Few places shine brighter than the French Riviera in springtime, and the sunbaked shores of Ramatuelle/Saint-Tropez will once again host the best riders in the world for one weekend during the fifth leg of the 2022 Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT). Taking place from May 19-21, the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show (LAOHS), part of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Saint-Tropez, will welcome back decorated professionals as well as many CSI2* riders for three days of top-tier CSI5* & CSI2* show jumping competition.
Promising a return to the relaxed glamour and star-studded spectator experience that has become synonymous with the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show, this year’s event will include a number of highly anticipated additions to the itinerary for competitors and visitors alike.
The CSI5* program this year will include six, top-level ranking classes, including two rounds of thrilling GCL team competition, and culminating with the coveted LGCT Grand Prix of Saint-Tropez, Ramatuelle on Saturday afternoon. Also featured on the schedule are a wide range of CSI2* classes dedicated to riders of all ages. A total of €600,000 in prize money will be on offer throughout the weekend and that’s not all.
For the first time in 2022, the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show will also host a special CSI2* challenge in partnership with Cavalleria Toscana’s new CT Academy. With valuable points up for grabs during three days of CSI2* competition, the top three riders at the 1.15m, 1.25m, and 1.40m levels will be awarded special prizes from CT Academy at the close of the weekend. In addition, CT Academy’s professional sports team which includes experts in nutrition, physiotherapy, and personal training will be on-hand throughout the event, offering services for LAOHS competitors and highlighting their new program for supporting the "whole rider," in and out of the saddle.
In addition to the action inside the arena, attendees will benefit from Ramatuelle’s postcard-worthy scenery, delicious ring-side dining and refreshment, and a renewed configuration of the LAOHS shopping village. Among the highlights: Saint Tropez-style "after-party" events at the close of each competition day, featuring International DJs and exciting live performances. Plus, a redesigned village layout showcasing the best luxury and equestrian boutiques, all surrounding a new, atmospheric "Piazza," with its central champagne meeting bar open from sunrise to sunset.
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Accompanied by expert commentary and analysis, the 2022 Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show will be live-streamed on GCTV, ensuring fans from around the globe can make the most of the action while watching their favorite horses and riders compete. More information and tickets will be provided at the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show and LGCT websites, as well as their respective social media channels.