Longines Show Jumping Tour in Monaco: What to expect

Monte-Carlo’s spectacular Port d’Hercules will play host to the 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour season later this month.

From the 28th-30th June Monaco will be filled to the brim with show jumping enthusiasts, all there to enjoy a three-day spectacle filled with explosive performances from the best international riders and horses.

But what exactly is all the fuss about, what should you expect, and where should you stay? Below find out everything you need to know about the Monaco leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.

What is the Longines Global Champions Tour?
The Longines Tour runs over 17 exciting global destinations and, for spectators, is a unique opportunity to watch elite equestrian jumping.

It brings together the world’s top show jumpers - including Olympic, World and Continental Champions - to compete for the Tour-winning title of Champion of Champions (as well as the large pot of prize money!) The stakes are high and the contest is fierce.

Founded by former Olympic showjumper Jan Tops, Longines is a favourite among celebrity equestrian enthusiasts such as Bruce Springsteen and Bill Gates, with excellent VIP hospitality available across all destinations.

What are the expected highlights?
The Monaco leg of the Tour always holds high prestige, positioned within the iconic former Formula 1 race track and watched over by the extraordinary superyachts that line Port d’Hercules.

The start of June saw the Tour hit Cannes, where Peder Fredricson of Sweden surprised us all by beating world number one-ranked Harrie Smolders to victory. Meanwhile, 2011/2012 Champions tour winner Edwina Tops-Alexander of Australia finished down the field in 19th place. With so many shocking lead-switches in occurrence, we expect Monaco will see the favourites attempt to up their game in order to take back the throne.

The action heads to Cascals in Portugal from the 14-16th June before reaching Monaco at the end of the month.

Where are the best places to stay during the Monaco jumping contest?
One thing Monte-Carlo is not short of is luxurious places to stay. From glamourous hotels to private villas close to Monaco, there is something to suit every requirement. For those who want to stay in the heart of the equestrian action try the Fairmont Monte Carlo, a prestigious four-star resort offering rooftop views over the principality, or the Hotel de Paris, a so-called ‘temple of gastronomy’ with its 3-Michelin-star Le Louis XV restaurant.

For those who prefer a slightly more secluded spot, the best place to stay during Monte-Carlo’s jumping competition is a villa. This is also a more ideal option for large groups, as rentals can range from 3-12+ bedrooms, and tend to include a private pool and other amenities as a bonus. Stay only a short drive away from excitement of the Champions Tour, whilst enjoying peace and quiet at your leisure.

However you choose to experience it, we hope you have a blast! We can’t wait to see what the 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour in Monaco has in store.