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Cheers, suspense and jubilation marked Thursday’s inaugural
Longines Hong Kong Masters, which opened with the spectacular
Longines Speed Challenge before thousands of show jumping fans and
guests at the sold-out equestrian arena of the AsiaWorld-Expo.
The competition showcased speed and precision as
the world’s top 25 riders competed to clear a course of 16
1.45-meter fences in the fastest and most accurate way possible,
with two second penalties for every fault.
Ukraine’s Katharina Offel with Olivia De Nantuel topped the competition with the best
time of 64.61 seconds, closely followed by France’s Patrice Delaveau with Ornella Mail HDC who placed second with a time of
64.62 seconds, and Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer with Ulysse who
placed third with 65.12 seconds.
World No. 1 rider Christian Ahlmann from Germany
with Little Lady Z placed fourth with 65.74 seconds, followed by
France’s Roger Yves Bost with Castle Forbes Cosma at 66.92
seconds. Bost won the 2012 Longines Speed Challenge at the Gucci Paris Masters last November. USA’s Richard Spooner with Billy
Bianca placed sixth with 66.96 seconds.
exhilarating, and often suspenseful, Longines Speed Challenge is the
first of three competitions that also include the
Gucci Gold Cup
Longines Grand Prix.
Speed and precision
are two words that perfectly describe the Longines Speed
Challenge, which was created by EEM World, the owner of the
The challenge facing
competitors is to achieve the best time, with every bar knocked
down adding a 2 second penalty. The winner is, therefore, the
pairing that is both the quickest and most precise.
The format of the event ensures complete suspense, with the
Longines Speed Challenge also being very attractive to the public,
who can follow the time achieved by the competitors in real-time.
Since they know the best time as the competitors leave the arena,
each spectator can cheer on their favourite up to the end of the
The starting order was established according
to a draw with the top 10 riders and horses from the 2012 Gucci
Paris Masters Speed Challenge starting last in reverse order. Last
year’s winners included Roger Yves Bost of France with Castle
Forbes Cosma (63 seconds), followed by Gregory Wathelet of Belgium
with Kronis (64.52 seconds) and Reed Kessler of the US with Ligist
Exclusive HD video interview with Matthieu Gheysen VP Events
Clemence Faivre @ Longines Hong Kong
Masters 2013 - HD Video Interview
Longines Hong Kong
Masters Pre-Event Press Conference - 27 February 2013