Global Champions Tour at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

17th July 2017

World-renowned show jumping event, the Longines Global Champions Tour has taken place for the first time at the Royal Hospital Chelsea earlier this month.

The spectacular event took place between 4th - 6th August, forming the London leg of the 15-event circuit, coming at a key stage in the 2017 season when the ranking battle is at full throttle.

At its official launch, the Chelsea Pensioners were able to meet British Olympic gold medallist Scott Brash. Brash, part of Team GB’s victorious squad at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, will be among the world’s leading riders at the event.

 

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