Monaco conjures up images of yacht-lined harbours, glitzy motor racing and glamorous people clad in sunglasses strolling through the streets of Monte Carlo. And when it comes to showjumping, that’s no exception. Step forward the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco.

For three days last week (25-27 June), some of the world’s top horses and riders took part in the seventh round of the Global Champions Tour, against the backdrop of Port d’Hercule and the Prince’s Palace in Monte-Carlo.

Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco in pictures

The setting

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All the action took place in this spectacular harbour setting, at the foot of Le Rocher’s steep ramparts in the centre of old Monte Carlo

Arriving

The  horses arrive at Port Hercules

The  horses arrive at Port Hercules
The horses arrive at Port Hercule

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The man of the moment

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Scott Brash takes the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Monaco title with the nine-year-old bay mare Hello M’Lady

Beyond the arena…

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When specators were done with the showjumping, lusting after the boats in the harbour provided entertainment in itself

Celeb spotting

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Finnish Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen visited the show, along with HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco who watched his niece Charlotte Casiraghi competing

Sunset

a view of the arena during the Prix Massimo Dutti
An impressive sunset accompanies the Prix Massimo Dutti, won by Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano after a daring jump-off

Argento

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John Whitaker and the bay stallion Argento took a close second to Scott Brash and Hello M’Lady in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Monaco

Warming-up

LGCT of Monaco - Day one - warming up session

LGCT of Monaco - Day one - warming up session
Competitors warmed-up under a cloudless sky

The vet check

The vet check
In the heat of the Côte d’Azur, the vet check was as vital as ever

An aerial view

Longines ProAm Cup Monaco Aerial view of the Arena of Longines Global Champions Tour of MonacoThe Longines Pro-Am Cup in action

Don’t miss the full report from the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco in the 2 July issue of Horse & Hound magazine