Henrik von Eckermann har flyt den här säsongen. Ikväll seger med Chacanno.
FOTO: Stefan Grasso

Vilken seger för Henrik i Madrid


Henrik von Eckermann red hem segern i den första stora hoppningen under Longines Global Champions Tour i Madrid med Chacanno.

Henrik satte en lysande grundomgång och omhoppning med Chacanno, som även förra helgen var en vinnarhäst i La Baule.
Visst var han glad över segern med hästen som kommit tillbaka till hans stall. Han red ju Chacanno för ett drygt år sedan.
- Men den såldes och så kom den tillbaka till mig när jag startade eget, berättar han.

Glädjen var ändå större över att Evelina Tovek, den unga svenska ryttaren som nu rider Castello, också var dubbelt felfri och åtta i klassen.
- Det är en helt ny roll för mig att vara tränare. Men det är så kul. Evelina är glasklar och beredd att jobba stenhårt för att bli bra. Dessutom är det så kul att Castello som vi hittade åt henne fungerar så bra. Himla kul och det får mig att tänka på ett nytt sätt, sa han och lät väldigt stolt.

Tillsammans bildar Evelina, Henrik och Christian Ahlmann frånTyskland ett lag som rider om stora prispengar.
- Vi är i ledning och till imorgon ändrar vi taktik. Då rider Christian och jag med våra snabba hästar. I slutet kommer sammanlagda tiden att avgöra.
Dessutom rider alla Grand Prix-hoppningen, 160-hoppning, om stora premier under lördagskvällen.


Pressrelease från arrangören:

Mexico Amigos soar to pole position at magnificent GCL Madrid

The Mexico Amigos relished a taste of the top spot today as a thrilling first round of Global Champions League action kicked off at the spectacular Spanish capital of Madrid. With the shadows lengthening across the picturesque grass arena of Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, 18 teams revved up the Championship battle at the first of the European legs, vying for pole position ahead of Saturday’s final.

Top riders are looking ahead to the GCL growing each year, and Madrid in Motion team rider Maikel van der Vleuten said: “In the years to come it’s going to be great. You see how many top riders out of the top ten are at the shows - it’s really top sport.”

Teammate and local favourite Gonzalo Anon Suarez agreed, saying “The GCL is for sure a big step forward for our sport. It’s something we actually needed, it brings new fans, new ambience to the show, and everyone wants to be involved in it.”

Course designer Santiago Varela Ullastres made full use of the arena, throwing in a spooky water tray and an imposing treble combination down the long side in front of the crowd. Best suited to large galloping horses, brave of heart and bold jumpers, the course was a suitable test for the world’s best with the team riders joining forces to compete for bragging rights as the Championship battle changes gear once more.

Mexico Amigos' pairing of Henrik von Eckermann and Evelina Tovek showcased a perfect synergy, with the all-Swedish duo shooting to the top of the leaderboard with a flawless round. Evelina put in a composed effort with Castello, while Henrik shot to the top of the individual time sheets after a blistering round with the hugely scopey Chacanno. Snapping at their heels are the St Tropez Pirates anchor combination of Simon Delestre and Jérôme Guery. Best friends outside of the arena for years, this duo have proven to hold a consistently strong partnership, with another double clear propelling the team back into the Championship fight where they sit in second overall and re-opening hope for a title win.

Young Cascais Charms star Philip Houston wowed spectators after he put in a stunning round with his 13 year old bay mare Kannella, propelling the team up the leaderboard and putting the U25 into the top spot individually for much of the competition. The team looked hot to contend for pole position as teammate David Will rode his fiery chestnut horse Mic Mac du Tillard beautifully around the course. Unluckily, the hot mare just clipped a vertical, and then rolled a pole in the treble combination, putting the team on eight faults overall, and dashing their hopes of taking the top spot.

New recruit for Miami Glory Denis Lynch put in a fantastic display with his relatively new mount RMF Echo, with the large striding horse powering around the course and the Irishman guiding the horse beautifully through the fences. Adding to Scott Brash’s earlier four faults the team look to be in strong position ahead of tomorrow’s final, finishing fifth today and carrying through their faults for tomorrow’s competition.

Another young star to impress was U25 rider Emily Moffitt who made a phenomenal return to CSI5* level competition, jumping a stylish clear with Hilfiger van de Olmenhoeve for the London Knights. Sadly it wasn’t enough for the second highest Championship ranked team, after 12 faults from teammate Enrique Gonzales dropped them down the order. Shanghai Swan’s Daniel Deusser had a shock result, with the anchorman for the team picking up 22 faults, adding to Alexandra Thornton’s four faults with Charielle.

Fans cheered as reigning champions Valkenswaard United put in another intimidating display, with Alberto Zorzi laying the ground work for the team with Cornetto K to keep the team clear on a zero score. Teammate and 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Madrid winning combination Marcus Ehning and Pret a Tout put together an almost foot-perfect round, with the crowd on the edge of their seats right up until the treble combination where the top German rider agonisingly rolled the final pole, dropping the title contenders down to sixth ahead of Saturday’s final.

Four teams in total went double clear, with Hamburg Diamonds' Audrey Coulter and Harrie Smolders showcasing a superb partnership and the formidable heavy-weight duo of Ludger Beerbaum and Marco Kutscher of Cannes Stars joining St Tropez Pirates and Mexico Amigos on a zero score.

The teams will now reset ahead of Saturday’s final which takes place at 15:30 local time. With the option to change horses and riders within the team, all eyes will be on tomorrow’s start list to see what strategies and tactics will come into play. Tune in to watch all the action live via GCL TV, with behind the scenes content, expert analysis and live studios featuring top riders.


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