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Global Champions Tour

The Global Champions Tour (GCT) is an annually celebrated show jumping competition.The sponsors include CN Worldwide, Eurosport, and Rolex. Athina Onassis de Miranda is a patroness of the tour.[1]

It was founded in 2006 by the Olympic gold medalist Jan Tops and brings together the top 40 riders in the Rolex rankings, who compete in a series of shows that aim to provide 'the best in showjumping'. The GCT Final was the most valuable winners prize in showjumping, worth approx Euro 250,000 to the winner. [2]

Since 2007 all GCT events have been held as CSI 5*. Since 2008 the Global Champions Tour has been an official series of the FEI.[3]

Contents

Rules

The overall standings are determined by the placement of the rider in the competitions of the Global Champions Tour. The scoring is carried out as follows:

ranking position in this competition

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scoring points

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In 2008 and 2009, the winner was determined in a separate final. The top 25 riders of this season overall standings were allowed to participate in the final.

In 2006 and 2007, and again from 2010 the winner is determined by the overall standings of this season.

Winners

Year Champion Nation
2006 Ludo Philippaerts 22x20px Belgium
2007 Albert Zoer 22x20px Netherlands
2008 Jessica Kürten 22x20px Ireland
2009 Michel Robert 22x20px France

Venues of GCT competitions

The current stations of the Global Champions Tour are:[4]

  • Flag of Spain Valencia, reclaimed water basin in front of the Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe in the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, a venue of a GCT competition since 2009
  • Flag of Germany Hamburg – German show jumping and dressage derby, a GCT competition venue since 2008
  • Flag of Italy La Mandria near Turino, a GCT competition venue since 2010
  • Flag of Portugal Cascais near Estoril, Hipódromo Manuel Possolo, a GCT competition venue since 2006
  • Flag of Brazil Rio de Janeiro – Athina Onassis International Horse Show, equestrian facility of the Sociedade Hípica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro, a GCT competition venue since 2009; it was previously held in the Hipica Paulista in Sao Paulo


former venues of the Global Champions Tour are:

  • Flag of the United States Wellington (Florida) – Winter Equestrian Festival, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC)‎, a GCT competition venue in 2006 and 2007
  • Flag of Italy Arezzo, Arezzo Equestrian Centre, a GCT competition venue from 2007 to 2009
  • Flag of Qatar Doha, Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club, a GCT competition venue in 2008, with GCT final in 2009

References

  1. Letter from Athina Onassis de Miranda, Global Champions Tour official website
  2. Lulu Kyriacou, GCT Press Team and British Show Jumping Association
  3. "Global Champions Tour startet in Arezzo" (german; ...Seit 2008 ist die Global Champions Tour eine unter dem Dach der FEI stattfindende offizielle Serie...)
  4. 2009 GCT media guide

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