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Tennis femminile di alto livello a Sanremo

tennis121_grandeSANREMO (IM). Prosegue spedito sui campi del Tennis Sanremo di corso Matuzia il torneo ITF femminile internazionale iniziato il 27 agosto dal tabellone di qualificazione.

Da segnalare fra le 8 giocatrici emergenti la loanese Gabriella Polito e Giorgia Brescia che ha “estromesso” al 1° turno la n° 1 spagnola Dominguez-Lopez.

Martedì 30 agosto alle ore 10,30 inizio degli incontri del tabellone principale del singolare e del doppio; il turno serale è previsto per le ore 19. Sulla base del ranking WTA i favori del pronostico vanno all’inglese Anna Fritzpatrik (n°397 in classifica) seguita dalle “azzurre” Federica Quercia (n°421), Erika Zanchetta (468),Carolina Pillott (511),Benedetta Davato (556), Valentina Confalonieri (564), n° 7 del tabellone e la francese Amandine Hesse (585), n°8 l’inglese Lucy Brown (605).

Giudice-arbitro della manifestazione è il sig. Roberto Ranieri.

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Il gotha del mondo dei professionisti del golf si riunisce a Sanremo

di_ponziano_donato_grande23SANREMO (IM). Villa Nobel ospiterà una riunione del board della PGA Europea che si svolgerà nei primi giorni di settembre. Al meeting parteciperanno i presidenti delle più importanti associazioni dei professionisti di golf, provenienti da diversi stati europei tra cui: Svezia, Scozia, Inghilterra, Spagna, Olanda, Austria e Italia.

All’ordine del giorno della riunione molti argomenti importanti tra cui, le problematiche relative ai rapporti con i responsabili dello sport del Parlamento Europeo, i Tornei Internazionali, i progetti delle Olimpiadi del 2016 a Rio de Janeiro, i contratti con gli sponsor.

La PGA Europea è l’associazione delle associazioni dei professionisti di golf, conta 37 Stati membri e rappresenta 18.500 iscritti. Governa l’attività del golf professionistico  di tutto il continente con ramificazioni anche in Africa e negli Emirati Arabi. Inoltre è  partner della Ryder Cup, sovraintende alla formazione e specializzazione tecnica di tutti i professionisti del golf europeo, amministra i fondi destinati allo sviluppo di tutte le iniziative rivolte alla crescita di questo sport.

E’ la prima volta che la PGA Europea si riunisce in Italia e ciò è stato possibile grazie all’intervento di Donato Di Ponziano il quale dal 1992 fa parte di questo direttivo con il ruolo di Vice Presidente.

 

 

 

 

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The Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Valkenswaard, the Netherlands, 2011

Beezie Breezes to victory on new horse

 

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She is steady, accurate and very focused.  She has a great team around her and today it all came together.  USA rider Beezie Madden romped off to an emphatic win in the VDL Groep sponsored Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Valkenswaard. Beezie claimed the win with a new team horse Cortes "C' that she has only had for a few months.

This is just her second Global Champions Tour start this year and although Beezie has been competing on the Global Champions Tour since 2006, this is her finest result to date.

Course designing by Italian Uliano Vezzani was a delight for the spectators and riders.  The 15,000 spectators were not kept away by the wet conditions and stood shoulder-to-shoulder ringside and the stands were packed. The VIP marquee was buzzing with activity from the 500 or so guests all involved in the spirit of the competition.

Round two presented a completely unique track with many new fences added and nothing resembled from the first round.

Of the top eighteen combinations that travelled through to the second round, 12 were clear and it looked like too many at this stage.  Three riders on one time fault also went through along with the fastest three riders with four faults.

At this point on calculation Australian Edwina Alexander would remain leader of the Global Champions Tour ranking as none of eighteen could come near her current ranking points of 195, even if she did not gain any points here.

Although the second round didn’t look that tough, the eleven obstacles took their toll with only four going through to jump-off.

First on course, Dutch rider Jur Vrieling took the risks with the Baloubet du Rouet stallion ‘VDL Bubalu’.  A tight turn up to the ‘Jaeger-LeCoultre’ oxer, the second last fence, resulted in a rail down before they headed home in a time of 35.92 seconds.

Itot du Chateau had shown formidable form over the first two rounds and as they covered the first part of the course all looked very promising.  There appeared to be some miscommunication and Itot took off a stride too early to the ‘Triumph Project’ oxer.  A very clever scramble back to the saddle and a circle to re-compose the pair came home with 8 penalties in 43.68 seconds.

Denis Lynch concentrated solely on his own concerns with Lantinus 3 setting sail conscious of having to be clean yet knowing Beezie was to follow. The horse was really getting in the air and they crossed the line clear in a time of 38.92 seconds.

Sitting in prime jump-off position Beezie lost no time with Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’ and the duo jumped to victory in a time of 38.38 seconds.

With the 8th leg of the 10 round series put to rest, the tour moves to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil 2-4th September.  The concluding round of the 2011 series will be held at the Al Forsan International Sports Arena.

 

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Beezie Madden winner of the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Valkenswaard said her victory came as a surprise as she was riding her new horse Cortes.

Speaking after her thrilling win in 38.38, the star American rider said: “It is a new horse for me.

“I have had him for several months and this was only my second Grand Prix with him, so I am a little shocked but very happy.”

Asked about runner-up Denis Lynch’s speedy clear round ahead of her Beezie said: “I saw him go and tried to match his round. I made up a stride at one of the fences and was a bit quicker to fence nine, so that is what made him do it.”

Denis Lynch, closely behind Beezie on 38.92, said: “I was very happy with the way Lantinus jumped.

It was a really good course today and it is amazing how the ground put up with the conditions we jumped.”

When asked whether the frequent and often heavy rain affected the performance of horses and riders Denis quipped: “Not me, I come from Ireland and it rains quite a lot there!”

Dutch rider Jur Vrieling said he was pleased with his third place despite four faults in the jump off and said: “This is my first time in the Global Champions Tour and so I am really happy. I am really happy to be behind the top riders.”

Asked if the Valkenswaard show on home ground in the Netherlands was extra special, Jur said: “Absolutely. It is really nice to ride here and Jan Tops makes a really nice show and it is great to do this for your own public and sponsors.”

Edwina Alexander spoke of her delight at holding on to the top spot in the Global Champions Tour rankings despite a close call in the jump off.

Edwina, the world’s top ranked female rider, said she only just managed to stay on her champion horse Itot du Chateau: “He just lost the footing a bit and when I went to go forward he got a bit stuck so I had no chance.

“I managed to stay on, but I don’t know how I did it. I had a lot of mud on my face, so I was pretty close to the ground.

“Of course I would have liked to have won. It was a great competition.”

Global Champions Tour President Jan Tops said the new high-tech surface with special drainage had worked superbly in the rainy conditions during the weekend.

He said: “I was happy today with the ground which held up well in the rain.”

Jan and the riders heaped praised on course designer Uliano Vezzani saying: “Uliano knows how to build courses.

“I think he did a great job getting four in the jump off.”

The GCT President and Founder also thanked the sponsors of the Valkenswaard show and said: “I want to thank our sponsor VDL, which has been our sponsor for seven years. We are very lucky to get this kind of prize money because without that we cannot get this kind of level for the sport.”

