Lizziemary and Danielle Goldstein pull off their first LGCT Grand Prix Win | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Lizziemary and Danielle Goldstein pull off their first LGCT Grand Prix Win
Danielle Goldstein pulled off her first-ever Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix win with her “amazing” chestnut mare Lizziemary in a fast-paced jump off in Cascais.
Danielle (ISR) sealed her first-ever Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix win by taking a stride out early on before jumping the double verticals superbly and making a great turn back to the water tray fence. Her acceleration over the big oxer with Lizziemary was followed by a determined gallop to the last. Danielle said she knew she had to go all out in the five-strong jump off and the win was “a dream” as „everyone wants to win a Global Champions Tour Grand Prix”.
LONGINES Global Champions Tour – Grand Prix of Casccais, Estoril: http://www.longinestiming.com/#!/equestrian/2017/1354/html/en/longinestiming/resultlist_04.html
Overall ranking after leg 9 of 15 of Cascais: http://results.hippodata.de/2017/1354/docs/lgct_2017_overall_ranking_after_cascais.pdf
Valkenswaard United take over GCL ranking after dramatic night in Cascais | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Valkenswaard United take over GCL ranking after dramatic night
Valkenswaard United took over the Global Champions League ranking lead in Cascais tonight after winners Miami Glory were disqualified due to an FEI ruling.
Second place team Mexico Amigos, helped by a double clear from Henrik von Eckermann, were declared the winners with Paris Panthers’ Jack Towell and Lillie Keenan in second place on the podium and Valkenswaard United’s duo of Marcus Ehning and Bertram Allen in third.
Miami Glory Power to Pole in Spectacular GCL Cascais.
Miami Glory Power to Pole in Spectacular GCL Cascais | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
It was a night of high drama as the first round of the Global Champions League Cascais kicked off in the spectacular Portuguese setting. Thrills, spills and top class sport kept spectators on the edge of their seats, but it would be the Miami team who blazed to Glory in tonight’s competition, after Georgina Bloomberg and Cian O’Connor put in a flawless round to rocket them to the top of the leaderboard.
Star Line-Up for LGCT Cascais as Championship Battle Revs Up | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
As the 2017 LGCT Champion of Champions battle rockets up a gear, fierce rivalry, top sport and big expectations will be at the forefront of everyone’s mind as the best of the best head to Cascais, Portugal, and Round 9 of the 15-event Longines Global Champions Tour.
Vienna Eagles soar to victory in night of team drama | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
It was a night of team drama in the 11th Global Champions League of 2016 as triumphant Vienna Eagles stole victory in high winds under floodlights on the Portuguese Riviera.
The pressure was on until the very last moment of the last round of the innovative team format as leading US rider Lauren Hough, competing with Danielle Goldstein, delivered the decisive clear round on Waterford to keep their team score on a perfect zero and propelled them into first place.
Shanghai Swans dynamic pairing of in-form Edwina Tops-Alexander and Under-25 rider Alexandra Thornton glided into second place on a team total of 5 faults pushing them up the overall championship ranking to 7th place.
Edwina Tops-Alexander Rockets Up the Rankings as Piergiorgio Bucci Wins Cascais Grand Prix | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
It was a scorching afternoon of top sport and entertainment in the sultry setting of Cascais, with the overall LGCT Rankings taking a dramatic turn and becoming even more exciting as Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) rocketed to the top of the leaderboard. Piergiorgio Bucci (ITA) and Casallo Z stole the show, taking a stunning win at the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cascais, with Edwina Tops-Alexander finishing second with Lintea Tequila and Ireland’s Bertram Allen (IRL) in third with his 9 year old stallion Hector van d’Abdijhoeve.
Ludger Beerbaum in Cascais, Estoril | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Marco Kutscher auf Platz sechs bei der Global Champions Tour in Portugal
Den Sieg trug zwar der Italiener Piergiorgio Bucci mit Casallo Z davon, aber mit drei Platzierungen unter den Top 10 des Großen Preises der Global Champions Tour im portugiesischen Atlantikstädtchen Cascais „schlugen“ sich die deutschen Springreiter achtbar. Bester Deutscher war Marco Kutscher (Bad Essen) mit dem Holsteiner Hengst Carsten auf Platz 6.
Die elfte der insgesamt 15 Etappen umfassenden Global Champions Tour führte die Reiter nach Portugal.
LGCT Ranking Leader Christian Ahlmann on Phenomenal Form ahead of Cascais Grand Prix | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Christian Ahlmann (GER) ensured all eyes were on the LGCT Ranking leader as he took a stunning win in this evening’s feature class in Cascais, Portugal, with his grey stallion Caribis Z. The pair proved to be a formidable combination, as the focus now turns to the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cascais, where Christian currently sits in pole position with a 9 point lead over Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE).
The CSI5* 1.50/1.55m Camara Municipal De Cascais class was met by 36 international competitors from around the globe, with many of the best horses and riders in the world taking to the stunning Portuguese setting to battle it out in the final round of action ahead of the Grand Prix.
Cascais Charms Aiming for Magical Home Team Win | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
The stunning setting of Cascais will be the backdrop for the 11th round of action in the fascinating Global Champions League season fight. Taking place this Saturday 9th July at 21:30 local time it’s set to be another exhilarating battle under the floodlights to see who will reign supreme in this popular destination.
At the top of the leaderboard are Valkenswaard United, with the team sitting pretty on 239 points overall. The experienced – and recently announced for the Rio Olympics – rider John Whitaker will be back in action for this Saturday, this week teaming up with young talent Emily Moffitt.
Championship Battle hots up as show jumping heavy-weights head south to Cascais | Foto: Copyright LGCT / Stefano Grasso
Leg 11 of the high-octane 2016 season calendar sees the Longines Global Champions Tour head to the stunning setting of Cascais, Portugal. LGCT Ranking leader Christian Ahlmann (GER) will be back in action again, with the top German rider hungry to return to the podium and add more valuable points to his overall tally of 209 as the Tour gallops towards its final third.
Following last weekend’s results in Paris, the Championship battle has tightened dramatically, with drop scores coming into play, and just twelve points separating the top three riders.