LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR
AL SHAQAB - DOHA
DOHA LONGINES ARENA AT AL SHAQAB | QATAR
4-6 MARCH 2021
DISCOVER DOHA- QATAR
LGCT SUPER GR AND PRIX
GCL SUPER CUP
MEET MAT THIEU BAUMGARTNER
MEET JAN TOPS
THE SOCIAL SCENE
MEET KHALIFA AL AT TIYA
DISCOVER AL SHAQAB
LGCT GR AND PRIX
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The 2021 season Welcome to the world’s most dynamic and exciting equestrian
To earn championship honours , horse and rider will be
sport circuit. Putting show jumping’s best riders and horses
challenged in a variety of testing tracks with fans around the
together in unique locations around the world for two thrilling
world set to enjoy another highly-charged season unfolding at
championships. The 2021 Longines Global Champions Tour
and GCL series will once again visit iconic capital cities and breathtaking Riviera destinations while bringing top tier sport
The world’s best will be striving to win a golden ticket for the
to fans across the globe.
Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix as individual winners of each event from the 2021 season will go head-to-
The mesmerising 2021 battle travels to iconic locations around
head for the prestigious title at the O2 Arena in Prague. There
the world, from the season opener in Doha, through Madrid,
will be extra pressure for the teams at the GC Prague Playoffs
Ramatuelle/Saint Tropez, Cannes, Stockholm, Paris, Monaco,
to field the ultimate combinations for the GCL Super Cup as a
Berlin, London, Valkenswaard, Hamburg, Rome, Mexico City,
stunning €6 million is up for grabs in just one weekend.
New York, Shanghai and culminating in the ultimate showdown With thrilling light shows, hugely popular entertainment and
in the electrifying GC Prague Playoffs.
a dazzling Walk of Champions, the GC Playoffs have been On the Longines Global Champions Tour precision, power and
declared “a milestone in the history of our sport ” by multi-
elegance are all combined in one spectacular championship
Olympian Ludger Beerbaum.
series. Elite equestrian athletes including Olympic and World Champions will compete for some of the highest prize money in
Fans around the world will be able to watch all the sporting
the sport with the aim of landing on top of the podium.
drama unfold on GCTV which will continue to innovate with new graphics and technology taking fans backstage with the stars at
GCL embarks on its sixth year and the rivalry between teams will
the extraordinary events world-wide. It’s the big event you simply
be greater than ever throughout 2021. Top riders from different
countries are united with star U25 riders to take show jumping to a new level of sporting excellence. Team spirit, team tactics and the strongest combinations are what’s needed to win with only the top teams able to claim the highest amount of championship points. Part of the winning team of GCL Doha last year, Olivier Philippaerts said: “The Global Tour is not only a top competition in terms of participants, everything is organized perfect down to the last detail. I always look forward to the GCL team competition, is great fun and the high level of competition motivates me to stay in the best form.”
The Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL series host sensational sport across continents with fans guaranteed top level show jumping all season. The series travels to 16 spectacular events in 2021 and the first showdown of the season kicks off at the Longines Arena, AL SHAQAB. All season the world’s best riders and horses will battle for top placings in the prestigious GCL team and LGCT individual championships and a chance for glory in the high stakes GC Prague Playoffs. The Longines Arena at AL SHAQAB is a stunning worldrenowned venue that plays host to the electrifying launchpad to the 2021 Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL season in the modern city of Doha, Qatar. This stunning equestrian centre hosts the season curtain-raiser and fans across the globe will be treated to a feast of world class show jumping from the best rider and horse combinations in the world. Qatar continues to build on its reputation as a global sports destination, featuring top-level events like the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL, and showcasing established and upcoming Qatari riders. This impressive venue hosts superb competition, stabling and hospitality facilities, and chic cafes with fantastic views across the Longines Arena beneath the soaring architecture of AL SHAQAB, a member of Qatar Foundation.