Yiannis Broustas, The Netherlands Managing Director of Global Champions Tour sponsor Jaeger Le-Coultre, explained why the prestigious Swiss watchmaker teams up with GCT.

He said: “It is totally to do with the DNA of who we are.

“Luxury is not instant and winning an event like that is not instant either. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of talent and great passion.

“These are the values that we have and why we are very proud to be at this great event.”

 

 

 

Top 10 Placings

1.          Beezie Madden, USA, Cortes ‘C’, 0/0/0/38.38

2.          Denis Lynch, Ireland, Lantinus 3, 0/0/0/38.92

3.          Jur Vrieling, Netherlands, 0/0/4/39.52

4.          Edwina Alexander, Australia,  Itot de Chateau, 0/0/8 43.68

5.          Marcus Ehning, Germany, Plot Blue, 0/1/72.20

6.          Athina Onassis de Miranda, Greece, AD Crosshill, 1/2/76.56

7.          Marco Kutscher, Germany, Cash 63, 4/0/65.51

8.          Alvaro de Miranda Neto, Brazil, AD Norson, 0/4/67.14

9.          Christian Ahlmann, Germany, Taloubet Z, 4/0/67.29

10.    Alexandra Thornton, Great Britain, 0/4/67.94

 

GCT High resolution Images:

There is a good selection of high resolution images available for download via the Media Services section on the GCT website, www.globalchampionstour.com

Photo credits; Stefano Grasso/GCT

Eurosport will be airing the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to all countries (international, France and Germany) on Monday 5th September at 13.45 (CEST)

GCT Live Steaming in Rio de Janeiro – all 5* classes will be available via live streaming at www.globalchampionstour.com. The First round only of the Grand Prix of Rio de Janiero, Brazil will be available via Live Streaming.

GCT Gallery Clips: Take in all the action and behind the scenes of the Global Champions Tour via the video clips that are available in the Gallery section of the GCT website.

The latest news and information including start lists and results can also be obtained online.  Join the Global Champions Tour on their designated Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.

Global Champions Tour Rankings – top 18 riders after 8th leg (Valkenswaard)

1

Edwina Alexander (Aus)

228

=9

Philipp Weishaupt (Ger)

136

2

Luciana Diniz (Por)

192

=11

Kevin Staut (Fra)

131

3

Ludger Beerbaum (Ger)

186.50

=11

Billy Twomey (Irl)

131

4

Denis Lynch (Irl)

178

13

Pius Schwizer (Sui)

119

5

Alvaro de Miranda (Bra)

173

14

Marcus Ehning (Ger)

116

6

Christian Ahlmann

157

15

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Ger)

115

7

Marco Kutscher (Ger)

150

16

Rodrigo Pessoa (Bra)

103

8

Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (Swe)

142

17

Judy-Ann Melchior

87

=9

Clarissa Crotta (Sui)

136

17

Laura Kraut (USA)

87

The Global Champions Tour ranking is updated after each leg of the tour based on the scores derived from the rider’s performances in the Grand Prix. The best 7 results will count towards the final Ranking whereby the top 18 riders will share 1 million euros.

 

Global Champions Tour 2011 Events

Doha, Qatar (March 17-19) Valencia, Spain (May 6-8)  Hamburg, Germany (June 1-5)

Cannes, France (June 9-11) Monte Carlo, Monaco (June 23-25)  Estoril, Portugal  (July 1-2)

Chantilly, France (July 22-24) Valkenswaard, The Netherlands  (August 12-14)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (September 2-4) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, (November 24-26)

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WEBB ELLIS BEACH RUGBY

6ème édition

En partenariat avec l’association « Les Coeurs du Campanin »

 

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19 - 20 août 2011

Plage des Sablettes

 

Programme 

 

Vendredi 19 Août 2011 :  « la journée des enfants »

 

Grande initiation gratuite pour les enfants des centres aérés, les enfants de la plage, conduits par les dirigeants et éducateurs du Rugby Club Menton Webb

Ellis.

Mise en place de deux structures gonflables agrées FFR, jeu directement sur la plage, utilisation de chaussures de sports recommandées.

 

• Début de l’initiation 10h30 : Mise en place d’ateliers et d’exercices de base d’apprentissage du rugby sur les structures gonflables.

• Pause repas 12h00.

• Tournoi de beach rugby (jeu à touché sans plaquages ni contacts)  14h00.

• Fin du tournoi et remise des récompenses (goodies) 16h30.

 

 

Samedi 20 Août 2011 : Tournoi adultes de Beach rugby

 

Rendez vous 10h : Plage des Sablettes au pied de la vieille ville, pour les inscriptions.

Inscription au tournoi : 7 €  par personne.

Une équipe doit comporter au minimum 7 joueurs et 10 maximum.

 

• Annonce des poules 10h25.

• Début du tournoi 10h30.

• Pause repas 12h30.

• Reprise du tournoi 14h00.

• Remise des prix 17h00.

 

Utilisation de chaussures de sport recommandée.

Présence d’une buvette et d’un point restauration sur le site du Webb Ellis Beach Rugby.

Possibilité à l’inscription du matin de réserver son repas (plats + dessert). 15 Euros = inscription au tournoi + 1 repas.

 

Inscriptions sur site

 

 

Partenaires

 

La 6ème édition du Webb Ellis Beach Rugby se déroule en partenariat avec l’association «Les Cœurs du Campanin» représenté par Pierre Gerace, son Président.

(Banque alimentaire mentonnaise qui vient en aide aux familles les plus démuniez).

Chaque année le Rugby Club Menton Webb Ellis associe à cet évènement une association caritative.

Un don sera remis par le Rugby Club Menton Webb Ellis lors de l’organisation du 6ème Webb Ellis Beach Rugby, avec l’aide de tous les participants au tournoi et du Rotary Club de

Menton.

 

 

 

Contact organisateur

06 18 95 46 11

contact@rugbyclubwebbellis.com.

 

Contact presse

Nadine Torcolo / Ville de Menton

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Horse Festival of Valkenswaard 5-7th August 2011

Sunday 7th August

 

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The final day of competition at the Horse Festival in Valkenswaard was a huge success for Dutch rider Hen van de Pol, taking the Small, Medium and Big Tour classes against very good competition from an international array of competitors.

 

Young Horses

Table A with one jump-off

Five of the 19 six year olds and 8 of the 14 seven year olds headed to jump-off to ascertain the best youngster of the Horse Festival. The Six year olds were first to jumped-off before the course was raised for the seven year olds.

Gerco Schroder (NED) bettered his third place posted on Friday with the stallion Eurocommerce VD Groep Zagreb by taking out feature young horse class on the program today.

A good time of 38.29 was set by Phillip Lever (AUS) with his 6 year old Kannan x Quidam de Revel bred gelding that was rounded up later by the seven year olds. The combination eventually sat in third place. “It is only my second show with this horse,” Phil said.  “He is a big horse with  lots of scope and should be a good horse in the future.”

Schroder was first out of the seven year olds to be very tidily home in a time of 35.91seconds.

Belgian Jody Bosteels was the closest rival finishing clean with a with a time of 37.98 seconds with Hanry Reynten’s  7 year old Action Breaker stallion Explosive III.

“It was a good class and I am pleased with the way the horse jumped and to be second place,” stated a happy Jody as he dismounted.   “I am training him to go to the World Young Horse Championships in Lanaken.  He was 3rd at the Belgium 7 Year Championships and I have had him for about 2 ½ years.”

