“You can only dream of this!” Gilles Thomas Wins LGCT GP of Shanghai 

Gilles Thomas riding a victory lap on Luna van het Dennehof in Shanghai

Gilles Thomas and Luna van het Dennehof raised the roof in the sold-out Shanghai Juss International Equestrian Centre when taking victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Shanghai on Sunday, 6th May 2024. For the third time this season, the Belgium National anthem rang out in the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT). Gilles stated he could only dream of winning an LGCT Grand Prix, and now he has written his name in history books.  An emotional Gilles Thomas, who won the lion’s share of €600,000, said: “The Longines…

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Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and the King do it all over again

Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) and King Edward winners of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2024 - Riyadh (KSA) Copyright FEI/Martin Dokoupil

Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2024 – Riyadh, written by Louise Parkes For the second year in a row, Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and the extraordinary King Edward reigned supreme at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday 20th April 2024. In Wednesday’s opening competition, they threw down the gauntlet when taking the early lead, and then they left the rest in their wake once again with a brilliant jump-off performance in Thursday’s second competition. On Saturday evening, however, it turned into a whole…

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Fontainebleau gears up for spectacular equestrian showcase

Grand Parquet in Fontainebleau

With the official selections for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games just a few weeks away, Le Printemps des Sports Équestres will be playing host to the world’s show jumping and dressage elite at the Grand Parquet in Fontainebleau in a few days’ time. Let’s take a closer look at those competing. Dressage For its second edition, the CDI 5* at Le Printemps des Sports Équestres will play host to sixteen of the world’s best combinations. The headliner of this CDI5*, Great Britain’s Charlotte Fry, reigning World champion and…

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Henrik Von Eckermann leads Swedish whitewash in sensational opener 

Defending champions Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and his wonderful gelding King Edward scorched to victory in tonight’s opening competition at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (FEI/Martin Dopoukil)

In a dream scenario for the Swedish contingent, defending champion Henrik von Eckermann and his great gelding King Edward pipped compatriot Peder Frecricson and Catch Me Not S to win the opening competition at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, 18th April 2024. It was like deja vu for von Eckermann, who also won the first class on his way to victory in Omaha, USA, 12 months riding the incredible 14-year-old gelding that has put him on top of the world –…

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It’s FEI World Cup Final Week in Riyadh!

FEI Dressage and Jumping World Cup™ Final – this week in Riyadh Photo: Johanna Milse

The much-anticipated FEI World Cup Final is set to commence this week (April 16-20, 2024) in Riyadh, the vibrant capital of Saudi Arabia. After two years of meticulous planning and preparation, the venue is abuzz with the energy of horses, athletes, and officials, all eager for competition to get underway for the FEI World Cup Final Dressage and Jumping World Cup. With less than 48 hours remaining until the event’s inauguration, the organizing committee is ensuring the final details to guarantee a flawless experience as the first set of equestrian…

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Nicola Philippaerts clinches third LGCT Grand Prix in Mexico City

Nicola Philippaerts Clinches Third Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix Career Victory in Mexico City

Nicola Philippaerts stole the show in Mexico city to take the LGCT Grand Prix in front of a sold-out crowd on Sunday, April 14th 2024. Partnering H&M Luna van’t Ruytershof, the win welcomed his third-ever Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix (LGCT) victory. The crowd erupted in applause as Philippaerts triumphantly crossed the finish line in a thrilling five-rider jump-off in the €327,000 class, ultimately securing his first LGCT Grand Prix win since 2018! Speaking with Rosie Tapner for GCTV, Nicola paid tribute to his winning partner. He explained, “She has…

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Mexico City Erupts as Prague Lions take GCL Championship lead 

Prague Lions Mexico City 2024

The Prague Lions ignited the crowd in Mexico City into a frenzy, securing the win as the only team to finish on 5 faults. In a nail-biting finale of the GCL of Mexico City, the Lions clinched victory as the last to go, propelling themselves to the top of the championship leaderboard with a commanding lead. The atmosphere at the Campo Marte venue was nothing short of electric as U25 rider Thibeau Spits and his exceptional mount, Impress-K van ‘t Kattenheye Z, held it together under immense pressure. The crowd…

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Simon Delestre dazzles on first day of LGCT Mexico City

Frenchman Simon Delestre and Olga van de Kruishoeve

The Longines Global Champions Tour has officially arrived in Mexico City. Day one kicked off with a win from flying Frenchman Simon Delestre and Olga van de Kruishoeve, who took the Trofeo Broxel 1.45m two-phase competition.  Speaking to GCTV Simon smiled: “The crowd here in Mexico City are always fantastic and this is just the first day! The grass arena felt amazing and Olga loves it here, I was unlucky in Miami last week so hopefully my luck has changed and I can carry on this strong start for the…

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Michael Duffy Secures First LGCT Grand Prix Victory in Miami

