Hello Beautiful People!
At the conclusion of WEF, many equestrians dispersed from Wellington throughout not only the United States but all over the world. The first stop for several riders was just a short trip to Miami for the 2nd stop on the 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour. The venue is like no other, built right on Miami Beach. This was the 4th year in Miami. It is something to see, no doubt. While I wasn’t there to see it firsthand this year, I have been in the past. It is impressive, to say the least, to see how they get the space set up in the heart of the city right on the beach. World class show jumping and spring breakers unite!
The competitions take place over the course of 3 days. 2* and 5* competition highlighted. Additionally, other national classes include a series of .90-1.0m and progressing to the 1.35/1.40m height over the 3-day span.
So, what is the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT)?
Each Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions Leauge event can be separated into two categories – CSI5* and CSI2* classes. The CSI5* is the top level of competition, where the top-ranked riders in the world compete for big prize money over fence heights up to 1.60m – which is the highest in the sport. The CSI2* classes are slightly smaller in height, and offer opportunities for local athletes as well as international rising stars.
The Global Champions Leauge is the team competition, where riders come together into teams to compete for points towards the overall Championship. This is all going for the end game at the GC Prague Playoffs, which will see the top 16 teams compete in December. Every point counts over the course of the season tour.
The Longines Global Champions Tour is the individual Championship, with the world’s best competing for the LGCT Grand Prix win. This class offers the largest purse of prize money for the weekend, 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 Super Prix will consist of winners from each Grand Prix throughout the season returning for a final showdown, to see who will come out on top in the finale of the season on Tour.
This fascinating tour was created by Olympian, Jan Tops, in 2006. Frank McCourt (McCourt Global) joined as a partner in 2014 assisting in elevating the tour to new levels.
Both St. Tropez and Prague are new locations for 2018.