 

Special Invitational 1.15m

Belgium rider Elisa Schepers realised her second rosette for the show as she came in behind winner Joanne Sloan-Allen (IRL) who won yet another class here at the Horse Festival of Valkenswaard.

Elisa was early to go in the jump-off and had no choice but to post the best performance time laying it down for those to come.  Her coloured mare Verona set 38.36 to beat.   Kim Rothengatter (NED) on VDL Groep Alitta (38.77sec.) and Kelly Hermans (BEL) riding Wilke (39.63) didn’t better Elisa’s time and they placed 3rd and 4th respectively.

It was Irish Joanne Sloan-Allen, one but last to jump-off with Chekane, who took the shorter track to be home one second faster to win.  Three classes for the Horse Festival of Valkenswaard with two wins is surely a great way to start a partnership with a new horse.  Joanne took the ride on this mare only last week.

 

Special Invitational 1.25m

There’s no point travelling a long way to an event unless you mean business.  And the business of winning was certainly met with success by Brazilian rider Isabella Salles.  This young lady has had exceptional performances over the weekend of the Horse Festival in Valkenswaard. Today she won the Special Invitational 1.25m final event by a massive 3 seconds.

Riding the grey mare Umora, Salles eclipsed fast times set by British riders James Payne and Rebecca Marsh with their horses early in the contest.  American rider Cortright Wetherill attempted to chase Salles down but could only come home in 35.82 to be second.

Charlotte Casiraghi (MON) was also determined to win with her mare Madison D’Olgy coming home clean in a time of 36.31 seconds to rest in 3rd place.

“Winning this class topped off a great weekend, “said the young Brazilian. ”I have won a few classes and placed well also.  This mare won on Friday, was the fastest time yesterday and won again today.  The partnership has certainly come together. “

Salles attributes this to good training. “I came here three weeks ago and train with John and Beezie Madden. It is the first time that I have been able to send a lengthy period with them and I have been able to completely follow their systems of management and training and it has paid off.  They are truly great people.”

Concluding college this year Salles intends to ride full time now with greatful support from her family. “My dad Paulo will hopefully be here next weekend for the Global Champions Tour to watch.  He enjoys the sport and I like him to be part of my life with the horses. I stay for two more weeks before returning to Rio for the Global Champions Tour event and others until the end of November.”

Special Invitational 1.35m

The jump-off of the final 1.35m invitational class on the program for the Horse Festival was an international affair that saw 3 Brits, a Syrian, Brazilian and Dutch rider join two Americas for the jump-off. Four of these went double clean and results set on time given.

Seventeen year old Rebecca Marsh, from Cheshire, UK was second on course with the plan to have a cut knowing that some very good combinations were to follow.  The round was stylish and quick as Rebecca could trust her ride Onarco who she has been riding for about 4 years. They showed a clear set of heels and across the finish line in 39.50 seconds.

“I knew Claire Beecroft (UK) was directly after me and knowing she could go fast  I had nothing to lose,” commented Rebecca after the ride. “It is the best win for me and 100% worth coming here from England.  My mum Mary won here four years ago with this same horse.  My parents give me great support and we are really enjoying the Horse Festival.”

Claire Beecroft showed how consistent her and the Sergeant Pepper mare Sally are jumping clear.  They were a little slower through the double as the mare appeared to get a little more airborne and they completed in 40.06 to be second.

Dutch rider Lauren van Berkel chose a tighter track with Little Lancer and posted the fastest time 38.88 but felled the oxer at the second last.  Brazilian Isabella Salles, who has had a very successful weekend, didn’t quite capitalize on the first available inside line and finished clean in 40.06seconds.

Last to go Flaminia Straumann (USA) chose to produce a nice round from the big jumping grey Tarpan completing clear in 44.84 seconds to be 4th in line.

 

Small Tour Final – Table A with Jump-off

Homeland victory today for Dutchman Henk van de Pol with the Buckskin ‘Flicka’ in the Small Tour competition that saw 41 strong combinations start. “This 9 year old mare is very, very quick,” Henk said after the round. “ The plan was always to try to win the class as I attempted to do yesterday.  If we had not had one down then we would have won that class also, as we had the fastest time. She is a nice second team horse, not a Grand Prix horse, but a winner of classes at this level.”

Jody Bosteels (BEL) scored another good placing to his scorecard for the day, this time a to second place with Coconut 27.  This imposing grey ‘Concorde’ gelding has place very consistently over the Global Champions Tour events throughout the series tis year and a great team horse for the Belgium rider.

Swedish competitor Mathilda Karlsson placed third

1st Henk van der Pol   Netherlands   Flicker 0/0/57.56

2nd Jody Bosteels   Belgium   Coconut 27  0/0/58.73

3rd Cassinus  Sweden  Mathilda Karlsson

4th Zeline Rob Heijigers Netherlands   0/0/60.84

5th Calypos Z  Eric van der Vleuten  0/0 60.88

6th Zeosina L James Fisher 0/0/61.38

 

Medium Tour – Table A with jump-off

Henk van der Pol turned in back to back wins today.  Immediately following the win in the Small Tour Henk headed to the grassed arena to walk the course for the Medium Tour.  Full focus played out well as he won the Medium Tour with John Straagst’s buckskin ‘Chesterfield’.

As 13 of the 45 field jumped-off, all riders were out to win but van der Pols felt confident with his mare’s ability. “I have had this speedy mare for about half a year,” explained Henk.  “She has done a lot of local events with her owner and now stepped up to this bigger national event today.  The win today is good and she can do a little bit bigger classes in the future.  She is very, very careful.”

They were careful and fast winning in a time of 35.88. “We had a good run to fence three and then 7 strides to the double and everything came up well.  This is where I think we won the class,” stated Henk.

In form rider of the show Thomas Weinberg claimed 2nd place with Violetta 53 with a time of 36.72 seconds.  This 8-year-old Voltaire mare won the Medium Tour class the prior day and is certainly one to look for in Grand Prix’s in the future.

British rider James Fischer, last to go, appeared to have Low river Queen Z motoring as the smooth round ended clean in a time of 36.52 seconds.  Not good enough to round up Weinberg and Van der Pol yet smart enough to take the third place spoils.

 

Big Tour – Table A with Jump-off

When riders are on fire at an event the momentum often carries them to further successes throughout a show. 

Henk van de Pol secured 8000 euros and his third tour class today.  Having already won the Small and Medium Tour events, Henk put in a very quick jump-off round on Kirfa de Kreisker.  The Papillon Rouge mare crossed the timer at 38.47 seconds bettering Gerco Shroder’s earlier set time of 39.20 seconds of on Eurocommerce Vigaro.

 

“I wanted to win again today,” Henk assured us as he was preparing to head into presentations. “This mare has only been with me for two weeks and has placed already in Grand Prix’s recently.  She is extremely capable as proven here today.  It would be good to ride her next week in the Global Champions Tour, so I hope to see you here next week.”

Maikel van der Vleuten, who was early to set the pace at 39.69 seconds ended up taking the third position with VDL Groep Vleut.

Results showed a very strong stranglehold by the Dutch in this Big Tour final event on the program of the Horse Festival in Valkenswaard.

