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GCT  Newsletter- Monaco

GCT Wrap Up: Thursday 23rd June 2011

Prix Federation Equestre Principaute de Monaco 1.45m International

The sixth edition of the Global Champions Tour began today, Thursday 23 June 2011, on the waterfront of the port of Monaco.

The docks have been transformed into a competition arena, with adjoining stabling, for this the 5th stage of the prestigious Tour that brings together the world’s best show jumpers.

With preparations for next weekend’s Prince’s wedding underway right across Monaco, organisers have one again achieved an astonishing technical feat in creating this luxurious five star venue from scratch, and managed to fit it in a smaller available area than last year.

The port is in fact being prepared simultaneously for an open-air Jean Michel Jarre concert. Following the amateur invitational events, the professional riders took to the track for their first event – a timed circuit set at 1.45 metres, and won by the European champion and world number two in team events, Frenchman Kevin Staut riding Major de Coquerie: 48.46 versus the 49.66 achieved by the Edwina Alexander/Cevo Socrates at the Grand Prix event of the Global Champion Tour in Cannes.

France also took third place with a time of 50.75 by Philippe Rozier/Jadis de Toscane. Daniel Deusser was in 4th place, and Irishman Mark MC Auley in 5th.

Kevin explains: “Major de Coquerie is in great form presently. He also won the event in Cannes, but on the last day. Here, he won it on the first – it’s a great omen. I won because I made one stride less than Edwina, and on such a cramped course that makes all the difference. Tomorrow morning, Simon Delestre, Pénélope Leprévost, Philippe Rozier, and I, fly to the CSI4* course at Fontainebleau, on a private plane made available by Philippe’s sponsor Eurodocument. We need to exercise our other horses on a big grass track to prepare them properly for the Nations Cup at Falsterbö and d’Aix la Chapelle. We’re heading back and forth because it was important to us to participate in the Monaco stage of the GCT.”

Australian rider Edwina Alexander has just achieved a first of her own. Thanks to the 4,000 euros 2nd place prize, she has become the first rider to earn a million euros in prize money across the various events.

Edwina becomes the first millionaire Global Champion Tour rider, the competition created six years earlier by her soon-to-be husband, Jan Tops – they plan to marry in Monaco this September.

Jennifer De Camp

Massimo Dutti - 1.50m International

Two Brazilians topped the podium in the opening 1.50m competition in Monaco on Thursday evening (23rd June)

Ten riders of the 47 starters headed into the jump-off with Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) initially setting a very tidy time of 37.18 with Let’s Fly early in the race. (Below picture)

The time set by Pessoa could only be clipped by his Brazilian compatriot Alvaro de Miranda Neto (Doda) riding the big grey AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan posting 35.76.  

“He won the Grand Prix at this year’s Doha stage, and came in 5th in Hamburg. The course was a little tougher this evening with bars that don’t weigh much, lighting, and small arena that all make for a challenging opening event,” he said, as he was cheered by the rest of the riders in the paddock.

American Laura Kraut (pictured left), who was out to jump-off 6 horses after Pessoa, steered Tierra  skillfully around the Frank Rothenberger (GER) designed track but could not improve on his time.  Laura finally rested to third position with her time of 39.22.

It was a very exciting competition with all ten jump-off riders taking on the challenge with no holds barred. At this point of the GCT circuit rounds,  (Monaco is the 5th of the 10 rounds on offer) all riders are aiming for good performances and to take home the top prize money on offer.

Edwina Triumphs as GCT’s First Millionaire Rider

World No1 female rider Edwina Alexander (above) has achieved another milestone in her international career as the first Global Champions Tour rider to win €1 million in prize money.

The Australian sped into second place in yesterday’s 1.45m Prix Federation Equestre Principaute de Monaco adding €4,000 to her total winnings since the first GCT in Wellington, USA, in 2006.

Her latest success put her over the one million mark and after her critical second place riding Cevo Socrates Edwina said: “I was so happy to reach the million mark with my horse Socrates. He has been such a big part of winning the total amount over the years. I thought I hadn’t gone fast enough and that others would be quicker in the class leaving me lower down in the placings.”

And she added: “In fact, I am happy I don’t have to aim for this in the rest of the events over the weekend!

“Monaco is such a great show and it has been a big part of the Global Champions Tour since the beginning, so I’m really proud that I have reached the million euro mark here.”

French riders Kevin Staut and French rider Phillip Rozier took first and third place respectively in the one round Table A class against the clock and Edwina’s fellow Stal Tops rider Daniel Deusser (GER) came fourth with Cabreado S.E.

Global Champions Tour is a magnet for the world’s top riders as the most prestigious show jumping circuit with the highest prize money and some of the most stunning locations for international sports fixtures.

Edwina Triumphs as GCT’s First Millionaire Rider

World No1 female rider Edwina Alexander (above) has achieved another milestone in her international career as the first Global Champions Tour rider to win €1 million in prize money.

The Australian sped into second place in yesterday’s 1.45m Prix Federation Equestre Principaute de Monaco adding €4,000 to her total winnings since the first GCT in Wellington, USA, in 2006.

Her latest success put her over the one million mark and after her critical second place riding Cevo Socrates Edwina said: “I was so happy to reach the million mark with my horse Socrates. He has been such a big part of winning the total amount over the years. I thought I hadn’t gone fast enough and that others would be quicker in the class leaving me lower down in the placings.”

