Welcome to paradise! Season opening, GLOCK-style

It’s time once again: more than 175 horses and their riders from 15 nations will join international superstars from February 2nd till 5th 2017. Because that marks the “Welcome to paradise! Welcome to the season opening in GLOCK style with International Show Jumping at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER.”

30 years of GLOCK in Ferlach, Austria
Following the splendid GLOCK USA jubilee last year, in 2017 it’s time to celebrate in Austria. Thirty years of GLOCK in Ferlach, Austria – reason enough to start celebrations in the setting of International Show Jumping.

GLOCK is a leading worldwide manufacturer of hand guns and, for 30 years now, has stood for safety, dependability and perfection. Through precise engineering skill, GLOCK fulfils the complex requirements of police and military forces. For this reason, law enforcement units in more than 100 countries worldwide work with GLOCK pistols. As its founder, Gaston Glock continues to play a central role in the Glock business, working every day to maintain this incomparable success story together with GLOCK staff of around 1600 worldwide.

GLOCK perfection meets equestrian sport
When the Gaston and Kathrin Glock family issue an invitation to the international season opening, all can count on a top-class event. The exclusivity and particular flair of tournaments held at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER are internationally renowned and carry the personal signature of managing director Kathrin Glock. The rush for those hotly contested places to compete begins earlier with each tournament. Because here, for a full four days, the gates open to reveal to participants and visitors alike not only top-class equestrian sport but also a truly magical world: the breathtaking design of the Riders Lounge, exquisite dining and cocktails, inspiring live acts by show stars and touching charity initiatives for people and animals in need.

International equestrian sport stars in the saddle
The riders are already looking forward to it: the total prize money awaiting athletes at the GHPC Austria amounts to 239,000 euros. The GLOCK’s 3* Grand Prix alone carries 100,000 euros of prize money. The youngster competitions and the possibility of coaching their own students in the CSI1* competitions make the season opening especially attractive for the stars of the equestrian sports world. Also tempting are the total of four FEI Longines world ranking list show jumping events.

Participants include:
Gianni Govoni (ITA) – winner of Gaston Glock’s Grand Prix Salzburg 2016, Italian championship rider
Gerco Schröder (NED) – GLOCK Rider, twice Olympic silver medal winner, current World and European Champion
Bertram Allen (IRL) – currently ranked 18th in the world rankings, Irish championship rider

Also our Austrian top riders such as the current number one Max Kühner and EC rider Markus Saurugg will not want to miss out on the highlight of the season’s opening.

Industrialist Gaston Glock handed his wife Kathrin responsibility for achieving international positioning of the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER in 2010. Today not only world champions, Olympic medal holders and European champions but also international show stars are delighted to attend tournaments as guests of the Gaston and Kathrin Glock family.

GLOCK’s Entertainment in the Riders Lounge
With the theme “Horses and Stars”, there’s  GLOCK-style high-class entertainment awaiting guests in the exclusive Riders Lounge:
• Gourmet entertainment with Alfons Schuhbeck
• Wellness Lounge (manicure, pedicure, massage)
• Styling Lounge with star stylist Eren Bektas and his team
• Kids Lounge with creative supervision
• Cinema Lounge for little cinema fans
• Dog Wellness – the very finest dog massage with Manfred Kellenc
• Live coverage from the tournament hall
• Top-class international show acts

Free entry to the Cooking Lounge
German star chef Alfons Schuhbeck will gain be delighting all in his Cooking Lounge at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER. Here, all tournament guests enjoy free entry. The cooking shows take place on Friday and Saturday at 11am, 2pm and 5pm and on Sunday at 11am and 2pm.

Free entry to the tournament hall, public viewing and Dog Lounge
There is free entry to the spectator grandstand in the tournament hall every day. At the Public Lounge, day-guests can enjoy public viewing, exclusive catering and a supervised Kids Corner. The dogs aren’t forgotten either: at the Dog Lounge there are plenty of treats for our faithful friends.

Fully informed
You can find all the information about the competitions, daily summaries, many photos and news as well as the live stream of International Show Jumping at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER at

International Show Jumping
When: 02-05/02/2017
VIP day tickets: call +43 664 887 344 01
Free entry to all competitive events at the spectator grandstand in the tournament hall

Awaiting those four-legged superstars once again for the season opening at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER is GLOCK Paradise with GLOCK’s red carpet. © studiohorst / GHPC

World and European champion Gerco Schröder will be there! The Dutch rider performs in the GLOCK team and is looking forward to visiting his second home base. © Michael Rzepa

Austria’s celebrated riders such as Max Kühner also count among the regular guests of the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER. © Michael Rzepa