The final in the Global Champions Tour in Abu Dhabi is getting closer and several of the top riders are flying their horses out to compete in the United Arab Emirates. But some of the riders from the top 18 on the world ranking will be missing, such as Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Rodrigo Pessoa and last year's GCT winner Marcus Ehning.
The show takes place at the 24 – 26 November and the horses from Europe are flying over in two planes, one on the 19th and the second at the 20th of November. The riders can bring a maximum of two horses each, which almost all of them does - except for Ludger Beerbaum who is one of the riders that chose to bring just one horse – Chaman. Edwina Tops-Alexander takes Itot de Chateau for her Grand Prix ride and Mel D’Argences as her supporting horse. Both riders are attempting to claim the 2011 GCT Champion title.
Popular Irishman Denis Lynch, who has housed a good collection of performances of the GCT season, sits currently in 5th ranking position. He has nominated Lantinus and Lord Luis as his horses to be flown to the Abu Dhabi event.
Winner of the GCT Grand Prix’s in Hamburg and Monaco and 2011 crowned European Champion, Rolf-Goran Bengtsson from Sweden will ride Casall La Silla and will be bringing Carusso LS La Silla as his second ride. Dutch rider Gerco Schroder, winner of the GCT Rio de Janeiro, brings Eurocommerce Vigaro and Eurocommerce New Orleans who he will ride in the Grand Prix.
Brazilian Alvaro de Miranda Neto steps back out with AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan, the horse he had very good success with earlier in the season winning the GCT Grand Prix in Doha.
Irishman Billy Twomey lands in Abu Dhabi with Tinka’s Serenade and a young Grand Prix mare Wings Sublime.
German rider Christian Ahlmann, who won the Grand Prix in Estoril, will not be taking winning horse Taloubet Z , instead will front with Lorenzo and Firth of Clyde.
Portugese lady rider Luciana Diniz, who sits in 4th position on the GCT ranking, takes Winningmood who ferried her to successful top placings at Monaco and Estoril.
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