Press Release: 26.01.21
The GCL teams on the starting grid for the 2021 season are announced today with top riders switching teams and new stars joining the fight for the coveted Championship.
In an intense off-season period, team owners, trainers and managers have been busy strengthening squads in a clear sign of how competitive the new season will be. As teams battle for glory, their sights will be fixed on victory at the high stakes GCL Finals and GCL Super Cup at the GC Prague Playoffs.
It is a truly international field in the 2021 line up with riders from different countries uniting as teammates to face down their rivals as they go all out to dominate the ranking and win a share of the overall season prize purse of € 25.9 million.
Headline moves for 2021, the 6th season of the thrilling GCL team series since its launch in 2016, include:
There will be drama and emotion all season in the high stakes, ground-breaking championship. Every team will field a U25 rider as part of GCL’s commitment to the development of talented youth at the top level of show jumping. The success of the young riders has been one of the most fascinating journeys to watch over the past few years and the exciting new young female and male talent that join the teams this season are ready to shine on the world stage.
This year's power-packed GCL sees 76% of athletes (excluding the U25 competitors) ranked in the top 250* in the world, including 23 out of the top 30 riders.
London Knights, winners of the intense 2019 GCL Championship battle, keep their exceptional line up the same for this year with Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Maher to ride alongside Olivier Philippaerts, Nicola Philippaerts, World Number Two Martin Fuchs, Cameron Hanley and U25 talent Emily Moffitt.
Shanghai Swans, champions of the breathtaking GCL Super Cup in 2019, are determined to put up a strong challenge this season with a top new signing reinforcing their squad. Christian Ahlmann will join Pius Schwizer, Max Kühner, Margie Goldstein-Engle, Alexandra Thornton and young US talent Lucas Porter.
GCL kicks off in Doha in just five weeks where the teams will be challenged in a variety of testing tracks on sand and grass and jumping by day and by night. Fans around the world are set for another highly-charged season with the formidable fight unfolding at incredible destinations.
With safety the number one priority, Global Champions continues to work closely with National Governments, local authorities and the FEI governing body to ensure the events follow strict health protocols under the COVID-19 regulations.
Fans around the world will be able to watch all the sporting drama unfold on GCTV which will continue to innovate and elevate the viewing experience with new graphics and technology taking fans backstage with the stars at the extraordinary events around the world. GCTV will offer multi-language commentary, full replays of all classes on-demand and personalised reminders about favourite riders, teams or events - so fans never miss a key round again.
Team spirit, team tactics and the strongest combinations are what’s needed to win as every point counts towards the electrifying race for the 2021 title. Only the top teams will survive the ultimate showdown in the GCL Super Cup at the GC Prague Playoffs where a stunning €6 million will be up for grabs in just one weekend of show jumping.
Fasten your seat belts for another turbo-charged GCL season!
For the full line up please click here.
*as per the official Longines FEI ranking on 31st December 2020, according to the GCL rules.