SEASON OPENER Qatar -
The countdown to the first event of the 2021 Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL Global Champions League -
The stars of show jumping will be heading to Qatar for the all-
Doha is the capital and largest city in Qatar, located on a small peninsula extending into the Persian Gulf. Until the mid-
The Longines Global Champions Tour of Doha takes place at Al Shaqab, a world-
This centre was founded in 1992 by the father Emir Sheik Hammad Bin Khalifa Al Thani with the mission to preserve and promote Arabian horses, with the highest standards of breeding and showing of these amazing horses.
The centre also provides innovative, educational and competitive opportunities in all equestrian disciplines.
Al Shaqab is member of Qatar Foundation, founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-
04 MAR gct
CSI5* Two Phase 1.45m (€25,400)
Event time 03:00PM GMT+3
04 MAR gcl
CSI5* GCL of Doha Round 1 -
Event time 05:45PM GMT+3
05 MAR gct
CSI5* Against the clock 1.50m (€51,100)
Event time 03:45PM GMT+3
Event time 07:30PM GMT+3
06 MAR gcl
CSI5* GCL of Doha Round 2 -
Event time 02:45PM GMT+3
06 MAR gct
CSI 5* Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha -
Event time 06:15PM GMT+3
GCL, Teams 2021
16* TOP Teams 2021, worlds Best Rider and Horses
The GCL teams on the starting grid for the 2021 season are announced with top riders switching teams and new stars joining the fight for the coveted Championship.
In an intense off-
As teams battle for glory, their sights will be fixed on victory at the high stakes GCL Finals and GCL Super Cup at the GC Prague Playoffs.
It is a truly international field in the 2021 line up with riders from different countries uniting as teammates to face down their rivals to dominate the ranking and win a share of the overall season prize purse of € 25.9 million.
Headline moves for 2021, the 6th season of the thrilling GCL team series include:
→ Hungry for success the Cannes Stars sign European Gold Medalist Cian O'Connor and LGCT Grand Prix of Paris Champion Sameh El Dahan
→ Shanghai Swans pick up German maestro Christian Ahlmann to boost their firepower
→ Jane Richard Philips switches from Cannes Stars to Berlin Eagles
GCL Teams 2021
There will be drama and emotion all season in the high stakes championship. With safety the number one priority, Global Champions continues to work closely with National Governments, local authorities and the FEI governing body to ensure the events follow strict protocols under the COVID-
Every team will field a U25 rider as part of GCL’s commitment to the development of talented youth at the top level of show jumping. This year's power-
London Knights, winners of the intense 2019 GCL Championship battle, keep their strong line up with Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Maher alongside Olivier Philippaerts, Nicola Philippaerts, World No.2 Martin Fuchs, Cameron Hanley and U25 talent Emily Moffitt.
Shanghai Swans, champions of the breathtaking GCL Super Cup in 2019, are determined to put up a strong challenge with a top new signing reinforcing their squad. Christian Ahlmann will join Pius Schwizer, Max Kühner, Margie Goldstein-
Madrid in Motion, WINNER of the first ever GCL Super Cup in 2018 and silver medal champions of the GCL Super Cup 2019 continue with their strong team Eric vd Vleuten, maikel vd Vleuten, Cindy vd Straten, Marc McCaulaey, Eduardo Alvarez Aznar, U25 Michael G Duffy.
GCL kicks off in Doha in just few weeks where the teams will be challenged in a variety of testing tracks with fans around the world set to enjoy another highly-
The individual championship of the Longines Global Champions Tour will again deliver fantastic top sport with the winners of each LGCT Grand Prix booking a place in the LGCT Super Grand Prix with a €1.25M purse.
And this season Tops International Arena will host eight events that will range from young horse classes, including Global Future Champions all the way up to CSI5*.
Jan Tops, President of the LGCT and GCL, said: “We are delighted to announce the exciting line up of 16 teams for the new season of GCL. Once again it will take exceptional team performances to win the GCL Finals and the GCL Super Cup and the incredible prize money on offer. With fantastic U25 talent in the GCL we continue giving young riders the opportunity to shine at our unique world class venues.
“We are committed to supporting show jumping in every possible way we can with LGCT, GCL and TIA events through these difficult times and I would like to personally thank Longines, our long-
“Despite these challenging times, we want to offer our fans the best in show jumping and this season GCTV will deliver new features using the latest technology to enrich the viewing experience.”
Fans around the world will be able to watch all the sporting drama unfold on GCTV which will continue to innovate with new graphics and technology taking fans backstage with the stars at the extraordinary events world-
Team spirit, team tactics and the strongest combinations are what’s needed to win. Only the top teams will survive the ultimate showdown in the GCL Super Cup at the GC Prague Playoffs where a stunning €6 million will be up for grabs in just one weekend.
Fasten your seat belts for another turbo-
Qatar / Doha stats:
* 800,000 Population of Doha
* 1.8 MILLION Tourists per year
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