In a moment etched with emotion against the breathtaking backdrop of Miami Beach, Michael Duffy and his faithful companion, Claptonn Mouche, soared to their maiden triumph at the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix. With tears of joy and a collective gasp from the audience, Duffy and Claptonn Mouche delivered a flawless performance, standing as the sole double clear amidst the pulsating atmosphere of the event.

While Duffy and Claptonn Mouche claimed the pinnacle, Max Kühner and EIC Cooley Jump showcased remarkable speed, albeit with a stumble over the Liverpool fence, narrowly securing second place. The podium was adorned by the spirited presence of Julien Anquetin and Blood Diamond du Pont, adding to the electric fervor by the Atlantic Ocean’s edge.

The final day of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Miami Beach drew a distinguished audience, including luminaries such as supermodel Gisele Bundchen and former Formula One driver Romain Grosjean, infusing the occasion with an unparalleled grandeur.

For Duffy, this victory was more than a triumph in sport; it was a poignant tribute to his late friend, Jack Dodd. In a tender moment during the winner interview, Duffy’s voice trembled as he dedicated the win to Dodd, his heartfelt words echoing through the arena and touching the hearts of all present.

Reflecting on his journey, Duffy shared, “It’s been a while coming now… I’m not the biggest talker but even more so this time. I have no words.” His humility and gratitude shone through as he expressed the challenges of the competition and the delicate balance of the course.

Max Kühner, in a candid moment, shared the intricacies of his ride, offering glimpses into the bond between rider and horse, all while praising the unique charm of Miami Beach.

Eduardo Aznar, the new leader of the 2024 Longines Global Champions Tour Championship, paid homage to his trusted companion, Rockafella, underscoring the profound bond that exists between horse and rider.

As the sun sets on Miami Beach, leaving hearts brimming with emotion, the Longines Global Champions Tour Championship Standings after Miami Beach painted a picture of resilience, passion, and unwavering dedication:

  1. Eduardo Aznar – 62 points
  2. Max Kühner – 61 points
  3. Christian Kukuk – 56 points

The journey continues as the Longines Global Champions Tour now sets its sights on Mexico City, the next destination in this exhilarating journey. Against the backdrop of sprawling grass arenas and a vibrant cityscape, riders and spectators alike eagerly anticipate the unfolding of another captivating chapter in the world’s premier show jumping series. With new challenges and triumphs on the horizon, the stage is set for the relentless pursuit of excellence to continue in the heart of Mexico.