29 January 2024

Major Moves: Olivier Robert Returns to GCL in 2024 for Istanbul Warriors powered by Carpe Diem

Major Moves: Olivier Robert Returns to GCL in 2024 for Istanbul Warriors powered by Carpe Diem

With all eyes on the 2024 GCL starting grid, as more owners and managers cement their lineups and strategic acquisitions for the season ahead, the team in orange and grey has heads turning.
The Istanbul Warriors powered by Carpe Diem are set for battle in 2024, returning to the ultimate teams’ challenge for a third year, aiming for a trifecta of successful seasons.

2023 saw an impressive set of results with three podium finishes, the team cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with. An infusion of new talent in the line-up for 2024 sees Derin Demirsoy, Efe Siyahi, Abdel Saïd and Andreas Schou joined by a fresh face of U25 talent in Geraldine Straumann in the fold, as well as show jumping stalwart, Olivier Robert.

Official Announcement: Istanbul Warriors powered by Carpe Diem 2024 Lineup
• Abdel Said: Consistent, experienced and cool under pressure. Three things that define the Belgian maestro, joining the team for the second time.
• Andreas Schou: With horsepower on his side, Schou’s impressive 2023 season had heads turning. What does 2024 bring?
• Efe Siyahi: A key player and founding member of the team, Siyahi’s global experience brings passion and underpins desire for upping the team’s podium game.
• Derin Demirsoy: Riding alongside fellow countryman, Efe Siyahi, the Turkish man is a force to be reckoned with.
• Geraldine Straumann [U25]: Set to take her first stride onto a GCL arena in 2024, Straumann will be riding alongside heroes and mentors in her first year as an U25 rider.
• Olivier Robert: Making moves in his long-awaited return to the ultimate team series, Robert is set to bring his wealth of expertise to the Warriors for the season ahead.

This GCL season promises excitement with the roster of meticulously selected teams competing in a 16-event series. Team owners and managers focus on strategic refinement for a highly charged season, with a format again combining Round 1 and Round 2 on the same day with no drop score.

With the following teams having now announced their lineup for the 2024 season, key players are still set to feature and with rumoured moves and omissions just days away, all eyes on the coming headlines.
• Shanghai Swans
• Prague Lions powered by Czech Equestrian Team
• Madrid in Motion
• Valkenswaard United
• Cannes Stars powered by Iron Dames.

My vision is clear. Only the best for the best.
Jan Tops - Founder & President