Season 2014

Antwerp

  • Antwerp
  • 24-27 April 2014

Top riders and rising stars look ahead to the LGCT Grand Prix of Antwerp

Release date: 01/01/1970

(Photo: Stefano Grasso/LGCT)

With the first Grand Prix of the prestigious Longines Global Champions Tour 2014 series a few hours away, the top riders and rising stars of the show jumping world look ahead to tonight's first big challenge of the outdoor season...   

Ben Maher (GBR) - “I have my second horses here this week, they need the experience, so I thought this would be a good place to start. The show is in a great city centre location, it’s exciting. The arena is quite small which makes it difficult for horses and riders, but I think it will be a great Grand Prix. I’m looking to do my best, but with my inexperienced horses it would be a long shot for me to be in contention. There are 25-30 riders here that could win the Grand Prix tomorrow, but if I had to pick one, normally the home riders do well, so I would say Constant van Paesschen, or Ludo or Nicola Philippaerts.” 

Gregory Wathelet (BEL) - “I will do my best in the Grand Prix this evening. I would like to jump a clear round, and to be placed would be really great. There is bit more pressure in front of a home crowd. The arena is quite small, it is like an indoor show, with a great atmosphere.”

Constant van Paesschen (BEL) - “It’s been a great show for me so far, I am feeling good going into the Grand Prix. Like all the other riders I am very happy to be jumping the LGCT shows - I plan to do the whole season, so a good start would be really good. I would like to win all of the Grand Prix! I think Marcus Ehning could win the Championship this year, I don’t think it will be me, I am inexperienced compared to most of the riders here, but it is great for me to ride with them and see them in action.”

Sam Hutton (GBR) - “This is my first GCT Grand Prix, I’m really looking forward to it. They have done a great job here at the show, the set up is great, my horses are on good form, so I am excited - we will see. My horse Heidi has been jumping really well and I am feeling confident. Nearly all the riders jumping today could win the Grand Prix, it’s a very strong field.”

Rolf Göran Bengtsson (SWE) - “It’s good to be back! Physically, I am so-so. My horses have had a rest, I have only done two big shows up to now. It’s great to be back on the LGCT, it’s a great show here in Antwerp and I am looking forward to hopefully doing well this evening. I will do as many of the LGCT events as I can this year, but I have fewer horses this season and because of my injury I have to be careful.”

Bassem Hassan Mohammed (QAT) - “I am happy to be on the Tour again, it’s a great experience. I will do the whole Tour this year and I am looking forward to Paris, as I think it will be very special. I have a new horse for the Grand Prix so I will see how it goes, but if I had to choose a winner, it could be Daniel Deusser, Marcus Ehning, Hans-Dieter Dreher or Edwina Tops-Alexander. But I would like it to be me!”

Reed Kessler (USA) - “Most of last year I had younger, greener horses with me on the Tour, so I am excited to have some of my top horses here this season. I will do most of the LGCT this year. The Grand Prix will be very competitive almost everyone from the Top 30 is here - it’s the real beginning of the outdoor season and I think it will be a really strong competition.”

Watch the Longines Global Champions Tour of Antwerp live on GCT TV from 6.30pm (local time). Enjoy the build-up, with interviews featuring Ben Maher, Reed Kessler, Nick Skelton and Cameron Hanley from 3.45pm (local time).