A new Club League will take place in conjunction with all Longines Global Champions Tour events around the world next year. In the Club League, club owners will field "star strikers" to compete on Friday competitions at each event on the calendar, including London, Shanghai, Monaco, Paris and Doha. Prize money for the whole season next year will rocket to around €20 million in total for the thrilling club competitions and the individual competitions.
Last Modified:Sunday, 21 September 2014 21:06
Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman victorious in the final class in Vienna. Phoyo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT. The final class of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Vienna, the CSI5* LGT Vienna Masters, was won by Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You). The pair is on sparkling form, and won last weekend's Grand Prix in Lausanne. Second went to Ludger's fellow German Hans-Dieter Dreher with Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I) and 3rd to Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Clarimo Ask (Clearway x Caletto II). The World No2 was once again all smiles as he accepted his prize and took his lap of honour.
Ludger stays in the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour
Last Modified:Sunday, 21 September 2014 10:40
In the lead: Ludger Beerbaum, here seen on Chiara 222. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.Ahead of the final round of the 2014 Longines Global Champions Tour Ludger Beerbaum is still in the lead overall. Beerbaum has collected 242 points in the series, and twelve points behind follows Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. Scott Brash is rank three on 210 points, and then follows Edwina Tops-Alexander on 208 points and Henrik von Eckermann on 201 points. The last round of the tour will be hosted by Doha from the 13-15th November.
Marcus Ehning untouchable in Longines Global Champions Tour of Vienna Grand Prix
Last Modified:Sunday, 21 September 2014 08:40
Marcus Ehning celebrates his win on Plot Blue. Photos by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour. The Longines Global Champions Tour of Vienna Grand Prix presented by Icuras was won by Marcus Ehning and 17-year-old Plot Blue (Mr. Blue x Pilot) who looked untouchable from the start and finished with the only treble clear round, following a roller-coaster class filled with thrills and spills. Second place went to Simon Delestre with Qlassic Bois Margot (L'Arc de Triomphe x Galoubet A) and third to Portugal's Luciana Diniz with Winningmood (Darco x Cassini). Tour leader Ludger Beerbaum finished 5th, one place ahead of his close ranking rival Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, enabling him to maintain his lead.
Jur Vrieling won the Lenz Moser Trophy in Vienna. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.The CSI5* Lenz Moser Challenge Trophy in Vienna was won by 2014 World Equestrian Games team gold medallist Jur Vrieling with Flash Dance V. Kalevallei (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Gottwald). The pair produced a neat and classy round in the two-phase competition to push Pius Schwizer with Rafale Des Forets (Arc de Triomphe) and Samuel Parot with Sensation 21 (Welcome Sympatico x Acord II) into 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Yesterday's double winner Denis Lynch finished 4th with Double O Seven (Equest Carnute x Irco Mena) having led the way for a good portion of the class.
Second win of the day for Lynch in Gaston Glock's Championat Vienna
The man of the day in Vienna: Denis Lynch. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.The Friday night feature class at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Vienna – the Gaston Glock's Championat Vienna – was won by Denis Lynch and All Star 5 (Argentinus x Alme). This was Denis' second win of the day, as he also won the opening class on Double O Seven (Equest Carnute x Irco Mena). The Irishman threw everything he had at the challenging course set by Frank Rothenberger to push Germany's Hans-Dieter Dreher with Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I) and Ludger Beerbaum with Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) into 2nd and 3rd, respectively. A rare smile broke across Lynch's face as he accepted his prize before the packed VIP and the title sponsors family Glock.
Beerbaum takes over the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour
Longines Global Champions Tour leader Ludger Beerbaum. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Germany's Ludger Beerbaum has taken over the overall lead in the Longines Global Champions Tour following his win in Lausanne last night. Beerbaum leads the tour with 236 points. Then follows Sweden's Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with 221 points. Rank three is another Swede; Henrik von Eckermann with 201 points. Rank four is Edwina Tops-Alexander, also with 201 points. Fifth at this stage of the tour is Bassem Hassan Mohammed on 200 points.
Beerbaum wins a battle between legends in Lausanne
Last Modified:Sunday, 14 September 2014 08:14
The winners in Lausanne: Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman. Photos by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.It was a battle of the Legends with a capital 'L' in Lausanne on Saturday evening when Germany's Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) took on Britain's John Whitaker and Argento (Arko III x Gasper) in front of a hugely excited and supportive Suisse crowd, with the four-time Olympic Gold medallist Beerbaum coming out on top by just 0.81s. Third place went to the relative newcommer in the Longines GCT Argentina's José Maria Larocca with GDE Matrix (Cardento 933 x Maximus 620), who finished one of just two other treble clears 0.84s ahead of 4th placed Gerco Schröder and Cognac Champblanc (Clearway) who jumped his socks off. With his win, Beerbaum has stormed up the tour ranking from 4th to 1st taking a narrow lead of 15 points.
Maikel van der Vleuten wins the Prix de Canton de Vaud in Lausanne
Maikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Eureka won the Prix de Canton de Vaud in Lausanne. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Friday's feature class at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Lausanne, the CSI5* Prix de Canton de Vaud was won by 2014 World Championship Team Gold medallist and Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid Grand Prix winner Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Eureka (Chin Chin x Quidam de Revel) who took the victory by over a second from 2nd placed Doda de Miranda on AD Nouvelle Europe Z (Nelson Z x Jimtown). Third went to home rider Jane Richard Philips with Upanisad di San Patrignano (Mr. Blue), who finished less than 0.5s behind Miranda.