I’ve discovered the GCT Life magazine when I went to the Global Champions Tour Chantilly last July.
The upscale publication, which is the brainchild of Monaco’s Charlotte Casiraghi and the Tour’s founder, former Olympic gold medallist Jan Tops, is a stylish window on the world of top-level equestrian sport and the sophisticated lifestyle that surrounds it.
GCT Life, created by a renowned team of writers, designers and contributors, showcases the luxury, glamour and excellence synonymous with the Formula 1 of the equestrian world.
From Gucci to Hermès, GCT Life celebrates the classic equestrian heritage that has inspired and influenced some of the world’s leading fashion houses.
The magazine offers a glimpse into the Tour’s chic social scene and previews all the news and sporting drama ahead.
Furthermore, GCT Life pays homage to the magnificence of the horse.
Charlotte Casiraghi, Editor of GCT Life and a regular competitor on the Global Champions Tour, said: “Equestrian sport’s popularity is on the rise again, which is owed in no small part to the excitement generated by the Global Champions Tour. Horse riding has always been synonymous with high fashion, glamour and a desirable lifestyle. The magazine aims to provide both those that are passionate as well as those that are curious about equestrian life with a thrilling, in-depth experience of what it’s all about. I want to thank Jan Tops for this unique opportunity and to pay tribute to my team of illustrious contributors.”
(Photos by Philip Riches – DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION)
Publication: GCT Life
Photographer: Philip Riches
Born in rural Australia he was from an early age drawn to beauty and the drama he saw created in the pages of fashion magazines. Charged by a desire to see the world and create something special he decided from a young age that he wanted to become a photographer.
This has seen him working and living in Melbourne, Sydney, Milan, Amsterdam and now settling in London. He has worked with many great clients including Viktor and Rolf, Tommy Hilfiger, L’Oreal and for publications such as Vogue, W and Marie Claire. And photographed many of the most beautiful and inspiring models in the world, Lara Stone, Kristen McMenamy, Doutzen kroes, Rianne Ten Haken, Yasmin Le Bon and Helena Christensen.
In the last 18 months he expanded into the world of moving images and has found a new passion that he is very excited to explore in the future.
Photographic assistant: Colin Hill
Art Direction: Alice Balas
Stylist: Rebecca Corbin-Murray
Stylist’s assistant: Lisa Megens
Hair: Jan Fuite
Make-up: Liselotte Saarloos