Without a doubt the most glamorous competition in showjumping — if not the entire equestrian sporting calendar — the Longines Global Champions Tour consists of 16 separate events, bringing together the top showjumpers in the FEI world rankings to jump off in exclusive venues in cities all round the world.
The 13th leg of the tour sees the competition return to London at Chelsea hospital on the banks of the River Thames (3-5 August 2018). Other cities hosting legs of the tour in 2018 include Mexico City, Miami Beach, Shanghai, Madrid, Hamberg, Saint Tropez, Cannes, Estoril, Monaco, Paris, Chantilly, Berlin, Valkenswaad and Rome. The grand finale of the GCT season will be held in Doha.
This year sees an extra end of season event being held in Prague, Czech Republic (13-16 Dec), where the winners of each Longines Global Champions Tour grand prix during 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 brainchild of former Olympic showjumper Jan Tops, The Longines Global Champions Tour is the world’s most lucrative five-star showjumping event. The series is a favourite among celebrity equestrian enthusiasts — rockstar Bruce Springsteen and Microsoft magnate Bill Gates have both been spotted at events, cheering along their respective showjumping offspring Jessica Springsteen and Jennifer Gates. For those who can afford it, the VIP hospitality is said to be excellent!