04 January 2021

Al Shaqab to host spectacular LGCT and GCL 2021 season opener

Al Shaqab to host spectacular LGCT and GCL 2021 season opener

The world’s premier five-star showjumping competitions will bring together the best riders and horses in their quest for individual and team glory from March 4-6 2021 under the stunning, iconic architecture of the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab, setting the scene for an electrifying weekend of equestrian sport.

The kick-off event in Doha will see the maiden LGCT Grand Prix of the year, where riders will look to be the first to book their Golden Ticket to the Prague Playoffs. The GCL teams will go into battle over two rounds, armed with new strategies to take them to victory in 2021.


In collaboration with the Tour since 2008, Qatar has continued to build on its reputation as a global sports destination and a hub for major international sporting occasions. Leading events such as the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL have been part of this evolution and Qatari national riders, including Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani and Bassem Hassan Mohammed - both of whom competed with the Rio Olympic Qatari Show jumping team - are increasingly prominent on the international show jumping stage.

Thousands of families and friends flocked to the venue last year filling the main grandstand and enjoying fun activities including pony riders for children at the impressive Kids Academy as well as watching top sport from the chic cafes with dramatic views of the main arena. Fans will be able to support the home city GCL team - Doha Falcons - and enjoy three days of spell binding sport featuring battles of the very best. The impressive, cutting edge venue of AL SHAQAB will be a fitting stage for the launch of the individual and team series fights of 2021, with a first look at who will start the season on form at this prestigious Championship leg. 


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