Showjumping’s Longines Global Champions Tour is breaking new ground in the sport, with competition moving to Mexico for the first time and a new venue in Paris, France.
The stunning historic park La Plaine de Jeux de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne on the banks of the River Seine, will be the destination for the Longines Global Champions Tour and new Global Champions League team competitions from July 1 to 3 this year.
And the thrilling new destination of Mexico City will follow hot on the heels of the season opener in Miami. The vast, ancient Chapultepec Park, one of the world’s greatest along Paris’ Bois de Boulogne, New York’s Central Park and Tokyo’s Imperial Gardens, is the largest in Latin America and receives millions of visitors every year, will see world-class show jumping from April 14 to 16 at the former Olympic venue of Campo Marte, expanding the footprint of the circuit in The Americas.
The prestigious Paris event will offer a final glimpse of the form of the world’s leading riders and horses ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio this summer. More than 250 horses will take centre stage at the new venue in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, one of the world’s iconic parks, with an impressively large competition arena taking full advantage of the large expanse of La Plaine de Bagatelle. The arena, expected to be at least 90m x 50m, with top quality footing will be specially created for the new venue and there will be extra capacity for fans. In 2017 the Paris event will return to its original setting of the Champs de Mars next to the Eiffel Tower, but this year it is the official site of the UEFA Euro 2016 fan zone.
With the Tour and the new GCL restricted to 15 events in 2016, London will make a comeback to the calendar in 2017 and future years at a special new central venue. Other prominent city destinations currently include Rome, Doha, Madrid, Hamburg, Shanghai, Antwerp and Vienna, in addition to traditional favourites Valkenswaard, Chantilly, Monaco, Cannes and Cascais, Estoril.
In Paris about 4000 seats will be available for spectators, plus a dedicated standing area, combining to create almost double the capacity for the event. The new Global Champions League will be well under way by the time the circuit reaches Paris and an amazing battle for team glory will be unfolding. Fans will get the chance to follow their showjumping idols all season as teams compete in the revolutionary new format. For the first time ever riders from different countries will be joining forces on the same team and fascinating tactical contests will open up as the season progresses.
The Longines Global Champions Tour – Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping will be broadcast worldwide, with international viewers also able to watch the action free via the GCT TV online streaming platform.