Published on January 28, 2014 | by Kitty Trice0
Global Champions Tour returns to London
Following Great Britain’s first Olympic gold medal for 60 years in the show jumping at London 2012 it has been confirmed that the sport will return to London with a bang.
The world’s most profitable show jumping series, the Global Champions Tour (GCT), made its debut in London last June in Stratford when almost one million people in the UK tuned in to watch the competition, with another million watching worldwide.
The series debut in London last year provided a thrilling spectacle and triumph for British show jumping, resulting in Ben Maher beating Nick Skelton on Big Star in a jump off against the clock, on the 11-year-old mare Cella.
This year the London staging in the GCT series will take place at Horse Guards Parade on August 14-16.
Jan Tops, President of the Longines Global Champions Tour said: “It is a privilege to stage the London event at this famous and iconic location. Spectators will be able to watch the best riders in the world up close, and we want to welcome people who are fans of show jumping and those who are new to the sport.”
Spectators will be able to watch the best show jumpers in action, including the world number one Scott Brash and European and Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher.
Riders including America’s 2008 Olympic gold medallist Laura Kraut and Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer, are among those expected to travel from all over the world to compete.
The 2014 series starts in the Belgian city of Antwerp in April.
Pre-booking information for the London event is available from www.lgct-london2014.com.