19 year old showjumper, Jessica Mendoza, from Wiltshire, is one of only six British riders to be selected for the 12 teams who will be competing for a new-concept team event – the Global Champions League (GCL).
Jessica joins a star-studded list of athletes making up the teams for this new League which heralds the start of a new era in show jumping and kicks off on Sunday 10th April in Miami Beach, USA.
Riders from different countries will be united on multi-national teams like never before and Jessica will be joining Britain’s top rider, Scott Brash (currently World No. 2) on the “Miami Glory” team which also features Kent Farrington (USA; World No. 3), Georgina Bloomberg (USA) daughter of former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg) and Kimberley Prince (USA).
2016 is set to be a highly exciting year for Jessica Mendoza (who turns 20 on 9 April) as she also has her sights set on team selection for The Rio Olympics in August. She is currently ranked 62 in the World rankings and stands at 48 in the Longines Global Tour rankings.
“I’m really looking forward to the new Global teams league. It’s a brilliant idea and it’s going to be a lot for fun this year;” commented Jessica on her latest news.
Other British riders participating in the League are: Ben Maher and Alexandra Thornton (“Shanghai Swans”), John Whitaker (“Valkenswaard United”) and Laura Renwick (“Rome Gladiators”)
Two riders, from each of the 12 teams, will be selected to compete at each event on the Longines Global Champions Tour circuit which visits the most glamorous destinations in the world as the teams compete for a share of the GCL €7.5 million prize money.
Jan Tops, Co-Founder of Global Champions League and Founder and President of Longines Global Champions Tour, said: “This is a key strategic step forward in the evolution of our sport. It will transform the experience for millions of fans around the world as they identify with the ups and downs of their favourite riders and horses.
Jessica Mendoza, whose competition base is in Holland, is next scheduled to jump in the UK at The Royal Windsor Horse Show (12-15 May) and the Royal International at Hickstead (26-31 July). She is currently competing a string of 8 horses, with the most recent equine addition to Team Mendoza being the 9 year old mare, Constance, owned by Milena Pappas from Greece.
Visit www.globalchampionsleague.com for full details of the team and how the competition works.
Note: all rankings quoted are as at 29.2.16.