The International Concours program of showjumping will commence next Friday 12th August and conclude on Sunday 14th.  The feature event, the Global Champions Tour of Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, will start at 14h15.  For those who are unable to come to this 8th round of 10 in the global series, viewing of the first round can be seen at GCT Live at www.globalchampionstour.com or watched on Eurosport to all countries at 21h00 (CEST).

 


 


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Below: Gerco Schroder and Eurocommerce Vigaro - winners of the Big Tour 1.45m


The first day of competition at the Horse Festival in Valkenswaard was met with a cooler day but delivered hot competition from the outset.  With 500 of the best horses competing over the two weeks of top class show jumping gaining a victory was not for the faint-hearted.

Young Horses

The Young Horse class was a combined event of 6 and 7 year old horses over a two-phase competition.  The 6 year olds jumped before the course was raised and the 7 year olds showed what they were made of.

Nineteen 6 year olds and fifteen 7 year olds contested with victory going to the 7 year old bay mare Zanuschka by Sheraton out of an Emilion mare.  Ridden by Dutch rider Rob Haijligers the pair, who were out latter in the draw finished clean in a time of 30.04.

“I have had this horses since a 5 year old, “ said Rob.  “She is careful, with a bit of blood and a little sensitive but she has won a lot of classes.  The mare competed in the World Championship Young horses in Lanarken as a 5 year old and has a lot of good performances on her card.”

The Verhoeven family are the owner breeders and are enjoying seeing the horse compete. ”We are very happy with the performance today and really like to see a horse we have bred do well,” commented Mrs Verhoeven adding,  “we continue to breed with the mother of this mare.”

Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) was second with the 6-year-old stallion VDL Groep Astra.  The stylish chestnut is by Air Jordan x Fortissimo.

“The VDL Groep have owned this horse since it was a foal,” explained Maikel. “It has been in the VDL Young Horse training barn in Hoogeloon, near Eindhoven, until it came to me 2 years ago. The horse has good balance, is nice to ride and has a good way of going. We want to give him every chance to see if he can be his best.  He is approved by Zangersheide and we will continue to pursue his stallion classification.”

Third to yet another Dutch rider Gerco Schroder with the stallion Eurocommerce VDL Groep Zagreb. By Querlybet Hero x Heartbreaker

Medium Tour 1m40 one round against the clock

Fresh off the lorrie and winner in the first Medium Tour class was Adiand the 11-year-old, Ohio van de Paddenborre chestnut stallion, ridden by Belgium rider Constant van Paesschen.

Norwegian Marie Valdar Longem placed 2nd with Rusedski (Darco x Concorde).  “I have been riding this horse for a year now after purchasing him from a girl in Norway.  He has plenty of experience, as was Robert Whitaker’s speed horse. I have done up to 1.45m classes and used him for speed classes as he is very fast.  He has won a lot and placed almost every time for me.” She put in her best round but was rounded up by a Constant. “I went inside 2-3 and also fence 4 to 5 and the winner took ne further inside option and that is where I lost it.”

A happier memory to Valkenswaard today as Marie broke her pelvis at this same show last year. “Yes that was unfortunate but all is healed and I am back into riding. I finished high school last week and travelled down here with my trainer Geir Gulliksen.  I will continue to stay on at Stal Tops with my horses for 6 weeks with my team of horses and head to shows in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium.”

Irish rider Mark McAuley firmed up the 3rd place with Maddalena Valenzano Menada’s 8 year old ‘Par Trois’.

 

Small Tour – Table A against the clock

With 47 starters in the Small Tour it was not going to be an easy feat to be triumphant.

German Thomas Weinberg scored the fastest time of 59.39 with the Drosselklang II bred gelding Dorian Red 2.

“The Drosselklang II bred horses are very intelligent,” said a confident Weinberg. “He knows his job and if there is not a rider error you can always catch the time in a class. He is a super speed horse, very competitive and naturally unbelievably fast.”

The Weinberg’s sold the now 9 year old as a 7 year old and then purchased him back in partnership with sponsor Herman Tilke as an 8 year old. “He has developed really well since a 7 year old and competed with success as an 8 year old in the Aachen Young horse class,” Weinberg discusses his good performances.  “Also in 2010 he won in San Remo and in Linz.  Again in 2011 in Linz he won 3 classes and was in the top 3 placings in each class he was in at Arezzo, Italy.”

Dutch rider Albert Voorn placed second with Eurocommerce Lexington in a time of 59.57 and Alexandra Thornton who has changed from riding for USA to Great Britain shores went to 3rd place (60.92 secs) with the Quick Star bred mare Noa de Bacon who is owned by Florence Couperie.

 

Invitational 1.35m – Table A against the clock

British rider Claire Beecroft again found a way to win the 1.35m with her Sergeant Pepper bred mare ‘Sally’ setting a clear round time of 58.17 seconds.  Having won the 1.40m at the GCT Invitational class in Monaco and placed in the top 10 at other GCT invitational events this year, they proved that they are a consistent combination.

“I have had this horse for 3 years buying her as a 9 year old in the UK from Cressy Reading.” Claire spoke about the bay mare. “”She is a bit spooky and can get a bit worried about people and surrounds but can always be relied on to jump once she gets going.”

After placing in Valencia, Cannes and Monaco Claire took her back to the UK for a spell before heading to the GCT event in Chantilly and now to Valkenswaard.

“She jumps well when it gets a bit bigger and is awesome if I don’t make a mistake, ” added Claire.

Brazilian rider Isabella Salles steered Carlos (Cappucino x Cor de la Bryere) to a good time of 58.65 seconds but was rounded up by Claire four horses later.

German rider Pia-Katharina Beeking and Flower Boy were second on course setting a time of 59.76 that eventually settled her to 3rd place.

“This gelding is by Cheers Cassini and the mother is Flower the great horse of John Whitaker’s that won at Aachen and Calgary. I have had him for 1 year now and if nothing goes wrong he will be my best horse. Last year he competed in youngster classes and was really good. It was a nice class today and nice warm up for things to come.”

Invitational 1.10m – Table A against the clock

Australian rider Georgina Harvey’s early good efforts to win the 1.20m special invitational on her newly purchased horse Tresor with a time of 60.28 was later pushed aside as Belgian Elisa Schepers came home nearly a second faster (61.03).

Georgina came to Europe to ride and train at Stal Tops about 8 weeks ago with the plan to ride at the Global Champions Tour events in Monaco, Chantilly and here in Valkenswaard.  “This horse in particular has fitted very well and it feels like I have been riding him for quite some time” said Georgina. “The shows are also very, very nice as the organisers do their best to make it a good experience for all riders.”

Elisa Scheper’s win with the piebald mare Verona adds another trophy to her collection. “I have had this horse since 2006 and she has already had a foal, yet not coloured,” said Elisa. “Last year I won in Roggel International with her in the invitational 1.15m.”

It is Elisa’s first time competing in Valkenswaard and she is enjoying the win. “I was given this horse as a birthday present from my husband, but he actually bought her to breed with. I won my first start with her but had to wait a year until she was back to competing. I now am waiting for an embryo from her by Arko III.”

Kelly Hermans, also from Belgium, was third with Wilke a bay mare by No Limit in a time of 61.77.

