Full Rider List for LGCT London: Only McLain Ward Missing from Top Ten

Kent Farrington and Creedance. PC: Stefano Grasso/LGCT

A formidable 9 out of the world’s top 10 riders will be competing at the spectacular debut of the Longines Global Champions Tour at Royal Hospital Chelsea in the heart of London.

Headed up by World No 1 Kent Farrington (USA) Olympic, World and National Champions will soon arrive in the British capital to treat fans to a spell-binding display of top sport and entertainment, as the very best horses and athletes battle for the prestigious Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London presented by Sapinda.

The star-studded line-up from the current world’s top ten will see Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), Kevin Staut (FRA), Daniel Deusser (GER), Christian Ahlmann (GER), Eric Lamaze (CAN), home hero Scott Brash (GBR), Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) and Simon Delestre (FRA) all provide thrilling sport on a unique stage for show jumping.

As London returns to the 2017 Championship calendar, local spectators will have plenty to cheer about. As well as top British rider Scott, the Olympic Team Gold Medallist will joined by compatriots and fellow Olympic athletes Ben Maher (GBR), John Whitaker (GBR) and Michael Whitaker (GBR), plus plenty of British talent in the likes of Laura Renwick (GBR)William Funnel (GBR) and Jessica Mendoza (GBR).

In the battle for the overall LGCT Championship, this weekend’s event is set to be a cracker. Current leader Harrie Smolders (NED) revealed yesterday that he will be bringing top stallion Emerald N.O.P. to London, sending a clear message of intent as he looks to widen his lead of 252 points. Snapping at his heels will be Italian star Alberto Zorzi, who currently sits on a tally of 221 points overall. Following his dominance at LGCT Berlin, third place man, Christian Ahlmann (GER) is a nail-bitingly close 1 point away from Alberto – the top German rider looking to ride his wave of recent success and primed to move up the leaderboard as the sharp end of the grid tightens dramatically.

Breathtaking action will take place this weekend at the new location of the historic Royal Hospital Chelsea from the 4th-6th August. World class show jumping will take place on the South Grounds which lead down to the River Thames with the breathtaking backdrop of the heritage buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Founded by King Charles II over 300 years ago, it has provided care and comradeship for veterans, known the world over as the Chelsea Pensioners, and is also the location for the world famous Chelsea Flower Show each year.

With top international names from all over the world including Bertram Allen (IRL), Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), Roger-Yves Bost (FRA), Laura Kraut (USA), Nicola Philippaerts (BEL), Penelope Leprevost (FRA), Tiffany Foster (CAN)and Lauren Hough (USA), it’s set to be an incredible weekend of sport.

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Full Rider List:

Max Kühner

Niels Bruynseels
Jérôme Guery
Nicola Philippaerts
Cindy van der Straten-Marie
Jos Verlooy

Rodrigo Pessoa

Tiffany Foster
Eric Lamaze

Czech Republic
Anna Kellnerova

Nayel Nassar
Abdel Saïd

Roger-Yves Bost
Simon Delestre
Julien Epaillard
Pénélope Leprevost
Kevin Staut

Christian Ahlmann
Daniel Deusser
Philip Houston
Christian Kukuk
Nicola Pohl
David Will

Bertram Allen
Darragh Kenny
Denis Lynch

Daniel Bluman
Danielle Goldstein

Lorenzo de Luca
Alberto Zorzi

Karen Polle

Kevin Jochems
Harrie Smolders
Eric van der Vleuten
Maikel van der Vleuten

Geir Gulliksen

Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani
Bassem Hassan Mohammed

Saudi Arabia 
Ramzy Al Duhami
Kamal Abdullah Bahamdan

Henrik von Eckermann

Martin Fuchs
Jane Richard Philips
Janika Sprunger

United Kingdom
Scott Brash
William Funnell
Ben Maher
Jessica Mendoza
Laura Renwick
Alexandra Thornton
John Whitaker
Michael Whitaker

United States
Kent Farrington
Lauren Hough
Laura Kraut
Kerry Mc Cahill
Paris Sellon
Jack Towell
Teddy Vlock

Emanuel Andrade