for the final leg in Doha and Rolf’s victory saw him take the lion’s share of the €1 million bonus prize money as he takes his place on the list of LGCT Champions. On a Tour that saw the world’s top show jumpers visit 15 incredible destinations, kicking off in Miami Beach, and reaching spectacular cities such as Mexico City, Monaco, Shanghai and Rome, it was the culmination of a fantastically consistent season for Rolf and Casall, with the pair taking wins in Valkenswaard and Paris, as well as podium finishes at other stops on the circuit.
Edwina and Rolf set for LGCT 2016 Championship showdown | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
The two riders gunning for the title of 2016 Champion of Champions will go into battle today on the unique stage of AL SHAQAB in Qatar as show jumping’s premier circuit reaches its climax.
The electrifying Longines Global Champions Tour season has seen the series open in Miami Beach before travelling to a new venue in Mexico City and on to a total of 15 stops around the globe. The final will see six out of the world’s top ten riders in action including World Number 1 Christian Ahlmann (GER) and World Number 2 Simon Delestre. This year history will be made as either Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) or Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) will claim the overall Champion of Champions title, following a season-long battle for valuable ranking points.
Cian and Daniel Victorious as Clock Counts Down to Final | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
Ireland’s Cian O’Conner stormed to a stunning win in this evening’s CSI5* 1.45m speed class in Qatar, in a two horse race which saw home hero Bassem Hassan Mohammed (QAT) miss out by just tenths of a second. At the magnificent AL SHAQAB, this evening’s action was the perfect prelude to Saturday’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha, with the world’s best horses and riders in action ahead of the 2016 season final. Title rivals Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) and Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) faced each other for the first time this weekend, with the pair both looking on form ahead tomorrow’s Grand Prix.
Upstoppable Valkenswaard United take historic GCL team Championship win | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
In a nail-biting showdown, Valkenswaard United took a sensational debut Global Champions League title, with winning riders John Whitaker and Bertram Allen declaring the first ever GCL season “fantastic” as the team combatants vowed to go into battle again in 2017.
Throughout the 15 leg series, the team – John Whitaker, Bertram Allen, Emily Moffitt and Eduardo Menezes – remained consistently at the top of the overall rankings, racking up a record four wins over the course of the championship, which offered up an incredible €7.5 million in prize money. The blue, white and orange team secured the lion’s share of the €4.5 million bonus in a dramatic night under floodlights at the magnificent AL SHAQAB, a member of the Qatar Foundation.
Fighting Talk from Rolf and Edwina as Suspense Mounts ahead of LGCT Final | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
The final countdown to the Longines Global Champions Tour Championship kicked off today as top riders contemplated the weekend’s forthcoming showdown at AL SHAQAB in Qatar. As pressure grows ahead of the exciting season final, a pre-event press conference took place at the stunning AL SHAQAB venue, a member of the Qatar Foundation, to officially open this weekend’s top sporting action.
Two riders will challenge for the overall LGCT Champion of Champions crown – Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE) and Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) with both revealing their title hopes and pressures as the build up continues.
Six of World Top 10 to Doha For Dramatic LGCT Final | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
An impressive six out of the world’s top ten riders, including two out of the top three, will be heading to the Longines Global Champions Tour final, hosted by the stunning AL SHAQAB equestrian centre in Doha, Qatar. This year, history will be made as either Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) or Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) will claim the overall Champion of Champions title, following a season-long battle for valuable ranking points.
Olympic athlete Rolf, who currently sits on a tally of 272 points, will be hoping for his first ever LGCT Champions title win. The experienced Swedish rider has come excruciatingly close, not once but twice before, after tying with the leader on points but losing on the number of Grand Prix wins.
John Whitaker| Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
The unbeatable duo of John Whitaker and Bertram Allen have extended the lead of Valkenswaard United in the team championship after a scintillating victory in Vienna. It was Valkenswaard United’s fourth win of the inaugural Global Champions League season netting €422,576 in prize money so far – not including the €4.5 million euro bonus to be split between the teams after the final in Doha this November.
It was a superlative performance by the two riders: John brought out his Rio Olympic horse Ornellaia and Bertram rode top stallion Romanov, brought specifically for the competition in Vienna.
Bertram Allen und John Whitaker siegten für das Team Valkenswaard in der ersten Global Champions League von Wien | Foto: Copyright Michael Graf
Zum ersten Mal wurde die hochdotierte Global Champions League heuer im Rahmen des Vienna Masters (15.-18.09.) in der Wiener-Krieau ausgetragen. Gesamt werden in der Global Champions League 7,5 Millionen Euro an Preisgeldern ausgeschüttet. 3 Millionen Euro werden im Rahmen der 15 Etappen ausbezahlt. In der Gesamtwertung warten noch einmal 4,5 Millionen Euro auf die Bestplatzierten.
In diesem Teamspringen gehen 12 Teams an den Start – die besten acht reiten im 2. Umlauf um den Sieg. Jedes Team besteht aus fünf Reitern, von denen zwei pro Runde an den Start gehen.
Marcus Ehning (GER) und Comme il faut siegen im Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Vienna presented by LGT Private Banking | Foto: Copyright Michael Graf
Rolf Göran Bengtsson behält die Gesamtführung
Vier Tage lang (15.-18.09.) gastieren auf der Trabrennbahn Wien-Krieau die besten Springpferde der Welt, denn das s.Oliver Vienna Masters holt alljährlich mit der Longines Global Champions Tour die Formel I des Pferdesports nach Wien.
Der Team Olympiasieger von 2000 (Sydney) Marcus Ehning war einer von 11 Reitern, die es am Samstag (17.09.) mit zwei fehlerfreien Umläufen ins Stechen des mit EUR 300.000 dotierten Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Vienna (1,60 m) geschafft haben.