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Press Release: 2 March 2020

2020 LGCT and GCL Season Blasts Off This Week!

The 2020 season of the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL blasts off in Doha, Qatar, this Thursday and our new trailer previews the high-octane world class sport that will play out across the globe.

The world’s best riders and horses will battle in testing competitions in a varied and dynamic calendar spanning 18 events including the GC Prague Playoffs in November. Rider and horse combinations will have to deliver top performances in multiple environments ranging from small and large sand and grass arenas to jumping by day and by night. The opening event at AL SHAQAB in Doha features an expansive sand arena at 120 x 80m and will be followed by the vast grass arena in Mexico City and the tighter sand arena on Miami Beach.  Only the best will succeed in clinching podium places and valuable ranking points and prize money on the road to the Finals in New York and the GC Prague Playoffs.

It will be a tour de force of equestrian sporting excellence where consistency and adaptability, power and precision will be key to dominance in the individual LGCT series and the GCL team championship race. Among the iconic locations, including multiple capital cities, are London, in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Berlin, Shanghai, Rome, Madrid, Stockholm, Hamburg, Valkenswaard, the Riviera hotspots of Monaco, Cannes, Ramatuelle/Saint-Tropez and Cascais, Estoril on the Portuguese coast. 

The top riders and horses will be guaranteed at every event along with superb facilities for competitors, guests and fans and record prize money in show jumping.

Riders will compete for top individual honours at 17 LGCT Grand Prix competitions in the fiercely competitive battle to qualify for a golden ticket to LGCT Super Grand Prix at the GC Prague Playoffs. GCL team owners and managers will deploy their best squads and strategic moves to clock up maximum points aiming for the highest ranking spots for the GCL Super Cup at the GC Prague Playoffs.

Last year, London Knights won the GCL overall season Championship, and Shanghai Swans won the GCL Super Cup at the GC Prague Playoffs. 

Last season British rider Ben Maher (GBR) emerged victorious for the second consecutive year in the LGCT Championship, and also won the LGCT Super Grand Prix at the GC Prague Playoffs. 

With the best of show jumping raring to go in the race for the 2020 championship, this season is set to be a real spectacle of sport and entertainment and fans around the world can watch all the action live on GCTV.

Find out more and preview the 2020 LGCT and GCL season here

 
 
 
 

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Excitement is building with less than one week before the 2020 Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL gets underway at the Longines Arena at AL SHAQAB in Doha, Qatar from 5-7 March, as our exclusive video is revealed today.

As the top riders and horses in the world begin the Championship race at this incredible international equestrian facility, show jumping fans will be able to watch all the action live on GCTV. This exclusive video showcases the stunning venue with its soaring architecture and world class competition arena along with highlights from last year’s event.

All eyes will be on Doha for the LGCT Grand Prix and GCL team competition to see which rider and team will claim victory in Doha, and secure the first qualification spot for the LGCT Super Grand Prix, held at the GC Prague Playoffs in November.

Last season saw a stunning finish as French rider Julien Epaillard (FRA) snatched the win from 2019 LGCT Champion and LGCT Super Grand Prix winner Ben Maher (GBR). Julien returns to defend his title this year, and will compete against stars including Scott Brash (GBR), Pieter Devos (BEL), Maikel van der Vleuten (NED), Simon Delestre (FRA), Daniel Deusser (GER), Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) and Peder Fredricson (SWE) in a bid for glory at this early stage of the season.

Shanghai Swans emerged victorious in the GCL of Doha in 2019 as the only team to finish on a zero score, while Valkenswaard United and New York Empire took the second and third places. It will be all to play for this season as the teams aim to make their mark at this opening leg of the Championship battle.

Tickets are available for the three days of spectacular show jumping. Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of activities including a Kids’ Village, chic ringside cafes and the opportunity to see the next generation of young talent in the impressive indoor Kids Academy.

The stage is set as the best in show jumping return to the Qatari capital to begin this season’s race to the top of the leaderboard.

To watch the exclusive video, please click here.

For more information, and to view the riders' list, please click here

 

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