LGCT Miami Beach 2024 - Michael Duffy takes his first Miami GP win

With not a dry eye in the house and against the iconic backdrop of Miami Beach, Michael Duffy and Claptonn Mouche secured their first-ever Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix victory. The duo’s remarkable win was highlighted by their status as the sole double clear of the day.  While Duffy and Claptonn Mouche claimed the top spot, Max Kühner and EIC Cooley Jump finished two seconds faster but accumulated four faults over the Liverpool fence, which caught out more than a couple of contenders. On form Frenchman, Julien Anquetin and…

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Rome Gladiators Seize Victory in Spectacular GCL Showdown on Miami’s Shores

GCL Miami Beach 2024 Rome Gladiators win

In a jaw-dropping race to the finish, Rome Gladiators powered by ClipMyHorse.TV of Laura Kraut, Lorenzo de Luca and Micheal Duffy stood on top of the podium for the GCL Miami showdown (round 2), after climbing an impressive eight places from 1st round.  Spectators were treated to the highest level of competitive show jumping and to the unique ambience that only Miami Beach can offer. With its blend of vibrant culture, luxurious lifestyle, and breathtaking natural beauty, Miami Beach provided the perfect stage for this unparalleled sporting event. The dynamic…

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Maikel van der Vleuten Secures Victory in 1.45m LGCT Miami Beach 

Miakel van der Vleuten. LGCT Miami Beach, April 2024

The vibrant shore of Miami Beach was electrified as the first CSI5* day of the highly anticipated 2024 Longines Global Champions Tour kicked off in spectacular fashion. Against the backdrop of sun-kissed shores and swaying palms, the world’s top equestrian athletes converged for an exhilarating weekend of fun and entertainment. Dutch rider Miakel van der Vleuten emerged victorious aboard Elwikke in one of the closest speed class showdowns of the year, clinching the CSI5* title by a mere 0.08 of a second. The crowd of beach goers erupted in applause…

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A formidable line-up of riders head to Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final

Scott Brash and Hello Jefferson

The world’s best showjumping athletes will meet in Riyadh from 16 to 20 April 2024 for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final, and what a thrilling, star-studded competition it is set to be. In a competition boasting the largest prize fund in its history, 2.6 million Euros, 17 Western European League athletes and seven North American League athletes will form part of those vying for the honours. Champions from Great Britain, including Ben Maher (GBR) and Scott Brash (GBR), will meet defending champion Peder Fredricson (SWE), who, collectively, form…

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An Irish victory in the Longines League of Nations

O'CONNOR Cian from Ireland rides Maurice during Longines League of Nations in Ocala USA on 23 March 2024 FEI/ Richard Juilliart

In a competition that was as unpredictable as it was exciting, Ireland came out on top with a superb team effort at the second leg of the Longines League of Nations on Saturday evening (23.3.24). Staged at the World Equestrian Centre in Ocala, Florida (USA), Switzerland finished second ahead of the American hosts in third. The 10 best teams in the world are battling it out over four qualifying events for the eight places on offer at the series Final in Barcelona (ESP) in early October. Saturday’s line-up included eight…

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Global Champions Playoffs to rotate between iconic cities

Confirmed: Global Champions Playoffs to Rotate Between Riyadh and Prague

The prestigious Global Champions Playoffs (GC Playoffs) is set to embark on an exciting journey as it announces its confirmed locations for the years 2024 to 2029. Organisers have unveiled plans for the Playoffs to alternate annually, between Riyadh and Prague. The new direction will kick off in 2024, with Riyadh hosting the event in even years and Prague taking the reins in odd years. The decision to rotate between these two iconic cities reflects the global appeal and growth of the sport of show jumping. Riyadh and Prague, each…

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Top Scottish showjumper, James Smith, suspended from competition

Showjumper James Smith at Dumfries and Lockerbie Agricultural Show 2018

British Nations Cup showjumper 31-year-old Scottish James Smith has been suspended from competing as of March 16, 2024, at home or abroad due to concerns about the welfare of a horse. Smith is currently under investigation and barred from national and international competitions due to allegedly having used an outlawed training method during a European event.   Concerns relating to the horse’s welfare were raised after photographs circulated on social media appeared to evidence a cane being used to make the horse lift its hind legs higher over a practice jump…

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Olympian Shane Rose in ICU following severe fall

Shane Rose riding VIRGIL Photo Copyright © FEI/Christophe Taniére

Australian Olympic medalist Shane Rose risks losing his place at the 2024 Paris Games due to a severe accident which has left him in ICU following a heavy fall from his horse, Virgil, during a cross-country session on Thursday, 15 March 24. The horse was not injured; however, the fall saw Shane rushed to intensive care, where he remains with serious injuries. It has been reported that Shane has fractured his femur as well as pelvis and ribs. Having already undergone urgent surgery to stabilize his pelvis and femur, the question…

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‘Incredible’ finish for Daniel Coyle in NAL finale

Daniel Coyle (IRL) and Incredible - winners of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ NAL 2023/24 - Ocala (USA) Copyright ©FEI/Shannon Brinkman

Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2023-2024 – North American League. Written by Catie Staszak World Cup success is nothing new for Daniel Coyle (IRL), but he reached another milestone on Sunday at the Live Oak International (USA) when he topped the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala aboard his exciting new mount, Incredible. “I’ve had a really, really good experience with the World Cup already, but I think this is the first year I’ve ever won three [in one season],” Coyle expressed, “so I’m really, really happy about that.” Coyle, a…

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New home of the British Young Horse Championships announced!

