Valkenswaard, The Netherlands – July 14, 2022 – The stars of show jumping will be out in full force this weekend at the spectacular Tops International Arena, Valkenswaard, in a thrilling three days of CSI 5* action and a phenomenal line-up of incredible horsepower. With many of the Top 30 in the Longines Ranking present, it is sure to be an action-packed top-level competition.
Forty-nine riders and 89 horses will land in Valkenswaard for the CSI5* from 15 – 17 July. The second summer event of the busy season at Tops International Arena will have over half a million euros of prize money on offer and a range of classes including CSI2*, CSI1* and Young Horse it is the perfect opportunity for all to experience the superb venue and facilities.
Get ready for nail-biting finishes and edge-of-the-seat moments. With victory often going down to the wire and decided on fractions of seconds, riders need to use all their skill, power, speed and precision to reach the top of the podium in breathtaking showdowns against the best of the best at this stunning location.
The high calibre turnout of show jumping’s top riders includes some of the biggest names in show jumping like Scott Brash (GBR), Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), Marcus Ehning (GER), Kevin Staut (FRA), Marc Houtzager (NED), Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) and Darragh Kenny (IRL).
2022 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix winners Christian Ahlmann (GER), Daniel Deusser (GER) and Sanne Thijssen (NED) will all be aiming to prove their talent at the spiritual home of LGCT in Valkenswaard.
After a successful week jumping the 4* last week’s top international rider, Darragh Kenny (IRL) said: “Tops International Arena is always a great place to compete, the standard of competition is always extremely high and the facilities for the horses especially are amazing.”
The impressive lineup also includes Pieter Devos (BEL), Jos Verlooy (BEL), Nayel Nassar (EGY), Olivier Robert (FRA), Denis Lynch (IRL), Michael Pender (IRL), Daniel Bluman (ISR), Kevin Jochems (NED), Leopold van Asten (NED), Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) and Anna Kellnerova (CZE), all the riders will be competing for top honours in the immaculate grass arena in the heart of Europe.
Winner of last week’s CSI4* Grand Prix at Tops International Arena Omer Karaevli (TUR) will also be back in action aiming to repeat his performance along with two other Turkish riders Derin Demirsoy (TUR) and Efe Siyahi (TUR) who are all part of the Istanbul Sultans GCL team.
Fans will not want to miss the high adrenaline show jumping action, featuring this great field of show jumping stars as all eyes will be on the €300,000 Grand Prix CSI 5* on Sunday at 16.30 local time. Tickets are still available or all the action will be streamed live on GCTV.
Source: Press Release from Tops International Arena
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