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2014 Longines Global Champions Tour season revealed

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gctThe Longines Global Champions Tour 2014 calendar has been revealed. The tour will touch down in some of the world's greatest cities in 2014 - including Paris, Shanghai and London - launching the most spectacular season to date for the series.

 

This year, exciting new events will take place at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in Shanghai, China and Antwerp, Belgium - with the London event staged at one of the city's most famous landmarks, Horse Guards Parade Ground - to have a look at the entire calendar click on 'Read more'.

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Horse Guards Parade Ground new London venue for Longines Global Champions Tour

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horseguardsHorse Guards Parade Ground is the new London venue for Longines Global Champions Tour.The Longines Global Champions Tour has announced a spectacular new venue at historic Horse Guards Parade Ground next summer. The tour will return to London at the new location of Horse Guards Parade Ground from 14-16 August 2014. The BBC will be broadcasting live on two consecutive days of the event and the public will be able to watch the stars of the sport from ticketed grandstand seats and on a free big screen in beautiful St James’s Park, the oldest of London’s eight Royal Parks.

Scott vs. Ludger in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Doha

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Birthday boy Scott Brash wins the Doha Grand Prix and the Longines Global Champions Tour 2013

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scottdohaScott Brash crowned a fantastic season by wining the Grand Prix in Doha and the title in the LGCT. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.Scott Brash took the overall win in the Longines Global Champions Tour 2013 after winning the Grand Prix of Doha last night aboard Hello Sanctos (Quasimodo V. Molendreef x Nabab de Reve). With one of only two triple clears in the class, the Grand Prix win and the overall series win gave Britain’s ice man €443,000 in prize money – a relatively good 28th birthday gift one could say. Second in the Grand Prix was Ludger Beerbaum on Chiara (Contender x Coronado), while Marcus Ehning was third on Plot Blue (Mr. Blue x Pilot) with one down in the jump-off.

Harrie Smolders and Regina Z race to victory in Doha

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harriedohaHarrie Smolders and Regina Z have showed top form in Doha. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.Harrie Smolders and Regina Z (Rex Z x Savoy Hanover) continued their fabulous form tonight in Doha, taking the win in the 5* 1.55m class. The pair was second in yesterday’s biggest class, and today they went all the way to the top after riding one of the five double clears of the class with the fastest time of the day at 36.36 seconds in the jump-off. Juan Carlos Garcia – winner of yesterday’s 1.45 class – was second on Bonzai van de Warande (Nonstop x Feinschnitt I V.d.Richter) just 0.5 seconds behind. Third went to Pius Schwizer and Clever Lady (Cassini I x Limbus) who were almost a second behind the winning couple.

 

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Patrice Delaveau tops Thursday's biggest class in Doha

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patricedohaPatrice Delaveau keeps on winning; this time on Carinjo HDC in Doha. Photo by Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.Patrice Delaveau and Carinjo HDC (Cascavelle X Landgraf I) took home the biggest win in Doha today, winning the 1.55 class. The French rider was the fastest of the fourteen riders in the jump-off, and as the last to go he shaved off 0.28 seconds on runner-up Harrie Smolders’ time on Regina Z (Rex Z x savoy Hannover). Third went to Constant van Paesschen riding Citizenguard Rioso van de Kape (Idem D Azur x Glennhidge).

The riders list for the Longines Global Champions Tour in Doha

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paginas_van_doh13_20131021_mailingA star studded field of riders are travelling to Doha this weekend to compete at the final leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour for the 2013-season. Nine out of the top 11 ranked riders are in with a chance to win the tour as all is to be settled in Qatar the coming weekend.

 

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World number one Ben Maher wins the LGT Vienna Masters

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Maher_89R2296Ben Maher was the best in the Vienna Masters. Photo by © Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.Ben Maher – currently ranked as the world’s number one showjumper – won the LGT Vienna Masters on Sunday. Riding Urico (Zandor Z x Fedor), Ben was one of eleven riders that managed to produce a first clear round over Frank Rothenberger’s tricky track set at 1.55, and in the end he was joined by five other riders when it came to producing double clears.

Laura Kraut stays in the lead of the Longines Global Champions Tour

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laurakraut-jubileeLaura Kraut stays in the lead of the LGCT overall standing. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.With the penultimate stage of the Longines Global Champions Tour done in Vienna, Laura Kraut stays in the lead of the tour with 187 points. Christian Ahlmann is still second on 185 points, while Edwina Tops-Alexander is third on 181. Then follows Luciana Diniz in fourth on 178 points, and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson makes a leap from rank ten to five after today’s third place to become overall rank five on 175 points.

 

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Gerco Schröder and London leave their competitors behind in Vienna

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londongercoviennaGerco Schröder recorded another win on London in Vienna. Photo by © Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour.It was a good day for the Dutch in Vienna as Gerco Schröder won the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, and Harrie Smolders ended second. The two Dutch riders were the only ones that managed to pull off triple clear rounds, and behind them they left Rolf-Göran Bengtsson in third with one down in the jump-off and Luciana Diniz in fourth with two down.

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