Nine out of the Top 10 riders in the world, including Team GB’s Olympic show jumping Gold medallists, will compete on a unique stage in the heart of London in a few weeks time. Horse Guards Parade Ground will be the extraordinary and iconic backdrop to what is set to be an awesome and crucial round of the 2014 Championship race and a flagship event for the Tour as it returns to the UK for the second time.
From 14-16 August, 27 of the Top 30 show jumping riders in the world will come together to battle for the Longines Global Champions Tour of London Grand Prix presented by Qatar, in a rare coming together of the very best riders in the sport. Two years after Team GB’s Gold medal triumph at the London Olympics, World No1 Scott Brash, World No2 Ben Maher and legendary British riders Nick Skelton and Michael Whitaker will once again go head-to-head. Mayor Boris Johnson welcomed the Tour to London as part of the continuation of the London Olympic legacy.
2013 Longines GCT Champion and World No1 Scott Brash is heading up the stellar line-up off the back of two Grand Prix wins so far this season in Cannes and Cascais, Estoril, and a Bronze medal finish in Hamburg. Sitting well within striking distance on the overall ranking, Brash is in a great position to make a move on leader Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS), who is just 29 points ahead.
Quelle: Longines Global Champions Tour London
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Ben Maher will be fighting hard to defend his 2013 London Grand Prix winning title on home soil and but he will have his 2012 Olympic Gold-medal winning teammates to contend with. “There are many, many good riders. Everyone on the Tour is capable of winning the big Grand Prix in London. But at the moment Scott Brash is one of my biggest rivals and on home turf. I would say myself, Scott Brash and Nick Skelton will all be doing our best to get a home win,” said Maher.
Hot off the back of his first Aachen Grand Prix win last weekend, Germany’s Christian Ahlmann is hitting form just in time to become a serious contender in London. Last year’s Bronze medallist and 2013 Championship runner-up has not yet hit his stride on the Tour this season, but with six events left to go, Ahlmann could still make a big impact on the top ranked riders in the Championship.
Some of the brightest stars of the show jumping world will be in London – 2012 Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat (SUI), four-time Olympic Gold medallist Ludger Beerbaum (GER), Championship hot-favourite Marcus Ehning (GER), as well as former European Champions Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE) and Kevin Staut (FRA), and reigning European Champion Roger-Yves Bost (FRA). The result in London will have a huge impact on the Championship race and will no doubt prove to be a real battle of the titans.