Take A Tour Of The Longines Global Champions Tour Of Miami

Apr 7, 2016 - 12:18 PM

There aren’t many more spectacular settings for show jumping than the Longines Global Champions Tour of Miami, where horses jump right on the beach just feet from the waves! (Don’t worry, they’re not actually on the beach sand—they jump on a ring with specialized footing installed over the beach just for the week!)

Want to see more? Take our video tour of the show…

And… What you need to know about LGCT Miami:

When? Where?

April 7-10 in Miami Beach, Fla. Right on the beach! Horses are stabled in a public beach access parking lot, with paths to the ring, which is set on the widest section of beach.

How can I watch? 

The Longines Global Champions Tour has their own live streaming! Click on GCT Live

Who’s here riding?

Well, just about all the big names are here in the five-star division! International stars like Steve Guerdat, who just won his second consecutive Longines FEI World Cup Final, Irish phenom Bertram Allen, German stars Christian Ahlmann and Daniel Deusser, English superstars Scott Brash, Ben Maher and Michael and John Whitaker.

From the home team are McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut, Lauren Hough, Georgina Bloomberg, Richard Spooner, Margie Engle, and more.

When are the big classes?

There are some smaller two-star classes that run earlier in the day, then the jumps get bigger as the sun sinks on the horizon. On Friday, April 8, the American Invitational runs as a 1.50-/1.55-meter class at 4:45 p.m. There’s a 1.45-/1.50-meter speed class before that at 2 p.m.

The headliner class, the Longines GCT Grand Prix of Miami, starts at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, with two rounds then a jump-off. 

Then at 11:30 a.m., the inaugural event of the Global Champions League team competition will take place.

Make sure to follow along with the Chronicle at www.coth.com and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so you don’t miss a minute of the action!

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