Twelve participating teams of the Global Champions League (GCL) announce a new era in show jumping. The top riders of the sport are available for the team’s formation, unique League, which begins in the next month at the spectacular venue of Miami Beach. Riders of different countries will compete with each other in teams, this has not been seen in the history of show jumping before.

Team logos of the Global Champions League. © GCL

A number of world stars confirm their team affiliation with this Scott Brash (GBR), Kent Farrington (USA), Bertram Allen (IRE), Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE), John Whitaker (GBR), Marco Kutscher (GER), Edwina Tops -Alexander (AUS), Ben Maher (GBR), Georgina Bloomberg (USA), Lauren Hough (USA), Maikel van der Vleuten (NED), Sheikh Ali Al Thani (QAT), Olivier Philippaerts (BEL), Alvaro de Miranda ( BRA), Roger-Yves Bost (FRA), Jessica Springsteen (USA), Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), Laura Kraut (USA), Harrie Smolders (NED) and Gregory Wathelet (BEL).

The innovative format first implemented in the Olympic year, will lead to fascinating battles and fierce rivalries and enthuse the fans for the 15 spectacular competitions worldwide.

Teams will consist of up to five riders, including a maximum of two of the located among the top 30 athletes – to participate the GCL team competition (1.50 – 1.55m). At least one rider in the team is under 25 years old, because the GCL has set itself the goal of promoting young talents of the future. It offers an important opportunity for young riders to train with the best in the world and to compete with them. Two riders per team are selected to participate in each event, which takes place in stages of the Longines Global Champions Tour.

The new multi-national team of riders, this is about Scott Brash and Kent Farrington in the same team will start together for the first time and rely on each other in the hunt for athletic glory and the proceeds of the GCL-prize money in the amount of 7,5 million euros. The selection of team riders and horses is up to the team manager who strives to get the best rides and results at each event during the season.

All teams start in round one of the new competition, their penalty (penalties / time) are decisive for whether the team may also compete in round two where you will find the best eight teams. After the first riders of each team, the second team riders of each team will start.

The new concept offers riders more options and opportunities and opens fans new experiences in the adventure of the Spring Sports. They identify with the redesigned format of the team competition.

Fans can watch their favorite teams and riders on TV or online and experience live at the events.

Teams are named after the spectacular tour stages and the League calendar. Each team has its own identity, a specially created name and a logo:

Miami Glory
Scott Brash
Kent Farrington
Georgina Bloomberg
Kimberly Prince
Jessica Mendoza (U 25)

Antwerp Diamonds
Harrie Smolders
Audrey Coulter (U 25)
Katharina Offel
Marc Houtzager
Jos Verlooy (U 25)

Madrid In Motion
Alvaro de Miranda
Athina Onassis de Miranda
Marta Ortega Perez
Pedro Veniss
Gonzalo Anon Suarez (U 25)

Shanghai Swans
Edwina Tops-Alexander
Ben Maher
Jessica Springsteen (U 25)
Janne Friederike Meyer
Alexandra Thornton (U 25)

Cannes Stars
Roger-Yves Bost
Marco Kutscher
Roosje Brouwer
Kevin Jochems (U 25)

Monaco Aces
Maikel van der Vleuten
Leopold van Asten
Daniel Bluman
Schuyler Riley
Lisa Nooren (U 25)

Paris Jets
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson
Gregory Wathelet
Olivier Philippaerts ( U 25)
Nicola Philippaerts ( U 25)
Titouan Schumacher (U 25)

Cascais Charms
Quentin Judge
David Will
Pilar Cordon Muro
Andreas Kreuzer
Philip Houston (U 25)

Valkenswaard United
Bertram Allen (U 25)
John Whitaker
Eduardo Menezes
Alberto Zorzi
Emily Moffitt (U 25)

Rome Gladiators
Laura Kraut
Laura Renwick
Marlon Zanotelli
Jack Hardin Towell
Emma Heise (U 25)

Vienna Eagles
Lauren Hough
Rodrigo Pessoa
Paris Sellon (U 25)
Danielle Goldstein
Emanuel Andrade (U 25)

Doha Fursan Qatar
Sheikh Ali Al Thani
Bassem Hassan Mohammed
Ali Al Rumaihi
Faleh Alajami
Hamad Al Attiyah (U 25)

GCL co-founder Jan Tops and Frank McCourt predict that the new team competitions will continue to develop the show jumping and lift it in a new era and bring benefits for the fans, sponsors, media and shareholders.

Jan Tops, co-founder of the Global Champions League, founder and president of Longines Global Champions Tour, said: “This is a significant strategic step towards development of our sport. For millions of fans will be addressed throughout the world who identify with the ups and downs of their favorite riders and their horses.

“We will see some extraordinary fights during the GCL season, tactics and selection are decisive. We are pleased to develop ingenuity to the future of the show jumping to secure, always ensure top sport and the welfare of the horses. ”

Frank H. McCourt, Jr. co-founder Global Champions League and Chairman and CEO of Global McCourt said: “Against the backdrop of the world’s most exciting events of this innovative competition will bring the show jumping in unprecedented heights, as he creates new fans, new athletes and new sponsors. Thanks to the unique format, the Global Champions League will give riders more opportunity to compete at the highest level against the best in the sport. ”

www.globalchampionsleague.com

Source: Press message GCL

VIENNA MASTERS | LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR | GLOBAL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
15th-18th September 2016 | VIENNA | KRIEAU
www.viennamasters.at

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