“What a Ride”: As Grand Prix Concludes, Equestrian Community Reflects on a Thrilling ‘First Leg’ of the Year

Published 12/19/2023, 7:11 AM EST

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The inaugural Global Champions Tour (GCT) Super Grand Prix of the season unfurled a captivating spectacle as Philipp Weishaupt and his exceptional partner, Just Be Gentle, surged to victory. The illustrious three-day event unfolded against the magnificent backdrop of the Al Shaqab Longines Arena in Doha, showcasing breathtaking feats of equestrian mastery.

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The throwback video of the 2023 victorious season at Doha that surfaced recently managed to revive every single cherished moment from that particular experience. Its poignant portrayal and meticulous attention to detail left fans utterly mesmerised, evoking a profound sense of wonder and admiration. The first leg of the sojourn invited a lot of equestrian lovers took to the internet, akin to bees to honey.

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Recently, the Longines Global Champions shared a reel on Instagram which left fans like, Where does this horse come from all of a sudden”. It was captioned, Throwback to the first leg of the 2023 season–Doha. The first Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix winner. Philipp Weishaupt, breaking an eight-year hiatus, seized the Grand Prix victory spectacularly, clocking an impressive 34.37 seconds.

The exhilarating commentary in the video recounts an astonishing performance: Philipp Weishaupt and Just Be Gentle shot through a difficult course, which started at 1.60 meters in hoppy great style, showing incredible agility as well as confidence on their part to pull it off the way they did. Taking risks, Weishaupt brought in Just Be Gentle and this no-experience horse went on to win the Grand Prix at Doha. This incredible achievement delighted and astonished Weishaupt at the beautiful performance of this 9-year-old mare for whom the event was probably a first.

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Echoes of admiration

Upon the immediate sharing of this captivating reel, fans flooded the comment section with a wave of fervent reactions. Among a multitude of responses, a handful emerged as notable standouts. One devoted fan marvelled, stating, “Sheer grace and elegance. Beautiful lines in the air. Another, evidently captivated, succinctly added, Amazing. A separate comment echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the sheer Beauty encapsulated within the performance.

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The rolling call of admiration reverberated through the comments again and another enthusiast exclaimed, What a ride,” emphasizing the thrilling experience portrayed. Another admirer waxed eloquent about the spectacle, saying Such an amazing performance,” a sentiment shared by many. Finally, the viewer expresses a last flash of pure affection in three heart emojis—touching symbolism for the incredible outpouring of equestrian skill. This is nostalgic fondness dusted off with finesse and will surely linger on in the minds of the equestrian fraternity for posterity.

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Maleehah Shakeel

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Hey, I'm a fervent US sports writer at EssentiallySports, where my passion for sports seamlessly intertwines with the art of storytelling. I've honed my skills in crafting engaging narratives and offering insightful analysis within the realm of US sports, with a special expertise in equestrian sports. Equestrian sports aren't merely a fascination; they hold an irreplaceable spot in my heart.
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