Seven of the top 10 in this year’s Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) rankings will be in action this weekend as the circuit rolls into Cannes, France.
Current leader Daniel Deusser will be looking to record consecutive victories after storming to success on home turf in Hamburg last time out.
The German sits 10 points ahead of long-time leader Pieter Devos, who will be out to regain his place at the top of the rankings.
Hot on their heels is reigning LGCT champion Ben Maher. However, the British rider needs some big performances to close the gap on the top two and keep hopes alive of a second title.
Peder Fredricson, who won last year’s Cannes Grand Prix, may also be in striking distance of the title should he succeed again on the French Riviera.
In the Global Champions League, Shanghai Swans head the standings by just five points from St. Tropez Pirates with Miami Celtics in third, seven points further adrift.
Cannes is the first stop in France on the LGCT Tour – which also incorporates trips to Paris, Chantilly and Ramatuelle near St. Tropez.
The City of Stars provides a glittering venue for the riders with the famous La Croisette just moments away from the sparkling Mediterranean.
The world’s elite showjumpers will compete in the evening, illuminated by multi-colored lights in front of thousands of spectators.
Cannes has been a stop on the circuit ever since it was created and it has been one the most popular and historic LGCT events.
The Global Champions Tour features 20 worldwide stops and culminates in the Prague Playoffs from November 21-24.