Riders for LGCT Super Grand Prix and Global Champions League Play-offs in Prague

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Monday 10 December - 14h28 | Edited press release

Riders for LGCT Super Grand Prix and Global Champions League Play-offs in Prague

The official rider list for the new Global Champions League Prague Playoffs and Longines Global Champion Tour Super Grand Prix features a heavyweight lineup of show jumping stars.

 - Riders for LGCT Super Grand Prix and Global Champions League Play-offs in Prague

The GC Playoffs is a new concept for the sport which has seen individual Longines Global Champions Tour riders and GCL teams facing off all season long for a place at the four-day event in the Czech Republic’s capital city. For the first event of its kind in Prague, top international horses will start arriving in the ‘City of Spires’ Tuesday.

Throughout 2018, spectators have been treated to a battle of the best, with the culmination of this year’s top show jumping action kicking off at the O2 Arena from the December 13–16, with €12 million on offer in prize money.
Individual riders have been vying for a golden ticket to the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix - where 16 riders will take centre stage for the ultimate showdown. Top athletes have been competing at picturesque locations including Mexico City, Miami Beach, Shanghai, Paris, London and Doha to qualify for the ultimate individual Final of 2018.
The 16 challengers will face two challenging 1.60m tracks on Saturday night (December 15) in a high-stakes showdown set to test those who have looked on phenomenal form throughout the year. The contenders looking to secure the inaugural LGCT Super Grand Prix win are Great Britain's Scott Brash, Australia's Edwina Tops-Alexander, Belgium's Gregory Wathelet, the Netherlands' Harrie Smolders, Great Britain's Ben Maher, Colombia's Carlos Lopez, Germany's Daniel Deusser, Egypt's Sameh El Dahan, Sweden's Peder Fredricson, Italy's Alberto Zorzi, Germany's Ludger Beerbaum, the Netherlands' Frank Schuttert, Belgium's Nicola Philippaerts, Ireland's Shane Breen, Sweden's Henrik von Eckermann and Italy's Lorenzo de Luca.

GCL team fans will be treated to a brand new concept for the sport, with teams attempting to get through the quarter-final and semi-final stages, in advance of the finals on Sunday in the GCL Super Cup. Team managers have been in discussion regarding strategic choices on which riders and horses to field for this event – the first indoor on the LGCT and GCL calendar.
At the GC Playoffs, teams can bring up to four riders, and many will be pulling out the big guns with names including Marcus Ehning (Germany), Simon Delestre (France), Laura Kraut (USA), Olivier Philippaerts (Belgium), Bertram Allen (Ireland), Christian Ahlmann (Germany), Maikel van der Vleuten (The Netherlands), Michael Whitaker (Great Britain), Darragh Kenny (Ireland), Jessica Springsteen (USA), Jur Vrieling (The Netherlands), Pedro Veniss (Brazil), Jerome Guery (Belgium), Leopold van Asten (The Netherlands), Martin Fuchs (Switzerland), Marlon Zanotelli (Brazil), Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani (Qatar), Pius Schwizer (Switzerland) and Pieter Devos (Belgium) in the star-studded lineup.
The 2018 season has also seen young talent shine. Local rider Anna Kellnerova (Czech Republic) will look to continue her strong form on home turf, and she’ll be joined by other U25 riders including Jos Verlooy (Belgium), Lillie Keenan (USA), Laura Klaphake (Germany), Michael Duffy (Ireland) and Evelina Tovek (Sweden) – all of whom have shown tremendous form this year as well as gaining valuable experience on a global stage.

Limited tickets are still available, and the event will be available to watch live on GC TV via www.gcglobalchampions.com Full list of riders. Main photo link here. 

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