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.

Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions Tour

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:

Global Champions Tour Equestrian LifestyleValkenswaard (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.Global Champions Tour Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions Tour Equestrian Lifestyle

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.Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions Tour 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)Equestrian Lifestyle Gloabl Champions Tour 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. Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions TourEvery 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.

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Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions Tour Equestrian Lifestyle Blog Global Champions Tour In the elegant “Place de Concours” visitors are able to enjoy a variety of smart shopping outlets, champagne bars and delicious food and beverages.Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions Tour 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.Global Champions Tour Equestrian LifestyleEquestrian Lifestyle Global Champions TourThere is also a new Maybach – Icons of Luxury boutique where the brand’s premium equestrian related products are available. (extra blogpost coming soon)Maybach Global Champions Tour Equestrian Lifestyle

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.Global Champions Tour Equestrian Lifestyle

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.Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions Tourwww.globalchampionstour.com

 

 

Hickstead (UK), the place to be for numerous international equestrian events, hosted one of the biggest outdoor show in the country: “The Longines Royal International Horse Show”.  Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead

Let me take you with me on my trip from Brussels (Belgium) to London and Hickstead. Early morning in Brussel, leaving with the Eurostar to London. Train breakfast: check.Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead

Only 2 hours later, we arrived in beautiful London St. Pancras. I could talk for hours about all the shopping areas and hipster places, but let’s stick to business. There are 2 possibilities to go to Hickstead, directly by train from St. Pancras to Haywards Heath or by Coach bus (go to Victoria coach station via the Underground services).Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead I am not a big fan of public transport, but the Coach bus services are really handy, they drop you off right in front of the main entrance at The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead.Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead

The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, was the dream and brain child of one man Douglas Bunn. Now run by his family, the showground remains one of the premier equestrian venues in the world. Almost every great show jumper, horse and rider, has competed at Hickstead since we first opened our doors in 1960.Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead In 2010, The All England Jumping Course celebrated its 50th anniversary as the home of international showjumping in Great Britain. Since then it has undergone £1million-worth of refurbishment works, including the complete renovation of the famous International Arena.

Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead

Equestrian Lifestyle Hickstead

The Equestrian Lifestyle Team also attended The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ to support the Belgium team. Their where eight teams competed for the historic Prince of Wales Trophy. (Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, France and the Netherlands) . Who jumped to victory? Yes, we did! Belgium wins the FEI Nations Cup!

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First of all I have to say a great thanks to my team members, without them I wouldn’t have been in the jump-off,” said Pieter, who stood on the winners podium alongside Judy Ann Melchior (As Cold As Ice Z); Gudrun Patteet (Sea Coast Pebles Z) and Olivier Philippaerts (H&M Armstrong van de Kapel). Belgian Chef d’equipe Dirk Demeersman said: “Finally we won at Hickstead! Before, when I came here as a rider I had many disasters, so it is great to get this result – and good also that we have qualified for the final in Barcelona, as that was the goal.”

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The kids are presenting their shiny poneys in front of the judges.

Shopping. With more than 250 exhibitors, the Charles Owen sponsored shopping village is a hive of retail activity. If you are a seasoned shopper and intend to spend the entire day seeking out excellent show-discounts and special offers, or if you are merely looking for a souvenir of your day out, the Hickstead shopping village something to suit your tastes.

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Whether you are after equine accessories, tack and equipment, or fine clothing and exquisite jewellery you will not be disappointed. Even the most reluctant shopper will be able to understand why some of our loyal visitors come to Hickstead just for the shopping!

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Some views from above. Love this venue!

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Equestrian Lifestyle HicksteadWe had a great time at Hickstead and enjoyed topsport and shopping. Thank for the hospitality.

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Longines Athina Onassis Horseshow

For the second time the famous beach (and celebrity hotspot ) of Pampelonne in Saint-Tropez was the place to be for those who love luxury and equestrian topsport. Greek billionaire girl Athína Onassis and her Brazilian husband Doda De Miranda hosted the “Longines Athína Onassis Horseshow“, an exceptional event where the world’s best riders and many impassioned celebrities competed.

