LGCT in Madrid: Big winners, sensational stallions and a quick round of golf [PICS]

  • The world’s top showjumpers headed to Madrid last weekend (1-3 May) for the third leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour. We go behind the scenes and bring you all the action from the three-day show.

    1. Flying high

    The grand prix is won by Portugal’s Luciana Diniz with the 16-year-old Darco stallion Winningmood. This fantastic partnership produced the only double clear of this normally three-round competition to lift a cheque for 105,600euro.

    Luciana Diniz on Winningmood

    2. Standing room only

    With free entry, the locals flock through the turnstiles for the 105th running of the Madrid Horse Show.

    The crowd at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid

    3. British winner

    Ben Maher rides Contigo 37 (Calato x Quidam De Revel), who is new to this level, to victory in the 1.45m two-phase on day one. Ben was part of the British team that won team bronze at the European Championships held at this venue in 2011.

    Ben Maher on Contigo 37

    4. Tiger Woods eat your heart out

    Canadian showjumper Eric Lamaze proves there’s always time for a round of golf, sinking some putts on the show’s neighbouring golf course. Who needs plus fours anyway?

    Eric Lamaze portraited at Golf Club de Campo Villa de Madrid

    5. One for Ireland

    Darragh Kenny and new ride Belle Rock, by Limmerick, win their second GCT speed class in as many weeks. “I really didn’t think I’d win — I was hoping for top six,” said the 27-year-old who is based in Holland for the summer.

    Prize giving of Trofeo King's College won by Kenny Darragh on Belle Rock

    6. Ready for action

    Marcus Ehning’s wonderful 18-year-old stallion Plot Blue strikes a pose for the cameras while waiting for the vet check. The pair finished 14th in the grand prix.

    Vet check - Plot Blue

    7. All out for victory

    Frenchman Roger Yves Bost and Quod’Coeur De La Loge go flat out over the finish to take victory in Sunday’s prestigious King’s Cup.

    Roger-Yves Bost on Qoud'Coeur de la Loge

    8. Credit cards at the ready

    The Hermes village proves a popular viewing spot — and handy if you’re in the market for a new saddle.

    The Village - Hermes

    9. Lunch

    Laura Kraut’s Cedric and Bassem Hassan Mohammed’s Victoria get acquainted over a bite to eat.

    Cedric and Victoria IV enjoy the grass at Club de Campo de Villa de Madrid

    10. Top five for the teenager

    19-year-old Bertram Allen secures fifth place in the grand prix with the 17-year-old stallion Romanov having earlier won a class with new ride Quiet Easy 4.

    Bertram Allen on Romanov

    11. Speedy

    21-year-old Belgian rider Constant Van Paesschen lands Saturday’s speed class with Citizenguard Taalex. If he hadn’t been a showjumper, Constant reckons he’d be a hot shot Formula One driver.

    Edwina Tops-Alexander on Heidi du Ruisseau Z

    12. Back at the top

    Scott Brash may have been demoted from the world number one spot, but fourth place in Saturday’s grand prix on Hello Sanctos put him back at the top of the Longines Global Champions Tour rankings for 2015. “I’ll certainly be trying to retain my title,” said Scott, who won the championship in 2013 and 2014.

    Scott Brash on Hello Sanctos GCT Madrid

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