Saturday, 23 January 2016 CSI3* CSI1* CSIYH1* GHPC

Glittering medals and titles galore – the stars of International Show Jumping

The list of riders at the international Season Opening at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER from January 28th till 31st 2016 will make equestrian sports fans’ pulses race. Because the range of contestants, covering around 80 athletes from 15 nations, represents a veritable equestrian sports star parade!

Heading the elite squad is recent World Cup leg winner and number 24 in the world, Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA). This speedy Italian goes to the start line with a Mediterranean temperament and three fast horses. The goal? Perfectly clear: victory in GLOCK’s 3* Grand Prix! Something that GLOCK Rider Gerco Schröder (NED) is after too. The twice World Champion, four-times European Champion and twice Olympic silver medal winner will be coming to his “home tournament” with three GLOCK horses and joining the fray in both the CSI3* and the CSIYH1*.

William Whitaker (GBR) is hoping for double victory. This off-spring of the famous Whitaker clan achieved a win in the GLOCK’s 3* Grand Prix in 2015 and also holds four young-talent European championship medals.

His compatriot Jessica Mendoza, is amongst the fastest female show-jumping riders and, in 2015, was part of the British team in the European championships in Aachen. She too has four medals in her trophy collection and was awarded the FEI Longines Rising Star Award in 2015 as well as the Raymond Brooks-Ward Memorial Trophy.

Kenneth Cheng (HKG) is a far-travelled rider. He is from Hong Kong and succeeded in winning the bronze medal for his country at the Asian Games in 2010. Ireland’s Cameron Hanley and the Dutch Gaston Glock’s Grand Prix Magna Racino winner Gert-Jan Bruggink are coming to Treffen with a lot of championship experience. Just seventeen years old, Sanne Thijssen (NED) participated in one championship in 2015, but has already achieved wins in as many as 30 international show jumping tests over 1.50 m.

Local heroes around evergreen Thomas Frühmann (W), exceptional talent Stefanie Bistan (NÖ), European championship participant Markus Saurugg (St) and strong female rider Alice Janout (NÖ) can look forward to support from their compatriots.

Those who would like to experience the “Clash of the Titans” live will be able to do so every day from January 28th till 31st at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER. Entry to the event hall is free.

GLOCK’s entertainment at the Riders Lounge
The motto “Horses and Stars” stands for GLOCK-style, high-class entertainment, and guests in the exclusive Riders Lounge can look forward to:

• Gourmet entertainment
• Wellness Lounge (manicure, pedicure, massage)
• Styling Lounge with star stylist Eren Bektas and his team
• Kids Lounge with creative carers
• Cinema Lounge for little cinema fans
• Dog Wellness – the very finest dog massage with Manfred Kellenc
• Live coverage from the tournament hall
• International top-class show acts

Teatro dinner show by Alfons Schuhbeck – The Original
Let yourself be carried away by Alfons Schuhbeck himself to enjoy the delights of a holistic experience for all the senses, to experience what are truly “culinary top-acrobatics”. Because this evening offers a perfect mix of magic, a spectacular show programme and comedy paired with culinary delights. For information on exclusive Riders Lounge tickets for “Teatro Friday”, January 29th 2016 at 300 euros/day, please contact or the hotline +43 664 887 34 401.

Cooking Lounge
Once again, German star chef Alfons Schuhbeck will be delighting all in his Cooking Lounge at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER. All tournament guests enjoy free entry here. The cooking shows take place on Fri and Sat at 11am, 2pm and 5pm and on Sunday at 11am and 2pm.

Free entry to the tournament hall
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

What: International Show Jumping
When: January 28th -31st 2016
Where: GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER Treffen nr. Villach, Austria
VIP day tickets for Friday – Teatro dinner show: 300 euros per person, call +43 664 887 344 01
Free entry to all competitive events at the spectator grandstand in the tournament hall

Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) achieved a World cup leg win in London and is coming to the Season Opening at GHPC. © Michael Rzepa

Striving to be amongst the leaders at their ‘home event’: GLOCK rider Gerco Schröder and GLOCK’s Zaranza. © Arnd Bronkhorst

Michael Jung (GER) counts amongst the most exceptionally gifted riders of our time. © Michael Rzepa