|Rank||Team name||Points||Season prize money|
|1||London Knights||353.00||€ 2,371,244.70|
|2||Valkenswaard United||313.00||€ 1,681,478.82|
|3||Miami Celtics||269.00||€ 1,082,556.82|
|4||Rome Gladiators||256.00||€ 720,454.40|
|5||Shanghai Swans||253.00||€ 666,895.08|
|6||Montreal Diamonds||232.00||€ 595,209.24|
|7||Scandinavian Vikings||222.00||€ 553,385.32|
|8||St Tropez Pirates||220.00||€ 530,317.92|
|9||Prague Lions||205.00||€ 514,943.22|
|10||Madrid in Motion||204.00||€ 412,678.18|
|11||Berlin Eagles||201.00||€ 411,149.48|
|12||Doha Fursan Qatar||197.00||€ 358,109.62|
|13||Monaco Aces||178.00||€ 336,783.38|
|14||Paris Panthers||171.00||€ 324,882.30|
|15||Cannes Stars||140.00||€ 238,898.16|
|16||New York Empire||132.00||€ 231,238.12|
|17||Chantilly Pegasus||131.00||€ 212,764.82|
|18||Cascais Charms||122.00||€ 205,634.24|
|19||Hamburg Giants||121.00||€ 195,174.94|
Over the course of the season, points will be awarded at each League competition as follows:
How does it all begin?
The first part of the GCL will be on the opening day of each event and this CSI5* 1.50/1.55m class will see teams’ combined scores taken forward to the second class. Two riders from each GCL team compete in each class before the class opens to individual riders. All teams will be looking to put themselves in pole position ahead of the second round.
What happens next?
The second part of the GCL competition also doubles as a qualifier for the LGCT Grand Prix. It will be a CSI5* 1.55/1.60m class. This takes place on Saturdays at every event before the LGCT Grand Prix.
Individual riders, not associated with teams, will be the first to start in this class to try to qualify for the LGCT Grand Prix. Then the GCL teams will take centre stage, carrying through their combined faults from the first class. The results of the GCL riders will count towards their overall team score, but now their performance will also determine whether they qualify for the LGCT Grand Prix as individuals.
The overall winners of the GCL competition will be the team with the least combined faults and quickest time.
How does the series progress?
Teams can change horses and/or riders between the two GCL classes as well as fielding different squads for each of the 16 legs in the series. Strategy and intra-team strengths will be crucial as different riders and horses are fielded for particular circumstances. Teams will be able to earn points at every single event, all contributing to their place in the season long Championship ranking, as well as tussle for a place in the all-important GC Prague Play Offs.
So what are the GC Prague Play Offs?
This stand alone event in December will be the ultimate show down for the GCL teams. The top 16 teams will qualify for a place in the four day event in Prague, with the top four teams automatically going straight through to the semi-finals. Here teams will battle for 12 million euros worth of prize money.
What happens in the transfer window?
This year’s transfer window (17th - 24th June 2018) will be a critical point in the season as teams re-evaluate to gain maximum advantage on the road to the GC Prague Play Offs.
What’s new for 2018?
The two riders from each GCL team will this year compete in succession; this means that the team’s total from each round will be immediately obvious, offering spectators a clear and easy-to-follow format and offering their rivals immediate indication of the target to beat in this nail biting competition.
For the 2018 rules document, please click here.