Antwerp Diamonds Shine Bright In Sparkling Home Win | Foto: Copyright GCL / Stefano Grasso
It was a glittering display of teamwork as Antwerp Diamonds shot to the ranking lead after stealing a sparkling win at their home venue for the third round of the Global Champions League. U25 team rider, and home hero Jos Verlooy (BEL) said “we came with the big guns – our aim was to win and we did, so I couldn’t be happier!”
The Antwerp Diamonds have taken the top spot on the team ranking leaderboard, coming away from round three on 75 points, just two points ahead of Monaco Aces and Valkenswaard United, who are tied on 73 points apiece. The battle for the lead has moved up a gear, and with the teams looking ahead to Shanghai for the fourth round of action, rivalries and strategy are beginning to show.
The Podium of LGCT Grand Prix of Antwerp – Penelope Leprevost,Simon Delestre,Rolf-Goran Bengtsson | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Dritte Etappe der Global Champions Tour führte nach Belgien – Casall belegt Rang zwei
Am Ufer der Schelde, die zur Nordsee führt, hatte die dritte Etappe der Global Champions Tour in Antwerpen wiederum eine schöne Kulisse. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum und der niederländische Wallach Unbelievable erwiesen sich als bestes deutsches Paar: Platz vier hinter der Französin Penelope Leprevost, ihrem Landsmann Simon Delestre und dem Schweden Rolf-Göran Bengtsson.
Von ihrem knapp dreimonatigen USA-Aufenthalt beim Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington (Florida) zurückgekehrt, zeigte Meredith Michaels Beerbaum aus Thedinghausen bei Bremen, dass sie in der grünen Saison wieder „angreifen“ möchte.
Penelope Leprevost in phenomenal LGCT Grand Prix win | Foto: Copyright GCL / Stefano Grasso
It was a phenomenal return to Europe as the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Antwerp sparked explosive action and top show jumping as the world’s best combinations went into battle. It was leading French lady, Penelope Leprevost with her fiery chestnut mare Flora de Mariposa who stole the show following a nail-biting jump-off and taking the win at the Belgian show.
Triumphant Penelope declared her horse „just amazing“ after scooping first place in the Grand Prix against a stellar field. Many of the top horses in the world had their first serious outing of the season, with Casall ASK, Flora de Mariposa and Hermes Ryan all on incredible form in their first CSI5* show and taking the podium positions.
World No1 Simon Delestre takes world class win in split second thriller | Foto: Copyright GCL / Stefano Grasso
Simon Delestre grabbed the 5* spotlight this evening as the top three riders came within two hundredths of a second of each other in an extraordinary demonstration of high calibre sport at the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Antwerp.
It was a battle of nanoseconds as the World No1 and former LGCT Antwerp Grand Prix winner took the honours in the 1.50 / 1.55m CSI5* BMW-sponsored class. The pace and performance was sensational, with many of the world’s top horses and riders in action under floodlights on the River Scheldt in Europe’s ‚Diamond City’.
With spectators holding their breath, Bertram Allen (IRL) on the experienced Romanov and Penelope Leprevost (FRA) with Vagabond de la Pomme, were joint second, crossing the line at the exact same time in 38.39s – something highly unusual in the sport. It was seen only once before last year in Paris, when Ben Maher and Karim El Zoghby took a joint win in the final class of the day.
The first round course featured light poles and cups, with delicacy the word of the day. Three skinny poles played their part with many caught out in the intimate floodlit arena.
Ten riders went through to the jump-off, with some of the world’s top horse and rider combinations in the mix for this electric round of competition.
Stakes Are Raised As GCL Gallops To First European Stage | Foto: Copyright GCL / Stefano Grasso
The third round of action kicks off at 15:30 this Sunday 24th April, as the Global Champions League gallops to the first European leg of the Championship. Heading to the intimate Antwerp sand arena, nestled next to the River Scheldt, the competition will require riders and horses who’s forte is agility and speed. The small arena will lend itself to sharp turns and a fast pace, as opposed to the long galloping tracks of Mexico City, with team owners and managers putting forward their top players suited to this different destination.
