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Longines Global Champions Tour heads to Riyadh

by S. Jack Heffernan Ph.D

Three continents, 13 countries, 16 destinations, more than €36 million in prize money, two championship races, one awe-inspiring season. 

From the Middle East to the Americas and world-famous destinations in the heart of Europe, the 2023 Longines Global Champions Tour cements the circuit’s powerful global footprint in some of the most spectacular venues around the world.

Once again visiting iconic capital cities, world-renowned destinations and breathtaking Riviera settings, the 2023 Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL will bring a plethora of show jumping, hospitality and entertainment at the highest level to fans around the world. 

As the world of show jumping eagerly anticipates the next thrilling chapter of the Longines Global Champions Tour, all eyes are now fixed on the vibrant city of Riyadh. This truly global city, Saudi Arabia’s capital, showcases the fusion of history and modernity, promising to be an exceptional host for the 2023 Championship Finals 26 – 28 October. 

Nestled in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, Riyadh stands as a testament to the seamless blend of tradition and modernity. Known for its striking architecture, rich culture, and warm hospitality, the city is an ideal backdrop for the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL team series. This bustling metropolis opens its arms to equestrian enthusiasts, inviting them to witness the magic unfold against the backdrop of its stunning skyline.

The Riyadh Arena is set to play host to the 2023 Championship Finals, where the individual championship in LGCT, and the team’s championship in GCL collide, with the best horse and rider combinations the world has to offer will be battling it out for the last of crucial Championship points. 

Beyond the arena, Riyadh offers a myriad of experiences waiting to be explored. From the bustling souks filled with the scent of exotic spices to the modern marvels that dot the city’s landscape, there is something for everyone. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture, enjoying traditional Saudi hospitality while also relishing the cosmopolitan atmosphere that the city exudes.

Shayne Heffernan

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