Philippe Guerdat to lead Europeans despite Brazil move

Guerdat and the European team last year in New York
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Wednesday 13 March - 15h39 | Edited press release

Philippe Guerdat to lead Europeans despite Brazil move

He may have moved from France to Brazil, but he remains European. 

Switzerland’s Philippe Guerdat recently signed on as head of Brazil's national show jumping team after his contract with France's squad was ended by the French Equestrian Federation. But even though the father of World No.1 Steve Guerdat has switched continents for his day job, he will be staying in place for another one.

Ahead of the third leg of the 2018–19 Longines Masters series in New York, from April 25–28, it has been announced that Guerdat will remain coach of the Riders Europe team. "At the launch of the Riders Masters Cup, it was discussed that the role of team leader should be 'rotating' but Christophe Ameeuw [the founder of the Longines Masters] asked me to remain and I will [do so] happily because, besides the fact that I appreciate Christophe and his efforts developing the sport, the challenge is interesting," Guerdat says. "The concept is growing, even if it is still new and needing some improvements, but it is a competition that I believe in."  

The Olympic champion coach played an essential role in the Riders Europe team’s first three victories in the event, both in terms of his selections and the strategy deployed during the competition. This was particularly evident in New York last year, where the Riders Europe team won the match in the last duel in which Philippe Guerdat lined up Harrie Smolders and his fast Cas 2 against McLain Ward and HH Gigi’s Girl. The Riders USA team were still leading 7-6, but after Smolders’ lightning fast round, they lost 7-8. 

The Riders Masters Cup is an intercontinental championship that pits the United States (Riders USA) against Europe (Riders Europe). It has existed since December, 2017. For more information, see here. 

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