 

Invitational 1.20m – Table A against the clock

Brazilian lady rider Isabella Salles continues with success today winning the Special Invitational 1.20m with Mosman van de Most’s grey mare ‘Umora’.

Following on her 2nd placing in the 1.35m with another of her team Isabella has finished the day with top success.

She beat home Belgium rider Stephanie Andries bettering her time by over 3 seconds.

Stephanie, who rode her own horse Cicero, was having her first start at the famous Valkenswaard Horse Festival. “ Really this is the first time to compete here and I am very happy wit how things have gone,” she said.  “A group of us decided to share the costs of coming here, taking a VIP table and entering our horses.  We are having a great time. Of course doing well is very good and I hope that it stays like this over the two weeks of competition.”

 

Below: Thomas Weinberg and Dorian Red 2 winners of the Small Tour 1.35m


Being a partner of a dealer has difficulties of its own she explains. “I ride horses with my partner Carl Cox, and the horses don’t often stay with us for long.  However, this horse was bought for me by my parents about a year and a half ago and it is here to stay for me. He is a very nice horse and does everything to stay clean and help me out.  He is a great amateur horse.”

Italian rider Maddalena Valenzano Menada to third place with Quidana fulfilling a good day for her team also as her team rider Mark McAuley placed 3rd in the previous Medium Tour 1.40m.

 

Big Tour 1.45m

The last class on the busy schedule saw the sun shining on the spectators and also on Gerco Schroder (NED) who won the class convincingly with the very nice stallion Eurocommerce Vigaro.

Gerco has a lot of time for this stallion. “He came to me 6 months ago from Roelof Bril.  We have seen this good horse since he was a 4 year old being brought along nicely and now we had a chance to do something with him.”

Gerco has already set plans for him. “I am doing big classes at smaller events and by the end of the year I have the plan to start him in classes in bigger international shows.  Today was a good step.  He is a very nice horse and very good in the mind.  Over summer we have been using frozen semen and his progeny on the ground are looking very good.”

 

 

Saturday 6th August, 2011

 

The Horse Festival in Valkenswaard continued today with another full program of classes.  Perfect conditions were presented for the 500 or more horses in attendance and the thousands of knowledgeable equestrian spectators coming from all over the world to take part in this popular events in The Netherlands.

 

Young Horses Table A – One round

13 from 36 starters in the 6 & 7-year-old horses jumped clean in the one round table A with the best time determining the winner. The track was flowing with true distances, two one stride doubles and a liverpool under an oxer were enough challenges for the young horses. 

 

Filipe Ramos Guinato (BRA) won the Young Horse class riding Silvia Balsco Villalonga’s Stallion Quoit Or.

“I have had the ride on this horse since it was a 4 year old as Silvia bought it especially for me to ride,” commented Filipe. “The dividends are paying off with this very nice horse and I am very happy with the way he is making good progress though the young horse classes.  This French bred stallion (L’Arc de Triomphe x Le Toto) has very good prospects for the future if all goes to plan.

Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) continued to excel with VDL Groep Aristo Z,  owned by Stoeterij Duyselshof.  The six-year-old stallion by Air Jordan was placed 2nd also yesterday being the best performed 6 year old.

Line Raaholt from Norway, was third with Hestecompanier’s 6 year old Abrisco V.

 

 

 

Small Tour 1.35m

Speed king Thomas Weinberg (GER) replicated his win of yesterday with Dorian Red 2 in the Small Tour.  Weinberg was able to round up American rider Cara Raether & Hopes are High Z ‘s time of 38.28 as he came home in 38.19 seconds.

Although defeated by a fraction of a second Cara was still pleased with her horse.

“Heading into the jump-off I knew that Edwina had done 7 down the last line and this was the question for me as I entered the course.  I did a tight turn onto the 2 verticals and it paid off.”

“I have had this horse for about 18 months having purchased him from Dutch rider Ruben Romps who rode him in Young Rider classes in Europe.  He has worked very well for me and is the speedster of my team. Last summer I came to Europe and competed for the USA with him.  He is a naturally fast horse and very good in those situations.”

Cara is at the end of her summer tour in Europe and heads home to Trelawny Farm located in Bedford, New York about 40 miles north-east of New York City.

“The Horse Festival and Concours International will be my last two events in Europe this summer before I head home for a few more events.  I have been competing and training here with 7 horses at Johan Heinze’s place in Belgium since June.”

Edwina Alexander (AUS) was third with the Kannan bred gelding Quimono de la Roque that she has been bringing along for the past year stating, “I was happy with the 7 year old horse today. I could take a chance in the jump-off.”

 

Medium Tour 1.40m Table A Against the Clock

Thomas Weinberg (GER) continues to blitz his opponents, taking his second win at the Horse Festival of Valkenswaard.  Competing on another of Herman Tilke’s horses Weinberg captained the bay mare Violetta to a fast time one round in 66.77.

They pushed Dutch rider Henk van de Pol and the buckskin Chesterfield to second (67.52sec).  Although Thomas’s mother Helena Stormanns late attempt to win with John Popley’s Spence II appeared to be close they held to 3rd place with a time of 70.29.

Weinberg commented on the course: “Although the course was not overly technical it required a very fast horse to win the class.  There were a few turns that could be made.  A lot of fences fell, particularly the oxer that had to be jumped turning out of a corner from the short side, with many taking the back bar.”

He has plenty of time for this winning 8-year-old Voltaire mare. “She is another very competitive horse of mine.  In fact, this weekend I have bought all of my speed type horses. She has a lot of blood bordering on being crazy.  I think that edge gives her the speed in the ring – she is like a rocket ready to explode. I have to be careful riding her as she cuts corners and eats the inside line a lot and I have to watch I don’t know a fence down with my foot.  She is a real fighter and I think she will develop into a nice Grand Prix horses in a few years.”

 

Big Tour 1.45m

Belgian rider Constant van Paesschen set a very secure time of 68.34 with his stallion Adiand as first to go in the jump-off in the Big Tour.

Jane Davies, who crossed the channel from the UK to ride at the Horse Festival in Valkenswaard, chased Constant down in a time of 68.20 seconds.  However, coming hot on their heels was very experienced international Edwina Alexander (AUS).  Riding her up and coming star Mel D’Argences Edwina took every shortened line with the Quick Star mare and was home free in a time of 67.41 to take the win.

 

Invitational 1.15m

Irish competitor Joanne Sloan-Allen took out the Special Invitational 1.15m with Chekane beating home two Belgian riders Kelly Hermans (Wilke) and Fanny Machiels (Uquique)

Joanne was happy with the results. “The mare Chekane only came to me last Sunday and I decided to start her in a small class.  She is a super mare and very careful and can really jump.  Hopefully she will be a good one for the future.”

Joanne comes to Europe each year with a team and this year has brought 8 horses. “We base in Belgium, at Carol Cox’s place: horses, three kids and crew in tow.” She said. “It is so far to travel from Ireland so we normally stay the summer.”  It’s great for a success today as last year just before this event I broke my leg and was so disappointed that I couldn’t compete.”

“Valkensaard is my favourite event to come to and I always have success.  My kids have grown up coming here as I never miss a year.  The two weeks of jumping is a great place to start new horse sand produce the ones that are going even further.”

Joanne added, ”The ground is always perfect, the jumps excellent and the horses gain so much good experience.”

