Final preparations: Port Hercule is getting ready to welcome the best of the best of the Monaco Jumping International for the 12th edition of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco. A few weeks after the Monaco Grand Prix, pilots from a whole different field will bring their steeds to the sand where they will try to reach the highest step on the podium. Starting from today, at the foot of the Prince’s Palace and right in front of the luxurious yachts, the magical show will start on the circuit’s smallest track with riders showcasing their skills and boldness.
Ranked in the prestigious Monaco competition, Scott Brash (GBR), Bassem Hassan Mohammed (QAT) and Kevin Staut (FRA) will be present and ready to square off in front of the tough competition. The top ranking riders are ready, including German Christian Ahlmann, English Ben Maher and John Whitakers, Italian Alberto Zorzi, and the number one rider in the world Kent Farrington (USA), who will be aiming for the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of the Prince of Monaco presented by Sapina at 1m60.
The American riders Jessica Springsteen, Paris Sellon and Jennifer Gates will add another touch of glamour to the Princely competition.
The Longines Pro Am Cup, sponsored by Charlotte Casiraghi is “the place to be” on Friday from 8.45pm. The starry sky coupled with the stars of international jumping will surge out accompanied by a boisterous DJ set for a relay race that will amaze the public!
The Global Champions League will also bring a bunch of atmosphere to the Riviera. A random draw will determine the order of passage of the teams, which will begin the challenges tomorrow during the first qualifying session, to win points and spots in the provisional rankings. At the moment, the ranking is as follows; the Valkenswaard United are in the first place, followed by the Hamburg Diamonds and then the St Tropez Pirates. The Monaco Aces, performing in their hometown, will be represented by Danielle Goldstein (ISR) and Pieter Devos (BEL).
The amateur riders will take part in the CS12 (1m15 to 1m45), and will be given the chance to perform on the same track as the biggest names in horseback riding. An international mix will be welcomed, with 20 different nations including Venezuela, Russia, Mexico, Greece and Canada.