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21-23 MAY SPAIN
27-29 MAY FRANCE
03-05 JUN FRANCE
18-20 JUN SWEDEN
25-27 JUN FRANCE
25-29 AUG GERMANY
09-12 SEPT ITALY
16-19 SEPT MEXICO
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22-24 OCT (DATES TBC)
PLAYOFFS LGCT SUPER GRAND PRIX
Matthieu Baumgartner LONGINES VICE PRESEDENT MARKETING
Are you looking forward to the Longines Global Champions Tour new season, starting here in Doha? I am thrilled that Longines is, this year again, part of one of the most amazing show jumping competitions, the Longines Global Champions Tour. For the past eight years, we have been delighted to lend our name and to provide our timekeeping expertise to all competitions. This first leg in Doha promises thrilling moments of sports, starting this new exciting season with panache. What makes the Longines Global Champions Tour such a unique show jumping event? I consider the Longines Global Champions Tour unique as it gathers the best riders and horses in stunning venues in some of the world’s most beautiful cities. From March to November, the Tour travels across 3 continents and 12 countries. The ultimate and much-awaited battle will take place in Prague in November for the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix. What is the Official Watch of this leg? The Qatari leg of the 2021 series is the perfect opportunity for the brand to highlight a model from the Longines Spirit collection. Designed in the same manner as the timepieces of the famous pioneers as the conquered the air, land and sea, all models from the Longines Spirit collection come with state-of-the-art Chronometer-certified movements, as well as a 5-year warranty.
Jan Tops FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT LGCT AND GCL
What are your hopes for the 2021 Longines G lobal Champions Tour & GCL season? We are delighted to launch the 2021 season and I am confident we will see exceptional levels of sporting excellence once again in truly unique destinations. We are committed to supporting show jumping in every possible way we can through these difficult times. We are working with national Governments and all relevant authorities to implement Covid-19 guidelines for the health and the safety of everyone connected with our events. Each season brings a higher level of sport to the LGCT circuit. What are you looking forward to seeing this year? We are thrilled to be able to bring world class show jumping competitions back and kick off 2021 in Doha, Qatar. We have the special ingredients of top sport, fantastic venues and great fans worldwide and we will continue to raise the bar and work for a strong and sustainable future for our sport. What is so special about this season’s opening leg at AL SHAQAB? It is fantastic to be here in Qatar to launch the new season and the Longines Arena at AL SHAQAB is a stunning stage to start the Championship race. The facilities are second to none for the horses, riders and grooms as well as guests, media and sponsors.
Khalifa Al Attiya EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AL SHAQAB
On behalf of Al Shaqab, it is my great pleasure to welcome some of the world’s finest riders, together with their horses, and all guests and equestrian enthusiasts to Qatar for the season-opening competition of the 2021 Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT). The magnificent Longines Arena at Al Shaqab, with its iconic, soaring architecture, is the perfect venue to host what promises to be a spectacular start to the world’s premier showjumping series. . Hosting events of this caliber not only bears testament to Qatar’s status as an international sporting hub, but also Al Shaqab’s commitment to fulfilling its vision of being a leading global center for equine excellence. They also help Al Shaqab to instill in the broader Qatar community a love for the equestrian arts, in keeping with the country’s tradition and heritage. However, none of this would be possible without the support of sponsors, officials, media and other stakeholders. The Al Shaqab team and the LGCT Organizing Committee have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the event. To all involved, I wish to express my sincere appreciation for a job well done. I would also like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to the spectators who are here with us to enjoy this wonderful event. Let me reassure you that all Ministry of Public Health COVID-19 precautionary measures are in place to help ensure your safety. Finally, to the riders who will compete for glory on their magnificent horses, I wish you all the very best, and I look forward to watching you light up the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab with your thrilling performances.
