Jet-setting around the globe is just about as luxe as life can get, but add horses and some of the best competition in the world into the equation and you’ve got a lifestyle that most would rightly envy. With stunning locations across Asia, Europe, and North America, the Longines Global Champions Tour brings unrivaled glamour to horse showing.
Though several LGCT stops are located near the shores of crystal blue water, no other location allows competitors to actually show on the beach. With cruise ships dotting the horizon on one side of the ring and skyscrapers soaring upwards on the other, Miami’s buzzing atmosphere brings the heat to horse showing.
The Club de Campo Villa de Madrid is considered by many Spaniards to be the most exclusive country club in the nation, so it’s only fitting that it would be home to a stop on the Longines Global Champions Tour. Located just outside of the heart of the city, history and horses combine in this lush setting.
Ah, the south of France. Elegant, beautiful, and a natural setting for a world-class horse show. This fabulous resort town, known for its pristine beaches and electric nightlife, is arguably one of the most glamorous places in the world.
Set under the shade of the Eiffel Tower, this LGCT stop couldn’t be more iconic. The “City of Lights” boasts some of the best art, architecture, food, and shopping in the world as well as a diverse cultural population.
In ancient times, Rome was home to dramatic battles between gladiators in horse-drawn chariots. Now, it hosts a different kind of horse sport—one of the show jumping variety. Go for the competition, stay for the gelato. And pasta. And pizza.
Written by Kate Kosnoff
Kate Kosnoff is an equestrian journalist, blogger and photographer. When she isn’t working, Kate can usually be found sipping green tea, scrolling through Twitter, or petting her horses—sometimes a combination of the three. She is based in Indiana and can often be spotted in jumper rings across the Midwest and Florida aboard her strawberry roan, Waffle.