Equestrian extravaganza at Jumping Antwerpen, Longines Global Champions Tour
Longines Global Champions Tour returns to Antwerp for the second round of its 2015 edition from 22-25th April, after ‘Jumping Antwerpen’ successfully hosted the season’s opener of the Champions Tour in 2014. Last year’s inaugural Grand Prix was won by American double Olympic Silver medallist McLain Ward with his feisty Rothchild, while Silver went to Championship runner-up Rolf-Goran Bengtsson. The home-grown and very talented Constant van Paesschen managed to impress and excite the crowds by claiming his first LGCT podium aged just 19, with a Bronze medal. It will be fascinating to watch the Belgian up-and-coming young stars such as Jos Verlooy and the aforementioned Constant van Paesschen attempting to take over the reins from local showjumping heroes such as Francois Mathy, Jos Lansink, Philippe Le Jeune, Gregory Wathelet and Ludo Philippaerts.
Jumping Antwerpen have selected an exciting new location along the River Schelde for the second leg of the outstanding Longines Global Champions Tour 2015. The new Cockerillkaai location offers more space, enabling an improved lay-out for the event, seated grandstands the whole length of the arena, stages on terraces, more interaction with the sport for visitors and even more free parking spaces.
The equestrian event takes place over four days and brings together the world’s best riders and horses in a truly unique setting which guarantees an optimal enjoyment of the sport while visitors can discover all the delights that the city has to offer. Antwerp is obviously famous for being home to the painters Rubens and van Dijck, but also for its legendary Diamond District which handles around 80% of the world’s rough diamonds.
The bustling port of Antwerp has a colourful past and its potential was even recognised by Napoleon Bonaparte as he ordered the construction of Antwerp’s first lock and dock in 1811, which is currently still referred to as the Bonaparte Dock. Being navigable by ships of more than 100,000 Gross Tons as far as 80 km inland, the port of Antwerp enjoys an ultimately central location in Europe. Combined with the fact that Antwerp’s docks are connected to the hinterland by rail, waterway and road, this has resulted in the port of Antwerp becoming one of Europe’s largest sea ports.
If you are however looking for culinary experiences then please rest assured that with its numerous Michelin starred restaurants Antwerp can cater to your most refined gastronomic needs. In addition, Antwerp also is a haven for Fashionistas since the city is home to the esteemed and influential fashion school – an integral part of the Academy for Fine Arts – which has been the launch pad for many internationally renowned designers.
Jumping Antwerpen attracts many established partners and sponsors, with Swiss luxury watch maker Longines obviously being the main sponsor offering a generous €300,000 for the Longines Global Champions Tour of Antwerp Grand Prix, while other reputed brands such as BMW, Champagne Taittinger, Merit Capital and Antwerp World Diamond Centre – amongst others – are also keen to join the equestrian extravaganza.
Will you join us for four action-packed days of world-class show jumping from the Diamond City of Antwerp?