Sun, sea, sand and show jumping

Courtesy Global Champions Tour

Tired of the winter cold? Our dream vacation just came true.

The Longines Global Champions Tour will bring world-class showjumping to Miami Beach, Florida. And when we say to the beach, we mean it. The arena will be right on the beach, just inches from the waves. Could anything be more perfect than the sound of horses galloping around the arena mixed with the sound of waves crashing on the beach? And just when you think it can’t get any better than that, admission is also free for all three days, April 2-4. Spring break anyone?

Riders will compete for $879,000 in prizes across five classes, including the  Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix and the American Invitational. Spectators can watch from the grandstand with seating for 1,400 or along the edge of the arena. Seats are non-reservable and available on a first come, first served basis.

Flights are about $500-$600 roundtrip from Roanoke that weekend. Fly out of Charlotte and it’s in the $400 range for a roundtrip ticket. Or you can make it a road trip and be there in just over 13 hours of driving from Roanoke.

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