The spectacular Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL of London returns to the Royal Hospital Chelsea from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August 2018.
The unique venue of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is the location for the world famous Chelsea Flower Show each year. World class show jumping will take place on the South Grounds which lead down to the River Thames with the breath-taking backdrop of the heritage buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Founded by King Charles II over 300 years ago, it has provided care and comradeship for veterans, known the world over as the Chelsea Pensioners.
With the top show jumpers in the world descending on the heart of London, this is a premium sporting and social event you simply won’t want to miss this summer, with something for all the family to enjoy.
Longines Global Champions Tour – known as the ‘Formula 1’ of equestrian sport – brings together the world’s top ranked riders to compete in unique locations around the world including Miami Beach, Paris, Shanghai, Monaco, Berlin and Doha for unprecedented prize money, with the brand new Global Champions Prague Play Offs taking place in December.
2017 saw an edge-of-the-seat showdown between British Olympians Scott Brash and Ben Maher, as the pair took a one-two against the very best international riders in the world, much to the delight of the spectators in the packed out grandstands.
The GCL ranking battle could not be more fierce, with the red-coated London Knights currently high in the series ranking. The innovative and dynamic team competition is hitting full throttle as teams prepare to compete against the backdrop of the iconic Royal Hospital Chelsea. The Knights – who include British riders Ben Maher and Emily Moffitt – will be looking for home city support as they fight for valuable points to help qualify them for the all-important Global Champions Prague Play Offs.
The top horses and riders in the world will be in action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the event, with the first round of the GCL London taking place on Friday. Saturday will see the GCL London final and the LGCT Grand Prix of London, and Sunday will see a final day of top sport with a thrilling jump off class to finish.
With a shopping village, refreshment areas, plenty of entertainment and thrilling sporting action packed into three days there will be something for all the family as the LGCT and GCL series raise the temperatures in London.
For more information visit www.gcglobalchampions.com