2-4 May 2014
- 2-4 May 2014
Star-studded Grand Prix second round in Madrid
Release date: 01/01/1970
(Photos: Stefano Grasso/LGCT)
Eleven show jumping stars made it through to the second round of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid Grand Prix on a zero score in front of nearly 10,000 buzzing spectators. The vocal crowd cheered on the world's best riders as they battled with a tough course and only the very best came through faultless - including Gerco Schröder (NED) and London, Ludger Beerbaum (GER) and Chaman, and in-form Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) and VDL Groep Verdi.
Canada's Eric Lamaze and Powerplay were the first combination of the 48 starters to complete the demanding course clear. Santiago Varela's big, technical first round track claimed many four faulters - particularly the final combination line. The related distances were tricky, offering riders a choice of whether to add a stride or not, and the time allowed was very tight catching out Bassem Hassan Mohammed (QAT) and Luis Sabino Gonçalves (POR) who picked up an unlucky time fault each. Eighteen riders, including five on four faults will make up the start list competing in the second round.
Laura Kraut (USA) and her reliable star Cedric also jumped clear as did her USA teammates Reed Kessler and Cylana. Kessler's trainer Marcus Ehning (GER) put in another foot-perfect clear round with his experienced ride Plot Blue, as did Australia's Edwina Tops-Alexander and Ego van Orti, Eugenie Angot (FRA) and Davendy S, Patrice Delaveau (FRA) and Carinjo HDC, and Daniel Deusser (GER) and First Class van Eeckelghem, who also go through to the next round on zero.