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The Longines Global Champions Tour returned to Paris, the 'City of Lights' in 2019 for the 11th leg of the season, setting world-class show jumping in front of one of the world's most iconic landmarks, the Eiffel Tower.
One of the most visited cities in the world, Paris is brimming with famous attractions and landmarks. With a huge range of stunning sights including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the River Seine, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Moulin Rouge - there is so much to see and do. The grandeur and magic of this city have been described by many famous writers and Paris also boasts a high concentration of national and international political, scientific and cultural institutions. Paris is also known as a legendary centre of fashion and haute couture tailoring, and Paris Fashion Week is still one of the most celebrated events in the fashion world.
The LGCT Grand Prix went to Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Take A Chance On Me Z, who stormed to the top of the podium only days after the birth of his new baby girl. The German champion displayed all his class and experience piloting his 10-year-old home bred stallion to victory and was rewarded with a respectful standing ovation as the evening sunlight bathed the arena in magical light.
In his winner’s interview in the arena Ahlmann said: “I had to work hard and my horse had to work hard. He jumped fantastic in the qualifier and this is his first Grand Prix win today. I can’t be more happy and more proud of my horse. I had a really fantastic feeling, in the difficult lines he was really with me.“
The GCL team competition was hard-fought with some real displays of determination, but it was the strong Miami Celtics duo of Jessica Springsteen and Shane Breen that powered to victory, propelling them into second in the overall rankings and just three points behind leaders the Shanghai Swans. The Celtics were the only team to leave all the poles up in the tough second round of competition, and they snatched the win from round 1 leaders St Tropez Pirates. Third went to the Swans’ pairing of Daniel Deusser and Peder Fredricson, the formidable duo the only team to finish today with a completely clean score.
Following their win, Miami Celtics' Jessica Springsteen revealed their tactics: “Shane and I were speaking before the class, and saying we might have to make up the time to win, but we saw a lot of faults so wanted to keep it together and ride for the clear. The points have been really close all season long, and we’re excited to be in the running. We’ve been consistent so we’re hoping to keep that up.”
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