Takapoto gets behind Global Amateur Tour
International riders from across the globe are heading to Takapoto Estate Show Jumping for the first-ever New Zealand leg of the Global Amateur Tour.
Kiwi showjumper Lucy Olphert, one of the founders of the tour, is expecting at least 10 riders from Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Germany and Canada to compete in a 50-strong class at the show which will run alongside the Amateur Tour.
Takapoto is a fantastic venue,” says Lucy. “It is a real world-class facility and it is good for the sport to run our tour alongside these leading shows. The Global Amateur Tour was created by Lucy, Alexander Stefan Dattelkremer (Brazil) and Christian Lopez Redetzki (Mexico) to offer riders the opportunity to experience the excitement, adrenaline and professionalism of competing internationally. Riders must be amateur and competing no higher than 1.3m level.
Our real point of difference is the overall experience – offering these riders the chance to compete at world-class international events while exploring unique destinations included on the tour,” says Lucy. “Our presentations are also a real highlight. We go all out with podiums, champagne, medals, sashes, rugs and trophies. It’s all about the experience.
At Takapoto, the tour will run over three days – the first two days are qualifiers with a team competition incorporated on the second, and the final on the last day. Points are accrued by riders over the three days to determine the overall champions. This year the top two Kiwis overall will win automatic qualification into any of the other 2019 GAT events – being held in Mexico, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Brazil and Argentina – and a $500 credit towards their trip.
For more information, head to www.globalamateurtour.com