Gerco Schröder, winner of the Jumping de Cannes
:Gerco Schröder - Winner of Jumping de Cannes 2012 © R&B Presse P. Renauldon
The world’s top 30 riders were in Cannes this weekend to take part in the 5th
stage of the Global Champions Tour. Dutch competitor, Gerco Schröder, won his second victory in the Global Champions Tour with Eurocommerce London.
Edwina Alexander - Jumping de Cannes 2012 - © R&B Presse P. Renauldon
At the end of this competition, Jaeger-LeCoultre presented the winner with its emblematic Reverso. Each model awarded to the winners of each stage of the Global Champions Tour is absolutely unique as it features an original illustration, engraved on the back of its pivoting case. It is a way of immortalising a memorable event and giving sentimental value to the watch, an integral part of its owner’s life.
Edwina Alexander, a Friend of Jaeger-LeCoultre, came tantalisingly close to achieving a major feat by qualifying once again for the jump-off. "So close and yet so far", she concluded philosophically. Coming third, she and her little Itôt achieved a fantastic performance. With this third position, the beautiful Australian rider increases her general ranking, with almost twenty points over her runners-up. She will have the opportunity of establishing her superiority at the Jumping de Monaco, scheduled in less than 10 days’ time.
The 2-times winner of the Global Champions Tour Edwina Tops-Alexander, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s aficionado, has ambitions goals for 2012 season with her legendary horse Itot du Chateau. Throughout 2012, Edwina will participate in the most prestigious jumping competitions, wearing a perfect symbol of a life dedicated to sport, the Reverso, which, in the ladies version, becomes a bejewelled and feminine evening watch at the flick of a wrist.
This year Jaeger-LeCoultre will pursue its presence at the following rounds of Global Champions Tour, adding to the unique experience of the riders and the public and presenting its latest watch collections.
Monte-Carlo, Monaco - June 28-30
The magical back drop of Port d’Hercule and the Prince’s Palace will again provide one of the most spectacular venues for the Global Champions Tour during the three day feast of world class show jumping. Estoril, Portugal - July13-14
The wonderful parkland near the centre of Cascais in the Portuguese Riviera is transformed into a truly special equestrian stage for two days of top show jumping competitionChantilly, France - July 20-22
GCT Chantilly is played out against the exquisite Chateau de Chantilly and the beautiful Grand Stables, built in the 18thcentury by the grandson of Louis XIV.Valkenswaard, Netherlands - August 17-19
The superb facilities created by GCT founder and president Jan Tops have reached new heights each year since the first International Concours Valkenswaard 19 years ago. This year’s GCT Valkenswaard at the Stal Tops private equestrian estate will take place from August 17-19.Lausanne, Switzerland - September 14-16
Lausanne’s unique and beautiful location on the shores of Lake Geneva is a perfect complement to the stunning destinations on the prestigious Global Champions Tour. Switzerland has a proud history of show jumping with internationally acclaimed riders. Jaeger-LeCoultre has become the official partner and time-keeper of Grand Prix de Lausanne.Vienna, Austria - September 21-23
Vienna, famously home to some of the world’s greatest composers, will host GCT for the first time in 2012 in September where the spectators will be thrilled by show jumping in the magnificent City Hall square (Rathausplatz).Abu Dhabi, UAE - November 22-24
Global Champions Tour heads to the Arabian Gulf for the final round of 2012 Season. For the second year the Al Forsan International Sports Resort will host this prestigious climax to the season where Jaeger-LeCoultre will offer a legendary Atmos clock with a special engraving to the GCT winner.