The City of Stars, and just a stone's throw from the world-
Held under the glittering evening lights, the very best horses and riders in the world take centre stage for the seventh round in the Championship.
Positioned close to the Mediterranean Port of Cannes and the super-
The original ‘International Show Jumping of Cannes’ was one of the world's richest horse shows, with prize money continuing to increase since the show joined the Tour. Now a regular fixture on the LGCT calendar, the show has grown every year and welcomes over 15,000 visitors though its gates each summer.
Drawn by the incredible level of sport on offer and the collection of international show jumping stars in attendance, visitors enjoy the ambience, glamour and nightlife of this famous city, home of course to the dazzling Cannes Film Festival. Last year the spotlight shone on Spain's Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) and this year LGCT Grand Prix winner Belgian Bullet Bruynseels and GCL Winner spanish 'Madrid in Motion' team -
Eric van der Vleuten, Madrid in Motion, 1st, Cannes:
"We had a very clear plan just to try to jump a clear. We knew if we could finish on 0 faults and we put the pressure on the last team to go. When we finished with two clear rounds I had a very good feeling. It’s amazing if you can do all this with your family. A couple of years ago I quit riding but thanks to Marta [Ortega] who gave me the chance to jump at this level again. To win at this level with your son doesn’t happen much!”
Maikel van der Vleuten, Madrid in Motion, 1st, Cannes:
"I am proud of my dad and it is nice we can do it together -
We will try to make a plan for the rest of the season and try keep the horses and riders in the best shape possible."
In a dramatic evening of extraordinary sport at GCL Cannes, father and son duo Eric and Maikel van der Vleuten triumphed with Madrid in Motion after leading team New York Empire went from hero to zero following a shock elimination.
In the overall rankings the race for the Championship has tightened although the Shanghai Swans keep hold of the lead with 145 points. Miami Celtics have moved to second overall with 137 points, with St Tropez Pirates dropping to third but just one point behind in 136 overall.
In a competition full of drama and intrigue, the New York Empire duo of Denis Lynch and Hans-
But it was Madrid in Motion who secured the only double clear of the weekend with a phenomenal performance from the father and son combination of the van der Vleuten family -
A delighted Maikel said: “On Thursday the horses felt very good, and the horse from my father jumped two amazing rounds. It’s an honour to win here the League competition. My father has always been my trainer and it’s good he can compete still, so we’re very happy with our win today.”
His father Eric agreed, saying: “It makes us even more motivated [when team owner Marta Ortega] is here! It's with thanks to Marta that we are able to do this together in our family, so it’s a nice win. It’s a combination of both of us -
The course set by Gregory Bodo was a tough challenge, with full height 1.55/1.60m fences coming up thick and fast for the riders and a tight time allowed of 78 seconds. The track had a variety of obstacles, a wide Constance oxer to start, a solid blue Longines plank on a curving turn and a hard to see light red Air Mauritius challenge with the top pole rolling if horses took their eye off the fence. A delicate GC vertical was quick to fall after a tough double and a huge Cannes oxer set towards the in-
Under clear blue skies the sun began its slow descent over the sparkling turquoise Mediterranean ocean, as long shadows threw plenty of shapes across the square arena and the floodlights came on to light up the stage.
The team were once again on the back foot, carrying a heavy score of 24 faults through from Thursday’s first round. First in was Alberto Zorzi and Danique with only a double clear on the minds of the athletes today. The pair flew around the course, but the GC vertical tumbled as Danique looked a little racy, fighting for her head and coming in too close. Zorzi had to push hard to keep the momentum to the final line, the mare napping towards the in-
The Falcons put forward Bassem Mohammed first, with the experienced dark bay Gunder swishing his tail in anticipation as they approached the first fence. The Longines plank fell, and the duo picked up a costly time fault adding five faults to the score, with Bonislav Chudbya needing a clear to stay ahead of United. But the Longines plank fell, adding another four faults and dropping them right to the bottom of the order with a total of 37.
Christian Kukuk was first to take on the challenge for the Berlin Eagles with stallion Colestus jumping magnificently to clear the fences. But their was heartache for the pair as the final fence fell, the red and white GCL oxer tumbling and putting the team on a combined score of 25 faults. U25 rider Emil Hallundbaek kept his R1 horse Chalisco, but the 10 year old bay was too keen to the GC vertical and had it down. The pressure was on, but the pair finished the course, the team on a final score of 29 overall.
