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Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask win the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Doha

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rolfRolf-Göran Bengtsson won the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Doha on Casall Ask. All photos (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.After three incredible clear rounds in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Doha, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall Ask (Caretino x Lavall I) won the prestigious competition. Only one other competitor managed to be triple clear, Luciana Diniz on Fit for Fun (For Pleasure x Fabriano) who ended second. Third place went to Yann Candele on Showgirl (Gold de Becourt x Elf III), double clear but with one rail down in the jump-off.

 

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Scott Brash takes the Longines Global Champions Tour title for 2014

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ScottScott Brash took home the Longines Global Champions Tour title for 2014 in Doha. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.World number one Scott Brash successfully defended his Longines Global Champions Tour title in Doha tonight. The 2012 Olympic team gold medalist took fourth place in tonight’s Grand Prix giving him a one point advantage over four-time Olympic medalist Ludger Beerbaum and finishing on the same points as rival Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, who was the eventual class winner tonight with Casall Ask. Due to Scott having more wins than Bengtsson this season, the British rider took home the title.

Michael Whitaker wins Saturday’s 1.50 class in Doha

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michael_w_dohaMichael Whitaker and Valentin R. Photo by Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Great Britain’s Michael Whitaker went to the top in Saturday’s 1.50 speed class in Doha on Valentin R (Heartbreaker x Indorado). With a clear round in a time of 60.33 seconds, Michael was 0.64 seconds faster than runner-up Luciana Diniz on Lady Lindenhof (Grand Chef Bleus SF x Type d'Elle). Third place went to Simon Delestre on Stardust Quinhon (Calvaro x Cabdula du Tillard).

 

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Daniel Deusser takes the glory while Brash shows hot form ahead of tomorrow's Grand Prix in Doha

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DeusserDohaGrassoDaniel Deusser won Friday's 1.55 class in Doha on Pironella. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.As the heat of the day faded and the the sun set on the stunning Al Shaqab stadium, tonight's €151,000 CSI5* 1.55m class was won by a thrilled Daniel Deusser on Pironella (Non Stop x Pilot). The pair galloped to an elegant victory ahead of Ireland's Denis Lynch in second with his bouncy All Star 5 (Argentinus x Alme) and Marco Kutscher with the consistent Liberty Son (Clooney x Lord Z) in third.

Gregory Wathelet and Conrad de Hus win Thursday's biggest class in Doha

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WatheletDohaGrassoGregory Wathelet and the stunning Conrad de Hus won Thursday's biggest class in Doha. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.This evening's €90,500 CSI5* class at the Longines Global Champions Tour was won by Belgium's Gregory Wathelet and Conrad de Hus (Con Air x Locato). The Belgian rider put in a deceptively quick round to leave a large and competitive field in his dust. Second place went to Germany's Daniel Deusser and Cornet D'Amour (Cornet Obolensky x Damiani) who had looked unbeatable, and third to a Luciana Diniz and Fit For Fun (For Pleasure x Fabriano).

 

The first round, built by Italy's Uliano Vezzani, was a sweeping, attacking course that took advantage of Al Shaqab's massive arena. Many of the star riders had their Grand Prix horses in the competition which served as a generous introduction to Saturday's battleground. Of the 40 starters, an incredible 20 went through to the jump-off.

Dreher and Qataris take the top honours in opening 5* class in Doha

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DreherDohaGrassoHansi Dreher won the opening five star class in Doha on Callisto. Photo (c) Stefano Grasso/LGCT.Germany's Hans-Dieter Dreher and Callisto (Casall x Acorado) claimed victory in the opening CSI5* class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Doha event at the spectacular Al Shaqab arena. Second and third went to home riders Ali Yousef Al Rumaihi with Gunder (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Randel Z) and Khalid Mohammed AS Al Emadi with Utascha SFN (Lux x Indoctro).

Marcus Ehning vs Simon Delestre in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Vienna

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The Longines Global Champions Tour adds a Club League to their concept for 2015

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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.

Beerbaum is not to beat in LGT Vienna Masters

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ludgerLudger 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

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LudgerViennaIn 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.

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