Season 2016


  • Rome
  • 8-11 September 2016

Countdown to LGCT Rome Kicks Off With Glimpse of Top Riders Revealed

Release date: 31/08/2016

Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso

The countdown to the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome officially kicked off today revealing a tantalising glimpse of the high calibre of riders heading to the Italian Capital, as the fight for the series championship reaches a crucial stage with competitors locked in a gladiatorial battle for the honours. During a pre-event press conference this afternoon at the impressive headquarters of the Italian National Olympic Committee, just a handful of top names were revealed by Sporting Director Marco Danese, as all eyes turn to Rome for the next event in just over a week’s time. “We look forward to welcoming top French riders Simon Delestre and Penelope Leprevost (World No 2 & 3), plus three German heavyweights - Ludger Beerbaum (who recently contributed to a Bronze Team Medal in Rio), Marco Kutscher and Marcus Ehning. John Whitaker (GBR), Luciana Diniz (POR), Laura Kraut (USA), Lauren Hough (USA) and young Irish star Bertram Allen will be in Rome, as will ranking leaders Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) and last year’s winner Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE).” 

The spectacular venue at the Stadio dei Marmi will see the world’s top horses and riders in action for the 13th leg of the championship series from 8th - 11th September 2016. As the overall LGCT Ranking battle intensifies, and with top riders fresh from the Rio Olympic Games, the event promises high drama and top level sport as the Championship shifts up a gear for the final events of the season. 

Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world and has a sporting heritage dating back to the Roman Empire. The Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome will be staged at the impressive Stadio dei Marmi, which is ringed by 59 classical statues depicting different sports. Originally designed in the 1920's, the stadium is one of the arenas in the Foro Italico sports area, and home to the Italian Olympic Committee.

Speaking today in front of local media and guests, the Committee’s President Giovanni Malago said: “Events such as these not only have a sporting value but contribute to all other economic activities: it is good for all categories of services in the capital.” 

Longines Global Champions Tour Founder and President Jan Tops joined the panel at the press conference and said: “I know what it means to organise an event of this level in different cities; it requires the total commitment of those involved to ensure the best outcome. The conditions that I have seen in Rome are amongst the best I have worked with; for this reason I would like to thank the CONI, CONI Services and the FISE for what they give. We are proud of our work, and this year we made created a further innovation with the inclusion in the Global Champions League, a competition which consists of teams featuring top riders of different nationalities united and competing under the colours of the same team.”

Vittorio Orlandi, President FISE spoke about the forthcoming event in Rome: “This is an event of great prestige thanks to Jan Tops, who is a super organizer and one that is only good for our sport.” He was joined by Franco Chimenti, President CONI Servizi, who further elaborated on the significance of hosting LGCT in the Italian capital: "Rome is preparing to host for the second year in a row the LGCT, due to the extraordinary expertise and organizational readiness of Jan Tops and the President of FISE Vittorio Orlandi. I am happy that we can welcome the world’s best athletes so soon after the Rio Olympic Games at our event in Rome."

The significance of Rome hosting the Longines Global Champions Tour for a second year and being part of the circuit’s prestigious international calendar was a key point within the press conference. Beautiful, inspirational Rome has been attracting visitors for over two millennia and continues to be one of the most exhilarating destinations in the world. 

This year will see even more on offer for public, as Event Co-Ordinator Eleonora Di Giuseppe explained: "Again we opted for free admission for all four days of the show, with a greater number of seats in the public gallery and a roof designed to ensure maximum visibility of the arena while offering shelter to those who sit in the stands. We have also extended the areas for exhibitors, catering, and sponsors - we will have a shopping village, open until 23.30 where visitors can enjoy refreshments and live music, and equestrian displays alongside the world class show jumping.” 

For more information on the LGCT Rome, please click here