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AL SHAQAB The iconic, visually stunning architecture of the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab provides the perfect backdrop for the season-opening Doha competition of the 2021 Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT). The founding of Al Shaqab, in 1992, by His Highness The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, was based on three guiding principles - excellence, education and heritage Specifically designed to honor the distinguished classic beauty and treasured and versatile skills of the Arabian breed, Al Shaqab bred three World Champion stallions in an incredibly short space of time - Gazal Al Shaqab, Al Adeed Al Shaqab and Marwan Al Shaqab. Today, the champion offspring of those stallions have gone on to enhance the pedigrees of Arabian horses in both Qatar and around the globe. In 2004, Al Shaqab became a member of Qatar Foundation, providing greater opportunities for the Qatari community to participate in a wide variety of cultural and equine activities, and ushering in an era of visionary expansion with the development of a world-class equine center. Today, spread out over 980,000 square meters, Al Shaqab stands out for its unique, horseshoeshaped design. Now renowned the world over as a leading equestrian destination, Al Shaqab has solidified its reputation as a premier competition venue bar none, regularly featuring the finest international horses and riders as they compete at the highest levels of equestrian sport. The superb, first-class amenities at Al Shaqab are second to none and include the majestic Longines Arena, a riding academy, an endurance department, and award-winning stables providing the highest levels of care and attention for the world’s finest Arabian horses. Al Shaqab’s tradition of equestrian excellence, coupled with the electrifying atmosphere generated by the Longines Arena, makes the venue the perfect location for the world’s best riders and horses as they begin their campaign in what promises to be a truly outstanding LGCT season.
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Explained The 2021 Longines Global Champions Tour kicks off in March with the world’s very best riders competing for a total of €25.9 million in prize money across LGCT and GCL, and the highly prestigious Championship title. As well as the overall ranking battle, athletes will be competing for a place in the highly coveted GC Prague Playoffs, the ultimate showdown for the world’s best, scheduled this year for November at the O2 Arena in the Czech capital city. Here, winners of each LGCT Grand Prix will be invited to compete in the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix, the ultimate head-tohead battle of the season’s best. The 2021 season opens in Doha, Qatar and then travels to 15 further destinations across four continents, culminating in the season Finals where this year’s season champion will be crowned. Show jumping’s top riders team up with their best horses for individual honours in a series of spectacular competitions on the tour, with the LGCT Grand Prix as one of the highlights of each event. To help you keep track of this thrilling series of high octane jumping, here is a brief guide to the format:
WHO WILL BE COMPETING IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP? The world’s top riders may take part in any of the 15 LGCT events, earning points and competing for a prize pot of over €300,000
HOW DOES THE SCORING WORK? Points are allocated to each of the 35 riders according to their finishing place in each event’s LGCT Grand Prix. Over the season, each rider’s top eight scores count towards the overall cham-
in each of the LGCT Grand Prix.
pionship ranking and a share of the bonus prize money, which
will be awarded at the season Finals. HOW DOES IT ALL BEGIN? Horses and riders compete in any of the CSI5* supporting classes at each show. This allows horses to acclimatise to each different venue, which ranges from grass to sand surfaces, with different sized arenas and a range of environments, as well as giving
riders the chance to win some serious prize money.
WHAT ABOUT THE LGCT SUPER GRAND PRIX? This is the ultimate showdown in show jumping. Each winner (or next highest ranked athlete if more than one event is won), will qualify for a place in this special class, held at the GC Prague Playoffs. This will see the best horses and riders across the
season return to face off for the ultimate goal of taking the title of LGCT Super Grand Prix Champion.
WHICH RIDERS COMPETE IN THE LGCT GRAND PRIX? The top 35 riders according to their penalties and time qualify from the previous competition, which also doubles as a second GCL leg, held earlier on the Saturday at each event. Jumping in reverse order of merit from the qualifier, horses and riders begin by jumping over a 1.55m/1.60m course of fences. Any combination that completes on a zero score, or tie on penalties if no combination remains clear, goes through to a jump-off against the clock, held over a shortened course, to decide top honours.
