(CNN)After months of exhilarating action across a host of major cities, the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) reaches its dramatic conclusion this weekend in an unmissable showdown in New York.

Only one point separates this season’s top two riders with Belgian Pieter Devos inching ahead of reigning champion Ben Maher in the tightest title race of the tournament’s history. Despite sitting in second place, Maher may well have the upper hand over his fierce rival, with only nine scores counting in each rider’s tally for the season.The Briton will regain his crown should he finish in fifth place or above, and would need to finish in 14th or higher should Devos place in the top five. READ: Ben Maher on the secrets of his successRead MoreREAD: Pieter Devos on the secrets of his successBen Maher and Explosion W celebrating another victory in Rome.Ben Maher and Explosion W celebrating another victory in Rome.Ben Maher and Explosion W celebrating another victory in Rome.JUST WATCHEDLGCT Rome: Ben Maher leaps to victoryReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH (16 Videos)Ben Maher and Explosion W celebrating another victory in Rome.Ben Maher and Explosion W celebrating another victory in Rome.LGCT Rome: Ben Maher leaps to victoryOlivier Philippaerts on ExtraOlivier Philippaerts on ExtraOlivier Philippaerts: Secrets of My SuccessMaikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue on the way to victoryMaikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue on the way to victoryLGCT Valkenswaard: van der Vleuten triumphsUS American Laura Kraut on Cedric clears an obstacle during the North Rhine Westphalia jumping prize at the CHIO World Equestrian Festival in Aachen on July 6, 2012.  Kraut took third place. The CHIO, the last major equestrian event before the London Olympics, takes place from 03 to 08 July AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)US American Laura Kraut on Cedric clears an obstacle during the North Rhine Westphalia jumping prize at the CHIO World Equestrian Festival in Aachen on July 6, 2012.  Kraut took third place. The CHIO, the last major equestrian event before the London Olympics, takes place from 03 to 08 July AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/GettyImages)Laura Kraut: Secrets of My SuccessEdwina Tops-Alexander: Secrets of My SuccessBen Maher, seen here sharing a moment with Explosion W, said the Dutch warmblood is "one of the best" horses he has ever had.Ben Maher, seen here sharing a moment with Explosion W, said the Dutch warmblood is "one of the best" horses he has ever had.LGCT London: Ben Maher and the London Knights on topJennifer Gates: Paris Panthers owner opens upDani G. Waldman and Lizziemary on the way to victory in Berlin.Dani G. Waldman and Lizziemary on the way to victory in Berlin.LGCT Berlin: Dani G. Waldman takes the victoryDarragh Kenny on the way to victory with Balou du ReventonDarragh Kenny on the way to victory with Balou du ReventonLGCT Chantilly: Darragh Kenny jumps to victoryBen Maher: Secrets of My SuccessChristian Ahlmann on the way to his fifth victory on the Longines Global Champions Tour.Christian Ahlmann on the way to his fifth victory on the Longines Global Champions Tour.LGCT Paris: New dad Ahlmann clinches winLGCT Monaco: Van der Vleuten soars to winGerman Daniel Deusser clinched victory at the Longines Global Champions Tour stop in Hamburg on Saturday. German Daniel Deusser clinched victory at the Longines Global Champions Tour stop in Hamburg on Saturday. Daniel Deusser: Secrets of My SuccessPieter Devos on Claire ZPieter Devos on Claire ZPieter Devos: Secrets of My SuccessMartin Fuchs on the way to victory with Chaplin.Martin Fuchs on the way to victory with Chaplin.LGCT Cascais: Martin Fuchs does the doublePeder Fredricson celebrates after winning the inaugural LGCT in the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm.Peder Fredricson celebrates after winning the inaugural LGCT in the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm.LGCT Stockholm: Fredricson clinches home win‘Unbelievable’However, there is still an outside chance that German Daniel Deusser can cause an upset. Deusser, who is in third place, would need to rely on both men above him not qualifying for the weekend’s Grand Prix event, which is unlikely given both are likely to bring their best horses — Claire Z (Devos) and Explosion W (Maher) — to the US. Among the big-name Americans competing in front of their home crowd at the Governors Island venue off the southern tip of Manhattan are Georgina Bloomberg, Jessica Springsteen and Jennifer Gates.”This is the first time in years that we will have the best showjumping riders in the world – not just in the