London loses the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour leg, but it will be back in 2017
Sadly, the Longines Global Champions Tour will not be at London in 2016, but the organisers are planning to be back in 2017. The Paris venue sounds fantastic and well worth a visit. Here's what the organisers have to say:
The 10th leg of the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour and new Global Champions League team competitions will be staged at a beautiful new venue in Paris, the historic park La Plaine De Jeux de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne on the banks of the River Seine and will run from 1 - 3 July.
In 2017 the Paris event will return to its original setting of the Champs de Mars next to the Eiffel Tower, but this year it is the official site of the UEFA Euro 2016 fan zone.
The 2016 season will total 15 events kicking off in the ground-breaking destination of Miami Beach, USA followed by Mexico City from 14th - 16th April.
With the Tour and the new GCL restricted to 15 events in 2016, London is set to make a comeback to the calendar in 2017 and future years at a special new central venue. Other prominent city destinations currently include Rome, Doha, Madrid, Hamburg, Shanghai, Antwerp and Vienna, in addition to traditional favourites Valkenswaard, Chantilly, Monaco, Cannes and Cascais, Estoril.
In Paris approximately 4,000 seats will be available for spectators, plus a dedicated standing area, combining to create almost double the capacity for the event.
Top equestrian sport will be complimented by a feast of entertainment for all the family including pony events, artistic, music and special gastronomic exhibitions celebrating French culture with the support of the City of Paris. There will once again be free entry and seating for the public and also the opportunity to purchase hospitality packages with VIP seating. And there will be the chance to keep up with the football extravaganza which will be projected on big video screens at La Plaine de Bagatelle adding to the party atmosphere. Stunning rose gardens and natural spaces are abundant at the location.
The Longines Global Champions Tour - Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping will be broadcast worldwide, with international viewers also able to watch the action free via the GCT TV online streaming platform.
Further information on the Longines Global Champions Tour - Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping can be found via the website www.globalchampionstour.com Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso