Yesterday the Global Champions Tour in Antwerp kicked off. It’s the second year Antwerp is hosting the GCT and the event moved to the Cockerill Quay next to the Schelde. ‘Yes people will miss the cranes’, Pieter Dejager explained at the press conference. ‘But we can surely say that this new place only brings advantages.’ The arena is a bit wider than last year and there is a lot more space at the stables. Last year the horses were staying at the building of the Waagnatie but it wasn’t easy to organise everything in there. Still the view is amazing, you can see the horses next to the Schelde and still feels like really being in a city. Also something nice: the press office is now a clear and nice room instead of a dark container so thumbs up for Edith!
Antwerp is the diamond capital and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has a tradition of designing a special sculpture for elite sporting events that take place in the city and the surrounding area.Diamond merchant Willy Henneuse designed a new trophy in the shape of a stirrup. The winner of the trophy will be the rider with the most points from all LGCT CSI5* classes from Thursday to the end of the show on Saturday.
Antwerp is the place to be if you want to see the top of the world compete. This year there will be 8 out of 10 world top riders at Antwerp. Let’s just drop some names shall we? How about: Scott Brash, Daniel Deusser, Ben Maher, Edwina Tops-Alexander, Doda de Miranda, Eric Lamaze, Pénélope Leprevost, Bertram Allen and Steve Guerdat. And let’s not forgot our top Belgian riders like Jos Verlooy, Olivier & Nicola Philippaerts, Niels Bruynseels, Gregory Wathelet, Pieter Devos and Gudrun Patteet. They’re all competing for the big jackpot Jan Tops provides with this Global Champions Tour. And the highlight surely is the Grand Prix on Saturday. And those who also like a nice party next to show jumping will surely love Antwerp because they have a lot of parties after the competition. That’s the reason why they chose actor Axel Daeseleire as an ambassador. So if you’re in Antwerp don’t forget to drop by and otherwise you can always follow it by looking at the pictures on my blog 😉