Presented by The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte, the Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Series (AFU25GPS) returns to the Winter Equestrian Festival for its sixth season, offering a total of $170,000 in prize money and showcases top young talent in show jumping sport.
Ranking leader and World Number 1 Scott Brash (GBR) stole the show with Hello Forever in Qatar in a sensational prelude to the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha. The stunning night lights of AL SHAQAB illuminated a dramatic duel between Scott and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) in a taste of what lies ahed in a spellbinding climax to the season tomorrow. In the end Rolf came agonisingly close to victory with a stunning round on his grey stallion Clarimo ASK, finishing just seven tenths of a second behind Scott.
Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh Claim Top Prize in the Longines Grand Prix at the Second Annual Longines Masters of Los Angeles
Four days of champion caliber show jumping action at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles culminated in Sunday afternoon’s Longines Grand Prix. Thirty-six of the world’s best riders competed in the grand finale of the American leg of the Longines Masters series for $450,000 in prize money, the largest purse in any United States indoor competition. Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh stunned the crowd with a jump-off time of 37.04 seconds to become the first ever winner of the new Longines Masters Series Trophy.
America’s Jessica Springsteen wowed the crowds in the final CSI5* Gaston Glock’s Vienna Masters Prix with her 12 year old bay mare Davendy S. The two round competition saw the world’s top riders take centre stage one final time under the stunning setting of the Rathaus (City Hall) as crowds packed the grandstands to witness the stars of show jumping in action.
Patrice Delaveau (FRA) took a stunning win in the final speed class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome ahead of home favourites Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) and Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
An exciting evening of international show jumping took place complimented by equestrian exhibitions, live music and a dazzling display of fireworks during the Mercedes-Benz Evening of the Horse Friday night at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament.
Jonathan McCrea of East Windsor, CT, and Aristoteles V, owned by Candy Tribble, earned Equis Boutique’s “Best Presented Horse” honors at the FEI Horse Inspection HITS Saugerties preceding the Canadian Pacific $1 Million Grand Prix FEI-CSI 5*, presented by Wells Fargo.
Ludger Beerbaum (GER), Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), Simon Delestre (FRA), Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) and John Whitaker (GBR) are just a few of the top show jumping names who will be battling it out in Rome for the 13th leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.
It was a case of fortune favors the brave as Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) rode an absolutely stunning VDL-Groep Prix with her bay 12 year old mare Lintea Tequila to a sensational win in the final CSI5* feature class of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Valkenswaard.
Following six weeks of equestrian competition, the Vermont Summer Festival concluded a record-setting 2015 season on Sunday, August 9, at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT. Top riders from across the country contested a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation competition from June 30 through August 9.
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