Explained The 2021 GCL season will see show jumping’s top riders unite in pursuit of championship glory as they battle it out across the world. A total of 16 teams line up for this, the sixth season of the GCL. This tactical series will feature Olympic and world champions going head-to-head, as well as offering some of the world’s leading under-25 riders a chance to compete on the globe stage. The concept is the first top level competition in the sport’s history that allows riders from different nations to compete on the same team, providing a breathtaking spectacle of fierce rivalry and immense team spirit in a modern and dynamic format. The GCL classes take place over two days at each of the global legs of the circuit, running alongside the Longines Global Champions Tour throughout the season. The climax of the year will be the GC Prague Playoffs, as teams battle through the quarter-final, semi-final and final stages of the GCL Super Cup. The countdown is on and here is a brief guide to the format:
HOW DOES IT ALL BEGIN? The second part of the GCL competition also doubles as a qualifier for the LGCT Grand Prix. It will be a CSI5* 1.55/1.60m class. This
This stand alone event in November will be the ultimate face-off for the GCL teams. Here teams will go head-to-head in the GCL Super
takes place on Saturdays at every event before the LGCT Grand
Cup in a three-day high stakes knockout competition. The teams
ranked 5th - 16th will compete in the first day quarter-finals, with only eight teams carrying through to the next day’s competition -
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
the semi-finals. They will be joined by the top four ranked teams
The second part of the GCL competition also doubles as a qualifier
in the Championship, and battle to finish in the top six, making it
for the LGCT Grand Prix. It will be a CSI5* 1.55/1.60m class. This
through to the final. Here the winning team will be crowned GCL
takes place on Saturdays at every event before the LGCT Grand
Super Cup winners.
Prix. Individual riders, not riding for teams, will be the first to start in this class to try to qualify for the LGCT Grand Prix. Then the GCL teams
the first class. The results of the GCL riders will count towards their overall team score, but now their performance will also determine whether they qualify for the LGCT Grand Prix as individuals.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW? The transfer windows are at critical points in the season as teams re-evaluate to gain maximum advantage on the road to the GC Prague Playoffs.
will take centre stage, carrying through their combined faults from
SO WHAT ARE THE GC PRAGUE PLAYOFFS?
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2021? This year teams again have a roster of six riders (including at least one U25 athlete) for the season. This means tactics and strategy
The overall winners of the GCL competition will be the team with the
will remain a priority for team managers and owners, with a large
least combined faults and the quickest time over the two rounds.
team of horses and riders to field at each distinctive event. There have been plenty of high profile movers and shakers across the
HOW DOES THE SERIES PROGRESS?
grid, with new allegiances formed and unique partnerships forged
Teams can change horses and/or riders between the two GCL
deeper still, and this season already promises to be an electric
classes as well as fielding different squads for each of the global
showcase of high-octane team sport.
legs in the series. Strategy and inter-team strengths will be crucial as different riders and horses are fielded for particular circumstances. Teams will be able to earn points at every single event, all contributing to their place in the season long Championship ranking, as well as tussle for a top place in the all-important GCL Super Cup at the GC Prague Playoffs.
DANIEL DEUSSER The Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix
“I was a little bit speechless, to be honest. Killer
of Doha thrilled spectators last year in a specta-
Queen was still quite young at 10 years old and I
cular showdown with on-form German champion
think she has shown everyone that she is one of the
Deusser taking top honours at the first event of the
best. I thought it was a really tough course but it
season. Delighted Deusser also clinched the first
needs to be a tough course because it is all the wor-
golden ticket to the LGCT Super Grand Prix at the
ld’s best horses and riders competing.”
GC Prague Playoffs. The dazzling event at the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab has become a major sporting fixture in Doha growing in popularity each year. Members of the Royal Family of Qatar attended the event last year.
Places in the GC Prague Playoffs are highly coveted, and the battle for those podium spots and golden tickets to the LGCT Super Grand Prix is fierce. Tell us about this competition and what it means to make it to a place at the Playoffs?
His Highness The Father Emir, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser and His Excellency Sheikh Joaan
“Everyone’s goal is to qualify for Prague Playoffs.
bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani arrived at the magni-
I think everyone who rides on the Longines Global
ficent venue to enjoy top level sport.
Champions Tour their aim is to qualify for the Super Grand Prix.”
Last year the unstoppable force of Daniel Deusser was the last rider to go in the jump-off to challenge
It is all to play for in this years Longines Global
for the win. Deusser and Killer Queen VDM flew out
Champions Tour Grand Prix of Doha. With the best
of the starting blocks making the 1.60m course look
of the best here at Al Shaqab it promises to be a
like child’s play.
sensational evening of world-class sport.
