Press conference of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Mexico | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Zweite Etappe der Global Champions Tour führte nach Mittelamerika
Wie schon beim Auftakt der Global Champions Tour am vergangenen Wochenende in Miami (USA) war Christian Ahlmann (Marl) auch bei der zweiten Etappe der höchstdotierten Springsportserie bester deutscher Reiter. Mit Epleaser van’t Heike belegte er in Mexico-City den vierten Platz. Sieger der Prüfung wurde der Franzose Roger-Yves Bost.
GCL Championship Intensifies after sensational win for Shanghai Swans in Mexico City | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
The championship is accelerating following two nail-biting competitions in Miami Beach and Mexico City as teams chase points and prize money around the globe.
The ranking battle has intensified, with Monaco Aces the new leaders, just one point ahead of Shanghai Swans, who in turn are one point ahead of Miami Beach winners Valkenswaard United. Miami Glory and Antwerp Diamonds are currently tied in fourth, just a further point away from the top three. As the Championship heads to Antwerp for the first European leg, the stakes are raised for all the teams as the momentum of the new format builds.
Viva Bosty – French speed ace wins turbo charged Mexico City Grand Prix | Foto: Copyright GCL / Stefano Grasso
Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) declared “today was my day” after winning an adrenaline-fuelled Grand Prix at the debut Longines Global Champions Tour in the vibrant Mexico City.
The experienced French speed demon fought off stiff competition from two youngsters – 20 year olds Jos Verlooy (BEL) and Bertram Allen (IRE) in the four-man jump off in the huge grass arena. It was an impressive debut for Mexico City on the championship circuit with a colourful fiesta atmosphere and a passionate crowd of tens of thousands enjoying world class equestrian show jumping. The winning riders were besieged by autograph hunters with the sport proving to be an instant hit in Mexico City.
Scott Brash Brilliant Aboard Hello Forever in the CSI5* Massimo Dutti Trophy | Foto: Copyright GCL / Stefano Grasso
Great Britain’s Scott Brash (GBR) rode a phenomenal win with Hello Forever in today’s feature class, the CSI5* 1.50m Massimo Dutti Trophy. “It was a very fast class I thought and you had to go for it from the first fence. But we hit everything right and he jumped fantastic,” Brash underlined the high calibre of sporting competition, saying: “The best horses and riders are at these sort of events so it’s great to get a win in any class.”
Friday’s CSI5* competition wrapped up with a fiercely competitive Trofeo Massimo Dutti in the stunning new Mexico City venue. A field of 44 riders took to the expansive grass arena, with a total of 14 jumping clear, representing 10 different nations and showcasing an exceptional international field.
Suspense mounts ahead of Global Champions League team combat in Mexico City | Foto: Copyright GCL / Stefano Grasso
The world’s top riders are gearing up for another high stakes round of the new Global Champions League team competition with the chase on to beat current leaders, Valkenswaard United.
We caught up with leading riders at the spectacular new Mexico City venue for the championship as they look ahead to Sunday’s second team competition of 2016. Top riders from different countries will be united in the same team adding a unique dynamic to the sport.
Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) is one of the star riders of the Cannes Stars team and said: “I think it is going to be good and we have a team with different countries and two riders less than 25 years old which is good to have the young ones.”
A second explosive round in the new Global Champions League team championship kicks off this Sunday with formidable rider combinations declared for the thrilling new competition.
A big audience is expected for the second leg of the GCL after an exhilarating debut in Miami Beach last weekend which saw John Whitaker (GBR) and Bertram Allen (IRE) seize victory for team Valkenswaard United.
Christian Ahlmann (GER) | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
A truly international field of world class riders will shortly be arriving in Mexico City for the second round of action in the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour season. Six of the world’s top ten riders will compete at the new addition to the Tour, as well as providing new opportunities for local Mexican riders to compete on a world class stage.
Yesterday the latest spectacular venue for the Tour calendar was introduced with excitement mounting ahead of the launch of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Mexico City. The high altitude venue at 2,250 metres above sea level compared to 1.2 metres at the previous venue in Miami Beach, and the beautiful vast grass arena will be a dramatic new showcase for show jumping.