The second – and final – hurdle has been successfully cleared. We are not (yet) reporting live from the first Global Champions League show jumping team competition: the hurdle in question was the request for an “exclusivity clause” that would have limited the riders’ freedom of choice, preventing them from taking part in the revolutionary new format devised by the Global Champions Tour (individual show jumping circuit), which will see Olympic and World Champions compete in team races every Friday in 15 spectacular destinations worldwide.
The Brussels Court of Appeal has ruled in favor of a previous complaint by GCL (June 2015) against the FEI’s “exclusivity clause”, effectively enabling the launch of the new circuit.
This will consist in a series of events characterized by unprecedented prize money, inaugurating what GCT co-owner, Frank H McCourt Jr, has called “a new and exciting era for show jumping” that will build “a truly global fan base”.
Global Champions League means to safeguard the future of the sport and improve standards for horses and riders. Horse welfare will remain, according to globalchampionstour.com, “a top priority”: every GCL event will see an expert team of veterinarians from both GCT and the International Equestrian Federation on standby at the state-of-the-art horse welfare facilities, provided with Human Tecar technology and advanced diagnostic equipment.
Human Tecar has long supported both riders and horses, international athletes and premier league soccer players, Formula 1 drivers and the exquisite, delicate steeds that constitute the very heart of equestrian sports.