It's back. And bigger and better than ever. The much anticipated Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL 2022 calendar can be revealed today.
After a busy few months preparing for the epic 17 event 2022 season, it is confirmed today that fan favourites Miami Beach, Mexico City, Cannes and New York will all make a much-welcomed return to the calendar. This season of the world's most dynamic show jumping series is set to be the most competitive yet in its 16-year history with big projects and exciting innovations coming soon.
Stockholm Hearts powered by H&M We Love Horses rider and 2021 LGCT & GCL Season champion Peder Fredricson explained: "I am looking forward to seeing what this year brings and it is great to have popular destinations back on the LGCT calendar. The competitiveness of teams and individual riders through the season will no doubt be as intense as ever."
With equestrians worldwide anticipating a sensational new championship race that will reach its climax in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the Finals all eyes will be which equine stars will feature in the ultimate showdown at the GC Prague Playoffs from 17 - 20 November.
Jan Tops, President and Founder of Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL said: “We are delighted to announce our calendar for 2022 featuring some of the world’s greatest cities and iconic destinations. We are committed to growing our sport and to attracting new audiences to show jumping and this year we can't wait to show everyone our new plans to keep LGCT & GCL growing at a rapid and exciting pace."
The world's greatest riders and horses will join the ultimate contest for individual and team glory as the countdown begins to the launch of the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL 2022 season with the spectacular curtain-raiser in Doha, Qatar, kicking off in under two weeks 3 - 5 March.
From the middle east, the Tour heads straight to the Americas followed by a fantastic five months across Europe touching down in dynamic capital cities and beautiful Riviera destinations before the grand finale in Riyadh.
All season riders will be battling to secure their golden ticket for a coveted spot in the ultimate individual showdown, the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix at the GC Prague Playoffs. And motivation will be high among team owners, managers and riders to deliver maximum performance to put them in a strong position for the high pressure knockout stages of the GCL Super Cup at the O2 Arena in Prague.
The 2022 LGCT and GCL Calendar:
Doha: 3 - 5 March
Miami Beach: 14 - 16 April
Mexico City: 28 April - 1 May
Madrid: 13 - 15 May
Ramatuelle/Saint Tropez: 19 - 21 May
Hamburg: 25 - 29 May
Cannes: 2 - 4 June
Stockholm: 17 - 19 June
Paris: 24 - 26 June
Monaco: 30 June - 2 July
London: 19 - 21 August
Valkenswaard: 26 - 28 August
Rome: 1 - 4 September
New York: 23 - 25 September
Riyadh: 20 - 22 October (Finals)
Prague: 17 - 20 November (Playoffs)
Title Partner and Official Timekeeper Longines will once again have a strong presence throughout the 2022 season continuing the long-term partnership. Longines will be presenting elegant timepieces to recognise the great performances of every Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix and Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix winner.
Due to ongoing pandemic conditions, Shanghai, China will not be included on the 2022 calendar. China will be restored to the calendar as soon as conditions allow.
Stay tuned as fans across the world get ready for the start of another groundbreaking season with all the action, including the GCL R1 & R2 and the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, streamed live on GCTV at every event.