The Vikings sent in U25 rider Evelina Tovek and Mill's Sheridan first, the dark horse careful over the fences and giving them plenty of height. The duo delivered, Evelina beaming with delight after they crossed the finish clear and flawlessly. The team had made a strategic change to bring in Leopold van Asten with VDL Groep Zidane, and it paid off, the team finishing on a double clear today so keeping their score of 20 overall. They could have done no more and would have to wait and see if they could rise up the ranking.
First in for the Pegasus team was Roger-
The home city team the Cannes Stars made a strategic change to bring Abdel Saïd off the bench for this round of action. The Egyptian rider piloted Venise du Reverdy around the course, but the tricky Longines plank fell again, with a time fault to add giving the team another five faults. Karel Cox kept his trusted steed Evert for this round, the pair clear on Thursday. But the back rail of the Hubside oxer with a water tray underneath tumbled, with yet more faults added to put the team on 25 overall and now behind the Vikings and the Pegasus team.
The Panthers put forward Yuri Mansur first with Casantos but the Hubside oxer fell again as did another fence, putting a further 8 faults on the board for the team. Gregory Wathelet brought out his eye-
St Tropez Pirates
Local hero Julien Epaillard and Usual Suspect d’Auge flew around the arena, leaving everything up to keep the Aces on track with their overnight team score of 12. Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and Sirene de la Motte knew they had to stay clear to keep ahead of the Pirates. But the second part of the purple and white double fell, putting the team on 16 and behind the Pirates.
As the shadows lengthened, the overall ranking leaders the Shanghai Swans took to the arena -
U25 rider Harry Charles who has impressed in every GCL class so far this season was first to go for the Celtics, opting to ride ABC Quantum Cruise again for this crucial round. Despite the pressure they delivered yet again, another outstanding performance for the young rider in his first year at this level. Shane Breen came off the bench for the team today, with top chestnut stallion Ipswich van de Wolfsakker. The star striker also pulled out all the stops, but the purple and white double fell dropping the team onto a score of 8. But Breen shifted up a gear and they finished fast, importantly ahead of the Swans.
Wilm Vermeir came forward with Iq van het Steentje for round two of action at GCL Cannes. With teammate Anna Kellnerova watching on, making great progress on her road to recovery following the fall in Madrid, Vermeir powered around the arena with his horse. But the GC vertical fell and was quickly followed by another pole to add another eight faults to their score. A time fault added to their woes, with the pressure on Niels Bruynseels and Gancia de Muze to keep their score of 13 overall. And they proved what a valuable signing they were, with a spectacular clear to keep the team on a fast clear, ahead of the Pirates on time.
Simon Delestre and Filou Carlo Zimequest looked fast and fiery but fell short at the blue and white combination. The grey gelding kicked out at the Hubside oxer and it too fell, adding another eight faults to the team score. Bart Bles and the consistent Gin D knew they would have to finish clear to keep the team in touch today. But the front rail of the Longines oxer fell, and Bles picked up a time fault, plummeting the team to 17 overall.
Olivier Philippaerts was first for the London Knights, piloting H&M Cue Channa 42 -
Madrid in Motion
Father and son duo Eric and Maikel van der Vleuten also opted to make no changes to their team line up today, hoping their consistent combination would deliver the goods in Cannes as the first of two teams on a score of zero. First to go Eric van der Vleuten piloted his experienced horse Wunschkind 19, the chestnut horse clearing the fences in style. They pulled out all the stops for a tremendous clear, passing the baton to son Maikel with top stallion Verdi TN. Watched on by team owner Marta Ortega, Maikel and Verdi tackled the course head on, clearly going for a steady clear as their strategy. Maikel gave the horse as much room as possible, and they finished clear with a combined time of 156.33s -
New York Empire
The pressure was on the New York Empire team, hoping to convert their pole position today -
Francois Bourey, LGCT Cannes Event Director: "Today was great sport, it was fantastic and so nice to see a father and son win. I want to say how fabulous the course was and big congratulations to the new course designer [Gregory Bodo]. Cannes is special, it has lots of glamour and lots of new scenes are planned for the future like a new grandstand next year so we can have the best conditions."
Jan Tops, GCL Co-
Daniel Deusser, Shanghai Swans, 3rd: "Luckily we stayed on the podium. This year we have very strong horse and rider combinations. We didn’t have the best start on Thursday with both riders having four faults but we came back with two clear rounds today and finished on the podium. When you ride with a rider like Peder it gives you a lot of confidence. Kim Emmen our U25 rider was also clear today in the class so like I say we are very strong.”
Harry Charles, Miami Celtics, 2nd: "It has been amazing to even be part of a team this year so to get on the podium with a rider like Shane [Breen] is every young lad's dream really. I am very grateful for today -
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