Global Champions League teams announced

  • Scott Brash is to join forces with Kent Farrington – and Ben Maher with Jessica Springsteen – in the Global Champions League (GCL), it has been announced.

    The line-ups have been revealed for the new competition, which organisers say “heralds the start of a new era in showjumping”.

    John Whitaker, Laura Renwick and Rodrigo Pessoa are also among the riders taking part in the team-based showjumping league, which starts next Sunday (10 April) in Miami.

    Each of the 12 multi-national teams has up to five riders, including a maximum of two top 30-ranked athletes, for the 1.50-1.55m GCL competition.

    At least one rider must be under 25, as “GCL focuses on developing the young talent of the future”.

    Two team members will be selected to compete in each event of the circuit, which follows the calendar of the Longines Global Champions Tour (GCT).

    A spokesman for the league said: “The new multi-national squads of riders… will be paired for the first time ever as they depend on each other for sporting glory and a share of the GCL €7.5 million prize money.

    “Team selection decisions will be critical as team managers select riders and horses to maximise the best performance and results at each event through the season.”

    All teams will take part in the first round of the competition, with their combined scores on penalties and time determining whether they progress. The top eight will go through to the second round.

    A prize fund of €200,000 is on offer at each competition, with €60,000 for the winning team, while each squad will also be awarded points. These points will determine the league rankings at the end of the season, for which a €1.5m purse is on offer, with 30% going to the winning team.

    Organisers have promised a €7.5m total prize fund for subsequent seasons.

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    Jan Tops, GCL co-founder and GCT founder and president, said: “This is a key strategic step forward in the evolution of our sport. It will transform the experience for millions of fans around the world as they identify with the ups and downs of their favourite riders and horses.

    “We will see some extraordinary battles opening up as the teams go through the GCL season and tactics and selection decisions become ever critical. We are pleased to continue in a pioneering spirit to safeguard the future of show jumping in the modern era and to always ensure top sport and the welfare of the horse.”

    H&H has reported that the FEI has clashed with GCL over the league, resulting in a legal battle over the FEI’s “anti-competitive exclusivity clause”.

    The teams:

    Miami Glory

    Scott Brash
    Kent Farrington
    Georgina Bloomberg
    Kimberly Prince
    Jessica Mendoza (U25)


    Antwerp Diamonds

    Harrie Smolders
    Audrey Coulter (U25)
    Katharina Offel
    Marc Houtzager
    Jos Verlooy (U25)


    Madrid In Motion

    Alvaro de Miranda
    Athina Onassis de Miranda
    Marta Ortega Perez
    Pedro Veniss
    Gonzalo Anon Suarez (U25)


    Shanghai Swans

    Edwina Tops-Alexander
    Ben Maher
    Jessica Springsteen (U25)
    Janne Friederike Meyer
    Alexandra Thornton (U25)
    Cannes Stars

    Roger-Yves Bost
    Marco Kutscher
    Roosje Brouwer
    Kevin Jochems (U25)
    Monaco Aces

    Maikel van der Vleuten
    Leopold van Asten
    Daniel Bluman
    Schuyler Riley
    Lisa Nooren (U25)


    Paris Jets

    Rolf-Göran Bengtsson
    Gregory Wathelet
    Olivier Philippaerts (U25)
    Nicola Philippaerts (U25)
    Titouan Schumacher (U25)


    Cascais Charms

    Quentin Judge
    David Will
    Pilar Cordon Muro
    Andreas Kreuzer
    Philip Houston (U25)
    Valkenswaard United

    Bertram Allen (U25)
    John Whitaker
    Eduardo Menezes
    Alberto Zorzi
    Emily Moffitt (U25)
    Rome Gladiators

    Laura Kraut
    Laura Renwick
    Marlon Zanotelli
    Jack Hardin Towell
    Emma Heise (U25)
    Vienna Eagles

    Lauren Hough
    Rodrigo Pessoa
    Paris Sellon (U25)
    Danielle Goldstein
    Emanuel Andrade (U25)
    Doha Fursan Qatar

    Sheikh Ali Al Thani
    Bassem Hassan Mohammed
    Ali Al Rumaihi
    Faleh Alajami
    Hamad Al Attiyah (U25)

    For more information, visit the GCL website.


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