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Bengtsson takes the Grand Prix win in the Longines Global Champions Tour in Chantilly

Famous Swedish rider Rolf-Goran Bengtsson riding Casall ASK took the Grand Prix win in the nineth leg of the Longines Global Champions which took place in Chantilly (France) on July 27th. Another hugely popular Swede, Henrik von Eckermann, riding Cantinero, came in second while Canadian star Eric Lamaze with his relatively new ride Fine Lady V was third.

Famous Swedish rider Rolf-Goran Bengtsson riding Casall ASK took the Grand Prix win in the nineth leg of the Longines Global Champions which took place in Chantilly (France) on July 27th. Another hugely popular Swede, Henrik von Eckermann, riding Cantinero, came in second while Canadian star Eric Lamaze with his relatively new ride Fine Lady V was third.

Chantilly is a magical place dedicated to the horse and hosts every year a huge international show jumping. The venue has increased in status and now holds a stage of the Longines Global Champions Tour. It has also just been “twinned” with the prestigious circuit Wellington Equestrian Festival in Palm Beach (Florida).
The compétition took place in a wonderful setting, in the grounds of one of the most beautiful castles in France.

In front of packed stands, the first round of the Grand Prix saw some masterful clears from some of the top contenders for the Championship crown.

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson on Casall Ask
Grand Prix winner Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) on Casall Ask. Behind is course designer Uliano Vezzani.
© Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour

Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) jumped a confident clean round with her ever-reliable Ego van Orti, which kept her on top of the Championship race, but she had four faults in the second round to leave her 12th overall in the class.

Athina Onassis de Miranda (GRE) and AD Camille Z were the first combination to jump clear in the tough second round - they finished on just two time faults from their first round, which landed them a 5th place overall and gave Onassis one of the best results of her career so far.

Luger Beerbaum (GER) was first to go and looked to be on to a winning round when Chaman slipped on a tight turn

Ludger Beerbaum (GER), Henrik von Eckermann, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Eric Lamaze came back for the last test of power and skill set by Uliano Vezzani. The first half of the course was a twisty, turning cluster of fences followed by a long gallop to the last which favoured the bigger striding horses. Beerbaum was first to go and looked to be on to a winning round when Chaman slipped on a tight turn to stop the clock at 42.69s.

Henrik von Eckermann
Henrik von Eckermann and Cantinero. © Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour

Von Eckermann was second go and was understandably cautious on the turn where his mentor had slipped, which cost him time, but he took the lead in a time of 40.85s. Bengtsson was third to go with his incredible stallion, who has not looked like he would touch a pole all season, and pulled off the round his legions of fans were hoping to see to cruise into first place in 40.31s.

Eric Lamaze
A truly beautiful jump : Eric Lamaze (CAN) with Fine Lady V.
© Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour

Eric Lamaze had pole position as last to go, but he was unable to catch the time with his smaller mare and lost out on the long gallop to the last to take third in a time of 41.08s.

"It’s nice to win here, it is sa fantastic show", Bengtsson said, "we have everything here, a great course designer, great public and good footing –horsde love to jump on grass. Today I was lucky to have my nose a little quicker over the line !"

RoIt’s nice to win her, belf- Henrik vo Eckermann said: "I saw Ludger go and he slipped in the turn to the second last oxer, so I was maybe a little too cautious, but I am happy Sweden is number one!"

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Published 03-08-2014

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