In front of the world famous Eiffel Tower young Brit Lily Attwood stood on the podium next to speed king Marlon Monolo Zanotelli celebrating her second place after the 1.60m Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Paris jump off.
It was a breathtaking moment for the 20-year-old and adrenaline was running high.
Fast forward one week to the stunning scenery Monaco’s yacht harbour and Lily punched the air in sheer delight after two impressive clear rounds for Stockholm Hearts Powered by H&M along with her GCL teammate Olivier Philippaerts for the GCL of Monaco win.
Lily is one of a hugely talented group of young guns both from the UK and around the world who are lighting up the show jumping scene as they dazzle on the LGCT individual and GCL team circuit.
This thrilling story of the success of talented youngsters is inspiring show jumping fans around the world to aim high, work hard to achieve results to have a shot at the top level. Harry Charles, 23, currently 14th on the Longines world ranking, Jodie Hall Mcateer, 22, Jack Whitaker, 21, and Lily will be in the spotlight at the upcoming LGCT of London.
They will take on the world’s best including British champions Ben Maher and Scott Brash and the evergreen John Whitaker and will be determined to prove their talents.
Jack Whitaker said: “Riding as part of a GCL team puts me on a new stage that I haven’t a part of before and to compete along side the world’s best at the highest level helps make us better riders. The goal is always to win, you want to win as much as possible and get the team as high up on the rankings as possible. .”
While young Irish talent Mikey Pender stated: “It is a dream come true for me to be on a GCL team.”
The story of the GCL team championship so far this season has been the stunning success of the youngest riders. Along with the Brits, Under 25 Japanese rider Mike Kawai has delivered some spectacular clear rounds helping his team London Knights to notch up crucial championship points. Jeanne Sadran, Zoe Conter, Ioli Mytilineou, Gilles Thomas are among those seizing the opportunity of riding on a team and also having the chance to qualify for the LGCT Grand Prix.
Young Belgium rider Gilles Thomas: “GCL is the world best riders and the world best horses, it is a great opportunity for us and ride at these shows. The first time I ever rode for Valkenswaard United was with my favourite rider Marcus Ehning and we ended up straight away on the podium so that was something special.”
These future champions are taking advantage of developing their talent at high speed with the unique and unbeatable experience on the LGCT and GCL championships competing against their heroes and heroines.
Jumping next to oceans and seas, in major city centres and on sand and grass arenas in a pressure cooker atmosphere, these young riders and their horses are seizing their moment to turbo charge their careers.