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Only a few steps away from the beach and under the brights sun, the Longines Athína Onassis Horseshow featured two different levels of competition for a total of 561 000€ in prize money. The world’s best riders and horses competed in the 5 classes of the CSI5* all valid for the Longines ranking. Also 9 classes were dedicated to amateur riders competing in the CSI2*. A total of 60 riders and +- 120 horses were attending the show, representing more than 20 countries.

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The luxury feeling already started at the entrace, were all kind of exclusive cars were parked. The stylish decor and summer vibes made you feel like you are on a lifetime holiday.

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Longines Onassis EquestrianA few little luxurious shops were welcoming you before entering the arena.

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Equestrian LonginesLongines EquestrianEquestrian LonginesLet’s talk celebrities, the 2 most remarkable persons were for sure Bruce Springsteen (who’s daughter was competing @jessicaspringsteen) and Mister Giorgio Armani, who was sponsoring the event. (photocredit@longinesaohs)

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Marco Kutscher was the winner of the CSI5* Grand Prix.

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This weekend was absolutely great! Topsport at an idyllic hotspot at the French Riviera.

Thanks to LAOHS for the invite!

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The year 2015 is very special in the history of the Aachen Laurensberger Rennverein. In addition to the FEI European Championships, the World Equestrian Festival was also staged at the Soers in Aachen at the end of May. Competitions in the three classic disciplines show jumping, dressage and driving were held on May 29th to 31st. Let me give you an impression. This main arena is already impressive by itself. (Photo @chioaachen)

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The city of Aachen was completely branded by logo’s and banners of the event. Entering the “Krefeldstrasse” or the trainstation put you immediately in the mood.

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In the dressage arena was German rider Isabelle Werth queen of the day. She won the “PHILIPS Prize” with the 14-year-old Hanoverian-bred Don Johnson FRH. The 45-year-old rider took the lead in the Deutsche Bank Stadium after being awarded a score of 76.300 percent. (Photo @chioaachen)

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On Saturday evening the audience became enthusiastic during the “Tank and Rast prize” Jump & Drive. A competition where a team comprises of one driver and one show-jumper. The rider starts first and has to complete a course of 8 obstacles. After the last obstacle, the rider dismounts (which is always a bit hectic), hands the horse over to the groom and jumps on carriage.

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CHIO Aachen has a variety of topsport but shopping addicts also find their way near the showground. The hype this summer seems defenitely an infinity scarf with pastel colors as we’ve seen this in every shop.

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A remarkable stand which attracted a lot of visitors, was Elly’s Team and her horse hair thickening solutions. If your furry friend has hair loss or you want to give him some extra volume, go for a tail-, forelock- or mane-toupee. There’s a wide range of colors.

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Sundays are for winning. The British show-jumper, Scott Brash, number one in the world rankings, rode to victory in the Rolex Grand Prix with his top horse “Hello Sanctos”.

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Scots’ name is on the famous list and it seems he has big plans for the future!

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The FEI European Championship *August 11th to 23rd*

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For the 6th time Le Grand Palais in Paris is hosting “Saut Hermès“, an international 5-star (CSI5*) show jumping competition, which take place on 10-11-12 April 2015. A truly unique event organised by luxury brand Hermès with the world’s top riders. Let me take you on a journey of style and topsport.

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Such an impressive venue!

Saut Hermes Equestrian Lifestyle

Saut Hermes Equestrian Lifestyle

This beautiful sculpure of “Pegasus” created by Christian Renonciat is the guardian angel of the riders and horses this weekend. The details of the wings are just stunning and remind me of the Victoria Secret wings.

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The equestrian collection of Hermès is extraordinary quality and looks so classy on your horse. Time to shop? If you want to know more about where to buy this tack, go check out our blogpost of last year. (click)

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saut hermes equestrian lifestyle

Looking for a matching scarf or ear bonnets in these lovely summer colors?

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Don’t leave yourself in these fashion items, we need to jump some fences…

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saut hermes equestrian lifestyle

If you can’t make it to the show, go to www.sauthermes.com and follow all the action live! Live broadcast of all the classes and results.

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