country, in the world – come and jump in the highest level of competition,” said Bloomberg, the daughter of businessman and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.”This is really the best of the best in the world and I think that anybody who comes will really see the excitement of the sport. I think that it’s going to be the one that all the top riders really want to aim for.”New Jersey-raised Springsteen, who won the most recent LGCT Grand Prix in Saint-Tropez, added: “It’s my home town, my whole family are coming. I think it is going to be unbelievable – I’m so looking forward to it.”READ: Global Champions 2019: Schedule and resultsJessica Springsteen rode RMF Zecilie to her very first individual victory on the Global Champions Tour. Jessica Springsteen rode RMF Zecilie to her very first individual victory on the Global Champions Tour. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLSaint-Tropez – Jessica Springsteen rode RMF Zecilie to her very first individual victory on the Global Champions Tour. Hide Caption 1 of 38Springsteen, daughter of famed rocker Bruce, was a popular winner at the glamorous beach side venue on the French Riviera.Springsteen, daughter of famed rocker Bruce, was a popular winner at the glamorous beach side venue on the French Riviera. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLSpringsteen, daughter of famed rocker Bruce, was a popular winner at the glamorous beach side venue on the French Riviera.Hide Caption 2 of 38Italy's famed Carosello IV Reggimento Carabinieri a Cavallo put on a display for the Global Champions Tour spectators in Rome. Italy's famed Carosello IV Reggimento Carabinieri a Cavallo put on a display for the Global Champions Tour spectators in Rome. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLRome – Italy’s famed Carosello IV Reggimento Carabinieri a Cavallo put on a display for the Global Champions Tour spectators in Rome. Hide Caption 3 of 38Britain's Ben Maher, the defending overall champion, clinched the Rome Grand Prix to climb to the top of the season standings. Britain's Ben Maher, the defending overall champion, clinched the Rome Grand Prix to climb to the top of the season standings. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLBritain’s Ben Maher, the defending overall champion, clinched the Rome Grand Prix to climb to the top of the season standings. Hide Caption 4 of 38Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue on the way to victory in Valkenswaard.Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue on the way to victory in Valkenswaard. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLValkenswaard – Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue on the way to victory in Valkenswaard.Hide Caption 5 of 38The Tops International Arena, in the Netherlands, is a wonderful venue to host the Valkenswaard leg of the tour. The Tops International Arena, in the Netherlands, is a wonderful venue to host the Valkenswaard leg of the tour. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLThe Tops International Arena, in the Netherlands, is a wonderful venue to host the Valkenswaard leg of the tour. Hide Caption 6 of 38Winless all season, defending overall LGCT champion Ben Maher hits back with a bang on Explosion W on home soil.Winless all season, defending overall LGCT champion Ben Maher hits back with a bang on Explosion W on home soil. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLLondon – Winless all season, defending overall LGCT champion Ben Maher hits back with a bang on Explosion W on home soil.Hide Caption 7 of 38Shane Sweetnam goes airborne on Alejandro at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.Shane Sweetnam goes airborne on Alejandro at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLShane Sweetnam goes airborne on Alejandro at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.Hide Caption 8 of 38Dani G. Waldman and Lizziemary triumphed in Berlin.Dani G. Waldman and Lizziemary triumphed in Berlin. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLBerlin – Dani G. Waldman and Lizziemary triumphed in Berlin.Hide Caption 9 of 38Germany's Ludger Beerbaum and Cool Feeling missed out by just 0.35 seconds.Germany's Ludger Beerbaum and Cool Feeling missed out by just 0.35 seconds. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLGermany’s Ludger Beerbaum and Cool Feeling missed out by just 0.35 seconds.Hide Caption 10 of 38Darragh Kenny rode to victory on Balou du Reventon in front of the spectacular Chateau de Chantilly north of Paris.  Darragh Kenny rode to victory on Balou du Reventon in front of the spectacular Chateau de Chantilly north of Paris.  Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLChantilly – Darragh Kenny rode to victory on Balou du Reventon in front of the spectacular Chateau de Chantilly north of Paris. Hide Caption 11 of 38Ben Maher and Explosion W in action at Chantilly.Ben Maher and Explosion W in action at Chantilly. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLBen Maher and Explosion W in action at Chantilly.Hide Caption 12 of 38 The Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars provided a stunning setting for round 11 of the Longines Global Champions Tour.    The Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars provided a stunning setting for round 11 of the Longines Global Champions Tour.   Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLParis – The Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars provided a stunning setting for round 11 of the Longines Global Champions Tour. Hide Caption 13 of 38New dad Christian Ahlmann jumped to his fifth victory on the global circuit.New dad Christian Ahlmann jumped to his fifth victory on the global circuit. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLNew dad Christian Ahlmann jumped to his fifth victory on the global circuit.Hide Caption 14 of 38The glitzy riviera resort of Monaco held the 10th and halfway stop of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. The glitzy riviera resort of Monaco held the 10th and halfway stop of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLMonaco – The glitzy riviera resort of Monaco held the 10th and halfway stop of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. Hide Caption 15 of 38Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten riding Beauville Z dazzled under the floodlights in the principality. Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten riding Beauville Z dazzled under the floodlights in the principality. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLDutchman Maikel van der Vleuten riding Beauville Z dazzled under the floodlights in the principality. Hide Caption 16 of 38Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten won the Monaco leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour riding Beauville Z. Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten won the Monaco leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour riding Beauville Z. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLDutchman Maikel van der Vleuten won the Monaco leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour riding Beauville Z. Hide Caption 17 of 38Switzerland's Martin Fuchs clinched double victory by winning both the Longines Global Champions Tour event and partnering Ben Maher to triumph in the Global Champions League for London Knights on the Portuguese coast.Switzerland's Martin Fuchs clinched double victory by winning both the Longines Global Champions Tour event and partnering Ben Maher to triumph in the Global Champions League for London Knights on the Portuguese coast. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLCascais, Portgual – Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs clinched double victory by winning both the Longines Global Champions Tour event and partnering Ben Maher to triumph in the Global Champions League for London Knights on the Portuguese coast.Hide Caption 18 of 38Britain's Maher, the defending LGCT overall champion, rode his Explosion W to second in the individual Grand Prix in Cascais.Britain's Maher, the defending LGCT overall champion, rode his Explosion W to second in the individual Grand Prix in Cascais. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLBritain’s Maher, the defending LGCT overall champion, rode his Explosion W to second in the individual Grand Prix in Cascais.Hide Caption 19 of 38Peder Fredricson celebrates after winning the inaugural LGCT in the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm.Peder Fredricson celebrates after winning the inaugural LGCT in the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLStockholm, Sweden – Peder Fredricson celebrates after winning the inaugural LGCT in the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm.Hide Caption 20 of 38The Swedish capital welcomed the Global Champions Tour for the first time in June 2019. The Swedish capital welcomed the Global Champions Tour for the first time in June 2019. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLThe Swedish capital welcomed the Global Champions Tour for the first time in June 2019. Hide Caption 21 of 38The "City of Stars" on the French Riviera hosted round seven of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. The "City of Stars" on the French Riviera hosted round seven of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLCannes, France – The “City of Stars” on the French Riviera hosted round seven of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. Hide Caption 22 of 38Belgium's Niels Bruynseels riding Gancia de Muze edged British Olympic gold medalist Scott Brash to win his first LGCT Grand Prix event. Belgium's Niels Bruynseels riding Gancia de Muze edged British Olympic gold medalist Scott Brash to win his first LGCT Grand Prix event. