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Dante and Marc fifth in GCT and third in GCL New York
Sterrehof’s Dante has finished her dream season in style during the Global Champions Tour (GCT) of New York. Two weeks ago she and Marc had achieved a fifth place in the GCT of Saint Tropez, and they repeated this result during the first GCT stage in the American metropole.
Dante, who has shown a consistently strong form for months, had flown for the first time towards a show and was able to convince again on a world-class event. A fantastic clear round in the second round of the Global Champions League (GCL) team competition put her and Marc on ninth position in this class and helped Marc’s team the Prague Lions, also consisting of Marco Kutscher and Niels Bruynseels, towards a beautiful third place. The Lion’s second best season result made them finish on seventh place in the final GCL classification and we will see the team back during the GCL Super Cup in Prague.
Great outdoor season
In the final GCT Grand Prix Dante and Marc once again excelled. Thanks to a convincing clear round our duo was part of an exclusive group of a seven combinations of only world-class riders and horses. In the jump-off another flawless and quick round followed, which resulted in the second fifth place in a row in the GCT competition. Regretfully Marc just missed qualification for the GCT Super Grand Prix in Prague. Nevertheless our pride about Dante’s great season clearly dominates. The eleven-year-old mare started the outdoor season strongly with a third place in the CSI3* GP of Gorla Minore. This result was followed by a win in the CSI2* GP of Jumping Schröder Tubbergen, a second place in the Championat of Villach, a win in the 1.50m of CHIO Twente, a fifth place in the Prize of Europe at CHIO Aachen and finally a breakthrough to success in CSI5 * Grands Prix!
Our second trump card Sterrehof’s Edinus opened the competition in New York with a convincing seventh place in the 1.45m two-phases class. In the final 1.50m class on Sunday a single rail prevented qualification for the jump-off.
Photos: Stephano Grasso/Longines GCT