An electrifying three-way battle for the championship will unfold on another capital city stage this weekend as Longines Global Champions Tour ranking leader and World No1 Scott Brash (GBR) will look to maintain his Championship lead ahead of nearest rivals Luciana Diniz (POR) and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE).
One of the most spectacular settings on the circuit gets underway in the thrilling city of Vienna as the championship races towards its culmination. The high calibre event will see many of the world’s top riders compete beneath the dazzling City Hall (Rathaus) surrounded by the stunning monuments of Austria’s capital city.
Co-organizer Thomas Frühmann talked about the sporting highlights: “We are happy to welcome many of the world’s best show jumping riders to Vienna, including the current world number one Scott Brash (GBR) who is the ranking leader on the Longines Global Champions Tour. Furthermore, the previous champions of Vienna, Luciana Diniz (POR), GLOCK rider Gerco Schröder (NED) and Marcus Ehning (GER) are all competing.”
Last year’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Vienna was won by Marcus Ehning (GER), who will be present once more and hoping to continue his success after his strong bronze medal place in Rome last weekend. His compatriots Daniel Deusser (GER), Marco Kutscher (GER) and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) will also be in action. Top riders such as John Whitaker (GBR), Kevin Staut (FRA), Lauren Hough (USA), Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS), Ben Maher (GBR), Pius Schwizer (SUI) and Harrie Smolders (NED) will also be competing at the penultimate show of 2015.
Local star and Olympic silver medallist Thomas Frühmann (AUT) will be in attendance and hoping to secure a strong result in front of his home crowd, and the weekend will see Max Kühner (AUT), Gerfried Puck (AUT), Markus Saurugg (AUT), Rolandand Engelbrech and Dieter Köfler (AUS) battling it out under the iconic City Hall.
Stunning Vienna, also know as the ‘City of Music’, will host the Tour for the 4th year in a row. The Austrian capital is a city famous for its imperial culture, architecture, musical history and beautiful palaces. Another jewel in the crown of glittering destinations which make up this showjumping Tour, Vienna is home to many high-profile organisations, including the United Nations and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. This centre of European music has been voted one the most world’s most liveable cities and consistently ranks highly as a world centre of cultural innovation.
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