vom 30. Juni - 02. Juli 2017

Die Arbeiten für das erste Longines Global Champions Tour Eiffel Paris Springen sind abgeschlossen. Auf die Reitfläche wurden insgesamt 2.400 Tonnen Reitboden aufgebracht, um den historischen "Champ de Mars" zu schützen. Diese Umgebung im Herzen der Französischen Hauptstadt ist jetzt zu einem der neuen Schmuckstücke der Longines Global Champions Tour geworden.

Longines Global Champions Tour in Paris

Lightning Fast de Luca Wows Crowds at Final Day in Paris

Lightning Fast de Luca Wows Crowds at Final Day in Paris

Lightning Fast de Luca Wows Crowds at Final Day in Paris | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso

Lightning Fast de Luca Wows Crowds at Final Day in Paris – The final day of the Longines Global Champions Tour – Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping saw temperatures rise in a high-octane battle for the finish line, as speed merchant Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) wowed the crowd with top stallion Halifax van het Kluizebos in the CSI5* Massimo Dutti Eiffel Challenge.

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Ecstatic home triumph for Epaillard as Smolders Regains Championship Lead

Ecstatic home triumph for Epaillard as Smolders Regains Championship Lead

Ecstatic home triumph for Epaillard as Smolders Regains Championship Lead | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso

There was a huge buzz in Paris as home hero Julien Epaillard (FRA) rode to a phenomenal Longines Global Champions Tour – Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping Grand Prix win, with his 9 year old stallion Usual Suspect D’auge.

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St Tropez Pirates Dazzle in Paris with dramatic shakeup in GCL Rankings

St Tropez Pirates Dazzle in Paris with dramatic shakeup in GCL Rankings

St Tropez Pirates Dazzle in Paris with dramatic shakeup in GCL Rankings | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso

St Tropez Pirates Dazzle in Paris with dramatic shakeup in GCL Rankings – A high-drama final of the Global Champions League in Paris has triggered a major shake up of the leaderboard with the the top three teams separated by only three points.

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Pirates take Pole in GCL Paris

Pirates take Pole in GCL Paris

Pirates take Pole in GCL Paris | Foto: Copyright Stefano Grasso

It was a showcase of high-octane sport for Round 1 of the Global Champions League of Paris, with the 8th leg of the team Championship kicking off in style in the shadow of the iconic Eiffel Tower.

St Tropez Pirates duo of Simon Delestre and Jerome Guery took their third consecutive pole of the season, putting them in the best position for Saturday’s Paris final. Underlining the importance of the GCL final, Jerome revealed he would elect to withdraw from today’s 62,000 euro individual jump off, saving his horse for tomorrow’s competition. Speaking live on GCL TV he said: “I’ll keep my horse fresh for tomorrow” with Simon adding that although they were in a “good position”, the results “would count tomorrow.”

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Seven of Top Ten for iconic Longines Global Champions Tour – Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping

Seven of Top Ten for iconic Longines Global Champions Tour - Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping

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.

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Antwerp Diamonds Sparkle in Paris as Valkenswaard United Rocket up the Rankings

Antwerp Diamonds Sparkle in Paris as Valkenswaard United Rocket up the Rankings

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.

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Magnificent win in Paris for Legendary duo as Championship Battle Tightens Dramatically

Magnificent win in Paris for Legendary duo as Championship Battle Tightens Dramatically

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.

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Perfect Day in Paris for French Riders at LGCT

Perfect Day in Paris for French Riders at LGCT

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.

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GCT Paris – Toller Erfolg für Philip Houston

GCT Paris - Toller Erfolg für Philip Houston

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.

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