RED MILLS Rider Edwina Tops-Alexander and California faced down phenomenal pressure to win the first-ever Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix as runner up Ludger Beerbaum declared the new GC Playoffs a “milestone in the history of show jumping.” This is the third Grand Prix victory for Edwina since the start of December.
The €1.25 million showdown took place in front of a sell-out crowd at the O2 Arena in Prague with victory for Edwina greeted with a standing ovation after the Australian rider and her amazing mare clinched victory.
Celebrating her win Edwina declared her mare California “incredible” and said: “I really didn’t think I had won, I couldn’t see the scoreboard. After I had the fence down I thought I have just got to go for it. I can’t believe it, I’ve had the most amazing three weeks of my life and to finish by winning the LGCT Super Grand Prix is incredible.”
There was special recognition for the grooms as they received a medal after leading the champion horses into the arena for the closing moments of the awards ceremony and the rousing lap of honour.
At the press conference LGCT President Jan Tops said: “It could not have been better. From A to Z it was fantastic and a great atmosphere. Big applause for the organisation team in Prague”
Edwina agreed: “It is a huge honour and one of the most prestigious Grand Prix I have ever won. This competition is unique. Every class in this whole show has been pressure for the riders and that’s what makes it so exciting. I really have to thank the organisation in Prague for pulling this off, it is amazing.”
Madrid In Motion were crowned the first-ever GCL Super Cup Champions after an epic afternoon of sporting drama, unprecedented pressure and historic prize money in one single showjumping competition, which boasted a massive €6.4 Million prize fund. Madrid In Motion’s squad of Marc Houtzager and RED MILLS Riders Maikel van der Vleuten and Eduardo Álvarez Aznar faced down phenomenal pressure to emerge victorious.
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A brilliant double clear round from RED MILLS Rider Bertram Allen and the 11-year-old gelding Harley vd Bisschop, helped Valkenswaard United to a runner-up finish in the GCL Super Cup final.
The Valkenswaard team, which also included Germany’s Marcus Ehning and Italy’s Alberto Zorzi, finished on a two round total of 17 faults to collect almost €1.4 Million for their second place finish. Paris Panthers finished in third place. The Paris Panthers team included RED MILLS Rider Yuri Mansur, Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet and Ireland’s Darragh Kenny.