Global Champion Tour
The Longines Global Champions Tour is a premier show jumping event staged in some of the world’s most prestigious locations with 15 events held in 13 countries during the series. The top 30 ranked riders come together to bring exciting competition for unprecedented prize money. The overall season Champion title is hotly contested by the biggest stars in the sport for the Bonus Prize fund and the Longines Ranking Title.
High profile equestrian enthusiasts also frequent the tour making the series glamorous as well as providing elite-level show jumping. With destinations as stunning as Miami Beach, Rome and Paris, this puts the series up there at the top of the sporting and social event calendar.
Jan Tops, an Olympic Gold medalist Show Jumper himself, is Founder and President of the Longines Global Champions Tour. He has fulfilled his vision of raising standards across the sport and since he launched the tour in 2006, has provided world class sport and entertainment.
The tour is available to watch live online via GCT TV and on Eurosport and results can be found here.
The Longines Global Champions Tour web side holds a huge amount of information on each rider providing a biography and interesting facts as well as results, rankings and prize money. You can also view a full profile of all the horses as well as view amazing pictures. Take a look here at full rider and horse info.
So, just pick your favourite destination from these amazing choices and click on your favourite to book your ticket.
NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships 2013 are to be held at Hartpury Arena, Gloucestershire 15-19th April. There are 33 titles on offer from preliminary through to Intermediaite 1. Talented riders have worked hard to qualify for this championship, bringing together some of the best horses and riders in the country. Top class dressage entertainment will be shown at the “not to be missed” Gala Evening Performances, Friday and Saturday night, which both include a masterclass presented by Richard Davison. There are also various trade stands, providing shopping opportunities over the 5 days of the show. It remains to be seen who will attend, after Carl Hester’s yard have stated that they will not be competing Uthopia and the fact that other competitors have been posting on social network sites that they too will not be attending. British Dressage has been working closely with the organisers to put the necessary precautionary measures in place to minimise the risk of EHV-1. For timetable of the championships go to http://www.bdchampionships.com/winter/timetable.php
Auroras Encore Grand National winner 2013
Auroras Encore was the winner of the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree Racecourse, on Saturday 6th April. The 66-1 long shot, ridden by jockey Ryan Mania and trained by Sue Smith (wife of the legendary showjumper Harvey Smith) won by 9 lengths. Sue is only the third woman to have trained a Grand National winner, following Jenny Pitman (1983 and 1995) and Venetia Williams (2009). Katie Walsh was doing her best to make history as the first female jockey to win the National but sadly her ride, Seabass, “ran out of petrol” to finish in 13th place. Cappa Bleu, ridden by Paul Moloney, came 2nd and Teaforthree, ridden by Nick Scholfield came in 3rd. The race started with 40 runners, competing for a share of the £975,000 prize fund.
Astrid Bolton Sport Horses
Day, Son and Hewitt held a masterclass with Astrid Bolton and Geoff Billington at Myerscough College, Friday 2nd November. It was an informative evening to explain the importance of using quality supplements to promote the well being of your horse (go to www.daysonhewitt.co.uk for the full range available). The evening started off with Astrid explaining the foundations of starting a young horse and a long-reining demonstration with their fantastic young stallion, Euphoria. Hayley then came into the arena and rode him, showing his amazing paces, whilst Astrid explained the importance of using Day, Son and Hewitts product SYNOFLEX, to ensure that your horses maintain their natural mobility. Next, Hayley brought in Cassius, a 17.3hh, young dressage talent, showing us various different paces and his extravagant movement and ability. Go to www.astridbolton.com to look for your next superstar. The second half consisted of Geoff and his two horses, starting with a youngster, only broken five months ago. He then rode a more experienced horse, explaining his training methods and exercises, with humour along the way. The evening was well attended and the audience participated by asking questions as well as one lady having a go at long-reigning Astrid’s young stallion, Euphoria. Day, Son and Hewitt had a well stocked stand, with Sue advising on all aspects of their beautifully packaged, high quality products.
Equestrian Olympic Medalists
Ben Maher had a date with Royalty, when he was invited, along with other Olympic medalists, to a glittering evening at Buckingham palace, where he spoke with Kate Middleton. The athletes wore their official Team GB formal wear suits, which feature a special inside pocket for their medals.
Other members of the Royal family in attendance included Prince Philip, the Duke of York and his daughter Princess Beatrice and the Earl and Countess of Wessex along with Prime Minister David Cameron and former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Ben secured his gold medal – and a gold post box for his home village – after galloping to Olympic glory in the team show jumping event in August with his team mates Nick Skelton, Scott Brash and Peter Charles.
His Highness top KWPN UK foal
Saturday 8th September 2012, saw the northern leg of the KWPN gradings, at Astrid Bolton Sport Horses, Merecourt Stud, Blackpool.
The KWPN organises inspections, where mares can be presented for studbook acceptance or higher predicate. Also foals, yearlings and 2 year old fillies may be presented for judging. Please see KWPN website for further information.
Champion foal at the Merecourt Stud inspections was a Sir Donnerhall filly out of a Udysee (Jazz) mare, bred by Julie Lockley of Bradford.
The top foal of the UK inspections tour was His Highness, bred by Cat Wood of Redditch. He is by Wynton (Jazz) out of a Fahrenheydt (Fabriano) mare.