RESULTS | PHOTOGALLERY The Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show – from 12 to 14 September 2019 in Saint-Tropez, France... An exceptional end to this sixth edition of the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show, the 17thleg of the prestigious Longines Global Champions Tour and the Global Champions League! A stone's throw from the mythical Pampelonne Beach, in front of a thrilled crowd, America’s Jessica Springsteen won her first LGCT 5* Grand Prix in an exceptional jump-off. Earlier in the day, the provisional ranking of the Global Champions League, the team circuit, underwent some major changes. -> LINK
First jump-off class of the CSI 5* Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show, the Prix Premiumares goes to Belgium’s Pieter Devos and his gelding Espoir. On the technical course designed by the Italian Uliano Vezzani, nine pairs out of forty-six starters signed a perfect first round. First clear round, first double clear round of the class, the British Alexandra Thornton on Charielle will quickly be caught up by Devos; neither Eric van der Vleuten (Djoost Again), nor the American Kent Farrington (Austria 2), nor the French Kevin Staut (Viking d’la Rousserie) will manage to dethrone Devos, despite their double clear-round.
"I am very happy. My horse jumped perfectly today, I had a very good feeling and a victory is always good! Espoir is naturally very fast and I think I gained almost three seconds over Alexandra Thornton's time at the end of the course. At first, and as I could see that there were faults on this jump-off, I decided to secure the score, and then I gradually accelerated. I was afraid of Kent, who really finished a few hundredths behind me, but in the end, he keeps behind (laughs). Obviously, this victory gives confidence for tomorrow's Grand Prix, even if I will ride another horse and it will be even bigger in terms of sport," explained the winner, while the Brabançonne had just resounded.
Let the show begin! Earlier this afternoon, almost 200 horses (197 to be precise), representing 28 nations, passed the preliminary horse inspection to get the festivities underway. Tomorrow they will take part in the CSI 2* and the CSI 5* of the sixth edition of the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show, the second last leg of the prestigious Global Champions League and Longines Global Champions Tour circuits. A stone's throw from Pampelonne Beach, one of the most beaches in the world, 14 of the 20 best riders in the world and the entire top 10 of the Longines Global Champions Tour rankings will go into the ring for three days of glamour and top-level sport! Join us at 8am for the start of the CSI 2*, at 1.30pm for the first CSI 5* class and at 4.50pm for the first highlight of this weekend: the first round of the Global Champions League.
10. September 2019
14 of the 20 best Riders in the World and the nes European Champions @ the 6th Edition of the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show 2019
The start of one of the most glamorous legs of the Longines Global Champions Tour, the last in France for this 14th season of the prestigious circuit, with a star-studded line-up. A stone's throw from the renowned Pampelonne Beach, the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show will play host to 14 of the 20 best riders in the world, as well as the members of the team who were recently crowned European champions.
A line-up of champions
The mythical Pampelonne Beach is well-accustomed to stars and since 2014, the greatest riders in the world have also been coming to the place where And God Created Woman was filmed, for the annual Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show. The 2019 edition will be no exception to this rule. In Ramatuelle’s temporary ring, installed for the occasion by Denis Monicolo’s teams, and on courses designed by the Italian maestro, Uliano Vezzani, the German riders for example will be represented by a strong delegation, in a setting where they are frequently successful. The following riders are thus expected: Daniel Deusser, number 3 in the Longines World Rankings, the Kaiser Ludger Beerbaum, Christian Ahlmann, World no. 9, who won here in 2017, Marco Kütscher, victorious in Ramatuelle in 2015, and Marcus Ehning, World no.19, winner of the circuit in 2010, among others.
The Germans will come face to face and have to fight it out with those who finished ahead of them on the highest step of the podium, three weeks ago during the Longines FEI European Jumping Championships in Rotterdam, Belgium’s Pieter Devos, World no.7, Jos Verlooy, World no.16 and third individually at the Europeans, accompanied by Niels Bruynseels, World no.10. Other major names of the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show and the Longines Global Champions Tour are also expected such as the World no.5, Great Britain’s Ben Maher, the winner of last year’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Ramatuelle - Saint-Tropez and 1st in last year’s Longines Global Champions Tour Ranking, Scott Brash, who was the Champion of Champions in 2014 and in 2013, as well as Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander, who was the overall winner of the Global Champions Tour in 2012 and in 2011.
As for France, it will be represented by World no.17 Kevin Staut and Julien Epaillard (World no.21), Simon Delestre (World no. 23) and the ideal of a whole generation, the best French lady in in the world rankings, Normandy’s Pénélope Leprévost.
The riders will come face to face on Saturday 14 September at 5.15pm for the highlight of this weekend of great sport, the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Ramatuelle - Saint-Tropez, boasting 300, 000 euros of prize money.
For the sixth year in a row, the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show, LAOHS, a leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour, the prestigious international show jumping circuit, is returning to Ramatuelle’s renowned Pampelonne Beach, from 12 to 14 September 2019, where glamour and very high-level sport will go hand in hand.
The Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show is a competition that is unique in its kind, a leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour, the international show jumping circuit, which since 2005, has been bringing together the top thirty riders in the world from all four corners of the globe, for nineteen legs, each one more prestigious than the last.
The Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show, organised on Ramatuelle’s mythical Pampelonne Beach, is one of the most glamorous of these nineteen legs.
An idyllic setting, the world stars of the discipline
Orchestrated by the international rider Athina Onassis, with the support of Longines, the Swiss watchmaker, the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show takes advantage of an exceptional setting, the Saint-Tropez peninsula and the famous Pampelonne beach. A stone’s throw from the sea, in the shade of the French Riviera’s pine trees, top quality facilities, worthy of the huge athletes hosted for the occasion, are built respecting the beauty of this natural, preserved site. The public admire the riders and stroll around in the village, which boasts restaurants, bars and boutiques.
Last year, the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show joined the ranks of the Longines Global Champions Tour destinations, synonymous for the Saint Tropez show, of the presence of the greatest riders on the planet. The Longines Global Champions Tour is an original, yearly show jumping championship, which spans three continents and takes in some of the world’s most beautiful cities including Paris, London, Madrid, Shanghai and Rome, with, in the past, a final organised in Doha and in Prague.
An all-star sports schedule
The Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show comprises two different levels of competition, for professional and amateur riders, with prize money totalling €617,000 distributed among the best riders of each class.
A CSI 5* corresponds to the highest level in the horse show ranking established by the Fédération Equestre Internationale.The CSI 5* Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show includes six classes which all allow riders to win points for the Longines World Rankings.
There will be two highlights among these six classes: the Longines Global Champions
Tour Grand Prix of Saint-Tropez - Ramatuelle, which will boast €300,000 of prize money; and the Global Champions League team competition, during which the world’s best riders will come face to face as teams.
The Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show also features a CSI 2* specifically for amateur riders, who will enjoy competing alongside the biggest names in world show jumping. In total, the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show will host 120 riders and 230 horses, representing more than 20 different nations.
Additional information: www.athinaonassis-horseshow.com