Global Champions Tour London


You are reading the first Sport in Pictures blog post from the first Global Champions tour in London which both Gary Bowden and Peter Reynolds are Photographers at.

The London leg of the Global Champions Tour is being held on the Olympic Park in between Westfield Shopping Centre and the Aquatics centre and the Stadium. This iconic venue has been put together in a matter of 10 days and I have to say with a lovely arena, plenty of trade stands and top class sponsors, it’s a pretty amazing event.

British rider Lara Whiteway(GBR) kicked off the show by winning the first class CSI2* 110/115 on Obelix Z, a good 3 seconds in front of second place rider Catherine Silfervling Janssonlque(SWE) with the next British rider placed in 4th being Alicia Store(GBR) on Diva Z.

Another British rider hit the top spot in the CSI2* 125/130, Jake Saywell(GBR) took the class on board Special K IV with Catherine Silfervling Jansson (SWE) riding lque(just missing out on a win by one for the second time. British rider Claire Beecroft(GBR) on Voodoo III taking 3rd spot and Florence Bellm(GBR) on Southbound also another British rider securing 4th place.

James Davenport(GBR) on Carrento Ztar won the CSI2* 140/145 making it a hat trick for the British riders in the first three classes here at the London Global Champions Tour. Eirin Bruheim(NOR) on NLF Billy on Show, a british horse previously ridden by William Funnel(GBR) who has just recently been sold abroad, took second place. Jo Pay(GBR) took 3rd and 4th with Goodman for Fun II and Goodman Accobado and another British rider Sophie Fawcett(GBR) with Rembrandt Blue in 5th place, making the line up prolifically British -  very nice to see here in London.

The first CSI5* competition of the day was the 1.45m which included all the big names such as Laura Kraut, Peter Charles, Tim Gredley, Nick Skelton, and the one all us Brits love, John Whitaker to name but a few.

British rider Mark Armstrong took a very early lead in the CSI5* 1.45m and held the top spot for a very long time. Puis Schwizer(SWZ) did a stunning turn to the double right near the end of the second phase beating Mark Armstrong’s (GBR) time riding Coolgirl. Britain’s luck unfortunately ran short as this was the first win for a foreign rider at this show, however many British riders were in the placings William Funnel(GBR) and Billy Angelo 6th, John Whitaker(GBR) and Argento 7th and Alexandra Thornton(GBR) and Caballero 8th.

Lauren Hough(USA) riding Ohlala put in a quick time early on in the CSI5* 1.45/1.50 speed class and ended up finishing 2 seconds quicker than Italy rider Jur Vrieling(ITA). Foreign riders stomed the top placings in this class with nations such as USA, ITA, FRA and QUA. John Whitaker(GBR) on Maxamillion was the highest placed Brit in this speed class picking up 6th place, with Peter Charles(GBR) and Murkas Rubert R in 8th place, with this class very much seeming to be a warm up for the next 3 days for our international riders.

So all in all a very good day for all competing at the first day and the first ever London Global Champions Tour, with stars such as Bruce Springsteen arriving at this iconic venue to watch his daughter Jessica compete in the CSI5*.  Smiles all round as we have lovely weather throughout the day, and I’m sure the competitors, grooms and owners will be making full use of the bar this evening with another 3 exciting days to come.

P.S, I met Nick Skelton’s Olympic ride Big Star today as well as Ben Maher’s Triple X and Aristo Z, they definitely know their stars!


Melissa Thorpe,  SIP Blogger