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Highlights from the Longines Global Champions Tour of Mexico City, part one

Sunday, 21 April 2024
CSI5* LGCT Mexico City 2024

The Longines Global Champions Tour of Mexico City is probably the most vibrant show in the world, and every year this stunning event attracts a huge crowd to the Campo Marte. With four days of five-star jumping, the crowds were in for a treat – and with a home rider on top of the podium in the GCL, as well as two Mexican riders in the top five of the LGCT Grand Prix there was plenty to celebrate. 

All photos © MacKenzie Clark.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark As per tradition, there were many colourful La Catrinas to be seen in beautiful costumes.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark The LGCT of Mexico City is as colourful as it gets...

Photo © Mackenzie Clark ...and is full of celebration of the Mexican culture.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark The stunning venue at Campo Marte.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Richard Vogel and Cydello won Friday's feature class, the 1.55m Trofeo Banorte.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Simon Delestre was on flying form, taking the victory in Thursday's 1.45m Trofeo Broxel with Olga van de Kruishoeve and in Friday's 1.50m Trofeo Mercedes Benz with I Amelusina R 51.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Nicolas Pizzaro and Pia Contra against the stunning backdrop of the arena decorations.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark On Friday, it was time for the Global Champions League and its third leg of the 2024-season.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark The enthusiastic Mexico City-crowds celebrating a clear round for Sanne Thijssen and Con Quidam RB in the first round of the GCL.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark But it was this man who stole the show...

Photo © MacKenzie Clark Mexico's own Fernando Martinez Sommer jumped double clear with Lady vd Haarterhoeve to help secure the victory for Prague Lions powered by Czech Equestrian Team.

Photo © MacKenzie Clark After delivering a clear in round one of the GCL, Thibeau Spits and Impress-K van't Kattenheye Z finished up the second round on five faults which was more than good enough to take the victory ahead of New York Empire on twelve faults.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark That expression though! Thibeau Spits taking it all in as he and Fernando Martinez Sommer win the GCL after delivering a total of three clear rounds between them.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark The GCL podium in Mexico City: Prague Lions, New York Empire and Monaco Aces.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Fernando Martinez Sommer with Mexican legend Federico Fernandez.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark Even when it's grey, it's still bright at this show!

Photo © Mackenzie Clark After a long and successful career, Patricio Pasquel's Babel (Billy du Lys x High-Flyer) was retired from the sport with a colourful ceremony...

Photo © Mackenzie Clark ...and bowed out with a huge group of supporters present to celebrate him.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark More stunning arena decorations...

Photo © Mackenzie Clark ...and celebrations.

Photo © Mackenzie Clark There are not many venues like this in the world.

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