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Quotes from Abu Dhabi

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Happy overall winner Edwina. Photo by Stefano Grasso/GCT.Overall-winner Edwina Tops-Alexander: “It has been a long time until the final and I have been waiting for this. I am very happy I finished as the winner. I tried my best and my horse has been very consistent and that is why I am here today.” Referring to her husband, trainer and GCT President Jan Tops, Edwina said: “I am not the only one who has won today because Jan has also won and my horse.”

2011 runner-up Ludger Beerbaum: “I am actually really satisfied with my performance the whole GCT season.” On his performance in the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi Ludger said: “Of course I was not satisfied with my performance today but that is part of the game. I simply was not good enough and things went wrong. But if I see the whole season, I was pretty consistent and I am more than happy to finish second."

Alvaro de Miranda: “I started very good but, unfortunately, after the show in Monte-Carlo my horse was not feeling very good and we decided to give him a break and not rush him. I was very happy with my other horses and because of them I maintained a good position and now I am feeling like a winner because I have my horse back that I love the most in my stables. I am very happy.”

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner Roger-Yves Bost: “It was most exciting, a very good jump-off. I went fast and I tried the maximum possible. Today was my day. I wanted to win it.”

GCT President Jan Tops: “When you look at the whole season, it is the sport that won. When you see the jump-off here, it was maybe the crowning moment of the whole year. We have had different people in front and the competition is so strong. All the riders are so prepared for these events and that is why I am very satisfied for the whole year and the sport today.”

Source: Press release from the GCT.

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