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Edwina Tops-Alexander to compete at LGCT/GCL Rome

Edwina Tops-Alexander warming up- Photo credit Eric Knoll

Edwina Tops-Alexander.

© Eric Knoll


By Equestrian Life

Following her return to competition at Lausanne last weekend, Edwina Tops-Alexander is now in Rome for the penultimate leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) and Global Champions League (GCL) events.

In the GCL, she is the new recruit for Moscow Bears and will compete alongside U25 talent Kevin Jochems.

Edwina is taking two horses to the event — California and Sirius du Granit.

Good luck Edwina!

Longines Global Champions Tour have released the following…

Stars of Show Jumping Shine in Rome


LGCT Rome. © LGCT/Stefano Grasso

 © LGCT/Stefano Grasso

A plethora of show jumping stars are in Rome, Italy, for the penultimate leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour. Held in the magnificent Stadio dei Marmi, the top horses in the world have passed this morning’s vet check and are fresh and ready to kick off the competition for the 14th round of the Championship race.

Current LGCT Ranking leader Harrie Smolders has brought two of his top stallions, with Don VHP Z - his 2016 LGCT Grand Prix of Rome winning horse - and Capital Colnardo in action for this crucial leg of the Championship. But the reigning Champions will have hot competition, with the likes of Simon Delestre’s Hermes Ryan back for this leg of the Tour, as well as Scott Brash’s Hello Forever and Ursula XII, Christian Ahlmann’s Codex One, Martin Fuchs’ Clooney, Eric Lamaze’s Chacco Kid and Ludger Beerbaum’s Chiara.

Marcus Ehning will compete with Comme Il Faut, his phenomenally quick stallion who almost won him the LGCT Grand Prix of Rome in 2015, and Ben Maher will ride MTF Madame X, the mare who won him second place at the prestigious LGCT Grand Prix of London.

Home hero Lorenzo de Luca will be sure to wow the crowd with top horses Limestone Grey and Halifax van het Kluizebos, and fans will also be able to witness show jumping legends such as John Whitaker’s Argento, and Maikel van der Vleuten’s VDL Groep Verdi TN. Fibonacci 17 will be back in action under Lillie Keenan, and Olympic horse First Devision will head to Rome under Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani.

The first CSI5* class will kick off at 11:50 local time, with the first round of the Global Champions League taking place at 15:00. All the action will be streamed live via GCT TV, and also via Facebook Live on the official series pages. Click here to see the full list of riders for Rome.

Global Champions League have released the following…

Tactics Take Centre Stage As Big Guns Revealed for GCL Rome


GCL Rome. © Stefano Grasso/GCL

© Stefano Grasso/GCL

The penultimate round of the 2017 Global Champions League season looks set to be a cracker, with the teams pulling out all the stops to secure points as the race for the final intensifies.

Strategy and tactics are once again talk of the town, with the 18 teams carefully selecting from their roster of five to ensure the greatest number of ranking points possible. With every score counting, inter-team decisions and horse strength are top priority in the 14th leg of the Championship, with this weekend’s event one of the final chances to shake up the order.

Current leaders Hamburg Diamonds, who have an 11 point lead, will start the weekend in Rome with clear fierce intent as Harrie Smolders and Eric Lamaze come off the bench to play up front. It’s set to be a battle of the titans, as Valkenswaard United will bring out home hero and star striker Alberto Zorzi alongside maestro Marcus Ehning, hoping to add a decent amount of points to their 257 tally and take back the overall lead.

Local spectators will see heavyweight riders Marlon Zanotelli and Abdel Saïd take the reins for the Rome Gladiators in tomorrow’s first round, but all eyes will be on the green team throughout the weekend to see whether they’ll shake up their roster for Saturday’s final and put star striker Lorenzo de Luca into play. Big guns will be out in force, with many of the teams putting forward their strongest combinations to collect valuable ranking points.

Rome has been a highly acclaimed addition to the calendar, with the unique Stadio dei Marmi an exceptional setting for top show jumping. This year there will be special entertainment, including a charity football match and breathtaking equestrian displays, ensuring there will be something for all the family to enjoy. Watched over by the new Olympic stadium, the event is held in the older original stadium, with 59 beautiful archaic marble statues depicting different sports lining the amphitheatre.

Teams to watch will be Cannes Stars who bring together Ludger Beerbaum and Marco Kutscher - the same pair who won the GCL Madrid event earlier in the season. Martin Fuchs and Lauren Hough will unite for Chantilly Pegasus, while Miami Glory will see an all-Irish team with Cian O’Connor and Denis Lynch re-unite for Round 1. Experienced duo Roger-Yves Bost and Daniel Deusser will join forces for Shanghai Swans, and Moscow Bears will field new recruit Edwina Tops-Alexander - who returns to her first GCL following the birth of her daughter - alongside U25 talent Kevin Jochems.

Last year the League final was cancelled due to severe thunderstorms, but with blue skies predicted all weekend anticipation is mounting for the first full GCL event in Italy. Madrid in Motion will keep it in the family with Eric and Maikel van der Vleuten up front for the team in Round 1. Paris Panthers will see Darragh Kenny and Lillie Keenan together for the first time, and St Tropez Pirates will have the formidable French pairing of Simon Delestre and Julien Epaillard. 

The action kicks off at 15:00 local time on Friday 22nd September, with GCL TV broadcasting the event, as well as via Global Champions League's Facebook Live. For more information and a full team list for Round 1, please click here.

Source: LGCT website



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