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Global Champions Tour Presented by CN Worldwide to Host First Event in Florida

Wellington, FL – March 5, 2007 – In their second year of competition, the Global Champions Tour (GCT) has grown in size, prize money and prestige. With over 5 million US dollars in prize money and one and a half hours of live television coverage by Eurosport of each €300,000 Grand Prix, the Global Champions Tour is truly taking the sport of show jumping to the next level.

The Global Champions Tour covers three continents and involves eight of the world’s most prestigious independent outdoor show jumping events: Palm Beach (USA), Cannes (FRA), Monte Carlo (MON), Estoril (POR), Sao Paulo (BRA), Valkenswaard (NED), Arezzo (ITA) and Athens (GRE).

The Global Champions Tour focuses on the world’s best riders and horses and provides them with the best possibilities for competing.

The exact dates of the 2007 Global Champions Tour, CSI-5* are as follows. Six of the eight events also offer Amateur classes.

Palm Beach March 14 – 18 USA GCT*

Cannes June 14 – 16 FRA GCT

Monte Carlo June 28 – 30 MON GCT

Estoril July 19 – 21 POR GCT

Sao Paulo* August 2 – 5 BRA GCT

Valkenswaard August 23 – 26 NED GCT

Arezzo September 20 – 23 ITA GCT

Athens* October 3 – 6 GRE GCT

*These two CSI-5* events do not offer classes for amateurs.

AMATEURS

In addition to the five-star events, there are five competition dates that will offer two levels of classes for amateur riders. The amateurs will have the opportunity to compete in the same arena as their show jumping heroes on the tour.

The schedules of the events also leave plenty of time to enjoy everything else these spectacular venues have to offer. Summers can be spent in the French Riviera or enjoying the Portuguese, Dutch and Italian hospitality. The Global Champions Tour can take care of all of your reservations and guarantees it will be an experience to remember!

The exact dates of the 2007 Riviera Tour, CSI-Valkenswaard and Arezzo events that offer CSI-2*, CSI-3* and Amateur classes are :

Saint Tropez June 1 – 3 FRA

Saint Tropez June 8 - 10 FRA

Valkenswaard August 10 – 12 NED

Valkenswaard August 17 –19 NED

Arezzo September 14 – 16 ITA



WEBSITES

Global Champions Tour: http://www.globalchampionstour.com

Riviera Tour: http://www.saintropezhorseshow.com

CSI-Valkenswaard: http://www.csivalkenswaard.com

Arezzo: http://www.jumpitalia.com

If you would like more information about the fantastic opportunities that the Global Champions Tour has to offer to show jumpers in Europe, please send an e-mail to susanne@csivalkenswaard.com. International riders who want to find out more about the events are also invited to respond.

Photo Credit: Ludo Phillippaerts and Parco, winners of the 2006 Global Champions Tour. Photo © 2006 Diana DeRosa.

 

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