 

Invitational 1.25m

1.25m Special Invitational saw British rider Claire Beecroft fill the top two positions in this class.  Having had many successes at the GCT events this season this is a further consolidating result for Claire. 

First to go in the jump-off winning horse Melton came home in 58.76 and although Claire rode Sally in the jump-off towards the end of the class she could improve on the time set with finishing on 62.38.

Cortright Wetherill from the USA filled third with Happy Hill Farm’s bay mare ‘Whoops’.

 

Invitational 1.35m

An all woman line-up in the prize giving for the 1.35m with Italian rider Maddalena Valenzano Menada winning by 3 seconds with her mare Quidana.(38.65seconds).

Maddalena discusses the jump-off. “I knew I had to be fast even though there were not so many in the jump-off.  To be honest the first round track was quite testing and it was an unexpected surprised that I was clean.”

“Quindana is a very careful horse but you need to ride as accurately as possible to win so I was very pleased with the final result.  This summer I have had more time to ride and train with good preparations coming to Valkenswaard. My trainer Mark McAuley and I have been working on every single detail.  It is a good team effort; family, crew, trainer and horse!”

German rider Pia-Katharina Beeking filled second and third place with Solem’s Ticket (41.23secs.) and Flower Boy (45.69secs).

“Solem’s Ticket is my best horse and normally I jump him in bigger classes.  Yesterday he was not so good so with today’s good rounds I am pleased.” Said Pia, adding.  “I didn’t see Maddalena go as I jumped from Flower Boy to warm up Solem’s Ticket. I tried to go fast but it was not enough to catch her very good time.  My round was smooth and I had a good rhythm so all was good in that respect.”

Tomorrow, Sunday 7th August will have a busy program of events with the final of the CSI 2* Small, Medium and Big Tours, Young Horses, and Special Invitational events.

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Grandi nomi ai Campionati Naz. A**** di Equitazione

equitazionePALLARE (SV). Tutta la Liguria dell'equitazione si ritrova nel week end al Centro Ippico Le Poiane per i Campionati Nazionali A**** 2011.

Tre giorni di competizione che vedranno gareggiare i migliori cavalieri e le migliori amazzoni: complessivamente, sono attesi in Valbormida circa  270 cavalli che si sfideranno da venerdì 29 a domenica 31 Luglio. Parteciperanno i famosi campioni Massimo Grossato, Mario Veraheyden e Luca Maria Moneta. Importante anche la stima del pubblico: non meno di 1500 persone assisteranno alle gare durante il week end.

In Liguria – spiega Valter Sandrone, organizzatore della tre giorni per la Scuderia Le Poiane –  l’equitazione è seguita e praticata da un sempre crescente numero di appassionati. Sono circa 50 i centri ippici affiliati alla Federazione Italiana Sport Equestri e 3700 i tesserati che praticano questo meraviglioso sport. Avere la possibilità di ospitare i Campionati Nazionali per noi è un onore e la conferma del lavoro svolto in questi anni e dell'altissimo livello raggiunto da questa struttura». I cavalli iscritti ai ruoli federali risultano 1010 a fine 2010 e in regione si svolgono circa 90 giornate di gara all’anno”.

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Samedi 6 et dimanche 7 août 2011

 

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Le Grand Prix de Karting de Menton est l’un des grands rendez-vous sportifs de l’été.


Cette compétition, inscrite au calendrier de la FFSA (Fédération Française du Sport Automobile), attire de nombreux passionnés de la discipline, aussi bien participants que spectateurs et va, pour la première fois, s’ouvrir aux entreprises…


Le samedi 6 août une course inter/entreprise, accessible à tous les salariés, mettra en compétition une quinzaine d’équipages sur des karts de 4 temps 270 cm/3 pour une endurance de 3 heures.***


Le Grand Prix de Karting de Menton, 39ème édition, réunira des pilotes de tous âges.

 

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NATIONALE, KZ 2,  KZ 125, KZ 2 GENTLEMAN, ainsi que les coupes de marque : ROTAX MAX , ROTAX MASTER, ainsi que les T.T.I. CARBONE .

 


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Saturday 23rd July, 2011

 

The Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Chantilly, France, 2011

 

GIRL POWER

 

Chantilly, France is becoming a lucky venue for the women who are regulars on the Global Champions Tour as three girls visited the podium again this year.

 

Edwina Alexander scored her second biggest win this season matching her Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Cannes success. She likes France and so too does her French bred trusted partner Itot de Chateau.

 

Penelope Leprevost (France) Edwina Alexander (Australia), and Luciana Diniz (Portugal) were the only three to jump double clean to factor an exciting jump-off.

 

There has been a soft shoe shuffle again as the Global Champions Tour ranking changed  following Edwina’s win of the Grand Prix of Chantilly. She has boosted her position on the GCT rankings from 155 to 195 points to take the lead over Ludger Beerbaum who now sits with 186.50.  He is just ahead of Luciana Diniz who is in third position with 186.00 points

 

The Grand Prix course, designed Italian Uliano Venazzi, provided many interesting challenges. The first round was not overly big in terms of height and width of most fences.  However the technical dimensions along with the unsteady soggy footing provided the most challenges.

 

It was going to be a battle of the best mud runners as the morning had produced many showers of rain.

 

 

 

First Round

 

French rider Patrice Deleveau, second out on course, provided the first clear round with Orient Express for the 6,000 or more spectators who roared in appreciation.  Fourteen horses later, American rider Lauren Hough jumped clear with her younger Grand Prix 10 year old stallion, Arizona Pie 9.

 

Three more women competitors jumped clean including Portugese rider Luciana Diniz, (Lennox), Australian Edwina Alexander (Itot de Chateau) and France’s favourite Penelope Leprevost (Mylord Carthago). Added the mix of clears was Pablo Barrios (Ven).

 

Clarissa Crotta (SUI) and Imperial West Side van Meerputhoeve provided a round of jumping perfection but came home with 1 time fault, as did Canadian Eric Lamaze with Atlete van’T Heike. Athina Onassis de Miranda (GRE) jumped a supreme careful round with AD Crosshill however landed home with 3 time penalties to her scorecard. Last year’s winner Laura Kraut also jumped with all rails intact yet took a time penalty.

 

So four woman and two men clear were joined in the second round by the four riders who had incurred time penalties plus the fastest four faulters making up the 18 to go again.

 

 

Second Round and jump off

 

New weather as the sun shone and a completely new track presented for the second round with the four faulters to start.  It was clear from the beginning that these riders wanted to take the shortest track in the quickest time to add pressure to those to come.  They too were also hoping to gain some of the 285,00 Euro prize money and GCT ranking points.

 

Nine riders jumped clear of which only three were double clean to demand the jump-off.  The all girl jump-off was a top class performance with the 6,000 strong spectators hanging on the edge of their seats.

 

Penelope and Edwina were on the podium in 2010 and back to claim a place joined this year by Luciana. Last years winner Laura Kraut jumped a clear second round and had to settle for fourth place with Cedric on one time fault.

 

Penelope took every angle possible with Mylord Carthago and was over the finish line in 44.16 seconds.

 

Although Itot de Chateau is a smaller horse in stature, Edwina had the horse covering the ground well, turning up on a short track to the second last vertical and put in a hard gallop to the last to be home in 41.91.

 

Sitting in pole position to go last in the jump-off Luciana Diniz looked quicker over the ground but fell short in time by .3 of a second finishing on 41.91 seconds to be second.

