Ninth edition of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Chantilly
Via R&B Presse
The last French leg of the international circuit of the Longines Global Champions Tour is an encounter between the best riders in the world on July 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th, facing the Great Stables of the Domaine de Chantilly. The International Jumping of Chantilly will certainly be, once again, the theater of one of the most beautiful sports meetings of the year for this, its ninth edition.
For three days of intense competition, the best international show jumpers will take to the grass of the Meautry Arena and the Amphitheater, surrounded by the Great Stables and the Chantilly Château. They all dream of adding their names to the already impressive list of the winners of the Grand Prix LGCT Chantilly, and succeed the current world number 1, Harrie Smolders, winner of the 2017 edition (and who will be returning in 2018). A victory that marked the beginning of a long list of successes for the Dutchman on the international scene which would lead him to take over the top of the world rankings this month.
The International Jumping of Chantilly will see some innovations this year. For the greater comfort of both horses and riders, the two collecting rings will be covered with sand provided by Equi-plus and will each have a dimension of 50x30 metres. The exhibitor’s village will be more centered around these, and so allowing visitors to watch their favorite riders warm up while walking from one stand to another. The CSI2 * Grand Prix will be held for the first time on the main Meautry arena, opposite the Great Stables, just before the Grand Prix of the Longines Global Champions Tour on Saturday. An innovation that will allow these riders, horses and owners to be as much centre stage as those taking part in the CSI5 *. The new sports director, Thierry Rozier, wishes to do his utmost to promote equestrian sports and this unique competition.
Thanks to its historic and unique setting, the International Jumping of Chantilly is certainly one of the most beautiful legs of the Longines Global Champions Tour. The public will be able to take advantage of the 4000 grandstand seats which will be available again this year, free of charge, but also of the exhibitor’s village between the events.
For those who have come far, Chantilly is full of tourist attractions such as the Condé Museum at the château and the Horse Museum at the Great Stables of the Domaine de Chantilly. The date is set for July 12th for the launch of this ninth edition, in its version LGCT, but the fifteenth edition of the International Jumping, in the World Capital of the horse, where sport, culture and the art of living come together.