INTRODUCING THE GCL TEAMS FOR 2022.NEXT UP - SHANGHAI SWANS
DRAMA AND EMOTION ALL SEASON IN THE HIGH STAKES, GROUND-BREAKING GCL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP Top sport and intense rivalry across continents in pursuit of GCL championship glory. Top riders from different countries united for the first time ever in show jumping with star U25 riders. Team spirit, team tactics and the strongest combinations will win the day. A formidable fight unfolds in incredible destinations in pursuit of overall GCL championship honours. And only the top teams will survive the ultimate showdown in the GCL Super Cup at the GC Prague Playoffs.
2nd In GCL ranking of 2021, the Shanghai Swans bring two new faces to the team for the thrilling 2022 season. Katrin Eckermann (DE) and U25 rider Jeanne Sadran (FR) add to the stellar lineup of Pius Schwizer (SUI), Max Kühner (AUT), Alexandra Thornton (GBR) and Christian Ahlmann (DE).
The Swans will be looking to build on their successes from their strong 2021 season, knowing that consistency and precision are key to the top podium placings.
Pius Schwizer: Competing for Switzerland: From Oensingen: Age 59: Pius has been a key member of the Shanghai Swans team since 2018. He played a crucial role in helping the team win the GCL Super Cup during the 2019 Prague Playoffs, and to their podium finish in the 2021 season. Pius is back for a fourth season running, bringing his valuable experience to this reshuffled team.
Max Kühner: Competing for Austria: From Germany: Age 48: Max started off his time on the GCL circuit for the Berlin Lions in 2017. After a short break due to injury, Max returned to GCL competitions with the Shanghai Swans and has been a firm fixture on this talented team since, bringing a wealth of experience and an ever-stronger string of horses. He returns to Shanghai Swans in 2022 as part of another strong lineup of riders - they are sure to be ones to watch again as they aim to replicate, or indeed go one better than their second place in the 2021 overall season.
Katrin Eckermann: Competing for Germany: From Münster: Age 31: Katrin sat in the saddle with her father Otmar before she could walk. Her parents had an equestrian centre so she got into the sport through their influence. Katrin is a European Individual Silver and Bronze medallist at Young Rider level. The most influential person in her career has been her father and her hero is Marcus Ehning. She joins Shanghai Swans for the 2022 for the first time, alongside a stellar lineup of experienced riders and young talent.
Alexandra Thornton: Competing for United Kingdom: From London: Age 29: Alexandra has been part of the Shanghai Swans since the creation of the GCL team competition in 2016. Over the last few years, she has attended various events on the circuit with the team and helped contribute to multiple placings for the Shanghai Swans. She returns again for 2022 as part of this exciting lineup looking to go one better than their overall second place in the 2021 championship race.
Christian Ahlmann: Competing for Germany: From Marl: Age 47: Christian started his journey on the GCL circuit with Scandinavian Vikings team in 2017, and subsequently moved to Shanghai Swans in 2021 - and has become a star striker for the team. He returns to the Swans for 2022, and will be looking to go one better than their impressive second place in the overall season championship in 2021 this year.
Jeanne Sadran: Competing for France: Age 20: Despite her young age, Jeanne has already been competing in various 2* and even 5* competitions of the circuit. She was however a newcomer to the team GCL competition, entering as an U25 rider. Building on advice from her experienced teammates, Jeanne has gone from strength to strength and now rides for Shanghai Swans in the 2022 season .