 

Victory for Edwina and Itot de Chateau who place yet another Global Champions Tour trophy on the mantelpiece.

 

 

The top riders meet again in two weeks for the 8th leg of the Global Champions Tour in Valkendwaard, The Netherlands (12=14th August).

 

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

 

Asked about her amazing horse, Itot du Chateau, Edwina said:

When you have all the control and the dressage is good and your horse is feeling fantastic you should be able to win anywhere? He’s an incredible horse and that is why he wins in different places.

 

Speaking about the rankings Edwina Alexander said: I was quite far behind Ludger.  Now, I’m not that far ahead and so much can happen. I am happy to be where I am, and I hope I can stay there. I am just going to take it as it comes.

 

Luciana Diniz was only 0.03 seconds behind Edwina in nail-biting jump off.

She said: I tried my best to beat Edwina in the jump off but she was the best today. It was a very special win for me today.

 

Asked why it was such a special podium place she said: First of all would like to thank all the team that made this dream possible. Without them I couldn’t have come in behind Edwina at all in the jump off. I had the best time today. It was a very special win for me today even if I was second. My whole family is here, my children, my parents, plus friends from Brazil – I want to thank them for everything. If everything is working in harmony it’s a victory and the last few weeks has shown this harmony works.

 

THE RIDERS CONGRATULATED THE COURSE DESIGNERS, TEAM AND ALL THE VOLUNTEER WORKERS FOR WORKING SO HARD DESPITE THE TORRENTIAL RAIN.

When asked about her grey stallion, MyLord Cathargo, Penelope Leprevost:  After the World Equestrian Games MyLord was off at stud for a long time because he’s very in demand, a breeding stallion. I am very happy to see he’s evolved really well, he was nearly spot on in this GC event.

 

Jan Tops, president of the Global Champions Tour:

I think today the sport in general won. If you saw the jump off how everything was so close, the position of all the riders, it was fantastic. The knowledge of the public, they’re connoisseurs. We had 6000 spectators. When you love the sport here you like to see it likes this and it was an exceptional jump off.

 

Gerard Manzinali, the President of Chantilly jumping said:

Yes, it was the 10th anniversary of Chantilly jumping. I am very proud of our team of volunteers here – many of the Chantilly staff are volunteers – and they were rewarded for their hard work.  It was a beautiful spectacle of great sport.

 

When Marwan Lahoud of sponsors EADS (aeronautic giant) was asked about the comparison between his company the top-level GCT show jumping, he said:

We like things that jump high, go fast and keep away from obstacles!

 

Luciana, when asked about how she came to buy her horse, Lennox, said:

I didn’t look for him he was supposed to come into my life. I was at a show in Paris about 18 months ago. Somebody said we want to give you this horse to ride. I tried the horse before the Global Champions Tour, loved him, and bought him. It was fate. He came into my life. He needs a lot of support from the rider and needs to feel safe. But he performs excellently.

 

Q to Edwina: Your horse looks really laid back(?)

Edwina: He certainly didn’t feel laid back! In the lap of honour he goes really strong and I don’t like them very much even though I like to be in the prize giving. He’s pretty cool in the head, he has a lot of blood and I also think that is why he is very good.

 

In the jump off I was really surprised that I was faster than Penelope. She was so smooth and slick. And so I took a risk to the last and came out thinking I was not fast enough. Probably, if I hadn’t made all those extra strides I wouldn’t have won. It’s just as well I did those strides at the last jump.

 


 

 

Top 10 placings

1. Edwina Alexander, Australia,  Itot de Chateau, 0/0/0 41.88

2. Luciana Diniz, Portugal, Lennox, 0/0/0 41.91

3. Penelope Leprevost, France, Mylord Carthago, 0/0/0 44.16

4. Laurra Kraut, USA, Cedric, 1/0/  - 72.11

5. Eric Lamaze, Canada, Atlete Van’t Heike, 1/1 – 77.13

6. Marco Kutscher, Germany, Cash 63 4/0 – 63.55

7. Harrie Smolders, Netherlands, Regina Z 4/0 – 64.41

8. Rodrigo Pessoa, Brazil, Let’s Fly 4/0 -66.70

9. Simon Delestre, France, Vancouver DML – 4/0 -68.88

10. Leopold van Asten, Netherlands, VDL Groep Santana B 4/0/-68.95

 

GCT High resolution Images:

There is a good selection of high resolution images available for download via the Media Services section on the GCT website, www.globalchampionstour.com

Photo credits; Stefano Grasso/GCT

 

GCT LIVE Streaming in Valkenswaard

Friday 12th August

Global Champions Tour International 5* Medium Tour 8h30

1.50m Global Champions Tour International 5* 15h30

Saturday 13th August

1.45m Global Champions Tour International 5* Big Tour 8h15

1.60m The Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Valkenswaard, The Netherlands - including GCT Magazine

Sunday 14th August

Eurosport will be airing the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Valkenswaard, The Netherlands to all countries (international, France and Germany) on Saturday 23rd July at 21h00 (CET)

 

GCT Gallery Clips: Take in all the action and behind the scenes of the Global Champions Tour via the video clips that are available in the Gallery section of the GCT website.

The latest news and information including start lists and results can also be obtained online.  Join the Global Champions Tour on their designated Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.

 

Global Champions Tour Rankings – top 18 riders after 7th leg (Chantilly)

 

1

Edwina Alexander (Aus)

195

=9

Marco Kutscher (Ger)

120

2

Ludger Beerbaum (Ger)

186.50

11

Pius Schwizer (Sui)

119

3

Luciana Diniz (Por)

186

12

Philipp Weishaupt (Ger)

116

4

Alvaro de Miranda (Bra)

144

13

Clarissa Crotta (Sui)

114

5

Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (Swe)

142

14

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Ger)

106

6

Denis Lynch (Irl)

141

15

Rodrigo Pessoa (Bra)

103

7

Christian Ahlmann

135

16

Judy-Ann Melchior

87

8

Billy Twomey (Irl)

124

17

Marcus Ehning (Ger)

84

=9

Kevin Staut (Fra)

120

18

Gerco Schroder (Ned)

83

 

 

The Global Champions Tour ranking is updated after each leg of the tour based on the scores derived from the rider’s performances in the Grand Prix.

 

Global Champions Tour 2011 Events

Doha, Qatar (March 17-19) Valencia, Spain (May 6-8)  Hamburg, Germany (June 1-5)

Cannes, France (June 9-11) Monte Carlo, Monaco (June 23-25)  Estoril, Portugal  (July 1-2)

Chantilly, France (July 22-24) Valkenswaard, The Netherlands  (August 12-14)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (September 2-4) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, (November 24-26)

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Aix : Janne-Friederike Meyer gagne le GP

Janne-Friederike Meyer (Ph. Scoopdyga)

Janne-Friederike Meyer a inscrit dimanche le Grand Prix d'Aix-la-Chapelle à son palmarès. Alors qu'aucun couple de parvenait à réaliser le double sans-faute en seconde manche et qu'un barrage à quatre points se dessinait, la cavalière a réalisé l'exploit avec Cellagon Lambrasco, celui de réaliser le premier et seul double sans-faute du Grand Prix d'Aix-la-Chapelle. L'Allemande devient ainsi l'une des rares cavalières à remporter cette mythique épreuve.

