Wellington, FL – March 16, 2007 – Over 30 American and Canadian riders attended the various events on the CN Worldwide Global Champion Tour, the Riviera Tour and CSI Valkenswaard last year.
Top American show jumper Schuyler Riley:
“It was a fantastic experience. There was great show jumping, lots of prize money and quality venues. I was able to bring a client who wouldn’t ordinarily have had the opportunity to show in Europe and attend horse shows of that caliber. Monte Carlo was the most unique environment that I’ve ever seen for a horse show. You could see helicopters parked on yachts just 20 feet away from the ring!”
Riley’s client, Don Little, was able to bring two horses and competed on the Riviera Tour at Saint Tropez, Cannes and Monte Carlo in the 1.15m-1.20m Special Invitation division. He recalls:
“I have things on my ‘life check list,’ like going on safari in Africa or flying solo around Alaska that I have checked off. I’m not going to check off showing my own horses in Europe because I want to do it more than once now! My fondest memory is placing first and second in the Sunday class at Saint Tropez. It was all very well done, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. The hotels were fabulous, everything ran on time, the courses were nice and the weather was perfect.”
Grand prix rider Robin Sweely shows regularly in Europe. Her family’s Acorn Hill Farm has sponsored the Young Jumper division at the CSI Valkenswaard for over five years. She mentions:
“The money is unbelievable, and the atmosphere is fantastic. The hospitality at the Global Champions Tour is superior. We showed at night, so after we rode in the morning we could go to the pool or the beach or shopping. It’s nice to have time to do other things.”
Canadian Tonya Henning brought horses to compete in the amateur classes at Cannes and Monaco. She remembers:
“It was a great experience. Every venue was phenomenal. You knew that at every show you would be competing against the highest caliber of horses and riders and seeing them in the grand prix as well. It was my first time ever competing in Europe, and I couldn’t have picked a better tour to go on!”
Aimee Aron is one of the best junior jumper riders in the United States, but in Europe she rode in the large classes against some of the top show jumpers in the world. She relates:
“I thought it was super. It’s great to see all of the international riders. Watching is as good as going in there and riding. What was so nice about it is that you can bring a couple of horses and there are different levels of classes. You don’t have to do the big classes right off the bat.”
Candice King was a member of the U.S. team and spent a majority of her summer in Europe competing. She was also able to bring clients to the Riviera Tour and comments:
“I think the Global Champions Tour brings our sport up to a different level and more into the public eye, like the tours do for golf or tennis. It gives the owners and riders more incentive. It’s great to have all of that money offered. You don’t get better venues than those on the tour. The amateur tour made it possible for my clients to compete in Europe. It was nice for them to compete in a truly international class. They were able to show there and get the same feeling that we, as grand prix riders, get. It was great sport for them.”
Two levels of classes for amateurs are offered at six locations throughout Europe over ten weeks. Five weeks of competition are held at the same time as the CN Worldwide Global Champions Tour, and five weeks are held during CSI-2* and CSI-3* events at some of the world’s most prestigious independent outdoor show jumping events.
At each competition, amateurs will compete in their own classes but in the same ring as the top show jumping riders in the world. Amateurs are invited to show in classes at two levels: 1.15m-1.20m or 1.25m-1.35m. Riders can bring up to four horses and compete for considerable prize money at each show.
Competing on the Global Champions Tour in Europe provides the chance to ride at the best European shows and have the perfect summer vacation. 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 events that offer Amateur classes are:
Saint Tropez, CSI-2* June 1 – 3 FRA
Saint Tropez, CSI-3* June 8 – 10 FRA
Cannes, CSI-5* June 14 – 16 FRA GCT
Monte Carlo, CSI-5* June 28 – 30 MON GCT
Estoril, CSI-5* July 19 – 21 POR GCT
Valkenswaard, CSI-2* August 10 – 12 NED
Valkenswaard, CSI-2* August 17 –19 NED
Valkenswaard, CSI-5* August 23 – 26 NED GCT
Arezzo, CSI-3* September 20 – 23 ITA
Arezzo, CSI-5* September 14 – 16 ITA GCT
If you would like more information about the fantastic opportunities that these events in Europe have to offer to show jumpers around the world, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
. International riders who want to find out more about the events are also invited to respond.
For more information on the Global Champions Tour, please visit http://www.globalchampionstour.com
Photo Credit: The CN Worldwide Global Champions Tour fence. Photo © 2007 PhelpsSports.com.
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