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Spain is the stage for the second round of the Global Champions Tour
2011 Global Champions Tour of Valkenswaard
Photograph:Stefano Grasso (GCT)
Thirty of the world's top show jumping riders have arrived in Spain for the hotly-anticipated first European leg of the 2012 Global Champions Tour.
Among them is reining GCT champion Edwina Tops-Alexander who is also the first athlete to be selected to Australia’s Equestrian Team that will compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Having won the opening event in Doha, Qatar, Edwina is looking to pocket a second consecutive win and increase her lead over a highly competitive field.
The new venue of Oliva Nova Equestrian Centre, on the Mediterranean coast south of Valencia, will play host to the top-ranked riders and their horses for a fantastic weekend of high quality sport from May 4 - 6.
The Grand Prix will be broadcast on Eurosport and GCT live streaming will follow all the action of the major classes accompanied by expert commentary.
Riders will be competing for one of the richest prizes on offer in the sport with € 285.000 to be divided among the winner and runners up in the Grand Prix on Saturday evening.
In an Olympic year many of the leading riders are making the GCT circuit their top priority and will be competing hard for both the high prize money and coveted ranking points.
This year’s GCT calendar is the biggest since it was founded in 2006 and includes four new events in Wiesbaden, Lausanne, Vienna and Shanghai.
To view the Eurosport GCT broadcast schedule visit http://tv.au.eurosport.com/. Broadcast times are made available on the website one month prior to each event.