The Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Vienna presented by LGT, complete with 300,000 Euro in prize money up for grabs, could not have been more exciting. Today (19.9) the world’s elite show-jumpers gathered for a “clash of the titans” at the completely sold-out Vienna Masters stadium at Vienna’s Rathausplatz. Amongst those present were the top three in the overall rankings of a hard-fought tour: Scott Brash (GBR), Luciana Diniz (POR) and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE).
Course designer Frank Rothenberger (GER) set the 46 participants a difficult yet fair task in the first round of the 1.60m world-ranked jumping competition, and the tension was almost tangible. Six of the starting duos managed to get through to the second round of 18 riders with no errors. Three further participants cleared the obstacles without errors, but nevertheless picked up a penalty point due to exceeding the allowed time. Overall leader and two-time overall winner Scott Brash, in the saddle of his nine-year-old Belgian-bred mare Hello M’Lady (Indoctro x Baloubet du Rouet), factored in a drop on the final obstacle in the first round, but nevertheless made it to round two. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson on 16-year-old Holstein stallion Casall ASK also made it through despite four penalty points. LGCT Madrid Grand Prix winner Luciana Diniz rode a solidly faultless lap with the fantastic Winningmood, which she then promptly repeated in second qualifying round for the 2016 Olympic Games.
As well as Luciana, two further riders narrowly managed to perform the same feat – Sanghai winner Harrie Smolders (NED) and seventh-placed in Antwerp Kevin Staut (FRA) – setting up an epic three-way battle for victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour of Vienna. Staut had to ride first, shipping two annoying errors in the saddle of his KWPN mare Silvana HDC. Harrie Smolders poured pressure on Luciana with a skilful, error-free navigation of the course in 43.19 seconds on Don VHP Z, a son of Diamant de Semily.
Luciana was not in the least intimidated, stepping on the gas for every centimetre of the course with Winningmood and crossing the finish line in 42.81 seconds, much to the unrestrained jubilation of the audience. At the press conference afterwards, she gave special thanks to Winningmood’s owner: “Without Baron Edouard de Rothschild I would not be here today. Winningmood has honoured his name again – I’m overjoyed. I knew before Rome that I could still catch Scott with two wins in the remaining three Grand Prix (Rome, Vienna, Doha, Anm.). Scott – Doha will be exciting!”
“Exciting” is certainly the only word to describe the final in Doha now. After Vienna, Scott Brash (279 points) and Luciana Diniz (277 points) are separated by a razor-thin margin of two points, with Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (269 points) also still very much in the running for an outright victory.
04 – CSI5* LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR of Vienna
presented by LGT Private Banking
International jumping examination with 2 circuits and jump-off 1.60 m
Rating examination for LONGINES Global Champions Tour Ranking 2015
Qualifier for 2016 Olympic Games
Rating examination for LONGINES ranking list
1. Winningmood – Diniz, Luciana (POR) 0/42.81 jump-off
2. Don VHP Z – Smolders, Harrie (NED) 0/43.19 jump-off
3. Silvana HDC – Staut, Kevin (FRA) 8/39.24 jump-off
4. Caretina de Joter – Tops-Alexander, Edwina (AUS) 1/66.78 round 2
5. Hello M’Lady – Brash, Scott (GBR) 4/59.07 round 2
6. Casall ASK – Bengtsson, Rolf-Göran (SWE) 4/59.80 round 2
7. Funky Fred – Ehning, Marcus (GER) 4/59.92 round 2
8. Giovanni van het Scheefkasteel – Schwizer, Pius (SUI) 4/59.95 round 2
9. van Gogh – Kutscher, Marco (GER) 4/60.01 round 2
10.Quartz de la Lande – Bost, Roger Yves (FRA) 4/60.76 round 2
11.Qlassic Bois Margot – Delestre, Simon (FRA) 4/61.42 round 2
12.Ornellaia – Whitaker, John (GBR) 4/64.03 round 2
13.Alex – Coulter, Audrey (USA) 4/65.07 round 2
14.Forlap – Tebbel, Rene (UKR) 4/66.71 round 2
15.Super Sox – O’Connor, Cian (IRL) 5/64.16 round 2
16.Gazelle – Farrington, Kent (USA) 8/59.80 round 2
17.Come Soon – Al Ajami, Faleh Suwead (QAT) 8/64.92 round 2
18.L.B. Eagle Eye – Liebherr, Christina (SUI) 13/66.29 round 2
Zwischenstand Longines Global Champions Tour
1. Scott Brash (GBR) 279
2. Luciana Diniz (POR) 277
3. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) 269
4. Simon Delestre (FRA) 255
5. Christian Ahlmann (GER) 234
6. Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani (QAT) 195
7. John Whitaker (GBR) 180
8. Penelope Leprevost (FRA) 169
9. Pius Schwizer (SUI) 162
10.Lauren Hough (USA) 149
It is easy to purchase tickets for the VIENNA MASTERS online. Tickets are now available directly from the event website.
Party with the show-jumping stars!
Some spectators will want to get to know the riders not only on the show-jumping course, but also up close and personal. Those in that category should not miss this year’s hotly anticipated Vienna Masters party nights! All information about the Vienna Masters official after-show parties can be found on Facebook.
VIENNA MASTERS | LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR
Int. 5* Show-jumping | Working Equitation | Int. Pony-dressage | Show | Shopping mile | Kids area
17th-20th September 2015 | Vienna’s Rathausplatz (Town Hall Square)