You pulled off an incredible performance at AL SHAQAB, Doha in 2020. How did it feel to win at the prestigious opening leg in 2020 and achieve such success at the beginning of the year?
The 2020 GC Prague Playoffs didn’t take place due to the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Tour has kicked off a new season in 2021 and the golden tickets for the LGCT Super Grand Prix will be all to play for again!
DOHA FALCONS The 2021 GCL team series will launch this weekend
Mike Kawai (JPN) will return as a U25 rider for the
in Doha, with riders and team managers chomping
team, the young talent already well embedded with
at the bit to get started in their bid for a successful
the team’s anchor riders as he trains at Tops Interna-
season campaign. But if you’re not sure who you
tional Arena alongside Bassem and the Qatari riders.
should be supporting here in Qatar’s capital city,
He will be joined by U25 rider Philip Houston (GER), as
we have the lowdown on the home city team.
the team makes the most of young talent in this new season once again.
The Doha Falcons will be soaring into the stunning AL SHAQAB for their home city event, kick starting the
But which of the riders will the team choose to field
charge for the Championship. This year, each team
for this event, knowing that a strong result on home
will consist of six formidable riders, including one U25
turf could help lay down the gauntlet for the rest of
star who will be given the opportunity to compete at
the season to come? Will competing on home turf
the highest level on a global stage.
be an advantage, or will it add extra pressure in an
Ones to watch
already high octane competition? One thing is for In 2021 the Doha Falcons welcome one new face
sure however, the Doha Falcons will be looking to you
to their stable. Joining team favourites Bassem
for your support, so make some noise as they enter
Mohammed (QAT), Mike Kawai (JPN), Titouan Schu-
the arena and get behind your home city team this
macher (FRA), Yuri Mansur (BRA), and U25 rider Philip
Houston (GER) is Constant van Paesschen (BEL). Be sure to keep an eye on this team and their tactics from one event to the next in the 2021 race to the finals and to the GCL Super Cup Final at the GC Prague Playoffs!
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Greatest icon The legendary Marwan Al Shaqab is now enjoying his retirement - and the veterinary expertise of a QF member is ensuring this king among horses stays healthy By Hanaa Abu Amouna, Qatar Foundation It is no secret that Arabian horses are defined by their gracefulness, elegant colors, and striking beauty. They are also known around the world for their speed, power, and endurance, as well as the contribution they make to improving other global horse breeds. This is a breed that has produced stallions who have become legends. But even among such equine company, Marwan Al Shaqab stands above all others.
A RARE GEM If you are looking to pinpoint why Marwan is an icon for the
Marwan’s portfolio is crammed with achievements and victories
Arabian horse breed, there are countless reasons. Sheikh Hamad
accomplished in the most prestigious international competitions.
bin Ali Al Thani, Manager of the Breeding and Show Department
“He has been a jewel in the crown of Al Shaqab since his first
at Qatar Foundation’s Al Shaqab – the world-class equine and
show in Doha, when he confidently entered the arena and
equestrian center that Marwan calls home - describes him as “a
emerged victorious,” says Sheikh Hamad Al Thani.
valuable addition to purebred Arabian horses”. “Soon after, he left his homeland to conquer the world and has “Marwan is a rare gem, a leading example in the world of horses,”
won the most prestigious international prizes, including the title
he says. “He is the most influential Arabian of his generation,
of Leading Sire at the World Arabian Horse Championship five
due to his significant contribution to improving the production
years in succession.”
of Arabian horses. At the same championships, Marwan has been Champion Colt “He is also known for his beauty. He has a long neck, slim figure,
twice and Champion Senior Stallion once. As a junior stallion, he
and strong structure. He is an elegant, and athletic horse – and
won the US National Arabian Championship on two occasions.
a priceless one.”
And that is only a snapshot of his achievements. Even in his retirement, he remains the most famous Arabian horse on the planet.
