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Swans sparkle in spectacular GCL of Saint-Tropez

Thursday, 31 May 2018
CSI5* LGCT Saint Tropez 2018

Photo (c) GCL / Stefano Grasso Photo (c) GCL / Stefano Grasso

Shanghai Swans’ Daniel Deusser and Pedro Veniss soared to a second pole position of the season after a challenging GCL first round tested the world’s best on the French Riviera.

Just a short stroll from the turquoise waters of the famous Pampelonne Beach, the show is nestled in the heart of the Cote D’Azur. The event, making its debut on the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show this year, brought out the red carpet as VIPs and beautifully dressed guests flocked to the sixth event of the GCL 2018-season.

Spectators were treated to a showcase of the world’s best athletes in action, as teams fought for the coveted pole position ahead of Saturday’s showdown. But only two teams could manage the elusive double clear, with Shanghai Swans leading the charge ahead of Miami Celtics who put in the only other clean score of the day with Shane Breen and Jessica Springsteen. Slipping into third were the Monaco Aces, with teammates Simon Delestre and Jerome Guery fastest of the four faults in a tight fight for supremacy.

“My horse is a little green so the plan was to go for a slow clear, then Daniel did an amazing job as always! It's a pleasure to ride on a team with him,” A smiling Veniss spoke after their round. His teammate Deusser highlighted the challenged still to come: “We have a good start for Saturday, but we’re only halfway through. It’s another course, so we have to concentrate and try to go double clear again.”


Source: Press release from GCL // Picture © GCL / Stefano Grasso

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