 
Seule Luciana Diniz pouvait penser à la victoire finale. Dernière à s'élancer en seconde manche avec Winningmood, le couple faute finalement sur le dernier obstacle du parcours. La deuxième place du Grand Prix revient donc à Kevin Staut et Silvana de Hus, plus rapide des quatre points dans ce Grand Prix. Belle surprise également pour le troisième de l'épreuve, le jeune allemand Andreas Kreuzer avec Chacco-Blue. Olivier Guillon et Lord de Theize, auteurs d'un sans-faute puis d'un parcours à huit points, terminent treizièmes.

 
Le classement du Grand Prix Rolex :
1 Cellagon Lambrasco - Janne-Friederike  Meyer (GER) 0.00     0.00     74.14
2 Silvana de Hus - Kevin  Staut (FRA) 4.00     0.00     70.28
3 Chacco-Blue - Andreas  Kreuzer (GER) 0.00     4.00     70.77
4 Winningmood - Luciana  Diniz (POR) 0.00     4.00     72.89
5 Gotha FRH - Ludger  Beerbaum (GER) 4.00     0.00     73.64
6 Corradina - Carsten-Otto  Nagel (GER) 4.00     0.00     73.99
7 Action-Breaker - Sergio  Alvarez Moya (ESP) 4.00     0.00     74.19
8 Catoki - Philipp  Weishaupt (GER) 0.00     4.00     74.36
9 Eurocommerce New Orleans - Gerco  Schröder (NED) 0.00     5.00     77.92
10 Carlina - Pius  Schwizer (SUI) 0.00     8.00     71.32

 

 

Shutterfly à la retraite !

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Shutterfly et Meredith Michaels Beerbaum

A dix-huit ans, Shutterfly a fait ses adieux à la compétition ce dimanche à Aix-la-Chapelle. Alors qu'il devait prendre le départ du Grand Prix Rolex, Shutterfly prend finalement sa retraite dans le temple du saut d'obstacles allemand. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum a en effet décidé, avec son mari Markus, de ne pas prendre part à cette épreuve avec son crack. Une décision longuement réfléchie après la victoire du couple mercredi dans le Prix Warsteiner face aux meilleurs couples mondiaux. "La victoire a été tout simplement sensationnelle, j'ai été submergée", a commenté la cavalière allemande.

 
Si Shutterfly ne participait pas au Grand Prix, il était tout de même présent sur la piste pour un ultime hommage, à la fin du Grand Prix.  "Il est le meilleur cheval du monde et il mérite tout simplement une cérémonie d'adieu devant le meilleur public du monde", ajoute Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.

 
Shutterfly participait là à son dizième CHIO d'Aix-la-Chapelle. Il y a notamment remporté le Grand Prix en 2005 ainsi que quatre Coupes des nations avec l'équipe d'Allemagne. C'est aussi à Aix que le couple terminait troisième des championnats du monde de saut d'obstacles en 2006.

 

 

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Tuesday 20th July, 2011

The Global Champions Tour gallops forward to Chantilly, France

 

 

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Artiste: Kim Bouloukos


The Global Champions Tour season heads north from the seaside location of Cascais (Estoril, Portugal) to the magnificent setting at Chateau de Chantilly for the seventh of the ten round series to be held 22-24th July, 2011.

It’s the time for stylish outfits, extreme preparation, hours and hours of training, and that’s just for the VIP patrons. Throw in the sound of hoofs jumping around the most challenging courses and you will witness the best collection of show jumping riders and horses on offer.

The specially designed grass jumping arena sits alongside the Parisian racecourse in Chantilly. Back-dropped by Chateau de Chantilly the venue will showcase the world’s best showjumping series next weekend.

The feature event on the program, Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Chantilly, France, will take place on Saturday 23rd July starting at 15h30.

“It is with a non-dissimulated impatience that we have awaited this second edition of the Global Champions Tour in Chantilly.” commented Gerard Manzinali, President of Jumping de Chantilly. “Impatience because the 2010 edition of the Global Champions Tour imposed itself as the start of a wonderful adventure for both humans and sports. Impatience also in renewing with a show of rare quality and on a site that is just as rare.” Mr Manzinali further explained.

“Lastly, impatience for there is no greater pleasure than to share, and to offer to our partners, and to an ever increasing public, these three days of exceptional competition that literally carries each and every member of our association.”

Mr Manzinali went on to comment about the members who offer their time voluntarily to assist in the running of the Global Champions Tour event in Chantilly.

“Members of our association have chosen to keep their status of voluntary workers. And that could be the magic of Chantilly. For, in spite of an organisation, we aim to be more professional each year, which at each edition gains in quality of reception and animation, Chantilly Jumping remains an association whose sole entry ticket is that of passion. Here, there are no salaries, but voluntary workers, no investments but an involvement; no clients but partners.”

He added, ”No surprising that in such a context our impatience is so great in seeing you again, maybe also because it is the occasion of seeing each other.”

Many of the leading FEI ranked riders having declared to ride at the Chantilly round of the Global Champions Tour. They will battle it out to claim the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Chantilly, France title and part of the €285,000 prize money set down for the Grand Prix.

Last minute omissions include Billy Twomey, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Eric van de Vleuten. However, spectators can expect a thrilling competition and with the inclusion of French riders Michel Robert, Philippe Rozier, Jerome Hurel, Olivier Guillon, and Patrice Deleveau, who will be spurred on by their home crowd.

Last year’s winner of the feature GCT Grand Prix of Chantilly, Laura Kraut (USA) has nominated to start. A knock to the face at the Global Champions Tour event in Monaco meant an omission from the Estoril event that was held in early July.

The American rider has completely recovered and is looking forward to the event. “Unfortunately I broke my jaw and a couple of teeth at the Monaco event,” Laura explained. “It was just an accident in the ring yet it was enough to keep me away from the GCT Estoril event.”

“I am now feeling ready and can’t wait to get to Chantilly as it is one of my favourite shows,” she added.

There have been enough twists and turns in the GCT Ranking leader this season already to make the Global Champions Tour season very interesting. German Ludger Beerbaum has taken a significant lead since placing 3rd in the Grand Prix in Estoril where he boosted his points to 186.50.

Australian Edwina Alexander rests in 2nd place (155 points) and Luciana Diniz has quietly worked her way to 3rd spot (149. points) with good placings. Estoril, for Luciana, was a highlight being runner up with Winningmood.

With points allocation per Grand Prix class standing at 40 for 1st, 37 for 2nd place and 35 for third place it makes this season still a chance for any of the riders to get to the top of the ranking list in order to take home their share of the bonus 1 million Euros.

Jan Tops President of the Global Champions Tour remarked on the Ranking List to date. “Ludger at the moment is clearly ahead, but the season is still not finished. Any of the top 12 riders has a chance to win. Seven of the best ten results count with still four more events to go.”

At the conclusion of Chantilly there are just three Global Champions Tour events remaining: Valkenswaard, (12-14th August) and Rio de Janeiro, (2-4th September) with the season culmination in Abu Dhabi (24-26th November).

The race is on between the top professional riders to win part of the million euro bonus that will be presented at the concluding leg of the tour at the Al Forsan International Sports Arena in Abu Dhabi.

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ANNIE LEVER

 

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