Global Champions League expands to 18 teams

A total of 18 teams will be on the starting grid for the 2017 Global Champions League season as the world’s top riders gear up for 15 events packed with top sport. Jan Tops, president and co-founder of the GCL, said: “Last year we started with 12 teams for the GCL, and it is our goal to be innovative also for the riders. We bring different countries together, a bigger platform globally – not only nationally concentrated. We have the vision to explore our sport for bigger fans and bigger audiences – this is our big drive.” With the announcement that 18 teams would now take part in the 2017 season Championship, he continued: “the interest from team owners has increased – we went from 12 teams to 18 teams this year, which I think is fantastic and gives the opportunity for many riders to compete.”

Talking about the new GCL format, as approved by the FEI, Jan spoke of the fierce rivalry and team tactics combining with top sport: “every leg will be like a Championship. We have the best and it’s been chosen by the team managers that only two riders have to compete, which also makes it low stress on the horses and riders. The horses won’t be over-jumped. We found a good working relation this year for the horsesYou can change your horse from the first day to the second day. You can change the rider. We have three riders normally on the event, you only need to use two so you can have one different rider if you want to as well. It’s more exciting, like a football team. You have more vibrance. We have a big story to tell to our audience – it can be totally different from one day to another.”

As the LGCT and GCL look to the 2017 15-event season, set against some of the most iconic and unique destinations in the world, including Miami Beach, London, Berlin, Rome, Shanghai, Paris and Doha, the scene for an enthralling Championship battle has been set. Want to know who’s in which team? Well, here’s the list:

MEXICO AMIGOS

  • Christian Ahlmann
  • Henrik von Eckermann
  • Geir Gulliksen
  • Yuri Mansur Guerios
  • Evelina Tovek
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Scott Brash & Ursula XII

MIAMI GLORY

  • Scott Brash
  • Cian O’Connor
  • Georgina Bloomberg
  • Kimberly Prince
  • Paris Sellon

SHANGHAI SWANS

  • Daniel Deusser
  • Roger-Yves Bost
  • Jessica Springsteen
  • Janne Meyer-Zimmermann
  • Alexandra Thornton

MADRID IN MOTION

  • Maikel van der Vleuten
  • Leopold van Asten
  • Marta Ortega Perez
  • Eric van der Vleuten
  • Gonzalo Añón Suarez

HAMBURG DIAMONDS

  • Harrie Smolders
  • Eric Lamaze
  • John Whitaker
  • Audrey Coulter
  • Jos Verlooy

CANNES STARS

  • Ludger Beerbaum
  • Marco Kutscher
  • Jane Richard Philips
  • Christian Kukuk
  • Guido Klatte

MONACO ACES

  • Daniel Bluman
  • Pieter Devos
  • Pilar Lucrecia Cordon
  • Danielle Goldstein
  • Teddy Vlock

PARIS PANTHERS

  • Darragh Kenny
  • Nayel Nassar
  • Jack Towell
  • Jennifer Gates
  • Lillie Keenan

CASCAIS CHARMS

  • David Will
  • Andreas Kreuzer
  • Carlos Lopez
  • Nicola Pohl
  • Philip Houston
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Lauren Hough & Cornet

CHANTILLY PEGASUS

  • Nicola Philippaerts
  • Sergio Alvarez Moya
  • Lauren Hough
  • Lucy Davis
  • Martin Fuchs

 BERLIN LIONS

  • Max Kühner
  • Ales Opatrny
  • Gerco Schröder
  • Cindy van der Straten-Marie
  • Anna Kellnerova

LONDON KNIGHTS

  • Kent Farrington
  • Ben Maher
  • Eduardo Menezes
  • Enrique Gonzalez
  • Emily Moffitt

VALKENSWAARD UNITED

  • Marcus Ehning
  • Bertram Allen
  • Alberto Zorzi
  • Janika Sprunger
  • Sanne Thijssen

ROME GLADIATORS

  • Laura Kraut
  • Marlon Módolo Zanotelli
  • Lorenzo de Luca
  • Abdel Saïd
  • Emma Heise

DOHA FURSAN QATAR

  • Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani
  • Bassem Hassan Mohammed
  • Faleh Suwead Al Ajami
  • Khalid Mohammed A S Al Emadi
  • Hamad Ali Mohamed A Al Attiyah

 ST TROPEZ PIRATES

  • Simon Delestre
  • Jérôme Guery
  • Julien Epaillard
  • Athina Onassis
  • Laura Klaphake

VIENNA EAGLES

  • Gregory Wathelet
  • Niels Bruynseels
  • José Alfredo Hernández Ortega
  • Emanuel Andrade
  • Kerry Mc Cahill

 MOSCOW BEARS

  • Kamal Bahamdan
  • Ramzy Al Duhami
  • Michael Kearins
  • Mathilda Karlsson
  • Kevin Jochems
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