There’s a spectacular new destination for Longines Global Champions Tour circuit in 2017, with a prestigious event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the heart of London.
The beautiful and historic grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will host the event from 4 – 6 August, as the sport’s Olympic and World Champions – including Great Britain’s Rio Olympics gold medallist Nick Skelton and members of the London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal team – look to build on the legacy of the Olympic Games.
About the event, Nick Skelton said: “The Global Champions Tour is absolutely world class and stages top level events at fabulous locations in major cities worldwide. As a British rider I feel it is extremely important that London is on the calendar of a sporting event of this calibre and the Royal Hospital Chelsea would be an inspiring and important location at which to celebrate the success of British show jumping riders and for the “grassroots” of our sport and the many riders around the country.”
Already the venue for the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, the Royal Hospital Chelsea will host world-class show jumping on the South Grounds this summer. The stunning venue, which leads down to the River Thames, boasts the breath-taking backdrop of the heritage buildings designed by iconic designer Sir Christopher Wren.
The new London event on the Longines Global Champions Tour calendar also comes at a key stage in the 2017 season, when the ranking battle will be at full throttle. The addition also means another leading global city becomes part of the world’s premier show jumping series, joining Shanghai, Doha, Paris, Madrid, Rome and Mexico City on the circuit.
The 2017 season promises to be another thrilling feast of show jumping in spectacular destinations across the world. Last year’s championship was won by Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson ahead of Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander, with the drama and suspense continuing until the final event earlier last November.
Early bird tickets for the Longines Global Champions Tour 2017 are on sale now. Get yours now via Ticketmaster.co.uk.