The Horse Circus: 11.22.13

The Horse Circus

We pretend to go to the horse show but everyone really knows it’s a circus!

Bring on the clowns! And the horses too!

Every Friday Counter-Canter Culture features the important US and International Horse Shows currently under way.

Photo courtesy of Longines Global Champions Tour

Photo of Laura Kraut courtesy of Longines Global Champions Tour

Longines Global Champions Tour Championship Final 2013

This weekend, we are taking The Horse Circus global.  Qatar will host the Longines Global Champions Tour Championship Final, which will be the last of the twelve rounds of the tour.  This year the tour saw top international riders competing for millions in prize money at venues from London to Austria, with illustrious spectators that included rock legend Bruce Springsteen.

Currently American Laura Kraut is in the lead, but Global Champions Tour president Jan Tops says: “As we go into the final event of the 2013 championship series we have a fantastic contest, where it is still possible for nine riders out of the top 11 to become champion.”  Catch up on the previous shows with this video.

Preview: Longines Global Champions Tour Championship Final at Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre in Doha

The Grand Prix will be held on Saturday November 23 with renowned course designer Uliano Vezzani setting the 1.60m challenge for around 50 riders at the Al Shaqab Equestrian Center in Doha.  The facility is spread out over 980,000 square meters and boasts a stable capacity for more than 400 horses.  It also stands out for its dynamic architectural design with a central horseshoe shape.  Just look at the stunning view of this venue from above and click on the second picture to browse an interactive map of the facilities.

Photo from Open Buildings

Photo from Open Buildings

Photo from Al Shaqab

Photo from Al Shaqab

Even if you, like most of us, can’t make it to Qatar, you can still be a part of the action.  Catch the Grand Prix on GTC Live and mark your calendar based on their Broadcasting Schedule.

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