2011 News


Release date: 01/01/1970

Global Champions Tour, leading equestrian brand and elite international show jumping organisation, will unveil its stunning new magazine GCT Life at its hotly anticipated Valencia leg this week (6-8 May).

The upscale publication, which is the brainchild of Monaco’s Charlotte Casiraghi and the Tour’s founder, former Olympic gold medallist Jan Tops, is a stylish window on the world of top-level equestrian sport and the sophisticated lifestyle that surrounds it.

GCT Life, created by a renowned team of writers, designers and contributors, showcases the luxury, glamour and excellence synonymous with the Formula 1 of the equestrian world.

Jan Tops said: “I am proud and delighted that this vision is now a reality. It is a statement of our intent, and a tribute to how far the Tour has come, that a publication of GCT Life’s elegance and distinct quality is now up and running.

“I am grateful to Charlotte Casiraghi, the Editor of this first edition, for guiding the project from start to finish and putting together such a talented team with world famous contributors.”

GCT Life features exclusive interviews with celebrities who are passionate about horses, such as Stella McCartney, and high profile figures at the heart of the most prestigious and richest show jumping tour on the international calendar, including Edwina Alexander and Jan Tops himself.

From Gucci to Hermès, GCT Life celebrates the classic equestrian heritage that has inspired and influenced some of the world’s leading fashion houses.

The stunning destinations of the 2011 Global Champions Tour are spotlighted, along with unique insider guides to the amazing locations for this year’s circuit.

The magazine offers a glimpse into the Tour’s chic social scene and previews all the news and sporting drama ahead.

Furthermore, GCT Life pays homage to the magnificence of the horse. Charlotte Casiraghi, Editor of GCT Life and a regular competitor on the Global Champions Tour, said: “Equestrian sport’s popularity is on the rise again, which is owed in no small part to the excitement generated by the Global Champions Tour.

“Horse riding has always been synonymous with high fashion, glamour and a desirable lifestyle. The magazine aims to provide both those that are passionate as well as those that are curious about equestrian life with a thrilling, in-depth experience of what it’s all about.

“I want to thank Jan Tops for this unique opportunity and to pay tribute to my team of illustrious contributors.”

Editors Note: The GCT Life team:

Editor - Charlotte Casiraghi

Deputy Editor - Oonagh Blackman

Art Director and Designer- Matilda Saxow Creative Direction - Meri Media Illustrations City Guide – Ricardo Fumanal Illustrations News – James Graham Contributors – Oliver Lloyd, Luke Leitch, Annie Lever, Stefano Grasso, Katrina Bignasca, Muftie Aplin.

The Global Champions Tour is in its sixth season and is firmly established at the forefront of world show jumping.

The 2011 Global Champions Tour has 10 events in nine countries with total prize money of around € 7 million - with € 1 million divided among the 18 highest ranked GCT riders at the conclusion of the series.

Each of the 10 events will be broadcast by Eurosport across 59 countries and live streaming of the show jumping action can be viewed from the dedicated website www.globalchampionstour.com.

Spectacular venues and breathtaking locations around the world play host to each leg of the Global Champions Tour, creating a fabulous atmosphere for thrilling, top-level show jumping.

Global Champions Tour 2011 Events

Doha, Qatar March 17-19 Valencia, Spain May 6-8 Hamburg, Germany June 1-5 Cannes, France June 9-11 Monte Carlo, Monaco June 23-25 Estoril, Portugal July 1-2 Chantilly, France July 22-24 Valkenswaard, The Netherlands August 12-14 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 2-4 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 10-12