Movers and Shakers: GCL Miami Beach

Photo: GCL / Stefano Grasso

The testing CSI5* track for Round 2 of GCL Miami Beach is coming up at 14.15 local time this afternoon. Today’s final will see the world’s top teams face off on the shoreline of Florida’a breathtaking beach. After no teams managed to emerge with a double clear from Thursday’s first round, it is still all to play for today. 

Seven squads have decided to put forward exactly the same combinations as Round 1, opting to run the horses already proven and hoping they can produce a 0 fault score. Every point is counting towards qualifying for the GC Prague Play Offs in November meaning todays team tactics and strategies are the day’s hot topics. Only 15 teams will be competing as New York Empire were eliminated in Round 1. Five teams make a full rider change while just four have chosen to tackle the course with fresh legs.

The home team featuring an all-Irish line up the Miami Celtics are staying with the same two from Round one of Shane Breen and Michael Duffy riding Ipswich Van De Wolfsakker and Quintana 35 respectively. They are in 4th place - just one fault more than the GCL ranking leaders, Shanghai Swans. The Swans mix up their riders swapping Shane Sweetnam for Peder Fredricson, will this pay off for them to stay on top?

Last years winners here at Miami Beach were the Prague Lions. They are currently in second place after Round 1 on 5 faults and they also stick with the same team of Anna Kellnerova with Catch Me If You Can OLD riding alongside Neils Bruynsells on Gancia De Muze. Overnight leaders on 3 faults the St Tropez Pirates make one horse change where Pieter Devos will be taking the reins of Claire Z instead of Espoir. Athina Onassis will stay on MHS Going Global.

Valkenswaard United are currently lying in 9th place with 12 faults. They have always been on the podium at GCL Miami Beach so Bertram Allen and Alberto Zorzi have a lot of catching up to do if they plan on continuing this record. 

We can’t wait to find out how the drama will unfold this afternoon. Entry for spectators is free but if you can’t make it to the beach be sure to tune in at 14.15 local time to watch the action LIVE and for FREE on GC TV with expert commentary and exclusive rider interviews.