2008 Global Champions Tour

The 2008 Global Champions Tour was the 3rd edition of the Global Champions Tour (GCT), an important international show jumping competition series. The 2008 Global Champions Tour was the first edition of the Global Champions Tour as official series of the FEI.[1]

The series is held mainly in Europe, one competition and also the final are held outside of Europe. All competitions are endowed with 300000 . All GCT events were held as CSI 5*.

The competitions was held between April 10, 2008 and September 14, 2008. The final was held in São Paulo, Brazil from October 15, 2008 to October 19, 2008.

The champion of the Global Champions Tour Final of this year is Jessica Kürten of Ireland on Libertina.

Competitions

All competitions are held as competition over two rounds against the clock with one jump-off against the clock.

The placement of the riders, who are not qualified for the jump-off, results of the number of penalties of both rounds and the time of the first round. Competitors who are not qualified for the second round, placed behind the riders who compete in the second round.

1st Competition: Global Champions Tour of Qatar

April 10, 2008 to April 12, 2008 - Doha,  Qatar
Competition: Saturday, April 12, 2008 - Start: 6:00 pm, prize money: 300000 [2]

Rider Horse Penalties Time (s) Jump-off scoring
points
Round 1 Round 2 Round 1 Penalties Time
(s)
1 Republic of Ireland Denis Lynch Lantinus 0 0 - 0 49.49 20
2 Germany Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst Lord Luis 0 0 - 0 49.95 18
3 Switzerland Steve Guerdat Jalisca Solier 0 0 - 0 50.69 16

(Top 3 of 39 Competitors)

2nd Competition: Global Champions Tour of Germany

April 30, 2008 to May 4, 2008 - Hamburg (German show jumping and dressage derby),  Germany
Competition: Saturday, May 3, 2008 - Start: 2:00 pm, prize money: 300000 €[3]

Rider Horse Penalties Time (s) Jump-off scoring
points
Round 1 Round 2 Round 1 Penalties Time
(s)
1 Germany Thomas Voss Leonardo B 0 0 - 0 48.35 20
2 Netherlands Albert Zoer Sam 0 0 - 4 48.21 18
3 Germany Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Checkmate 0 0 - 4 75.04 16

(Top 3 of 48 Competitors)

3rd Competition: Global Champions Tour of France

June 12, 2008 to June 14, 2008 - Cannes,  France
Competition: Saturday, June 14, 2008 - Start: 6:00 pm, prize money: 300000 €[4]

Rider Horse Penalties Time (s) Jump-off scoring
points
Round 1 Round 2 Round 1 Penalties Time
(s)
1 Germany Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Shutterfly 0 0 - 0 40.74 20
2 Australia Edwina Alexander Itot du Chateau 0 0 - 0 43.74 18
3 United Kingdom Robert Whitaker Lacroix 4 0 78.83 16

(Top 3 of 49 Competitors)

4th Competition: Global Champions Tour of Monaco

June 26, 2008 to June 28, 2008 - shore at the marina „Port Hercule“, Monte Carlo,  Monaco
Competition: Saturday, June 28, 2008 - Start: 6:00 pm, prize money: 300000 €[5]

Rider Horse Penalties Time (s) Jump-off scoring
points
Round 1 Round 2 Round 1 Penalties Time
(s)
1 United States Richard Spooner Cristallo 0 0 - 0 38.99 20
2 Germany Marcus Ehning Vulkano FRH 0 0 - 0 39.01 18
3 Germany Ulrich Kirchhoff Carino 0 0 - 0 44.23 16

(Top 3 of 46 Competitors)

5th Competition: Global Champions Tour of Portugal

July 10, 2008 to July 12, 2008 - Hipódromo Manuel Possolo, Cascais near Estoril,  Portugal
Competition: Saturday, July 12, 2008 - Start: 7:30 pm, prize money: 300000 €[6]

Rider Horse Penalties Time (s) Jump-off scoring
points
Round 1 Round 2 Round 1 Penalties Time
(s)
1 Germany Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Checkmate 0 0 - 0 41.11 20
2 Germany Marco Kutscher Cash 0 0 - 0 41.83 18
3 United Kingdom Nick Skelton Arko 0 0 - 0 42.63 16

(Top 3 of 46 Competitors)

6th Competition: Global Champions Tour of the Netherlands

July 31, 2008 - August 3, 2008 - Valkenswaard,  Netherlands
Competition: Saturday, August 2, 2008 - Start: 1:45 pm, prize money: 300000 €[7]

Rider Horse Penalties Time (s) Jump-off scoring
points
Round 1 Round 2 Round 1 Penalties Time
(s)
1 Germany Daniel Deußer Air Jordan Z 0 0 - 0 34.50 20
2 United Kingdom Nick Skelton Arko 0 0 - 0 34.97 18
3 Australia Edwina Alexander Socrates 0 0 - 0 36.69 16

(Top 3 of 47 Competitors)

7th Competition: Global Champions Tour of Italy

September 11, 2008 to September 14, 2008 - Arezzo,  Italy
Competition: Saturday, September 13, 2008 - Start: 1:00 pm, prize money: 300000 €[8]

Rider Horse Penalties Time (s) Jump-off scoring
points
Round 1 Round 2 Round 1 Penalties Time
(s)
1 Germany Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Shutterfly 0 0 83.76 20
2 Belgium Judy-Ann Melchior Aktion Pur Z 0 1 84.82 18
3 Switzerland Steve Guerdat Tresor 0 2 87.17 16

(Top 3 of 47 Competitors)

Global Champions Tour Final

overall standings (after 7 competitions)

Rider 1st
Competition
2nd
Competition
3rd
Competition
4th
Competition
5th
Competition
6th
Competition
7th
Competition
scoring
points
(Total)
1 United Kingdom Nick Skelton - 11 13 11 16 18 13 82
2 Germany Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum 0 16 20 - 20 0 20 76
3 Australia Edwina Alexander 4 0 18 9 9 16 12 68
4 Belgium Judy-Ann Melchior 15 10 8 0 3 5 18 59
5 Germany Marcus Ehning 0 0 0 18 10 10 15 53

(Top 5)[9]

Final

October 15, 2008 to October 19, 2008 - Hipica Paulista, São Paulo (Athina Onassis International Horse Show),  Brazil

First round

Competition: Thursday, October 16, 2008 - Start: 3:30 pm, prize money: 50000 €[10]

Rider Horse Penalties Time
(s)
1 Belgium Ludo Philippaerts Winningmood 0 78.10
2 Republic of Ireland Jessica Kürten Libertina 0 78.46
3 United Kingdom Tim Gredley Omelli 0 79.02

(Top 3 of 25 Competitors)

Final result after second round and jump-off

Competition: Saturday, August 14, 2009 - Start: 8:00 pm, prize money: 900000 €[11]

Rider Horse Jump-off
Penalties Time
(s)
Penalties Time
(s)
1 Republic of Ireland Jessica Kürten Libertina 0 - 0 34.25
2 Germany Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Shutterfly 0 - 0 35.01
3 Germany Ludger Beerbaum All Inclusive NRW 0 - 0 37.06
4 France Julien Epaillard Kanthaka de Petra 0 - 8 37.81
5 United Kingdom Tim Gredley Omelli 4 72.69

(Top 5 of 18 Competitors)

References

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