A head-turning lineup of show jumping stars are in action in Ramatuelle / Saint Tropez this week, kick-starting the charge along the French Riviera with this sparkling event in Longines Global Champions Tour calendar.
At the head of the pack will be World Number 1 and 2021 LGCT Champion Peder Fredricson, after his win in the LGCT Grand Prix of St Tropez last year Fredricson will be looking to continue riding his wave of success. He’ll be accompanied by a world-class field with Henrik von Eckermann, Laura Kraut, Maikel van der Vleuten, Simon Delestre and Harrie Smolders all in action for the fifth event of the Championship race.
Leading since the first leg of the 2022 Championship, overall LGCT ranking leader Ludger Beerbaum will be watching this leg from home to see if young gun Gilles Thomas will be able to capitalise and close the gap. Pieter Devos and Christian Kukuk are also hot on their heels and have been on phenomenal form in recent events so it is all to play for at this crucial stage.
This week three previous LGCT Grand Prix of St Tropez winners will be present and looking to do the double as Jessica Springsteen, Ben Maher and Christian Ahlmann set their eyes on the prize and an exclusive golden ticket to the LGCT Super Grand Prix in Prague at the end of the year.
The sophisticated Riviera resort of Ramatuelle/Saint Tropez will host the Longines Athina Onassis Horse Show (LAOHS) which will see riders head to the legendary Pampelonne Beach with it's turquoise waters and enviable blue skies. In total, a hundred riders and nearly 200 horses are expected, representing more than twenty nations.
Big names in attendance this weekend will be Malin Baryard-Johnsson, Scott Brash, Harry Charles, Kevin Staut, Spencer Smith, Niels Bruynseels, Edwina Tops-Alexander, Bertram Allen, Edward Levy, Pieter Clemens, Evelina Tovek, Olivier Robert, Roger-Yves Bost, Athina Onassis and Jerome Guery.
Athletes are preparing for breathtaking competition in the sun-soaked destination which is synonymous with elegance and style. With brand new changes to the event for 2022 including a renewed configuration of our glamorous LAOHS shopping village, a stunning new atmospherical “Piazza,” with its central champagne meeting bar open from sunrise to sunset and a Saint Tropez-style "after-party” each day featuring international DJs and exciting live performances, the show is going to be an unmissable weekend!