November 24, 2012 – Abu Dhabi, UAE - Katharina Offel (UKR) clinched her first Grand Prix victory in Abu Dhabi after an extremely tough competition, which defeated some of the best in the world.
After the prize giving she said: “It is a dream for me to win a GCT Grand Prix. Now we made it at the last minute. It is one of the biggest wins of my career. I really enjoyed it here. It is a beautiful show, a beautiful country.”
Edwina and Itot make history winning sensational GCT championship
Edwina Tops-Alexander and her extraordinary horse Cevo Itot du Chateau made history tonight winning the GCT Championship for the second year in a row in a dramatic series final.
It was a dazzling night of twists and turns and high drama at the highest level of equestrian sport. The race to be 2012 Champion was on a knife edge with the last leg of the season in front of packed grandstands at the Al Forsan arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, father of leading UAE rider Sheikh Shakboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, attended the prize giving ceremony.
Renaud Pretet, Brand Director in the Middle East for Jaeger-LeCoultre said of the event:
It was a very close competition and as official sponsor of GCT, we are very happy to - once more - have associated our brand to equestrian excellence. After the sponsorship of the recent Abu Dhabi Film Festival, we are very happy to be present again in the capital, to meet connoisseurs of the Arab world, to showcase our best creations and to reward Katharina Offel, the winner of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watch, the watch of Equestrian sport by excellence and specially engraved for the occasion.