The capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, is gearing up to host the 15th and the ultimate round of the Longines Global Championship Tour and the World Champions League for Show Jumping from October 26 to 28. This prestigious event will bring together the world's best show jumpers who will compete for glory and prizes in a spectacular setting.
The Longines Global Championship Tour is a series of 15 events held in iconic locations across the globe, such as Monaco, Shanghai, Miami Beach, and Doha. The riders accumulate points throughout the season and aim to qualify for the final round in Riyadh, where they will vie for the coveted title of Longines Global Champions Tour Champion.
The World Champions League is a team competition that runs alongside the individual tour. It features 16 teams composed of top riders who represent different cities. The team also collects points throughout the season and fights for a place in the final round in Riyadh, where they will battle for the World Champions League Trophy.
This year, Riyadh is ready to welcome the elite riders again and offer them a unique experience. The event will be held on a site east of the King Abdullah Financial Center, which is being prepared by the Equestrian Sports Events Company, a subsidiary of the Saudi Equestrian Federation. The company is building all the necessary facilities to host this tournament, including a state-of-the-art arena, stables, warm-up areas, and veterinary services.
The event also features a village for accompanying events that cater to all individuals, including families. The village will have restaurants and entertainment areas, as well as activities related to equestrian sports and culture. The visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the show-jumping action and learn more about the history and traditions of Saudi Arabia.
The championship website had dedicated much space to talking about Riyadh and its details. It describes Riyadh as "a vibrant city that offers a blend of history and modernity" and praises its "rich heritage, diverse culture, and stunning architecture". It also states the "show jumping fans eagerly anticipate the exciting next chapter in Riyadh" and that "all eyes will be on Riyadh as it promises to be an exceptional host for the final round of the 2023 tournament".
The Longines Global Championship Tour and the World Champions League for Show Jumping are expected to attract thousands of spectators and millions of viewers worldwide. They will showcase the best of equestrian sports and promote Saudi Arabia as a destination for international events. Riyadh is set to host a memorable finale that will crown the champions of show jumping and celebrate their achievements.