Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, is the spiritual home of the Longines Global Champions Tour, and has always been a favourite with riders, owners and partners alike. For the 12th season of the world’s premier show jumping season, the spectacular, state-of-the-art Tops International Arena will host the 13th round of the Tour from 11th – 13th August. The superb facilities created by LGCT founder and president Jan Tops have raised the bar in equestrian sport new heights, cementing the venue as the epicentre of equestrianism in Europe.

2016 saw the Longines Global Champions Tour of Valkenswaard feature 23 Olympic athletes in their final competition before they flew directly to Rio, a number unprecedented ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. The weekend was also the exhilarating turning point for the overall LGCT title Champions Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) and his formidable stallion Casall ASK after they won their second Grand Prix of the season, putting them in the running for the Championship title despite fierce competition from the world’s best horses and riders.

Designed with the horse as the top priority, the show ground features an exceptional 125m by 85m sweeping grass arena, four further sand arenas featuring top class footing, canter tracks and lunging arenas, expansive warm up arenas, exceptional wash areas and facilities for grooms to provide top standard care and over 500 world class and beautifully designed stables available for visiting competitors. Within the impressive complex there is a shopping village, refreshments and entertainment areas – all of which are available for everyone in the family to enjoy, and tickets allowing the perfect view of the action under covered grandstands as the 2017 LGCT Championship battle gallops towards the finish line.

 

2017 welcomes an exciting new destination to the glittering line-up of venues on the Longines Global Champions Tour calendar, with the popular city of Berlin, Germany, added to the star-studded roster.
The 11th round of action on the new season calendar sees the prestigious city make its debut on the circuit adding another dynamic capital city and a chance for new fans to experience top-level show jumping in a city centre venue. The German capital is also the largest city in the country, steeped in history with famous monuments including the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin’s vibrant cultural scene makes it one of the most visited cities in the world.

 

The event will be hosted at The Sommergarten at the Funkturm in Berlin, which is a centrally located, park-like green area on the grounds of the Messe Berlin. Approximately 10,000 square meters in size, the garden was originally created in the heart of the capital as a place of relaxation and peace, providing a unique ambience. Since 1981 the Sommergarten houses a sculpture garden with works by contemporary Berlin artists. It is also the venue for the annual summer concerts, which are presented during the IFA (the world’s most important trade fair for consumer electronics and home appliances).

 

In the skyline and as the perfect backdrop to the event will be the Funkturm – one of the most important landmarks in the city of Berlin. This iconic tower was built in 1926, originally put into operation for the 3rd great Deutsche Funk-Ausstellung, and now, with a height of 146.70 meters, visitors can look into the horizon far beyond Berlin’s borders from the tower resturant.

 

With top German riders including Ludger Beerbaum, Christian Ahlmann, Marcus Ehning, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Daniel Deusser and Marco Kutscher regulars on the Tour, this second event in Germany will offer fans a new opportunity to witness their show jumping heroes in action.

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