Equestrian star Harrie Smolders continues his winning streak. The Dutchman show jumping rider has ended his 2017 with a huge world cup victory. Earlier this month, he scored an impressive victory in the first Z-Tour Grand Prix of the year.
This week, Smolders and Monaco made another huge victory. The Dutchman made a huge comeback at the final stage of the 2018 Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) in Shanghai Expo Garden, China. The defending champion has successfully defended his Global Champions Tour title in Shanghai. The Dutchman made an impressive performance, beating Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Germany’s Maurice Tebbel.
It’s not an easy ride for Smolders and Monaco. Rivals are coming fast and strong. Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Madame X made a phenomenal appearance, placing another brilliant clear. Germany’s Maurice Tebbel and Chaccos’ Son also made an exceptional jump in the final stage of the competition. In the end, the British rider settled for the second place, while Germany’s Maurice Tebbel took the third slot.
About the Dutchman rider
Harrie Smolders is an Olympic show jumping rider. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he finished 27th in the individual competition and 7th in the team. The 37-year-old Dutchman has also competed at the 2009 European Championships in Windsor Castle, where he finished fourth in the team jumping event.
Additionally, Smolders also participated in the 2010 World Equestrian Games. The Dutchman has managed to compete at four editions of the Show Jumping World Cup finals( in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2016). But his best Show Jumping World Cup was in 2016, where he finished second in the overall ranking.
In addition to his Show Jumping World Cup wins, Smolders also won gold at the Longines Global Champions Tour in 2015.
The winner of this year's Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) will get their chance to join the upcoming Global Champions Super Grand Prix, which slated to take place in Prague, Czechoslovakia this coming December.
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