Longines Global Cham­pi­ons Tour, 9-11 Nov, Doha, Qatar

Horse & Hound - - Win­ter Show Guide 2017 -

SINCE kick­ing off in Mex­ico City in April, the Longines Global Cham­pi­ons Tour (LGCT) sched­ule is tak­ing in an­other 13 venues across three con­ti­nents. A thrilling fi­nale is set to un­fold in Doha, where the pur­pose-built Al Shaqab sta­dium will host the LGCT show­down for the over­all in­di­vid­ual cham­pion and the Global Cham­pi­ons League (GCL) team event con­clu­sion.

This is showjump­ing as never seen be­fore — elite rid­ers, pres­ti­gious lo­ca­tions and un­prece­dented prize money. The vast, horse­shoe-shaped Al Shaqab com­plex is set to pro­vide a fit­ting back­drop, with state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties and foot-per­fect go­ing in the daz­zling main arena. Spec­ta­tors have a bird’s-eye view from up high and on one side can look down into the warm-up ring.

Lux­ury hos­pi­tal­ity pack­ages are avail­able, fea­tur­ing a VIP din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a priv­i­leged ring­side seat. De­spite the glitz and glam­our, how­ever, Al Shaqab wel­comes all — from die-hard showjump­ing fans to horse-mad fam­i­lies. Vis­i­tors in pre­vi­ous years have been treated to a dis­play of Ara­bian stal­lions and an all-round un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence.

NOT TO BE MISSED: The glad­i­a­to­rial bat­tle be­tween lead­ing team the Hamburg Di­a­monds (fea­tur­ing John Whitaker) and close con­tenders Valkenswaard United.

THE NITTY-GRITTY: ticket prices are yet to be an­nounced. glob­alcham­pi­ons­tour.com

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