The great stars of world show jumping today are set to compete at the crucial Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix showdown in Switzerland this weekend.
The most talented and famous riders and horses in the sport will be in action at the Bellerive showground in Lausanne for three days of thrilling equestrian sport at the highest level. This will be the second time the world’s premier equestrian series has taken place in beautiful Lausanne and promises to be another high calibre event on the calendar.
With prize money of €285,000 on offer in the Grand Prix on Saturday evening the battle to be among the best 18 riders through to the second round of the Grand Prix will again be intense.
The championship race has witnessed exceptional show jumping all season with the most talented riders and horses raising the bar on speed and precision. Riders from America, Great Britain and Germany are fielding premier league combinations as the battle to dominate the Longines Global Champions Tour ranking accelerates towards the final event in Qatar later this year.
Longines Global Champions Tour President Jan Tops said: “This is a beautiful location where the public really appreciates sport of the highest quality. Switzerland is, of course, also home to our Title Partner and Official Timekeeper Longines and I wish to thank Longines and all our sponsors and fans for their support. The quality of sport during this season has been excellent and comes at a time when we are experiencing tremendous growth in our sport worldwide in terms of sponsors, media and nations participating.”
Lausanne will once again be a crucial stage in the Longines Global Champions Tour series and leading US rider Laura Kraut is determined to try and repeat her stunning 2012 victory at the Bellerive showground.
Laura enters the event in Lausanne as the current leader of the Longines Global Champions Tour ranking on 187 points – 2 points ahead of Germany’s Christian Ahlmann but with a healthy lead over her other nearest rivals.
Laura said: “I'm really looking forward to coming back to Lausanne this year! I have been resting Cedric since Valkenswaard to have him fresh and ready for Lausanne. The tour this year has been very exciting for me. I am pleasantly surprised to be leading the series, and I will try my best between now and Doha to stay at or near the top.”
Here are just some of the exceptional combinations confirmed for top grade show jumping for a worldwide TV and online audience:
Tripple X IIIBen Maher (GBR)
ChamanLudger Beerbaum (GER)
CristalloRichard Spooner (USA)
CedricLaura Kraut (USA)
Codex OneChristian Ahlmann (GER)
Lennox Luciana Diniz (POR)
VikingMichael Whitaker (GBR)
Cevo Itot du ChateauEdwina Tops-Alexander (AUS)
Plot BlueMarcus Ehning (GER)
Noblesse des TessKamal Bahamdan (KSA)
Castle Forbes MyrtilleRoger-Yves Bost (FRA)
UlyssePius Schwizer (SUI)