And she added: “In fact, I am happy I don’t have to aim for this in the rest of the events over the weekend!

“Monaco is such a great show and it has been a big part of the Global Champions Tour since the beginning, so I’m really proud that I have reached the million euro mark here.”

French riders Kevin Staut and French rider Phillip Rozier took first and third place respectively in the one round Table A class against the clock and Edwina’s fellow Stal Tops rider Daniel Deusser (GER) came fourth with Cabreado S.E.

Global Champions Tour is a magnet for the world’s top riders as the most prestigious show jumping circuit with the highest prize money and some of the most stunning locations for international sports fixtures. 

Masoni Pony Cup

 The Global Champions Tour events to date have been all about the top international riders and horse.  Today began the first inclusion of pony jumping within the program of events at the Global Champions Tour in Monaco.

Realising that the young riders of today will be the senior riders of tomorrow Mr Masoni has partnered with the Global Champions Tour in Monaco to provide an opportunity for young riders on exceptional ponies to get a taste of the high life of show jumping.

Today’s opening class was won by 15 year old Julie de Pelsmaeker from Geel in Belgium riding The Colour of Money.  Julie is trained by Neil Turkengton and has had past successes in the Pony Grand Prix in Arezzo (ITA) Morselle and Lomel (BEL) at 1.35m level.  Simon Morsinkhof  (11years) from Belgium was in second place with his 1.42 pony Afelio Van de Kerkenbulk.

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Winner Julie Pelsmaeker:  I have been riding the coloured pony for only 4 months.  This pony won the European Championships 3 years ago with George Whitaker.  When I won the Grand Prix in Arezzo, Mr Masoni invited me to compete at this very prestigious event at the Global Champions Tour.

On the show

I am very privileged to have won the first ever Masoni Pony event.  The show is set in a really nice place and is really well organized. It is great to mix it with the best international riders.

Runner-up Simon Morsinkhof:  I have been riding this pony since the winter.  This is my second international show.  I also rode at Bonheim where I placed second in two classes.  Now here today I am second again, so I am going to have to try harder tomorrow.

On the show

It is great that I get to ride at this show.  My sisters normally get to go to the top shows but they have exams at the moment so I get to go.  The show is very nice and I also get to see all the international riders compete.  I think that you can learn so much from this.

Invitational 1.15m/1.25m/140m

The Invitational 1.15m was won by UK rider Lauley Squibb riding Lara Joy II, the Invitational 1.25m saw victory for Belgian rider Jodie Basteels with Coconut 27, with the Invitational 1.40m was won by British rider Jane Davies who ride Patrick.

Top-level international classes will continue over the weekend in Monaco culminating in the GCT Grand Prix of Monaco on Saturday 25th June at 1800.

Eurosport will broadcast the Grand Prix live on Saturday evening with delayed broadcast coverage to Germany (Sunday 1000) and France (Sunday 1120). And viewers can catch the action via live streaming at www.globalchampionstour.com

(see the website home page for details of live streaming of the international events this weekend).

Eurosport will be airing the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Monaco LIVE to all countries on Saturday at 8:30 PM, with the exception of Eurosport in France and Germany, whereby the event will be aired on Sunday morning at 11h20.

GCT Gallery Clips: Take in all the action and behind the scenes of the Global Champions Tour via the video clips that are available in the Gallery section of the GCT website.

The latest news and information including start lists and results can also be obtained online.  Join the Global Champions Tour on their designated Facebook and Twitter social media platforms.

PRESS IMAGES - a selection of high resolution images from GCT in Monaco are available for press from the Media Services onine at www.globalchampionstour.com

Global Champions Tour Rankings – top 18 riders after 4nd leg (Cannes)

1. Ludger Beerbaum (GER), 129 points-  2. Edwina Alexander (AUS), 125 -   3. Denis Lynch (IRE), 120 - 4. Alvaro De Miranda Neto (BRA), 117 - =5. Luciana Diniz (POR), 83 -  =5th Billy Twomey (IRE), 83 –=5th Gerco Schroder (NED), 83 8. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE), 72 – 9. Kevin Staut (FRA), 70 – 10. Phillip Weishaupt (GER), 64 – 11. Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP), 63 – 12. Pius Schwizer (SUI), 61 – 13. Lars Nieberg (GER), 58 – 14. Judy-Ann Melchior (BEL),55 – 15. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, (GER), 52 – 16. Marcus Ehning (GER), 52 – 17. Sh Shakboot Bin Nahyan Al Nahyan (UAE), 49 – 18.Marco Kutscher (GER) 47.

The Global Champions Tour ranking is updated after each leg of the tour based on the scores derived from the rider’s performances.

Global Champions Tour 2011 Events

Doha, Qatar March 17-19     Valencia, Spain May 6-8     Hamburg, Germany June 1-5    Cannes, France June 9-11    Monte Carlo, Monaco June 23-25  Estoril, Portugal  July 1-2    Chantilly, France July 22-24    Valkenswaard, The Netherlands  August 12-14   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 2-4   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,  November 24-26

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Annie Lever

Head of Media and Communications

T. +31 (0) 402069111

press@globalchampionstour.com

 

Edwina Alexander riding Cevo Socrates in Monaco.

Photo credit; Stefano Grasso/GCT

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