Season 2016


  • Chantilly
  • 26-29 May 2016

Scene is set for chic and charming LGCT Chantilly

Release date: 28/05/2016

Photo: LGCT

The Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Chantilly marks the midway point of the 15 leg season, as the Tour gallops to round seven of the 2016 Championship. Today will see a truly international field of top riders from 20 different countries, battle it out in the beautiful grass arena in front of the exquisite and historic Château de Chantilly, including two out of the world’s top three riders.

LGCT Ranking leader and World Number 2 Christian Ahlmann (GER) will be competing once again at the LGCT of Chantilly Grand Prix. Christian currently leads the Tour Ranking with an impressive 186 points, as he begins to break away from second place man John Whitaker (GBR) who sits on 118 points overall. Christian has been placed well within the points at every Grand Prix this year, and has rocketed up the rankings following his consistent results at every LGCT leg so far. He will be joined by World Number 3, Scott Brash (GBR), who also returns to the spectacular destination for the seventh leg of the Tour.

The high adrenaline €300,000 competition, with a 1.60m course designed by Luc Musette will see 48 riders on the starting grid, including last year’s winner, and World Number 7, Gregory Wathelet (BEL) who will ride the 11 year old chestnut gelding Algorhythem. Legend of the sport Ludger Beerbaum (GER) will be in action, hot from his Longines Global Champions Tour of Hamburg win, as will Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) who brings the magnificent stallion Casall ASK – the pair won here in 2014. They’ll be joined by a host of young talent, including World Number 9 Bertram Allen (IRL), Jos Verlooy (BEL), Olivier Philippaerts (BEL), Kevin Jochems (NED) and Gonzalo Anon Suarez (ESP). Last year’s LGCT Champion of Champions Luciana Diniz (POR) will be back in action for the seventh round of competition and riding her Doha Grand Prix winning horse Fit For Fun, and Patrice Delaveau (FRA) will be the leading French rider to compete.

Earlier this weekend, Daniel Bluman (COL) won the opening class with his horse 'Believe', and Jerome Guery (BEL) took the feature class win with his grey stallion Alicante, a full second ahead of the rest of the field in the speed class.

The Grand Prix of Chantilly is played out against the exquisite backdrop of the Château de Chantilly and the beautiful Grand Stables, which are surrounded by parkland, gardens and the Forêt de Chantilly. Between the elite level show jumping competitions, visitors can enjoy the Musée Vivant du Cheval (Living Horse Museum), created by Yves Bienaimé in 1982, where the equestrian world of the past and present is brought to life in visually stunning equestrian shows and dressage demonstrations. Then it’s back to the picturesque arena for a stunning display of horsemanship from the world’s best riders.

See the start list for the Grand Prix here: