(CNN)The Shanghai Swans fought back Sunday to clinch show jumping’s Global Champions League Super Cup for teams in Prague.
“It was a goal of the season, it’s as simple as that,” said Deusser, after the team rode away with €3 million ($3.3 million) in prize money.
“The whole year, you are trying to plan a little bit to qualify for this event,” Deusser said. “Of course, everything here starts with zero, round after round, every day there is a lot of pressure. Today we had two really, really big rounds.”
The GCL Super Cup finals on Sunday featured six teams of three riders, who competed over two rounds, with no dropped score. The GCL Super Cup was the culmination of the four-day GC Playoffs, the sport’s richest competition with a record $13 million in prize money.
“The best horses are here, the best riders, there were two big courses,” Fredericson said. “It’s hard work, but I am really happy we are finally in this spot we wanted.”
The Monaco Aces were second with 21 faults, while last year’s winners, Madrid in Motion, finished third with 24 penalties.
Deusser said he told his teammates before the second round they really “had to concentrate.”
After the shock exit of pre-event favorites and overall series winners the London Knights, led by overall Longines Global Champions Tour winner Ben Maher, and the St. Tropez Pirates on Friday, the season finale of the team event pitted Madrid in Motion against the Paris Panthers, Valkenswaard United, Shanghai Swans, Monaco Aces and Cannes Stars.
Jane Richard Philips of Switzerland, Germany’s Maurice Tebbel and Egyptian rider Abdel Saïd of the Cannes Stars were the surprise leaders after the first round.
Earlier in the season, Maher and Explosion W had won the overall Tour title for the second straight year and they clinched the overall Global Champions League team title for the London Knights.
The Knights were surprisingly knocked out of the team event during the semi-finals on Friday. But Maher and his Dutch warmblood dominated the LGT Super Grand Prix from start to finish, winning the richest individual competition in the sport with two clear rounds.
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