2018 will see a formidable line up of 17 events across continents as the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL circuit expands to bring top-level show jumping to new venues.
The sophisticated Riviera resort of Ramatuelle/Saint Tropez will, this summer, join the international parade of unique destinations, including some of the world’s foremost capital cities.
The 16 events of the regular season will also be part of a thrilling countdown to the spectacular new Global Champions Prague Playoffs in the magical Czech capital city. GCL teams will be announced soon, as riders prepare for another fiercely competitive championship series.
The Longines Global Champions Tour individual series, attracting the consistently highest concentration of top riders, promises thrilling action for fans and viewers. Last year over 80% of events featured a minimum of 7 out of the top 10 ranked riders in the world. 2017 LGCT Champion Harrie Smolders said: “A higher level is not possible.”
With extra entertainment, behind-the-scenes features and in-depth analysis for fans, this year’s Championship race will be unmissable.
The 2018 LGCT & GCL Season is as follows:
Mexico City (22nd – 25th March)
Miami Beach (5th – 7th April)
Shanghai (20th – 22nd April)
Madrid (4th – 6th May)
Hamburg (10th – 12th May)
Ramatuelle/Saint Tropez (31st May – 2nd June)
Cannes (7th – 9th June)
Cascais, Estoril (14th – 16th June)
Monaco (28th – 30th June)
Paris (5th – 7th July)
Chantilly (13th – 15th July)
Berlin (27th – 29th July)
London (3rd – 5th August).
Valkenswaard (10th – 12th August)
Rome (6th – 9th September)
Doha (8th -10th November)
With the top 16 GCL teams qualifying for the final weekend of the season, the magical city of Prague, Czech Republic, will see a high-stakes showdown. On top of edge-of-the-seat team competition, the winners of each LGCT Grand Prix event from the 2018 season will be invited to compete in the Longines Global Champions Super Grand Prix; the ultimate individual showdown for the world’s best horses and riders.
The premiere of the thrilling new event for team show jumping, the Global Champions Super Cup will take place from 13th to 16th December 2018 at Prague’s dynamic O2 arena, which hosts major concerts and sports events.
Fans around the world can be part of the exhilarating circuit by tuning into the Global Champions streaming platform and stay connected on social media. With more events, bigger prize money and the world’s best athletes fighting for every valuable ranking point, the 2018 season promises to be a blockbuster.