Global Champions Tour London


Longines Global Champions Tour London ~ Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August

πŸ‡ Chelsea is the place to be this weekend to witness a galaxy of stars from the world of showjumping take part in the Longines Global Champions Tour London.  Tickets are on sale here.

Three days of thrilling top-level equestrian sport await as the world’s premier showjumping series – taking place from 19th to 21st August – returns to the capital and the South Grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea.  Featuring the breathtaking backdrop of the heritage buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the The Longines Global Champions Tour London could not ask for a more stunning venue.

In the 2021 Swedish sensation Peder Fredricson claimed his second LGCT win of the season beating veteran British star John Whitaker by just 0.14s to claim the London title.  And this year another stellar array of stars from the world of showjumping will be competing.   

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 back 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.

But this year may see a dramatic twist to the story of the hugely popular London event on the Global Champions circuit.  Young British stars Lily Attwood, Harry Charles, Jodie Hall McAteer and Jack Whitaker have all impressed with serious displays of talent on the GCL and will be fired up to prove themselves in front of the home crowd. 

Add to that an international field that could include numerous medallists from Tokyo – including Peder Fredricson (who claimed individual showjumping silver), Laura Kraut, Henrik von Eckermann, Pieter Devos and Gregory Wathelet – and a superb display of showjumping is in store.

Photo: Longines Global Champions Tour

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 leg of the 2022 tour.  It comes at a key stage of the season as the rankings battle intensifies ahead of the Global Champions Play-Offs which take place in Prague in November. 

The London event has seen five British winners in the six times it has been held, with Maher and Brash typically vying for top spot.  In 2022 the competition will be as fierce as ever – stay tuned for the full rider list here as soon as it’s confirmed. 

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 with top-level competition daily.

🎟️ Tickets are on sale via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.  

πŸ—οΈ Gates open daily at 7.45am. 

β±οΈπŸ‡ Competitions start 8am on Friday, 8.30am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday.  See the full schedule below.

πŸšŠπŸš— Travel tips: Information on public transport and parking is available from the Royal Hospital Chelsea website.

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, valuable Championship ranking points, and a win would mean they qualify for a place in the GC Prague Playoffs, where the Longines Global Champions Super Grand Prix will take place.  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, where the top-ranked riders in the world will compete for the highest prize money, over the biggest fences – up to 1.60m which is the highest in the sport.  The CSI 2* classes are slightly smaller in height, and offer opportunities for many local athletes as well as international rising stars.

The GCL is the 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 this November, so every point counts over the course of the Championship calendar.

⏱️ Provisional schedule for Global Champions Tour London (note, timings can change)

Friday 19 August
08:30 CSI 2* Two phases 1.15m
09:50 CSI 2* Two phases 1.25/1.30m
11:35 CSI 2* Two phases 1.40m
14:30 CSI 5* Two phases 1.45m
17:30 CSI 5* GCL of London Round 1 – 1.50/1.55m

Saturday 20 August
08:30 CSI 2* Against-the-clock 1.30m
10:15 CSI 2* Against-the-clock 1.15m
11:35 CSI 2* Against-the-clock 1.40m
14:30 CSI 5* GCL of London Round 2 – 1.55/1.60m
17:50 CSI 5* Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London – 1.60m

Sunday 21 August
08:00 CSI 2* Against-the-clock with jump-off 1.15m
09:45 CSI 2* Against-the-clock with jump-off 1.30m
12:40 CSI 2* Grand Prix 1.45m
15:00 CSI 5* Against-the-clock 1.45m
16:30 CSI 5* Against-the-clock with jump-off 1.50m

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