British Young Horse Championships to be held at Hickstead. The British Young Horse Championships have moved to Hickstead (c) Elli Birch/Boots and Hooves Photography

The new home of the British Young Horse Championships has been announced, and it’s an exciting one! The prestigious event will now be set against the stunning backdrop of the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead, West Sussex. The event provides a wonderful opportunity for talented young horses to begin their journey to stardom in the most supportive and highly respected atmosphere. The show, which will this year take place from the 9th to the 12th of August (2024), boasts a total prize fund of nearly £80,000, will take place…

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Ellen Whitaker and Korlenski celebrate success in Spain

Ellen Whitaker riding Andalusia Sunshine Tour 2024

Ellen Whitaker has been hitting form once again during the 5th week of the Andalucia Sunshine Tour in Vejer De La Frontera, Spain on 8th March. Ellen secured the impressive win in the CSI5* 1.50m Ashford Farm Trophy, Longines Ranging speed class riding Korlenski. Out of sixty nine entering combinations, only eighteen completed the course without fault. Ellen rode to triumph on the nine-year-old KWPN mare Korlenski (out of legendary stallion Coronet Oblensky) stopping the clock over a second faster than second-placed Turkish rider, Derin Demorsoy on the BWP gelding…

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Ben Maher flies the banner for Britain at the Wellington International Winter Equestrian Festival

Ben Maher & Point Break, winners of the $200,000 JTWG, Inc. CSIO4* Grand Prix. Photo © Sportfot

It’s been a successful trip to the sunshine of the Wellington International Winter Equestrian Festival for Olympian Ben Maher, with a $200,000 win on the final day of the festival on the 3rd March on board Point Break (Action-Breaker x Balou du Rouet), owned by Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright. Ben’s win comes on week eight of the festival when he topped the leaderboard in the JTWG, Inc. CSI04* Grand Prix. Five combinations jumped the USA’s Steve Stephens and Nick Granat’s challenging course, with Maher, the first to jump clear…

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Emotional Abdel Saïd and Bonne Amie Triumph in LGCT Grand Prix of Doha

Abdel Saïd and Bonne Amie winners LGCT Grand Prix Doha 2024. Photo: Longines Global Champions Tour

It was Belgium’s Abdel Saïd and the remarkable, Bonne Amie, emerging victorious after a heart-stopping class during the €375,000 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha. Their triumph not only secured the win but also propelled them to claim the lead in the prestigious LGCT Championship race after collecting maximum points. The spectacular sound and light show at the prize-giving ceremony rounded off three days of the highest calibre show jumping kicking off the supreme test to find the 2024 LGCT Champion.   In an electrifying round, Abdel Saïd and…

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Abdulrahman Alrajhi Rides Ventago to Victory on Opening Day of LGCT Doha

Abdulrahman Alrajhi & Ventago Longines Global Champions Tour 2024 Doha, day 1

The Longines Global Champions Tour of Doha commenced in spectacular fashion at the renowned Longines Arena at Al Shaqab. Crowds were treated to a thrilling display of equestrian prowess as 32 of the world’s finest horse-and-rider combinations competed in the CSI5* 1.45m speed class, setting the stage for an unforgettable start to the 2024 season. In a riveting showdown between two of Saudi Arabia’s top show jumping talents, Abdulrahman Alrajhi and Abdullah Alsharbatly, it was Alrajhi astride the impressive Ventago who emerged victorious. Alrajhi’s electrifying performance ignited the competitive spirit…

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Cannes Stars Triumph in Thrilling Opening Stage of 2024 GCL Season

cannes stars win season opener in Doha. Podium shot

The equestrian world was set ablaze as the 2024 Global Champions League (GCL) season kicked off in Doha, Qatar, with the Cannes Stars, powered by Iron Dames, seizing victory in a historic display of skill and determination. Under the dazzling lights of the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab, the Cannes Stars made history as the first all-female team of six riders to lead the championship race, setting the stage for an electrifying season ahead. In a riveting showdown, the Cannes Stars soared to victory, propelled by stellar performances from Sophie…

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LGCT Season Opener Iminent in Doha for 2024

Longines Global Champions Tour 2024 Doha

The anticipation is palpable as the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) gears up for its inaugural event of the 2024 season in Doha, set to take place from February 29 to March 2. Fans can expect a thrilling display of fierce competition as the world’s top riders converge on the Longines Arena at AL SHAQAB, Doha. Leading the charge is last year’s LGCT Championship runner-up, Maikel van der Vleuten, who is determined to kick-start his campaign with a strong start in Doha. Could this be the year he secured his first ever…

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