“The epicentre of equestrianism in Europe, the spectaculaire Tops International Arena”
Heralded as the ‘epicentre of equestrianism in Europe’ the unique, spectacular Tops International Arena show ground is situated in the beautiful surroundings of Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, and is the spiritual home of the prestigious Longines Global Champions Tour and revolutionary new Global Champions League. Designed with the phrase 'horses first' in mind, the stunning venue mixes cutting edge design and technology with traditional values, ensuring the perfect environment for competitors, spectators and VIP guests alike.
The facilities at the Tops International Arena are second to none, with an exceptional 125m by 85m sweeping sand arena, four further sand arenas featuring top class footing, canter tracks and lunging arenas, expansive warm up arenas, exceptional wash areas and facilities for grooms to provide top standard care and over 500 world class and beautifully designed stables available for visiting competitors. Within the impressive complex a shopping village, refreshments and entertainment areas are available for all the family to enjoy, with tickets allowing the perfect view of the action under covered grandstands.
2018 will see the world class venue host five major show jumping events this summer, welcoming all levels of riders and horses from around the world to its spectacular facilities. With yet further innovation the season will see the introduction of the 'Global Future Champions' events, two shows in July which will provide a springboard for the riders and horses of the future and allow unique opportunities for the next generation of world class show jumping combinations. Created specifically for both young horses, and young riders, the events will allow up and coming talent to perform on a world class stage, helping to progress and protect the future of the sport and creating a launchpad for the show jumping stars of the next generation. Furthermore, May events have been carefully planned around the full show jumping season schedule and will be held during the early part of the week, allowing top class riders often competing at CSI5* shows during the weekend, the opportunity to ride their young up and coming Grand Prix horses.
I’m delighted to be able to host five world class events at the Tops International Arena this summer and I am happy to be able to look ahead to future generations and offer young horses and riders the opportunity to showcase their talents on a global scale with our new shows. I truly believe in securing the future of our sport by making show jumping more accessible to new competitors, partners and fans alike, and the creation of the Global Future Champions is another step forward in the positive growth of our sport, supporting young talent and offering experiences and opportunities for the top horses and riders of the future.