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Twelve things you need to know about the twelfth leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour

Release date: 04/08/2017

Photo: LGCT / Stefano Grasso

Today is the official start of the twelfth leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour and a return to London for the premier world show jumping series. For the first time in history, the beautiful and iconic grounds of Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital Chelsea will play host to the competition from 4-6 August 2017.

 

To mark this special occasion, here are twelve facts about the London leg of the series:

 

1/ 202 horses have arrived in Chelsea for the competition

 

2/ There are 101 riders competing, including 9 of the world’s top 10

 

3/ Spectators will be treated to watching 30 Olympians in action; 8 of them are Gold medallists including Team GB’s Ben Maher and Scott Brash

 

4/ The arenas have been constructed from scratch on the South Grounds using 1,300 tonnes of sand

 

5/ 25 chefs are on hand to cook for VIPs, riders and their crews

 

6/ 1,000 litres of Nyetimber English sparkling wine will be drunk over the weekend

 

7/ It will be needed to wash down 40 kilos of strawberries

 

8/ Not forgetting the horses, who will eat 400 bales of hay

 

9/ 29 nations will be represented during the 3 days of action-packed competition

 

10/ A total of €914,500 of prize money is up for grabs, including €300,000 in the CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London, presented by Sapinda, on Saturday afternoon

 

11/ Series leader Harrie Smolders (NED) will be hoping for another win on Saturday to widen his 252-point at the top of the board with Alberto Zorzi (ITA) just 1 point behind

 

12/ The Royal Hospital Chelsea is 325 years old and houses 300 veterans who have served in Korea, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and World War II live there

 

And finally, we will be wising national hero John Whitaker a happy 62nd birthday on Saturday!