Henrik von Eckermann Steals the Spotlight at LGCT Rome Grand Prix
The historic Circo Massimo in Rome bore witness to a thrilling showdown at the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, captivating thousands of spectators over a three-day equestrian extravaganza. The highlight of the Roman event unfolded in a fiercely contested barrage among 11 rider-horse pairs, culminating in the victory of the world’s number one-ranked Swedish rider, Henrik von Eckermann, aboard King Edward (0/0/41″26). Von Eckermann triumphed over Germany’s David Will on My Prins van Dorperheide (0/0/41″46) and fellow countryman Peder Fredricson on Catch me Not S, who shared third place with Swiss rider Andreas Schou on I Know (0/0/42″27). Italy’s Piergiorgio Bucci, the sole Italian representative in the barrage, secured an impressive eighth place astride Cochello.
LGCT Leaderboard Update
As the fourteenth leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour concluded, the leaderboard confirmed Harrie Smolders‘ leadership with 252 points, followed by Maikel van Der Vleuten in second place with 238 points, and Henrik von Eckermann himself in third place with 235.5 points.
The Thrilling Barrage
Eleven rider-horse pairs competed for victory in the jump-off, featuring 8 obstacles. It was Peder Fredricson on Catch me Not S who set the initial benchmark with a flawless round (0/42”27), swiftly answered by David Will on My Prins van Dorperheide (0/41”46) and Andreas Schou on I Know, matching the time of the Swedish rider, resulting in a third-place tie. However, it was the world’s number one-ranked Swedish rider, Henrik von Eckermann, aboard King Edward, who stole the show by clocking in at 41”26 with zero penalties. Following him, only Malin Baryard-Johnsson on H&M Indiana surpassed the time (40”81), although marred by an error.
Join us tomorrow evening for the recap of the closing day’s events at the 2023 Rome LGCT.
Photos: Courtesy of LGCT