Longines Los Angeles Masters 2015 Arrives October 1
Established in three of the most important cities of the world — Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Paris — this unique show jumping circuit is internationally renowned and brings together Olympic-level sport, entertainment, lifestyle and glamour. The best Show Jumping horses and riders in the world compete during four days for a total prize money of $1,000,000 to be awarded during each stage of the Masters.
Now recognized by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the Longines Masters are a series that propose a unique challenge within the international indoor circuit: the Masters Grand Slam. With consecutive wins in all three international cities – the Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Paris – the winner will receive an additional prize of 1 million Euros. The winner with two consecutive victories will be awarded a bonus of 500,000 Euros, and a third prize will be awarded with 250,000 Euros to the winner with two non-consecutive victories in two of the three cities. Los Angeles, added to the circuit in 2014, is the second of the three competitions in the series. The first was The Longines Masters of Hong Kong which took place in February of this year.
Broadcast to over 550 million viewers in over 120 countries, The Longines Masters Grand Slam Indoor event entices growing audiences each year, is well loved and attended by celebrities and financial icons, and receives widespread media attention internationally. Events in each of the respective competition cities garner nearly 50,000 visitors locally and from all over the world.
Four days of high-level competitions and show-stopping performances, The Longines Masters of Los Angeles sets the stage for some of the finest competition and entertainment in the world. Featuring the world’s best horse-rider combinations of the FEI Longines rankings, signature equestrian events take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the Opening Gala welcome event on Thursday, October 1.
Friday is dedicated to speed, with the Longines Speed Challenge, known as the fastest event in the world. Created in 2010 by EEM, this competition is a demonstration of speed, agility, power and precision. Faults are less penalizing than in other competitions, allowing the riders to reach the best results by being the fastest — an incredible competition against the clock and a crowd engaging show.
Saturday unfolds under the sign of glamour, entertainment and generosity with the Gucci Gold Cup and the Pro-Am Style & Competition for Charity, a costumed competition for the benefit of charity organizations.
Sunday is time for the best of the sport with the Longines Grand Prix, an Olympic-level event with a course at 1,60m.
Alongside these events, the main ring of the Masters also hosts the best junior riders, amateur and professional, with the Prestige Trophy and the Invitational Trophy, where the rising stars of the sport rub shoulders with the current elite riders.
Event organizers, Les Ecuries d’Ecaussinnes (EEM and translated, The Stables of Ecaussinnes), are excited to announce the addition of the Steffen Peters Dressage Demonstration as part of the The Longines Masters of Los Angeles program in October. Spectators can enjoy Steffen Peters Dressage Demonstrations on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd. He will be explaining the sport, approach, and movements of dressage followed by a Kur Grand Prix Freestyle live demonstration to give guests a sense of dressage competition.
One of the greatest riders of all time, Great Britain’s John Whitaker, just celebrated his 60th birthday and has been confirmed as a competitor in the American leg of this three continent competition. Whitaker returned to victory this past February at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong which is the first competition leg of the three in the Masters Grand Slam. Whitaker clinched a 5-star Longines Grand Prix win with his horse, Argento, whom he has trained himself since he was young.
Also among the leading competitors at The Longines Masters of Los Angeles are the top three ranked riders in the world: Number one ranked, Scott Brash of the United Kingdom (pictured above), Number two, Daniel Deusser from Germany,
and third ranked Kent Farrington of the USA. A Chicago native, Kent is a member of Team USA and recently won a Bronze medal in the World Equestrian Games.
In addition to the competition, spectators and guests can dine on refined cuisine from two Michelin-star chef Yves Mattagne and enjoy live music in the exquisite lounge; additionally, they can explore the Prestige Village with its Kids Corner and shops from exclusive international partner brands.
Among the celebrities attending last years inaugural Longines Masters of Los Angeles:
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The Longines Masters schedule:
* Longines Masters of Los Angeles October 1 to 4, 2015
* Longines Masters of Paris December 3 to 6, 2015
* Longines Masters of Hong Kong February 19 to 21, 2016 (which kicks off the 2016 season)
Photos courtesy of The Longines Masters website