Bottleneck (Orient Express - Dame Ricard x Laudanum xx), renamed Global Express by his owner VDL Stud, won the Dutch championship for five-year-old showjumpers yesterday, August 11 with Lennard de Boer in the saddle. A few months earlier he had already won a stallion competition during the KWPN show in Den Bosch. Global Express is a Selle Français, bred by Patrice Boureaus Haras de la Gisloterie in Normandy(Calvados), from a famous french dam line including Street Hassle (Quick Star) who jumped 1m45 with Lauren Hough and Iqbal des Hayettes (Banboula du Thot). It is anticipated that Global Express may soon be approved by Studbook Selle Français in the coming months. He was exported to the Netherlands as a two-year-old by Joop Aaldering. Eric Fournier