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Quotes after the 2015 LGCT Final: "This success to be here, I am not alone in that"

Sunday, 15 November 2015
LGCT Doha 2015

Luciana Diniz celebrates her win in Doha. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.
Luciana Diniz celebrates her win in Doha. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.

Luciana Diniz, 2015 Longines Global Champions Tour winner: “I was in a winning mood and spirit today and riding Fit For Fun makes my life easier. It’s true, if you ride with love and you believe in what you do it makes your life easier. So this success to be here, I am not alone in that - I have to thank all of you as well, the Longines Global Champions Tour, all the supporters, Doha, Al Shaqab. And now my team, my fantastic horses, Fit for ‘Love’, Winningmood who has been in great shape this year. I love this name by the way!

I think we have arrived with a different story in our sport, with a new image as well for the sport - I’m not saying it’s going to be like tennis one day but I think we’re respectable now, people are looking for us with a different spirit now and I’m very happy to be here today. These two boys were gentlemen today and let the lady be first so I’m very happy with that."

Diniz on her competitors: “[Scott and Rolf] are so good, if I would think about focusing on them and what they are going to do I would be lost. So I just said I’d focus on myself and what my horse can do and I’m just going to be with her there, together we are one and that was my strategy today - just focus on the both of us. Fit For Love was in love with me."

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, third in the 2015 Longines Global Champions Tour: "First of all, I want to say that I really enjoyed doing the Longines Global Champions Tour and it is a fantastic thing. We go to very nice locations, where we make the sport famous everywhere. I didn’t go directly in the beginning, I started a little but later but I have been many times so consistent. To reach third place in the end, I’m still happy with that, of course I wanted to win but that’s life."

Scott Brash, 2015 Longines Global Champions Tour runer-up: "I had a silly fence in the first round, coming out of the double. Ok, this is showjumping so we know it can happen. So I started the second round thinking that I had to be the fastest of the four faulters to have any chance so I went as fast as I could and it’s the reason I had a fence down. But Sanctos has been wonderful all year."

Brash on Luciana's win: "I must say I think Luciana really deserves it, she’s been so consistent the whole year, as has Rolf. I think Fit For Fun jumped unbelievable today, it was actually an absolute joy to watch. They jumped fantastic, as did Rolf, so they really deserved it. In the last three legs of the Longines Global Champions Tour they just ran away it, so it’s all credit to both of them.”

 

Source: Press release from LGCT

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