Interesting news that showjumping fans will undoubtedly find of interest… Global Champions League (GCL) to launch…
An appeal court has enabled the 2016 launch of Global Champions League (GCL), the innovative team competition that is set to revolutionise the sport of show jumping, to go ahead.
The new League has been developed by the people behind the Global Champions Tour (GCT), who have staged events in ground-breaking locations and offer unprecedented prize money. GCT was founded by Jan Tops, the four times Olympic equestrian and Dutch team gold medalist in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
The Court of Appeal in Brussels upheld an earlier decision of the Belgian Competition Authority enabling the 2016 launch of Global Champions League, whereby riders have the freedom to compete in the highly anticipated GCL events.
The new format will see Olympic and World Champions in action every Friday at 15 ‘sensational’ destinations around the world. In June of this year, the GCL filed a complaint with the BCA alleging the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) had breached EU competition law by using its rules to prevent riders and horses from competing in events not approved by the FEI by imposing a so-called “exclusivity clause”.
The FEI challenged and requested the suspension of the interim measures. However the Court of Appeal in Brussels said the FEI had managed for more than a century without the clause and had failed to show why it was indispensable.
We look forward to seeing how this interesting new League pans out for showjumping’s elite in 2016.