An incredible and beautiful jumping horse statue has been unveiled at the official launch of the landmark Longines Global Champions Tour of Shanghai event, to be held from the 6 – 8 June. This imposing artwork, created by Mr. Xu Weina and Mr. Lu Jiawei, will be displayed in the buzzing Hongkong Plaza – the most popular shopping street in central Shanghai – before being moved to the show venue for the duration of this historic event.
“Equestrian sport has been popular in Europe and the United States for over one hundred years,” said Mr. Li Yuyi, Director of the Shanghai Administration of Sports. “The five-star Longines Global Champions Tour series is the highest level show jumping event throughout the FEI events. It has been hosted successively by London, Cannes, Lausanne, Vienna, Monaco and other famous cities. This June, Shanghai Longines Global Champions Tour series is to be held at a landmark of Shanghai – China Art Palace. It will be the most influential and most appreciable equestrian event of the highest level ever held in China.”
The Longines Global Champions Tour of Shanghai Grand Prix is one of the richest of the year, with a prize pot of USD$1.1million.
Irish owned company, Connolly’s RED MILLS have been announced as the “Official Horse Feed Supplier” for the Shanghai leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour and the list of elite riders travelling to Shanghai includes three from Ireland, Billy Twomey and Shane Breen, who are both part of the Team RED MILLS Show Jumping squad, will make the trip to China along with seventeen year old super-star Bertram Allen from Co Wexford.
Edwina Tops-Alexander will be among the favouites to lift the top prize in Shanghai and the Australian is also part of the “Team RED MILLS Show Jumping Squad”. All Edwina’s horses are fed exclusively on Connolly’s RED MILLS horse feeds and follow strict diet plans to suit their individual needs formulated by Connolly’s RED MILLS nutritionists at their headquarters in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny.
You can watch the action from this key round of the LGCT 2014 series live on GCT TV, Eurosport, Equidia Life and ClassHorseTV.
For more details on the Longines Global Champions Tour visit www.globalchampionstour.com
For more details on Connolly’s RED MILLS see www.redmills.com