BAM! To all the stylish equestrians out there: this event was stunning in every way. With brands like Maybach, Alberto Fasciani, Maserati, Parlanti, Hermès, Adi Kissilevich, Amerigo,… in combination with the world’s best riders in one of Europe’s best equestrian venues, Valkenswaard was the place to be last weekend.
The Longines Global Champions Tour series is a unique world-class show jumping championship and a phenomenon in the sport. Over the past decade, the LGCT series has grown from six events to 15 events, including debut shows in 2015 for Miami Beach (click here) and Rome as well as an exciting new venue for London. Coming up next:
Valkenswaard (Holland) is the place where the journey started. Today Jan Tops, founder and president of the Longines Global Champions Tour, has realised his dream with the opening of the “Tops International Arena“, a brandnew and unique venue to welcome the world’s best riders.
During the weekend of 13-16th of August the inauguration of this new venue took place with an exhilirating opening ceremony on friday and a feast of world class sport on saturday and sunday.The highlight of the weekend was the Grand Prix on Saturday evening and although it was raining cats and dogs, all seats were taken: full house in Valkenswaard. (fotocredit: S..Grasso)When you visit a lot of international shows, you aren’t easily impressed… but I always feel the excitement when I visit one of the venues who are hosting the LGCT. Every detail feels right and riders, grooms, trainers and of course the athletes themselves, the horses, are feeling at home and are all overwhelmed about the extraordinary facilities.
In the elegant “Place de Concours” visitors are able to enjoy a variety of smart shopping outlets, champagne bars and delicious food and beverages.Next to the lively Place de Concours is a colonnade of elegant permanent stores including the new showcase of the Longines Global Tour merchandising collection.There is also a new Maybach – Icons of Luxury boutique where the brand’s premium equestrian related products are available. (extra blogpost coming soon)
Any LGCT event has a wide scale of VIP hospitaly packages. You can enjoy a world-class VIP dining experience and watch exceptional international show jumping from your privileged ringside seat. An unrivalled networking opportunity to have access to HNWIs, business leaders, decision makers and personalities from the world of film, music and sport.
The LGCT offers livestreaming of all the CSI5* classes. If you don’t want to miss the action, check out GCT TV. The next leg on the LGCT will be held in Rome. In the meantime, click on the video to see a little behind the scenes documentary on the venue in Valkenswaard.www.globalchampionstour.com