Edited press release
Paris, France – The Rome Gladiators have added Canadian Olympian Beth Underhill to their squad for the second half of the 2022 Global Champions League season.
The mid-season transfer sees Underhill join Shane Breen from Ireland; under-25 rider Zoe Conter from Belgium; the French horseman Edward Levy; under 25 rider Nina Mallevaey of France; and Fernando Martinez Sommer of Mexico to represent the Rome Gladiators, powered by ClipMyHorse.TV. Underhill replaces Pieter Clemens of Belgium.
Held alongside the Longines Global Champions Tour, the Global Champions League team competition features 16 events around the world, including the team’s home leg in Rome, Italy, from September 1-4, 2022. The Rome Gladiators were on the podium with third place finishes in Miami, USA, and Stockholm, Sweden. Mallevaey, a member of the Rome Gladiator team, won the second round of the World Champions League competition in Miami, while Martinez Sommer did the same in Cannes.
After the first eight events of the season, the Rome Gladiators currently sit in eighth place overall among 16 teams. Individually, Martinez Sommer is ranked seventh overall in the championship.
“We are incredibly thrilled to have Beth join the team,” said Tara Dow-Rein on behalf of Team Rome Gladiators owner Rein Family LLC. “Our intention was to have our best horses in the team. We recently invested in more horsepower for Nina and now Beth will be competing with our horses as well.
“We have been so pleased with the performances of our team members to date and now look forward to seeing what they can do in the second half of the season with the addition of Beth,” continued Dow-Rein.
“I am honored to be part of the Global Champions League at the invitation of Tara and Mark Rein,” said Underhill, a veteran of Olympic competition, World Championships and Pan American Games. “It’s a fantastic team with great riders and good results. I’m really excited for this new venture.
Underhill becomes only the second Canadian and first Canadian female athlete to compete in the Global Champions League after Eric Lamaze, who raced for various teams for several seasons before announcing his retirement from the sport earlier this year. In addition to operating his own training company, Beth Underhill Stables, Underhill also rides for Lamaze’s Torrey Pines stable.