For the first time in the history of show jumping, top riders from different countries unite to compete on the same team ensuring electrifying competitions over a Championship season. The ground-breaking concept will deliver fascinating tactical battles and fierce rivalries in 19 stunning venues around the globe, culminating in the ultimate showdown at the GC Playoffs in Prague this November.
The GCL is a team competition like never before, taking in the world's greatest destinations including Mexico City, Monaco, Miami Beach, Shanghai, London, Paris, Rome, Doha, and the GC Playoffs in Prague. The world's most unique teams will showcase spectacular sport, formidable partnerships, fierce rivalries and top-level entertainment across a total of 19 international events, battling it out over the GCL season for the prestigious team Champions crown.
The welfare of horses is one of the League’s top priorities. In 2012, the Global Champions Tour launched an initiative with the goal of providing top-class care facilities for the horses competing on our circuit. As a result, a unique mobile veterinary clinic is available to all horses participating in the Championship series and League competitions 24 hours a day for the duration of the events. The fully-equipped clinic truck features state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapy machines. This mobile facility, brainchild of Italian veterinarian Alessandro Centinaio and realised thanks to the support of companies such as Human Tecar, travels to every Tour and League event during the season.
Jan Tops, Co-Founder of GCL and Founder and President of Longines Global Champions Tour, 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."
Frank H. McCourt, Jr. Co-Founder GCL and Chairman and CEO of McCourt Global: "Thanks to its unique format, the GCL will provide riders with more opportunities to compete at the highest levels against the very best in the sport. It will help prepare riders for the world-class competition they will face throughout their careers. And, it creates an unparalleled environment for the development of young riders and promising horses as they train and compete alongside the greatest names in show jumping."
Our VIP Hospitality provides an elegant, yet relaxed social setting where our guests can enjoy world-class equestrian sport alongside excellent B2B and B2C opportunities. Our international show jumping Championship series regularly attracts high-profile equestrian enthusiasts such as H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Charlotte Casiraghi, Infanta Elena Duchess of Lugo, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, rockstar Bruce Springsteen and actress Marion Cotillard. Enjoy an exceptional VIP dining experience and watch elite-level show jumping from your privileged ringside seat. Experience the dynamism and beauty of equestrian sport at the highest level as you savour.