2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi to host final of world’s richest equestrian event

02/11/2011
From November 24 to 26, Abu Dhabi will host the Final of the Global Champions Tour (GCT) – the world’s richest equestrian event, carrying a prize purse of US $9.6 million (€7 million) – following earlier stages in Doha, Valencia, Hamburg, Cannes, Monaco, Estoril, Chantily, Valenswaard and Rio de Janeiro.
 
With 90 horses and 48 riders in the 5 star class, the GCT Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be held at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort, featuring extensive indoor and outdoor sand field training areas, fully floodlit polo field and world class stables.

Forty of the world’s top Olympic riders, including future UAE Olympic hopeful HH Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, make up the competitor field which reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of equestrianism including members of ruling and royal families in the Arabian Gulf as well as European Royalty. The line-up includes Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco – fourth in line to the Monaco throne and Honorary President of Jumping International de Monte-Carlo and Sheikh Ali Al Thani of Qatar.

The GCT Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has total prize money of US $550,252 (€400,000) with US $178,800 (€130,000) going to the first placed in the leg’s 5 star class.

Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander and German Ludger Beerbaum will battle it out for the top GCT 2011 honours. The remarkable auxiliary US $1,375,630 (€1 million), to be shared amongst the top 18 ranked riders at the end of the series, will see the highest ranked taking home a US $412,689 (€300,000) cheque.

Tickets for the event are US $13.6 (AED 50) for adults and US $8.2 (AED 30) for children between 6-10 years old. Children under 6 enter for free.

Tickets are available online
at Time Out Tickets and at the Abu Dhabi Hilton, Hilton Baynounah and Al Forsan International Sports Resort.

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