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLBelgium’s Niels Bruynseels riding Gancia de Muze edged British Olympic gold medalist Scott Brash to win his first LGCT Grand Prix event. Hide Caption 23 of 38Home favorite Daniel Deusser rode Jasmien v. Bisschop to victory in the Hamburg leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.Home favorite Daniel Deusser rode Jasmien v. Bisschop to victory in the Hamburg leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLHamburg, Germany – Home favorite Daniel Deusser rode Jasmien v. Bisschop to victory in the Hamburg leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.Hide Caption 24 of 38Spectators enjoyed lavish hospitality in the German city as the world's best show jumpers competed just yards from their seats.Spectators enjoyed lavish hospitality in the German city as the world's best show jumpers competed just yards from their seats. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLSpectators enjoyed lavish hospitality in the German city as the world’s best show jumpers competed just yards from their seats.Hide Caption 25 of 38Fuchs rode Chaplin to victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, as well as partnering Maher to win the Global Champions League title for the London Knights.Fuchs rode Chaplin to victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, as well as partnering Maher to win the Global Champions League title for the London Knights. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLMadrid, Spain – Fuchs rode Chaplin to victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, as well as partnering Maher to win the Global Champions League title for the London Knights.Hide Caption 26 of 38Van der Vleuten on Dana Blue finished a narrow second behind Fuchs in the Spanish capital.Van der Vleuten on Dana Blue finished a narrow second behind Fuchs in the Spanish capital. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLMadrid – Van der Vleuten on Dana Blue finished a narrow second behind Fuchs in the Spanish capital.Hide Caption 27 of 38Danielle Goldstein rode Lizziemary to the Longines Global Champions Tour title in Shanghai in early May.Danielle Goldstein rode Lizziemary to the Longines Global Champions Tour title in Shanghai in early May. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLShanghai, China – Danielle Goldstein rode Lizziemary to the Longines Global Champions Tour title in Shanghai in early May.Hide Caption 28 of 38Israel's Goldstein beat Irishman Darragh Kenny on Balou du Reventon by just 0.08 seconds in the jump-off.Israel's Goldstein beat Irishman Darragh Kenny on Balou du Reventon by just 0.08 seconds in the jump-off. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCL – Israel’s Goldstein beat Irishman Darragh Kenny on Balou du Reventon by just 0.08 seconds in the jump-off.Hide Caption 29 of 38The spectacular waterside setting provided a picture-perfect backdrop for the Miami Beach event. Pictured: Georgina Bloomberg riding Chameur 137.The spectacular waterside setting provided a picture-perfect backdrop for the Miami Beach event. Pictured: Georgina Bloomberg riding Chameur 137. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLMiami Beach, USA – The spectacular waterside setting provided a picture-perfect backdrop for the Miami Beach event. Pictured: Georgina Bloomberg riding Chameur 137.Hide Caption 30 of 38Belgium's Pieter Devos and his 11-year-old Claire Z triumphed in an eight-rider jump-off for his first GCT win since 2014. Belgium's Pieter Devos and his 11-year-old Claire Z triumphed in an eight-rider jump-off for his first GCT win since 2014. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLBelgium’s Pieter Devos and his 11-year-old Claire Z triumphed in an eight-rider jump-off for his first GCT win since 2014. Hide Caption 31 of 38Devos beat Harrie Smolders and Don VHP Z by 0.04 seconds in a nail-biting finish.Devos beat Harrie Smolders and Don VHP Z by 0.04 seconds in a nail-biting finish. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLDevos beat Harrie Smolders and Don VHP Z by 0.04 seconds in a nail-biting finish.Hide Caption 32 of 38Jerome Guery  and Quel Homme de Hus celebrated their first LGCT victory in Mexico.Jerome Guery  and Quel Homme de Hus celebrated their first LGCT victory in Mexico. