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downtown Hong Kong and conveniently located near the airport,
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The inaugural Longines Hong Kong Masters show jumping event gets
Across three days of competition at AsiaWorld-Expo, many of
the world's top 25 riders will vie for their share in $1 million
prize money (HK$7.8 million) in what is the first leg of the
prestigious Masters Grand Slam Indoor followed by New York and Paris.
Recognized as an ‘M’ Mark event by the Major Sports
Events Committee, the Longines Hong Kong Masters will be held annually and is comprised of six international 5* competitions
over three days including - the Longines Speed Challenge, the Gucci Gold Cup and the Longines Grand Prix.
Ameeuw, CEO of EEM World and creator of The Masters Grand Slam
Indoor, said, “It has always been one of my dreams to give our
wonderful and spectacular sport of show jumping the focus and
visibility it deserves. The event will be broadcast to a huge
global television audience and entertain equestrian fans all over
The Masters concept was inspired by the
successful Grand Slam in tennis. The Longines Hong Kong Masters
brings the highest level of show jumping competition to Asia and
combines iconic luxury brand sponsors with VIP entertainment and hospitality.
The event has all the ingredients required into making it one of
the most important and popular social, sporting and networking
events in the entire region.
Matthieu Gheysen, Vice President of
EEM Asia, said, “We are very excited to see the Longines Hong
Kong Masters coming to life. Hong Kong hosted the 2008
Beijing Olympics equestrian competitions and proved to be the
ideal destination for this world-class equestrian event. The
riders are thrilled to be competing in this city again.”
During the past 48 hours participating riders and 64 of the
world’s best horses have been arriving at Hong Kong International Airport and competitors have wasted no time starting their private
warm-up sessions at the AsiaWorld-Expo in preparation for the
There will be plenty of local crowd support for the
two selected Hong Kong riders, Hong Kong Beijing Olympics representative Kenneth Cheng and Raena Leung, who is Hong Kong’s
first qualified rider for the FEI World Cup.
selected to represent Asia include Japanese Olympian Eiken Sato
and 24-year old Taiwanese rising star Isheau Wong.
world's current number 1 rider Christian Ahlmann heads an
illustrious list of international riders that also includes London
Olympics gold medalist Ben Maher, champion French rider Kevin Staut and top ranked female rider Edwina Tops-Alexander.
Action at the Longines Hong Kong Masters
competitions will be staged at the Longines Hong Kong Masters -
the Longines Speed Challenge, Gucci Gold Cup and Longines Grand
The Longines Speed Challenge will be held on the
opening evening on 28 February, and is all about timing and
precision. The winning rider and horse need to clear 16 fences in
the fastest and most accurate manner possible.
On Friday, 1
March, the Gucci Gold Cup will take center stage. Riders and
their horses must complete the first round with approximately 12
obstacles. Penalties (faults and time) incurred during the first
round are counted and the top 10 from the first round go on to
compete in the second round.
The event concludes with the
Longines Grand Prix on 2 March. In the first round, riders must
complete a course boasting 1.60 m high fences followed by a
jump-off for competitors with a clear round in the time limit.
Away from the
competition ring, visitors will have exclusive access to entertainment, equine education and culinary delights.
The Prestige Village will be a hive of activity with shop displays
by iconic luxury brands such as Longines, who will present their
latest creations, Gucci and Leica.
The Gaggenau Display Kitchen will
offer the public a taste of signature dishes by some of Hong
Kong's best chefs with two live cooking demonstrations each day.
Spectators can also enjoy a glass of bubbly at the Veuve
Clicquot Champagne Bar, wines from Bordeau at the Antoine Moueix
Tasting Room and stroll around the exhibition specially decorated
Longines Hong Kong Masters horse statues by some Hong Kong
universities art students.
In between the competitions at
the Longines Hong Kong Masters, spectators could better discover
the sports at the equestrian clinics, which are hosted by famous
CSI 5* riders. Organized daily at the paddock area, some of the
world’s best riders, such as London Olympics Gold medalist Ben
Maher and local rising stars Kenneth Cheng and Raena Leung, will
host a 20-minute session of live coaching sessions.
Meanwhile, equestrian fans will also be able to mingle with some
of the biggest names in show jumping world during the Longines
Hong Kong Masters. A series of specially scheduled on-site photo
and autograph signing sessions are set to take place around the
paddock area and at the Leica photo booth.
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