Season 2016

Rome

  • Rome
  • 8th-11th September 2016

Building on the success of LGCT Rome: Four Day Festival of Show jumping

Release date: 18/08/2016

Photo: LGCT / Sportfot

From one Olympic Stadium to another, many of the world’s top riders will return from Rio and head to the stunning Italian destination of Rome for the 13th leg of the 2016 season Tour, ready to do battle in an extended four day festival of show jumping. For the second year in a row, and after a phenomenal debut in 2015 which saw every seat taken, the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome and Global Champions League will be staged at the impressive and unique venue of the Stadio dei Marmi, ringed by 59 classical statues depicting different sports. The stadium is one of the arenas in the Foro Italico sports area, home to the Italian Olympic Committee.

From the 8th - 11th September, a whole host of show jumping sport will take place across four days, with an extra day of competition added for the public, with free entry once more. The battle for the overall Champion of Champions will reach new heights as the points gap between ranking leader Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) and last year’s winner, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) is just 25 points difference. Fresh from his Grand Prix win in Valkenswaard with the formidable stallion Casall ASK, Rolf will be hoping for his third Grand Prix win of the season, and with the pair looking to be in incredible form, all eyes will be on the top Swedish rider to see if he can keep hold of his LGCT Rome title. 

Third place man, World Number 1, and long-time LGCT Ranking leader Christian Ahlmann (GER) is just a further 8 points Rolf, and now with a team Bronze Olympic medal under his belt will undoubtably too looking to add to his tally of success and return to the top spot on the overall rankings. 

The world’s top horses will take to the 90 x 50m sand arena, watched on by passionate fans and the marble sporting statues - icons of sport. A shopping village with refreshments and entertainment will be available to all, and with the doors open to the public free of chance, there has never been a better time to witness the world’s best in action on a global stage. 

Beautiful, inspirational Rome has been attracting visitors for over two millennia and continues to be one of the most exhilarating destinations in the world. One of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe, Rome’s historic heart contains iconic monuments and artistic masterpieces from the magnificent Colosseum and the Pantheon to the Sistine Chapel and the ruins of the Roman Forum. Visitors can take in Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains or simply stroll through beautiful piazzas and soak up the vibrancy of the city of La Dolce Vita. Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world and has a sporting heritage dating back to the Roman Empire. 

This year, Italian riders will once again be competing in front of a passionate local and international crowd as the battle for the series championship reaches a crucial stage, with competitors locked in a gladiatorial battle for the honours. The prestigious Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Rome will take place at 15:00 on Saturday 10th September, and will offer up an impressive €300,000 euros in prize money; plus two CSI5* speed classes on Friday and Sunday provide rich pickings, with a prize purse available of €91,000 each.

The Global Champions League battle looks set to intensify, with fourth place team Rome Gladiators looking for a strong result on home turn. With their green, white and red colours, the team will be looking to a cheering crowd to help score maximum points and shoot their way up the rankings, where a tight three horse dash to the finish is unfolding with the top teams separated by less than 5 points. Kicking off at 15:10 on Sunday 11th September, this round of the League will be one you simply won’t want to miss - head over to www.globalchampionsleague.com for all the information, insider info and details on what to expect in Rome. 

For more information on the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome, please click here