PURE AUTHENTICITY According to Sheikh Hamad Al Thani, the beauty, elegance and
“While dedicated to using the valuable gene pool provided by
quality of Marwan Al Shaqab are no accident. Instead, they are
Marwan Al Shaqab and other stallions and select mares, Al
the result of the caliber of Al Shaqab’s breeding program, and a
Shaqab is always searching for additional bloodstock that will
careful study of his pedigree reveals generation after generation
complement the current program and allow the farm to remain
vital, productive and relevant for the near and far term,” said Sheikh Hamad Al Thani.
“Al Shaqab Arabians have won top titles in major horse show competitions around the world, including that of world
“Marwan’s worth as a sire has been proven time and again as
champion,” he said. “All of Al Shaqab’s participating horses have
his progeny, including Kahil Al Shaqab and Hariry Al Shaqab,
been bred and raised at Al Shaqab itself, with the established
continue to win the most important show championships
and proven breeding program reflecting its ability to present
throughout the world. Hariry Al Shaqab was crowned as World
some of the finest horses at international show competitions”.
Platinum Champion at the World Arabian Championship – Salon Du Cheval De Paris 2019, following his brother Kahil’s title win the previous year.”
Sired by World Champion Gazal Al Shaqab, and his dam, Little Liza Fame, who was a national champion in the US before her selection as a broodmare for the Al Shaqab program, Marwan was born in 2000, and the decades since have seen him become a star.
As a part of QF’s efforts to preserve the proud legacy of the
It’s a level of care fit for a legend. And it also reflects the extent
Arabian horse breed, the center from which he takes his name is
of QF’s commitment to preserving and promoting the Arabian
now the home of Marwan Al Shaqab.
Horses at Al Shaqab are receiving royal treatment, and during
“Marwan’s success is a credit to unyielding efforts, careful
times such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, extra care and
planning, continuous assessment, hard work, and a constant
attention is paid to protecting their health.
desire to develop and improve the elite of the Arabian horse breed to Qatar and the world,” explained Sheikh Hamad Al Thani.
“ Marwan receives the highest levels of care and medical attention, as has been the case since he was a foal,” said Sheikh Hamad Al Thani.
“Our aim is to participate in major international championships
“He enjoys a special extra-large enclosure at the Emiri stables
and achieve the most prestigious titles, honoring our equine
and he has a groom appointed exclusively, just to take care of
legacy; to ensure the continuity of the production of the finest
him. He also has his own paddocks to run in when it is time for
purebred Arabian horses in the future; and to preserve Qatar’s
him to be out of the stables.”
leading role in the field of Arab horse production.”
“He is on a very strict exercise program, which is important in
Marwan Al Shaqab is testament to the success of this goal. And
keeping him active and well-muscled by ensuring he burns a
as for his well-earned retirement, Dr. David says: “Marwan’s
good amount of calories per day. He goes to the pool daily and
health has been kept as good as possible, so that this unique
perform several laps in both directions,” says Dr. David.
horse lives the most comfortable and longest life at the Emir Stable in Al Shaqab.
“Marwan loves swimming; he finds this exercise very relaxing, as his feet are not put under pressure in the water. He also goes on
“Marwan is a horse who is very easy to work with, from a
walks, touring the stable that he knows so well, and it is like he
veterinary standpoint. He is very cooperative, and you get
is saying to all his stallion friends that he is ‘Marwan the King’.
attached to him so easily as he is a beautiful horse with a spectacular character. We feel all very proud to be part of his life.”
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Super Grand Prix the ultimate individual final showdown
Take 15 world-beating riders, teamed up with some of the most
the world — The Americas, Europe, The Middle East and Asia
talented horses on the planet, and pit them against each other
— and stopping off at iconic locations such as Shanghai, Paris,
for the ultimate high-stakes showdown in the magical city of
Rome, London, Mexico City, to name a few, this final decider will
Prague, Czech Republic, and what do you have? The Longines
be a truly global experience, testing the best of the best at the
Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix — one of the most
prestigious and high-octane competitions in history. The 15 winners (or highest placed rider if the winner secures a All roads on the 2021 Longines Global Champions Tour lead
second LGCT Grand Prix win) from the 2021 season will face two
ultimately to the GC Prague Playoffs and the O2 Arena in the
formidable 1.65m tracks, set to test those who have looked on
Czech capital this November and will provide the ultimate
phenomenal form throughout the year.
showdown for the individual riders. The 1.25million euro Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix will also provide the
With some of the biggest names in the sport set once again to
perfect complement to the GCL Super Cup on the final weekend
go into battle for some of the richest prize money in the sport,
of the season, providing a nail-biting closer to this year’s circuit.
this dramatic showdown looks set to be a real feast of top notch sporting action.
In a revolutionary new concept in show jumping, the winners of each LGCT Grand Prix on the circuit are invited to compete in the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix at the GC Prague Playoffs to decide who will come out on top of the world’s best athletes. And, with this year’s circuit taking riders all across
Super Cup where teams meet for the final face-off
While the rivalry between teams reaches fever pitch this season,
The GCL Super Cup will consist of team quarter-final, a semi-final
the GC Prague Playoffs will provide the perfect platform for
and final rounds. The quarter-final, held over one 1.55m round,
the ultimate battle of the best this November as teams fight for
is open to 12 teams with three riders per team — those placed
supremacy in the coveted GCL Super Cup.
5th to 16th on the GCL overall team standings prior to the GC Prague Playoffs. The best eight placed teams according to the
All through the 2021 season, the 16 GCL teams will be fighting
aggregate time and penalties for each of the three riders then
tooth and nail for every valuable ranking point, collected at
qualify for the semi-final the following day where they will be
each event on the global circuit. The GCL overall classification
joined by the top four teams on the GCL overall team rankings
is based on each team’s points earned at every GCL event and
and each of the three team riders will jump one round over
the top four teams will fast-track their way to the semi-finals of
1.60m. The best six placed team competitions then go head-to-
the GCL Super Cup.
head in the final – held over two different 1.60m rounds against the clock without a jump-off.
This golden ticket will be in the minds of team managers as they choose from their roster of six riders throughout the season,
With 6 million euros on offer for the GCL Super Cup alone,
playing their star strikers strategically across the very different
and the promise of passion, drama and glory - the race to the
events - from expansive grass fields of play such as Mexico
ultimate show down is on.
City to the small sand arena nestled between Monaco’s superyachts, knowing your athletes and their horses will be crucial to a successful season-long campaign.
Longines Spirit the official watch of the longines global champions tour of doha Longines watches and devices , thanks to their reliability,
The Longines Spirit’s elegance is equalled only by its state-of-
accuracy, robustness and original technology, have contributed
the-art technology. Longines has fitted this range exclusively
to the success of numerous pioneering exploits. They have
with self-winding movements (L888.4 and L688.4) with silicon
accompanied explorers on their journeys to the last unknown
hairsprings to guarantee extreme accuracy and increased
lands, defied extreme weather, navigated wild oceans and
longevity. The calibres, with a power reserve of 64 and 60 hours
played a part in opening up new air routes and establishing
respectively, are chronometer-certified by the Official Swiss
aviation records. Numerous explorers and aviators have placed
Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
their trust in and even entrusted their lives to Longines. The brand has equipped a host of adventurers with their precision tool watches: Amelia Earhart, Paul-Emile Victor, Elinor Smith and Howard Hughes are foremost among those who benefited from its expertise as they conquered air, land and sea. The Longines Spirit collection brings this rich heritage back to life. Linking history with innovation, the new models take traditional features from pilot’s watches and combine them with contemporary lines and codes. The oversized crown, the flange, the pronounced step around the crystal, the font of the dial, the diamond shape indexes and the large, luminous “baton” hands are all elements drawn from the days of pioneering aviation.
