An impressive 9 out of the world’s top 10 riders will be pulling out all the stops for the highly anticipated Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League of Madrid, raising the curtain on the European segment of the 15-event Championship. From 19th - 21st May, the very best riders in the world will continue their campaign in the world’s premier show jumping series, heading to the beautiful destination of Club de Campo Villa de Madrid where thousands of spectators will be treated to a dazzling display of top class sport and entertainment across three days.
Current LGCT Ranking leader Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) will also return to the fourth leg of the Championship stop, hoping to extend his lead against the rest of the field. Currently sitting on 100 points overall, the popular Italian rider will be fending off the likes of 2014 LGCT Grand Prix of Madrid winner Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) who has a tally of 89 points overall, and the ever-consistent Olympic Gold medallist Scott Brash (GBR), who is just 25 points away from the lead and primed to make history as the only rider to ever with the LGCT Champion of Champions title three times.
Leading the star-studded pack will be newly crowned World Number 1, Kent Farrington (USA), who will compete on his third consecutive leg of the Tour and League Championships. With the high calibre competition testing the top athletes in the sport across the length of the season, World Number 3 Daniel Deusser (GER), World Number 4 Eric Lamaze (CAN) and World Number 5 Christian Ahlmann (GER) have all added their names to the roll-call of contenders taking part in the first European leg of the Tour.
Last year's LGCT Grand Prix of Madrid Winner and World Number 7 Marcus Ehning (GER) will also return to defend his Grand Prix title from 2016, with top French riders Simon Delestre (FRA) and Kevin Staut (FRA) also keen to add their names to the prestigious list of past winners next weekend.