Nick Skelton and Big Star

Nick Skelton and Big Star

Brits will get to relive their golden moments from London 2012 when the Global Champions Tour comes to London for the first time from June 6-9th.

The show originally applied to be held in Kensington Park but their application was rejected earlier this month leaving the show jumping community wondering if the event would be held at all.

There’s no denying that London 2012 increased the popularity of equestrian sports in the UK following their medal haul. UK equine businesses have reported higher earnings following the Olympics and associations have had better access to funding. The Global Champions Tour show in London will just add to the momentum of the Olympic legacy.

The show is to be held at the Olympic Park – in the heart of the Olympic village, next to the Olympic Stadium. It’s a central location in London and low ticket prices (£10-50) will make it accessible to the 3,000 people who will no doubt witness some of the world’s best show jumpers go head to head.

British showjumping has a strong grassroots foundation with many shows held each week, but few international CSI opportunities. Riders regularly go abroad to compete at higher levels. Hopefully this show will increase awareness and secure a future for international jumping competitions in Britain. With top riders Nick Skelton, Ben Maher and Whitakers on fine form at the moment, the Brits hope to continue their winning ways in London.

The action kicks off in Madrid, May 2-6 before making a tour of Europe and Asia, culminating in Shanghai in October. For more info, visit globalchampionstour.com.