Global Champions Tour London

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Equestrian

Showjumping: Longines Global Champions Tour London ~ Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August

🏇 Chelsea is the place to be this summer to witness a galaxy of stars from the world of showjumping take part in the Longines Global Champions Tour London.  See below for the latest ticket information.

INTRODUCTION

Three days of thrilling top-level equestrian sport await as the world’s premier showjumping series returns to the capital.  It takes place in the South Grounds of Royal Hospitality Chelsea from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August.  Featuring the breathtaking backdrop of the heritage buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Longines Global Champions Tour London could not ask for a more stunning venue.

In 2023 Jessica Springsteen of the USA, riding Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, won gold at the Grand Prix of London in a time of 43.01 seconds.  It was the first 5* Grand Prix win for the duo – watch their winning ride below.  The silver medal went to Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium and H&M Miro, in 43.90 seconds.  Dutch rider Harrie Smolders completed with podium places riding Moncao N.O.P.  

Now the stage is set for 2024.  Who will take the honours in the capital?  All will be revealed over three days at Royal Hospitality Chelsea. 

GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR LONDON – ONES TO WATCH

Expect another stellar array of stars from the world of showjumping to complete in London.  Great Britain’s Ben Maher, who won individual showjumping gold on Explosion W after a dramatic jump-off at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, is expected to try and retain the title he won in 2013 and 2019.  Likewise GB teammate Scott Brash will look to repeat his successes of 2017 and 2018, when Brash came out on top against Maher in two titanic duels.  Should he prevail it will be a 4th Global Champions Tour London win for Brash, his first coming in 2014.

British stars Lily Attwood, Harry Charles, Jodie Hall McAteer and Jack Whitaker have all impressed with serious displays of talent on the GCT in the past couple of seasons and will be itching to prove themselves in front of the home crowd in 2024. 

Add to that an international field that could include 2023 GCT London winner Jessica Springsteen and 2022 champion Pieter Devos and a superb display of showjumping is in store.

A highlight on the social as well as equestrian calendar, the London event on the Longines Global Champions Tour (see below for an introduction and the daily London schedule) calendar is the twelfth (out of sixteen) leg of the 2024 tour.  It comes at a key stage of the season as the rankings battle intensifies ahead of the Global Champions season finale in Riyadh in November. 

SHOWJUMPING & MORE

A fantastic family day out is guaranteed in the iconic surroundings of Royal Hospital Chelsea.  Alongside the showjumping there is a lively shopping village with kids’ activities, a variety of refreshments and food outlets to suit every taste.  Visitors also benefit from unique access to the warm-up arena to see the elite horse and rider combinations preparing for competition.

Don’t miss this chance to see the greatest horses and riders in the world up close and in action at the home of the Chelsea Pensioners!

GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR LONDON – TICKETS 

🎟️ Tickets for Global Champions Tour London are on sale via the ‘Get tickets’ link.   

General admission 

Position yourself along the long side of the arena for an optimal view of all the thrilling sporting action at the Longines Global Champions Tour of London 2024!  Please be aware that seats in the public grandstand are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure to arrive early to secure your spot.  Remember, once it’s full, it’s full!  For families, take advantage of discounted family tickets, tailored for 2 adults and 2 children.  Don’t miss this chance to enjoy the excitement of world-class equestrian competition with your loved ones.

Covered grandstand

Enjoy the action from the covered grandstand, offering a panoramic view of the arena at the Longines Global Champions Tour of London 2024.  While seats are not reserved and operate on a first-come, first-served basis, families can take advantage of discounted family tickets, accommodating 2 adults and 2 children.

For little ones under 4, entry is free, although seating is not provided; they must sit on a guardian’s lap. Special rates are available for children aged 0 to 13, provided they are accompanied by an adult.

Additionally, concession tickets are offered for seniors and students, ensuring everyone can experience the excitement of world-class equestrian competition.  Wheelchair spaces are available, with each ticket including a seat for a carer, ensuring accessibility for all attendees.

GC Lounge

Experience the best of British at the GC Lounge during the Longines Global Champions Tour of London.  Nestled within the covered lounge area, enjoy a prime viewing position right next to the riders tribune that offers an intimate atmosphere, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the excitement of the event.  Seize the opportunity to claim your table early, as seating operates on a first-come, first-served basis.  This ensures you secure a coveted spot to witness all the action up close and personal.

Families are warmly welcomed, with complimentary entry for children under 4 (although seating is not provided).  Upon arrival, indulge in a complimentary welcome drink to set the tone for your unforgettable experience.  Throughout the day, treat yourself to a selection of tea, coffee, pastries, and sandwiches during morning and afternoon tea sessions.

As a guest of the GC Lounge, you’ll also receive a complimentary event magazine and printed start lists for every class, keeping you informed and engaged as you soak up the excitement of the Longines Global Champions Tour of London.

VIP Experience

A quintessentially British cocktail mixing top sport and a great social scene at this truly unique venue.  The VIP area offers its guests a range of all-inclusive food and drink options throughout the day accompanied by a prime view of the main competition arena.  A team of multilingual hostesses and waiters are on hand to assist throughout the entire experience.

The Longines Global Champions Tour of London offers a truly elevated hospitality experience, making it the perfect place to entertain guests, clients, and sponsors who can enjoy a premium seat, fantastic service, and delicious food as they follow the competition between the very best of British and International show jumping.  Including:-

-3 Day VIP access to the event
-Reserved table of 4, 6 or 8 guests personalized with your (company) name
-Direct view on the competition arena
-Full catering buffet services including fine wines and champagne
-Multilingual hostesses

TIMINGS & TRAVEL

🗝️ Gates open daily at 7.45am tbc. 

⏱️🏇 Competitions start (timings subject to change) 8am on Friday, 8.30am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday.  

⏱️ Program for Global Champions Tour London as follows (subject to change)   

Friday 

CSI2* and CSI5* competitions

Saturday 

GCL team competition in 2 rounds

Sunday 

Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London

🚊🚗 Travel: The event takes place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.  Entry to the event is through the Bull Ring Gate via Chelsea Embankment.  Limited disabled parking is available (blue badge holders only). Contact the Global Champions Tour via their website to reserve a spot.  For all other vehicles, on site parking is not available.  The closest public car park to the venue is at Battersea Park.

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About the Longines Global Champions Tour

The Longines Global Champions Tour is the individual Championship, with the world’s best battling for the LGCT Grand Prix win.  This offers the biggest prize money of the weekend along with valuable Championship ranking points.  The winner qualifies for Longines Global Champions Super Grand Prix.  This will see the winners of each Grand Prix throughout the season return for a final locking of horns, to see who will come out on top after another electric season on Tour.

Each Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL event can be separated into two categories – CSI 5* and CSI 2* classes.  The CSI 5* is the top level competition featuring the top-ranked riders in the world.  They jump over fences up to 1.60m, the highest in the sport.  The CSI 2* classes are slightly smaller in height.  These offer opportunities for many local athletes as well as international rising stars.

The GCL is a team competition, where riders unite like never before to compete for points in the overall Championship. All roads lead to the GC Prague Playoffs, which will see 16 teams compete in the GCL Super Cup.  So every point counts over the course of the Championship calendar.

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