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Valkenswaard United vow to “fight to the end” of GCL Final

Thursday, 09 November 2017
CSI5* LGCT Doha 2017

Photo (c) GCL / Stefano Grasso. Henrik von Eckermann with Chacanno. Photo (c) GCL / Stefano Grasso.

The big guns came out in full force for the first round of the Global Champions League Final in Doha, with Mexico Amigos taking pole position in a battle against title-contenders Hamburg Diamonds and Valkenswaard United.

Setting up an unmissable finale to the GCL season both the Diamonds and United pulled out all the stops to keep their title dreams alive. United rider Bertram Allen - who teamed up with Alberto Zorzi in tonight’s first round - said: “We’re delighted with our horses’ performance today and knew we had to go double clear to be in with a chance. The Diamonds are strong but for sure we’ll be fighting until the end.”

Tonight's competition hinged on clear rounds and three teams produced double clears under the Al Shaqab spotlights in Qatar’s capital city of Doha. Mexico Amigos lead the way into Saturday’s finale as the fastest of the faultless trio, with the Paris Panthers and defending champions Valkenswaard United heading the pack of 18 teams.

“We are in the best position,” said Henrik von Eckermann of the Mexico Amigos after their pole position today. “Both horses jumped really well. If we win, we are third [in the overall championship] so that is what we are trying for.” His team-mate and student, the U25 rider Evelina Tovek added: “I’m really happy to produce a clear round for the team.”

Source: Press release from GCL / Picture © Stefano Grasso/GCL

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