THE GC CLUB Experience
It is a pleasure to welcome you and your guests to the GC Club, where top sport and sumptuous destinations lay the foundation for a dynamic and vibrant social scene which unites friends and families around the world. The GC Club brings to life the essence of each destination with fine cuisine, featuring authentic local delicacies, served at your dedicated hospitality table in a beautiful environment reflecting the culture of each location. Each destination on our circuit spanning four continents has a unique flavour, style and ambience providing the perfect setting for national and international guests to enjoy the relaxed and informal hospitality experience at the GC Club. In Monaco our hospitality lounges enjoy superb views of the Principality’s famous yacht harbour. The hospitality scene in Shanghai is reminiscent of Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. And in Paris the Eiffel Tower provides one of the most famous backdrops for any sporting event. Many of our guests follow us throughout the season, handpicking their favorite locations and making it an essential part of their social calendar as new friendships and relationships are forged. Unlike any other sporting event, what makes the GC Club so unique, is the close interaction between guests and the world’s best show jumping athletes, all enjoying the perfect ringside seats and superb hospitality throughout the event. Through out the season the GC Club brings the community together as people share stories, experiences and their passion for showjumping, creating a unique sporting, social and lifestyle experience.
DAY 1 THURSDAY 4TH MARCH 2021
15:00 PM |
17:45 PM |
1st GCL Team Competition (TEAMS - INDIVIDUALS) Against the clock NO Jump Off
| 1.50 / 1.55m
DAY 2 FRIDAY 5TH MARCH 2021
09:00 AM |
Against the Clock no Jump Off
| 1.00 / 1.15m
| QR 20.000
13:00 PM |
Two Phase Special Individuals + Teams
| 1.20 / 1.35m
| QR 70.000
15:45 PM |
Against the clock NO Jump Off
18:00 PM |
Against the clock WITH Jump Off
| € 148.500
DAY 3 SATURDAY 6TH MARCH 2021
09:00 AM |
Against the Clock No Jump Off
| 1.15 / 1.25m
| QR 25.000
12:15 PM |
Against the Clock with Jump Off
| 1.30 / 1.45m
| QR 45.000
14:45 PM |
2nd GCL Team Competition (INDIVIDUALS - TEAM) Against the clock NO Jump Off Qualification LGCT GP
| 1.55 / 1.60m
18:00 PM |
Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix Against the clock WITH Jump Off
| € 375.000
* Schedule subject to change
NATIONAL Competition LONGINES HATHAB
provisional competition schedule*
Riders list lgct doha
AUS Edwina Tops-Alexander
FRA Kevin Staut
AUT Max Kuehner
FRA Simon Delestre
BEL Gregory Wathelet
GBR Scott Brash
BEL Jos Verlooy
GER Maurice Tebbel
SWI Pius Schwizer
BEL Olivier Philippaerts
GER Christian Ahlmann
BEL Pieter Devos
GER Sven Schlüsselburg
NOR Geir Gulliksen
BEL Constant van Paesschen
GER Philipp Weishaupt
CZE Anna Kellnerova
NED Maikel vd Vleuten
GER Christian Kukuk
COL René Lopez
NED Johnny Pals
GER Marcus Ehning
COL Carlos Lopez
NED Bart Bles
SWE Henrik von Eckermann
CHL Agustin Covarrubias Toro
NED Suus Kuyten
SWE Evelina Tovek
CAN Eric Lamaze
NED Jur Vrieling
SWE Peder Fredricson
RUS Vladimir Beletskiy
FRA Julien Epaillard
SPA Eduardo Alvarez Aznar
FRA Jeanne Sadran
Lorenzo de Luca
FRA Penelope Leprevost
POL Andrzej Oplatek
FRA Titouan Schumacher
GRE Athina Onassis
FRA Olivier Robert
Salmen Sultan Al Suwaidi
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LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR
MADRID 109 CSI 5*
21-23 MAY 2021
CLUB DE CAMPO VILLA DE MADRID
UP TO -40°C FOR 49 DAYS When Paul-Emile Victor was researching the ice-cold arctic region in 1936, his Longines chronometers continued to work accurately – helping him to calculate the longitude when he dared to cross the Greenland ice cap. “These watches made the difference between failure and success”, Victor stated.
THE PIONEER SPIRIT LIVES ON.