Longines-Global-champions-tour-of-show-jumping

France, Chantilly. Álvaro de Miranda (Brazil), better known as Doda and usband of Athina Onassis , during his race. Twice  Olympic bronze medalist, Doda disposes of an enviable stable of purebloods. Chantilly is the world horse capital with structures accomodating over 2500 purebloods and 120 km of training tracks. The Grand Prix took place in the gardens of the Musée Vivant du Cheval in front of the Grandes Ecuries of the Chateau of Chantilly, which houses the  Musée Condé , second in importance only to th
France, Cannes. The guests in the VIP area.
Monaco, Montecarlo. The 5th leg of the Global Champions Tour took place in the port of Monaco, a suggestive location which just weeks previously had hosted the Formula 1 racing cars. In this photo European champion and world n° 1 Kevin Staut (France).
Monaco, Montecarlo. Charlotte Casiraghi, also a very keen horsewoman, conceived the  PRO-AM in teams. Taking place during the Monaco leg of the GCT, it saw the participation of a professional rider flanked by an amateur. Charlotte was in Australian Edwina Alexander's team. Edwina's fiancé,  Belgian rider Jan Tops, is organiser and patron of the Global Champions Tour. Each of the 14 amateurs paid fees of about  € 20,000.
France, Cannes. The podium celebrations.
Monaco, Montecarlo. At the end of the competiton in Montecarlo port the horses are left to rest for a while before being loaded onto their trailers and taken back to the various European stables.
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. Sociedade Hípica Brasileira. Bodyguards escort a competitor to the racecourse entrance gate. The presence of numerous personalities and the high criminality rate in Rio make a large investment in security necessary.
Holland, Valkenswaard. StalTops Stables. A horse is returned to the stables after warm-up. The stables belong to  Jan Tops, patron of the  GTC, and accomodate some of the most important horses in the world. Amongst StalTops clients, as well as numerous Arabian dignitaries, are Edouard Etienne de Rothschild, Athina Onassis, Alvaro de Miranda and some of the world's best horsemen.
Holland, Valkenswaard.  StalTops Stables. The stables vet observes the washing operation.The stables belong to  Jan Tops, patron of the  GTC, and accomodate some of the most important horses in the world. Amongst StalTops clients, as well as numerous Arabian dignitaries, are Edouard Etienne de Rothschild, Athina Onassis, Alvaro de Miranda and some of the world's best horsemen.
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. Sociedade Hípica Brasileira. Olympic champions  Marcus Ehning and Marco Kutsher, both German, chat after the competition. Marcus has won the competiton and the title. Marco had been in pole position of the championship for almost the whole season. Marcus' winning mare,  Sabrina, watches them from close by.
France, Chantilly. The Conde Museum is the second one in France for its importance only after the famous Louvre museum. it boasts work of art of world well-known artists as  Raffaello, Botticelli, Van Dyck, Poussin, etc. Venue of the living Museum of Horses since 1982, right in this area it has taken place the Gala Dinner of the 7th leg of the GCT. Chantilly is the world capital of the horse, where all the 30 equestrian branches are learned and practised.
Italy, Turin. Villa Reale Venaria. The party and the organization.
France, Chantilly. The French olympic athlet Michel Robert during the competition.  Chantilly is the world horse capital with structures accomodating over 2500 purebloods and 120 km of training tracks.
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. Sociedade Hípica Brasileira. The stables.
Portugal, Lisbon. Exhibition of Lusitanian pure-bloods at the  Sociedade Hipica Portuguesa racetrack. The Lusitanian breed is descended from Arabian and Berber horses, and arrived on the peninsula during the Moor colonisation.
Portugal, Lisbon. Exhibition of Lusitanian pure-bloods at the  Sociedade Hipica Portuguesa racetrack.
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. Sociedade Hípica Brasileira. Fabien Lavaut working on the horse of the olympic champion Marco Kutscher (Germnay) before the Grand Prix. In the lead for almost the whole championship Kutscher is to lose the final race.
Germany,Hamburg - (Klein Flottbek).The German leg of the Global Champions Tour is organised during the annual Deutsches Spring-und-Dressur Derby, one of the most popular German sporting events.  Warming up before the Saturday Grand Prix.
Germany,Hamburg - (Klein Flottbek).The German leg of the Global Champions Tour is organised during the annual Deutsches Spring-und-Dressur Derby, one of the most popular German sporting events. An horse is brought to the veterinary check-up.
Germanu, Hamburg. (Klein Flottbek). The Belgian Judy Ann Melchior and the german Christian Ahlmann (GER) during the reconnaissance of the competition track. They are engaged since several years and some of Ahlmann'horses come from the brreding of Judy's father Leon Melchior, ex-SS member and founder of the Zangersheide stud stables, one of the most advanced in the world. The German leg of the Global Champions Tour is organised during the annual Deutsches Spring-und-Dressur Derby, one of the most popular Ger
Italy, Turin.   Villa Reale Venaria. A horse being taken back to the stables by his groom at the end of the Grand Prix.
Monaco. Montecarlo. The groom of the baron  Edouard Etienne de Rothschild (FRA) washes his horse after the competition. Edouard de Rothschild is one of the richest paying riders who compete in the Global Champions Tour CSIS*. The participation fee at all the legs of Gct is of about € 200,000, logistic expenses excluded.
France, Chantilly. Penelope Leprevost (France) during warm-up. Chantilly is the world horse capital with structures accomodating over 2500 purebloods and 120 km of training tracks. The Grand Prix took place in the gardens of the Musée Vivant du Cheval in front of the Grandes Ecuries of the Chateau of Chantilly, which houses the  Musée Condé , second in importance only to the famous Louvre.
France, Chantilly. A horse returns to the stables after the competition.  Chantilly is the world horse capital with structures accomodating over 2500 purebloods and 120 km of training tracks. The Grand Prix took place in the gardens of the Musée Vivant du Cheval in front of the Grandes Ecuries of the Chateau of Chantilly, which houses the  Musée Condé , second in importance only to the famous Louvre.
Spain, Valencia. Museum of Science and Arts. The  racecourse.
Spain, Valencia. The Museum of Science and Arts is the setting for the Global Champions Tour.
Spain, Valencia. Museum of Science and Arts . A horse going towards the racecourse. The  Global Champions Tour stables have been set up for the occasion in the park on the bed of the river Turia.
France, Chantilly. The riders walk onto the racecourse on reconnaissance. In the background the  Grandes Ecuries of the  Chateau of Chantilly. The castle houses the Muséè Condé, second in importance only to the famous Louvre. Chantilly is the world horse  capital with structures accomodating over 2500 purebloods and 120 km of training tracks.