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23 juillet 2011 6 23 /07 /juillet /2011 23:02


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Saturday 23rd July, 2011


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




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).




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.



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)



Edwina Alexander (Aus)



Marco Kutscher (Ger)



Ludger Beerbaum (Ger)



Pius Schwizer (Sui)



Luciana Diniz (Por)



Philipp Weishaupt (Ger)



Alvaro de Miranda (Bra)



Clarissa Crotta (Sui)



Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (Swe)



Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Ger)



Denis Lynch (Irl)



Rodrigo Pessoa (Bra)



Christian Ahlmann



Judy-Ann Melchior



Billy Twomey (Irl)



Marcus Ehning (Ger)



Kevin Staut (Fra)



Gerco Schroder (Ned)




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)


Media contact:

Annie Lever

Head of Media and Communications

T. +31 (0) 402069111




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21 juillet 2011 4 21 /07 /juillet /2011 06:08



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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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19 juillet 2011 2 19 /07 /juillet /2011 15:11



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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.

GCT LIVE Streaming in Chantilly




Here below  artist Kim BOULUKOS

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