Here that distant whimper?
It’s the sound of a million show jumping fans’ hearts being collectively crushed the world over.
The Longines Global Champions Tour (GCT) and League (GCL) announced today that the 2020 seasons have been canceled due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The international 5* series is slated to restart next year, along with joy, excitement and aspirational sport.
From the release:
“In these exceptional circumstances it is not realistic to safely stage our global championship circuit this year. We must follow the laws of national Governments and public health authorities, which change regularly and at short notice, having a major impact on international planning.
“Restrictions on travel vary around the world, so not all riders will have the freedom to compete. There is also the risk of a second wave later this year, in the absence of a cure or vaccine, which further complicates logistical planning.
“In this complex environment the responsible decision is to start the Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL top-level show jumping championship series afresh in 2021.”
While the toughest show jumping series in the world is on hold, GCT/L founder Jan Tops has left the door open to hosting shows at his private facility in Valkenswaard, NED this year, government permitting.
In the meantime, there’s always the replays on GC TV…