Once more the formidable due of John Whitaker (GBR) and Bertram Allen (IRL) will be in action for the third round of the Championship, with the pair already proving their mix of experience and talent an intimidating combination for Valkenswaard United.
Eight out of 10 top riders in the world for LGCT Antwerp | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
An impressive eight out of the world’s top 10 ranked riders will be competing at the first European leg of the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour. World Number One, Simon Delestre (FRA) will be in action at the sensational city of Antwerp, with World Number Two, and current LGCT Ranking leader Christian Ahlmann (GER) bringing one of his top horses, Codex One, and World Number Three and two-time LGCT Champion of Champions Scott Brash (GBR) looking to move up the leaderboard with his Olympic Gold Medal winning horse Hello Sanctos. 2015 saw Simon steal the show with his stunning horse Ryan Des Hayettes and the prestigious Grand Prix win, and this year sees him pull out all the stops and show strong intentions with top horses Qlassic Bois Margot and Hermes Ryan both in attendance.
Hans-Dieter Dreher,Simon Delestre and Edwina Tops-Alexander | Foto: © Stefano Grasso/LGCT
Global Champions Tour, Hans-Dieter Dreher und Embassy auf Platz zwei
Mit hervorragenden Ergebnissen endete die zweite Etappe der Global Champions Tour 2015 für die deutschen Reiter. Im belgischen Antwerpen ritt Hans-Dieter Dreher (Eimeldingen) mit Embassy auf Platz zwei, Christian Ahlmann (Marl) folgte mit Codex One auf Platz vier.
Gerade erst vom Weltcup-Finale in Las Vegas zurückgekehrt, startete Hans-Dieter Dreher erfolgreich in die neue Saison der Global Champions Tour.
LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR Ergebnisse, Antwerpen vom 23. – 26. April 2015
06 CSI5* – LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR OF ANTWERP
presented by MERIT CAPITAL
FEI Art. 2126.96.36.199 – twee rondes met barrage – 1.60 m
1. Ryan Des Hayettes Delestre, Simon FRA 99000.00 EUR 0 penalties 37.96 sec
2. Embassy II Dreher, Hans-Dieter GER 60000.00 EUR 0 penalties 38.74 sec
3. Lintea Tequila Tops-Alexander, Edwina AUS 45000.00 EUR 0 penalties 40.30 sec
4. Codex One Ahlmann, Christian GER 30000.00 EUR 4 penalties 38.79 sec
5. Amelia Elzoghby, Karim EGY 18000.00 EUR 4 penalties 42.68 sec
6. Vienna Olympic Al Thani, Ali Bin Khalid QAT 9000.00 EUR 10 penalties 53.38 sec
7. Elky van het Indihof Staut, Kevin FRA 6000.00 EUR 4 penalties 64.25 sec
8. Palloubet D Halong Mohammed, Bassem Hassan QAT 6000.00 EUR 4 penalties 66.68 sec
Current overall standings after leg 2 in Antwerp (BEL) hier: http://eventcontent.hippoonline.de/1015/docs/erglgct.pdf
Bassem Hassan Mohammed | Foto: © Stefano Grasso / LGCT
Global Champions Tour, Bassem shoots to ranking No1 as Delestre wins Grand Prix
Bassem Hassan Mohammed shot to the top of the Longines Global Champions Tour ranking tonight after a turbo charged Grand Prix won in electrifying style by French speed ace Simon Delestre.
The second leg of the Tour in Belgium fired up the championship race as the young Qatari rider scored enough points to take the lead from Scott Brash who won in Miami Beach. With his eyes on the overall championship Bassem vowed: “I’m going to fight for it.”
Kevin-Staut | Foto: © Stefano Grasso / LGCT
Global Champions Tour, Staut shows serious horsepower
There was more than just a place in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Antwerp at stake in tonight’s final qualifier, as the winner of the BMW sponsored 1.55m class would also drive away with a stunning BMW 4-series cabriolet. At the end of a fiercely fought jump-off, it was Kevin Staut who was handed the key to have his moment of glory at the wheel, and he entertained the capacity crowd with some Formula 1 style circuits of the arena.