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CANADA WILL HOST THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS EQUESTRIAN COMPETITION IN THE WORLD
THE Longines Global Champions Tour will stop in Montreal, Quebec in 2019
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Montreal, Monday July 23, 2018 – In September 2019, Canada will host a leg in the LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR, the world’s premier equestrian sports series. The city of Montreal is thus becoming one of the legs in this international series held in the world’s largest cities.
“I am delighted to add Canada to our circuit and to be staging a leg of the series in Montreal, Quebec. We have fantastic destinations around the world and it is important to continue to bring show jumping to new fans in major cities and to new audiences who can watch the events on our GC TV streaming and with our TV partners,” said Jan Tops, President, LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR.
Montreal officially joins the ranks of other major cities located around the globe such as Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Shanghai and Doha, renowned for the indisputable quality of their equestrian events.
“We are honoured to have been chosen to host a leg in this impressive series, which features the best riders and horses on the planet. We are proud that Montréal and Canada are now flagship destinations on the 2019 Longines Global Champions Tour and we are especially looking forward to offering the people of Montreal and Canada the opportunity to appreciate this sport” said François Duffar, President of the LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR OF MONTREAL.
International and next-generation riders
The competitions, which will take place in September 2019, will feature more than 65 international riders in individual and team events, including several Olympic medallists. This leg in the LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR will also invite 60 next-generation Canadian and Quebec riders to participate, allowing them to demonstrate their talent and develop their experience in front of a local and international crowd.
“Hosting this novel competition in the country is an ideal showcase for our sport and our athletes. They will get to perform in front of their family and friends in Montréal and inspire our next generation of riders,” says Richard Mongeau, CEO, Equestrian Canada.
An equestrian legacy for the local community
Spectators will have access to competitions in the heart of the city, which will open the sport to new audiences, including families, inspire the next generation of athletes and help to make equestrian sport available to many people. The organizing committee wishes to leave an equestrian legacy to Canada, in order for the country to become a quintessential destination on the international circuit for years to come.
“This prestigious event will offer incomparable exposure to athletes while promoting the development of equestrian sports and the next generation. We truly believe that the MONTREAL LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR OF MONTREAL will exponentially multiply the promotion of equestrian activity in all forms and at all levels for neophytes, amateurs and seasoned professionals alike. The admiration of spectators for the exploits of the greatest riders in the world will undoubtedly spark interest and a taste for horseback riding,” says Nicole Duplessis, President, Cheval Québec.
Local Organizing Committee
Organizers of the LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR OF MONTREAL (www.tourdeschampions.ca), a non-profit organization counts on the founding members of its board of directors made up of François Duffar, René Perreault, Alain Cousineau and Normand Latourelle, to present world-class competitions in the city.
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LGCT circuit expands to Canada with stunning new Montreal event in 2019
In a further strategic expansion Longines Global Champions Tour will stage a spectacular new event in the Canadian city of Montreal next year, it can be announced today.
The global circuit, which stretches from The Americas to Europe and Asia, will include Canada for the first time and will feature a stunning new venue at the Old Port of Montreal with dramatic views of the City skyline.
Montreal, in Quebec province, is set on an island in the St Lawrence River and will be a thrilling stage for world class show jumping with the best riders and horses descending on the city for the new leg of the LGCT and GCL team series.
The new event will take place in September 2019 when the LGCT individual and GCL team series are racing towards the climax of the season and will attract an enthusiastic crowd in the horse-loving nation. One of the hallmarks of the LGCT circuit is to bring top-level show jumping to cities around the world to showcase the sport to new audiences.
With Shanghai, Doha, Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid and Rome already on the international calendar, the addition of Montreal will bring another dynamic, vibrant and cosmopolitan destination to the series.
Jan Tops, President Longines Global Champions Tour, said: “I am delighted to welcome Montreal to our circuit and to be staging a leg of the series in Canada. We have fantastic destinations around the world and it is important to continue to bring show jumping to new fans in major cities and to new audiences who can watch the events on our GC TV streaming and with our TV partners.”
François Duffar, President of the Organising Committee of the new event in Montreal, said: “We are honoured to have been selected to join the illustrious group of prestigious cities from around the world. We are grateful for the trust that the LGCT has shown and we look forward to welcoming the top-ranked riders and teams to Montreal, where we will showcase our city and our country to supporters from around the world.”
With the Montreal Diamonds team already competing in the GCL this season fans will be able to cheer on the home team in their own city next year.
Montreal is an exciting fusion of modern and historic with different neighbourhoods ranging from Bohemian to Gothic and French with a lively cultural scene.
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