Shanghai Swans sweeps the final of the Global Champions League Grupo Eulen Trophy and Madrid in Motion achieves second place
Olivier Robert has been the undefeated rider of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Madrid, on a magnificent “Vivaldi des Meneaux”, in a class full of emotion and the highest level. The French rider got his first watch on the international tour. Only two pairs managed to finish without faults in this complicated course designed by Santiago Varela and therefore, only two faced each other in a short and clean jump off. The Englishman Scott Brash with his "Hello Jefferson", got the second place after crossing the timer 2.52 seconds later than his fast rival. The Irishman Darragh Kenny, although he did not go to the jump off due to a knockdown in the last fence of the first round, he showed off with the best time of theGrand Prix with “VDL Cartello”, a horse that he has been riding just recently. It was the second bronze of the day for Kenny, who was also on the podium with the Paris Panthers team minutes before.
The most exciting class of the three days of competition and combined 1.60m in height obstacles, technical combinations, wall, water followed by vertical and triple in the final lane, obstacles that put many riders in trouble. The poles fell in 33 trips to the track and three riders were eliminated.
Shanghai Swans has swept the second leg of the Global Champions League. On this occasion, the public was able to enjoy the impeccable round of the German Christian Ahlmann and the Austrian Max Kühner, who have doubled the success achieved in Doha: two qualifying rounds and no faults. The riders changed their horses for the final at the Club de Campo, the CSI5 * Eulen Trophy with obstacles up to 1.60 m. The result was the same as on Friday: zero points this time for “Dominator 2000 Z” and “Elektric Blue P”, respectively. In the first leg of the international league, a couple of seconds snatched the gold from Shanghai Swans, which Valkenswaard United won, but the tables have turned for Marcus Ehning and Peder Fredricson, who will leave the capital in the fifth position of the ranking.
The second on the podium was Madrid in Motion, the capital team. Maikel van der Vleuten and “Beauville Z” have finished the complex round clear, while his father Eric van der Vleuten and “Wunschkind 19” finished with 4 points. The host team landed in their city in eighth place, but they have placed third in the Global Champions League rankings after two splendid days. Paris Panthers obtained a deserved bronze thanks to the double zero of Harry Smolders with “Bingo du Parc” and Darragh Kenny on “VDL Cartello”, the only ones with Shanghai Swans to save each one of the 12 obstacles.
The Spanish triumphs once again dominated the start of the second day. The winner of the CSI1 * Caixabank Trophy of 1.40m was Manuel Añón with “Elisa van de Helle”, who achieved an exceptional time in a course full of cuts suitable for the bravest and where many bars fell. 16 pairs of a total of 56 participants managed to finish without faults and the Spaniards conquered the podium one more day. Silver went to Jesús Garmendia Echevarría and “Callias” and bronze for his student Alejandro Entrecanales on “Baby Boy du Murger”, two pairs that refined their execution after closing the day previously with 4 points each at 1.40 m.
In the first tests, the prizes were distributed amongst Friday’s winners. Only the rider Tess Carmichael and “Bangle SR”, second place the previous day, broke the Spanish performance in the 1.25m CSI1 * Mahou Trophy. Alba Valle Espinedo, the penultimate participant of the event, who on Friday was at the gates of the podium, galloped against the clock with "Tresor de Varende" to finish just 18 hundredths behind the English. Irene Mónica Horvath and “Dismoitout de Blondel”, the winning couple on Friday, achieved third place among a total of 29 participants. Early in the morning, in the CSI1 * Mahou Trophy of 1.15 m, in which 8 of the 12 trips to the track were national, the rider Cristina Massó Gea was crowned and improved the silver of the previous day, winning the competition with his 11 year old mare "Iseca".
For the second day in a row, the attendees of the Club de Campo have respected the anti-Covid security measures. Several controls at the entrances to the grass arena have supervised that the capacity was maintained at 50% and the signage distributed by the facilities reminded visitors of the obligation to wear a mask, maintain interpersonal distance, etc. Riders and the public have enjoyed the spring weather once again, an excellent gastronomic and commercial offer and the best equestrian competition.
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