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLMexico City, Mexico – Jerome Guery and Quel Homme de Hus celebrated their first LGCT victory in Mexico.Hide Caption 33 of 38Guery's stallion was given to him by his best friend two months before the event but they gelled to win a 12-horse jump-off.Guery's stallion was given to him by his best friend two months before the event but they gelled to win a 12-horse jump-off. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCL – Guery’s stallion was given to him by his best friend two months before the event but they gelled to win a 12-horse jump-off.Hide Caption 34 of 38The Campo Marte venue, at more than 2,000 feet above sea level, hosted the equestrian events at the 1968 Olympic Games.The Campo Marte venue, at more than 2,000 feet above sea level, hosted the equestrian events at the 1968 Olympic Games. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCL – The Campo Marte venue, at more than 2,000 feet above sea level, hosted the equestrian events at the 1968 Olympic Games.Hide Caption 35 of 38France's Julien Epaillard and Usual Suspect d'Auge raced to victory in the jump-off in the season opener in Doha.France's Julien Epaillard and Usual Suspect d'Auge raced to victory in the jump-off in the season opener in Doha. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLDoha, Qatar – France’s Julien Epaillard and Usual Suspect d’Auge raced to victory in the jump-off in the season opener in Doha.Hide Caption 36 of 38The event was held at the state-of-the-art Al Shaqab Equestrian Facility in Doha.The event was held at the state-of-the-art Al Shaqab Equestrian Facility in Doha. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCL – The event was held at the state-of-the-art Al Shaqab Equestrian Facility in Doha.Hide Caption 37 of 38Britain's Maher came into the 2019 season as overall LGCT defending champion.Britain's Maher came into the 2019 season as overall LGCT defending champion. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCL – Britain’s Maher came into the 2019 season as overall LGCT defending champion.Hide Caption 38 of 38Global Champions Tour St Tropez Jessica Springsteen on RMF ZecilieGlobal Champions Tour St Tropez Jessica Springsteen on RMF Zecilie awardsGlobal Champions Tour Rome 2019 arenaGlobal Champions Tour Rome 2019 Ben MaherLGCT-Valkenswaard-Vleutenvalkenswaard lgct equestrianBen Maher on Explosion W GLobal Champions Tour LondonShane Sweetnam on Alejandro GLobal Champions TourWaldman eq berlinLudger Beerbaum on Cool Feeling LGCT BErlinKenny-Chantilly-LGCTBen Maher on Explosion W LGCT Chantillyparis lgctAhlmann-LGCT-ParisMonaco Global Champions Tour general viewMonaco Global Champions Tour general view Maikel van der Vleuten on Beauville ZGlobal Champions TourMartin Fuchs GCT Cascais winnerBen Maher GCT Cascais 2019Peder Fredricson celebrates LGCT Stockholm.GCT Stockholm general viewGlobal Champions Tour Cannes general viewGLobal Champions Tour Niels Bruynseels on Gancia de MuzeDaniel Deusser on Jasmien v. Bisschop global champions tourGlobal Champions Tour Hamburg general view hospitalityFuchs LGCT MadridMaikel van der Vleuten on Dana Blue Global Champions TourDanielle Goldstein on Lizziemary GCT ShanghaiDarragh Kenny on Balou du Reventon GCT ShanghaiGCT Miami season 2019 Georgina Bloomberg on Chameur 137Pieter Devos Claire Z GCT MiamiGCT 2019 season Miami Harrie SmoldersLGCT Guery celebratesLGCT Guery fliesGCT 2019 season Mexico venueGCT Doha 2019 season EpaillardLGCT season 2019 Doha venue GCT season 2019 Doha Ben Maher Team battleMeanwhile, in the Global Champions League (GCL), there is all still to play for at the top of the standings after a dizzying campaign for the 16 teams involved. The St. Tropez Pirates — represented in New York by Devos, Edwina Tops-Alexander and Dani G. Waldman — are on top in the rankings but they are closely followed by the Shangai Swans, who sit just two points behind. Deusser, Peder Fredricson and Shane Sweetnam will ride for the Swans this weekend. Defending champions London Knights — Maher, Martin Fuchs and Olivier Philippaerts — are six points further adrift, despite recording the most wins this season with four.READ: Jessica Springsteen clinches her biggest career win in Saint-TropezREAD: Martin Fuchs on the secrets of his successMadrid in Motion are another six points back after a consistent season, including two wins. In addition to the GCL title up for grabs, teams will also be fighting for a place in the GC Prague Playoffs, with the top four ranked teams being fast-tracked to the semifinals.The season finale in the Czech Republic is worth an eye-watering $3.3 million and will take place between November 21-24.

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