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 ninth leg of the tour sees the competition return to London at Chelsea hospital on the banks of the River Thames (13-15 August 2021). Other cities hosting legs of the tour in 2021 include Mexico City, New York, Shanghai, Madrid, Hamberg, Saint Tropez, Doha, Monaco, Paris, Berlin, Valkenswaad and Rome. The grand finale of the GCT season will be held in Prague.
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!