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"LGCT is world famous; it includes the best riders in the world and participating in this event allows us to continue to improve.
Until last season, Al Shaqab held the season-ending leg of the LGCT and GCL but the organisers have opted to get the ball rolling for this season in Doha.
Vinay Nayudu Doha The 2019 Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) and the Global Champions League (GCL) series was officially launched at one of the world's finest equestrian venues -- Al Shaqab at a pre-season press conference on Tuesday.
Scott Brash (GBR) holds fifth with a tally of 225, two time LGCT Grand Prix winner Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) sits in sixth with 219 and two time LGCT title holder Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) is on 212 overall.
Reigning LGCT champion Ben Maher will be back to defend his title after the rider list was announced for the first round of the showjumping's premier individual and team circuit.
In the overall LGCT Rankings, just 28 points separate second-placed rider Alberto Zorzi (237 points) and Christian Ahlmann (GER) (209 points) in eighth - and with 40 points for a win there is everything to play for for the riders in between.
The programme has been designed to include two high-profile qualifying competitions which will be held on the opening days of the upcoming, prestigious, international equestrian events to be held at Al Shaqab -- the Longines Global Championship Tour (LGCT) 2019 and CHI Al Shaqab 2019.
With LGCT Doha hitting Al Shaqab from November 8-10, all eyes will be on the very best horses and riders in the sport as they battle for supremacy in the world's premier show jumping series.
The opening leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) 2019 series, a premier 5-star showjumping event which involves some of the world's most renowned horses and athletes, is scheduled to take place from February 28 to March 2.
Qatar will host the thrilling finals of the 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) show jumping series and tickets for this prestigious event at Al Shaqab are on sale now.
It will be preceded by the opening leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) 2019 series from Feb 28 to Mar 2.
On top of edge-of-the-seat team competition, the winners of each LGCT Grand Prix event from the 2018 season will be invited to compete in the Longines Global Champions Super Grand Prix; the ultimate individual showdown for the world's best horses and riders.
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