I completely missed advising you about a terrific event that was due to occur at the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences during the weekend. This was all the more regrettable – because I had bookedup long before, went myself – and had a fantastic time!
During the weekend the Global Champions Tour was run beside the Valencia science museum. For those unfamiliar with the event, it is a show jumping competition that is held in 9 different countries and one that aims to provide ‘the best in showjumping’ with world class riders and horses.
In fact, the Global Champions Tour is also notable for its prize money! Evidently, in 2010 the winner earnt half a million Euros in prize money. This gives you some idea of the supreme excellence of both the horses and riders involved. Mind you, I imagine that most of the prize money would been needed just to cover the vast costs involved in competing in 9 different countries with a world class horse…
In any event, the occasion was simply wonderful. Indeed, it would have been churlish of anyone not to have enjoyed a spectacularly well run event located in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe – and within the glorious City of Arts and Sciences.
Not only was it great to see world class horse riding in Valencia but, amazingly, it was also incredibly good value. Seats in the grandstand cost only 10 Euros – which beggars belief, frankly.
Of course, as I wrote recently, there are few places more exciting and awesomely beautiful than the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. When this is combined with a terrific show then you truly know that you are in for a treat.
Incidentally, the winner of this years Global Champions Tour grand prix in Valencia was the Irishman Billy Twomey – riding the appropriately named Je T’Aime Flamenco.
Anyway, if you are ‘into’ horses then I am almost certain that this type of horse riding in Valencia will occur again next year – in which case book up early and see a really superb competition in circumstances that could not be bettered!
Finally, as always, it was impossible not to try to capture some of the buildings within the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences and my son took this stunning picture just as the sun was finally disappearing.
What a breathtaking place…