The arrival of dozens of the world’s leading showjumpers in Miami for this weekend’s Global Champions Tour has hardly been an understated affair.
Two chartered Emirates Airlines flights carrying 75 horses from Liege in Belgium touched down at Miami International Airport last last week, and the horses were then trucked to their stables at the show ground by the beach with a police escort.
The whole operation was planned to ensure the comfort of the equine athletes ahead of this weekend’s launch event of the Longines Global Champions Tour and the new Global Champions League team competition. The LGCT Grand Prix of Miami Beach will take place this Saturday, and the inaugural Global Champions League makes its debut at the unique destination on Sunday.
With horse welfare a top priority, there was close co-operation with the United States Department of Agriculture for the arrival and the settling in of the horses.
The horses are kept under US quarantine conditions in purpose-built temporary stables just a short walk from the Atlantic ocean. On Sunday morning the European visitors were taken to the beach to stretch their legs in the expansive competition arena.
The visiting horses are being joined this week by those from the US, who are arriving by truck to Miami Beach, bringing the total number of horses to the venue to more than 240.
The action kicks off on Thursday, April 7, with a feast of showjumping sport running throughout the event, which will be broadcast on international TV and online via the GCT and GCL TV live streaming.