Luciana Diniz and Fit For Fun, sensational winners
Luciana Diniz and Fit For Fun took the 2015 Championship after winning the final Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix
Three top riders had battled through the series to be in with a chance of the championship crown of Global Champions Tour in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday night: Scott Brash, ranking leader and defending champion, Luciana Diniz and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. It was Luciana and her chestnut mare who emerged. Course designer Uliano Vezzani produced formidable courses for the final showdown of the year. First to go of the title contenders was Ranking leader Scott Brash. He and Hello Sanctos flew around but clipped a fence, picking up four faults. The temperature rose as Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) and Casall ASK were the next title contender to enter the ring, knowing that he would need to win the Grand Prix to be in with a chance of the Champion of Champions Crown. With the consistency they’ve shown throughout the season, Rolf and Casall ASK rode a stunning clear round. Luciana Diniz and Fit For Fun 13 were second last to go, and rode a brilliant clear round, the quickest of the riders. The top eighteen went through to the second round, with Ranking leader Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos first in and with everything to do to keep his title hopes alive. Scott rode a beautiful round all the way up until the penultimate fence, just clipping the pole and finishing on 8 faults in total. However as the class progressed, the riders to follow also had fences down, leaving Scott at the top of the eight faulters. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall ASK rode an unbelievable course, earning his place in the final round. His title hopes still open, he was followed by Luciana Diniz who followed him into the jump-off. Scott was pushed down the order to 8th, meaning he was no longer in contention for the 2015 title. The incredible pair of Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Casall ASK finished with clear rond and in third position. Last to go Luciana Diniz knew that the title was hers, but set out to win the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha, and did so in emphatic style, with the brave Fit For Fun 13 jumping her heart out for the final.