Seven of Top Ten for iconic Longines Global Champions Tour – Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso
Seven of the top ten riders in the world will be in action for the Longines Global Champions Tour – Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping this weekend, as the Championship series races towards the 8th leg of the season.
Set against the backdrop of the iconic Eiffel Tower, the French capital will play host to the world’s top show jumping athletes as the very best international horses and riders battle for the overall LGCT ranking lead.
Antwerp Diamonds Sparkle in Paris as Valkenswaard United Rocket up the Rankings | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Paris, the “City of Lights”, and it was the Antwerp Diamonds team of Audrey Coulter and Harrie Smolders who shone brightest of all in the 10th round of the Global Champions League. The final competition for the three day festival of show jumping in the French capital was met with cloudier skies, however no amount of rain could dampen the enthusiasm of the phenomenal crowd who cheered the riders on throughout the 200,000 euro prize class.
It was a battle of the best, with the overall GCL Ranking leaderboard changing dramatically at every round. Rocketing to the top after yet another podium, Valkenswaard United currently sit in the lead with a tally of 239 points.
Magnificent win in Paris for Legendary duo as Championship Battle Tightens Dramatically | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
It was an incredible Longines Global Champions Tour – Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping, which had spectators on the edge of their seats throughout the exhilarating Grand Prix. Legends of the sport Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall ASK showcased a masterful Grand Prix to win Gold ahead of leading French riders, World Number 2 Simon Delestre (FRA) and World Number 4 Pénélope Leprevost (FRA). A five rider jump-off saw the very best athletes in the sport battle it out for the 10th round of the LGCT Championship season, with spectators witnessing a brilliant showcase of top sport and entertainment.
Perfect Day in Paris for French Riders at LGCT| Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
It was a perfect day in Paris for the home riders as Julien Epaillard (FRA) took a convincing win with Cristallo A Lm in the CSI5* 1.50m Prix Oddo. The French rider thrilled the crowds in the high octane speed class, crossing the line clear in 57.51s, a full three seconds ahead of his nearest rival. It was a sensational French one-two, as home hero, the legendary Roger-Yves Bost (FRA) took a worthy second place, his stunning grey Pegase du Murier responding as the crowds cheered them on. But the pair had to settle for second, with the larger horse unable to match the tight turns that Julien’s Cristallo was able to make.
Das Podium vom Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Paris | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
18-Jähriger bester Deutscher in der Global Champions Tour
Einen tollen Erfolg bescherte die zehnte Etappe der Global Champions Tour beim Internationalen Springturnier (CSI*****) in Paris dem erst 18-jährigen Philip Houston aus Leichlingen. Mit seinem Zweibrücker Lordano-Sohn Löwenherz belegte er in der Fünf-Sterne-Prüfung Platz acht.
Houston, der im vergangenen Monat noch im Preis der Besten in Warendorf gestartet war, lieferte mit seinem Wallach im ersten Umlauf eine Nullrunde ab. Ein Abwurf in der zweiten Runde verhinderte seinen Einzug ins Stechen.
GCL Jets into Paris for exhilarating 10th round of the Championship | Foto: Copyright GCL / Paris Jets
The scene is set for another nail-biting leg of top sport as the Global Champions League jets into Paris for round 10th of what’s turning into an exhiliarating and fast-paced Championship. The final competition of the three day festival of show jumping in Paris, the League will kick off at 18:15 local time, with the 12 teams vying for their share of the 200,000 euro prize purse.
Current GCL Ranking leaders the Monaco Aces will be looking to capitalise on their prime position with 217 points already under their belt. Following their home event last weekend, the team will field a fresh team of Maikel van der Vleuten and Leopold van Asten, the experienced Dutch duo who will look to take up the reins in Paris. Breathing down their next are Valkenswaard United, just three points away on 214 overall, and with John Whitaker back at the helm with the young star Alberto Zorzi, they will be ones to watch this coming Sunday.
On 200 points sit third place team, the Rome Gladiators, who will see the speedy Laura Renwick team up with Marlon Zanotelli, another podium claiming combination who will be looking to topple the two ahead off their top spots. Just four points away from them are the Antwerp Diamonds, who this weekend will see the formidable team of Harrie Smolders and Audrey Coulter – a combination who have never finished lower than third bar once when combined.
All-Star line up ready for Kick Off as Tour heads to Paris | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
It’s set to be a magnificent weekend of top sport and entertainment, as a star-studded field head to the effortlessly chic destination of Paris for the 10th round of action in the Longines Global Champions Tour Championship. World Number 3 and defending LGCT Ranking leader Christian Ahlmann (GER) will be back for his 10th consecutive show on the calendar, and looking add to his tally of 209 points. As drop scores now come into play, Christian will battle to keep hold of his 40 point his lead over closest rivals, Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) who is on 169 points and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) who is on 160 points, both of whom will also be in Paris and hot on the heels of the leading German rider.
Karim El Zoghby and Ben Maher in Paris | Foto: © Stefano Grasso / LGCT
GCT Paris, An incredible dead heat for Karim El Zoghby and Ben Maher in Paris
The final day of the Longines Global Champions Tour – Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping saw an incredible last CSI5* competition, with Karim El Zoghby (EGY) and Ben Maher (GBR) riding identically timed clear rounds in the jump-off to win the Prix de la Ville de Paris to the delight of the packed grandstands.
Bertram Allen makes history as stars turn out for spectacular Paris Grand Prix | Foto: © Stefano Grasso / LGCT
GCT Paris, Bertram Allen makes history as stars turn out for spectacular Paris Grand Prix
19 year old Bertram Allen (IRL) made history today as the youngest rider to win a Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix since its inception, doing it in spectacular style after an intense five-contender jump-off. With his 17 year old chestnut stallion, Bertram stormed to the win with an unbeatable time of 37.32s. Ranking leader Luciana Diniz (POR) took second place with the brilliant Fit For Fun 13, and extended her 36 point lead over Scott Brash (GBR) to finish the Grand Prix with 218 points, now 44 points ahead. It was a double Irish podium as Darragh Kenny (IRL) took the third place and was elated for his compatriot’s success.
Bertram Allen gewinnt achte Etappe | Foto: © Stefano Grasso / LGCT
GCT Paris, Bertram Allen gewinnt achte Etappe der Global Champions Tour – Christian Ahlmann bester Deutscher in Paris
Der im rheinischen Hünxe lebende irische „Wunderknabe“ Allen Bertram sicherte sich in Paris die achte Etappe der Global Champions Tour. In unmittelbarer Nähe des Eifelturms zeigte der 19-Jährige mit seinem 17-jährigen Hengst Romanov in 37,32 Sekunden die schnellste Nullrunde der fünf Teilnehmer des Stechens und durfte sich dafür über eine Siegprämie von mehr als 105.000 Euro freuen.