The Longines Global Champions Tour has today announced that a new destination joins the circuit in 2017 with a prestigious event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the heart of London. The beautiful and historic grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will host the event from 3rd - 6th August.
“The Global Champions Tour is absolutely world class and stages top level events at fabulous locations in major cities worldwide. As a British rider I feel it is extremely important that London is on the calendar of a sporting event of this calibre and the Royal Hospital Chelsea would be an inspiring and important location at which to celebrate the success of British showjumping riders and for the “grassroots” of our sport and the many riders around the country,” said 2016 Olympic Champion Nick Skelton about the news.
Scott Brash, London 2012 gold medalist and double LGCT Champion, said: “The GCT is truly global and has done so much for our sport - I’m proud London is on the calendar again alongside the other iconic and unique destinations around the world. Having a UK leg of the Championship will be very positive for our country’s showjumping, and will hopefully inspire new generations, continuing our 2012, and Nick’s 2016, Olympic legacy. I can’t wait to compete there next summer; it's going to be a very special event.”
The new venue of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is the location for the world famous Chelsea Flower Show each year. World class showjumping will take place on the South Grounds which lead down to the River Thames with the backdrop of the heritage buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Founded by King Charles II over 300 years ago, it has provided care and comradeship for veterans, known the world over as the Chelsea Pensioners.
Following approval by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Planning Committee, Jan Tops, President of the Longines Global Champions Tour, said: “This is an exceptional venue in for our sport in central London, one of the world’s great capital cities, and it will be a fantastic addition to the Tour. Britain is a great horse country and with top riders winning Olympic gold medals we are pleased this new event will build on that legacy.”
Gary Lashko, CEO at the Royal Hospital Chelsea said: “We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious event here at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The Longines Global Champions Tour has long been seen as the premier event for international showjumping. Welcoming this event to London, at the historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners, will be truly memorable and of great interest to our local residents, communities and businesses, as well as the wider London community."
Source: Press release from the Longines Global Champions Tour
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