The Longines Global Champions Tour moves to Shanghai, China this weekend, for the fourth leg of the 2015 series – and for the second year-in-a-row, Irish based feed company Connolly’s RED MILLS will be the Official Feed Supplier for the event.
Over 70 of the world’s top show jumping horses arrived in Shanghai earlier this week – the equine athletes traveled in first-class conditions on two specially commissioned horse flights from Europe and are now preparing for three days of elite show jumping competition starting on Friday 8th May.
This will be only the second time that world-class riders will be competing for the top equestrian accolades in mainland China with their own world-class horses. The list of riders includes two Connolly’s RED MILLS Brand Ambassadors – Britain’s Scott Brash and top Australian rider Edwina Alexander.
Scott Brash is the current Longines Global Champions Tour ranking leader, following a fantastic win at the series opener in Miami, followed by another successful show at Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid last weekend.
Edwina Tops Alexander has been part of the Connolly’s RED MILLS Team for a number of years and the two-time LGCT champion will be hoping to add to her list of wins at the stunning Shanghai venue, located at the world-famous China Art Pavilion within the city’s World Expo Park site, offering over US$1.38million prize money during three days of competition.
Among those also competing are last year’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Shanghai winner Pieter Devos, looking to make it a double, as well as Bassem Hassan Mohammed with the impressive Palloubet D Halong.
Other top names competing include legendary brothers John and Michael Whitaker, recent Longines Global Champions Tour of Antwerp champion Simon Delestre as well as Constant van Paesschen, Jane Richard Philips and Kevin Staut. World No1 Daniel Deusser, Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher, US No1 Kent Farrington and 2015 World Cup winner Steve Guerdat are also amongst the stellar line-up due to compete.
Olympic champion and showjumping legend, Ludger Beerbaum, returning to the show for the second year, gave a strong endorsement of the event and conditions organised by Longines Global Champions Tour. “The Longines Global Champions Tour has perfect facilities for us and my horses. The prize-money is very attractive. Jan Tops has advanced our sport to a higher level. He has achieved a much better public perception. As former world class rider he knows our needs. Longines Global Champions Tour is a series which supports the welfare of the horses.”