[24th January, 2019] Season IV of the Longines Masters maintains its momentum: after Paris last December, it’s now landing in Hong Kong from 15 to 17 February. For its seventh edition, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong will once again bring together the best of equestrian sports and lifestyle under the roof of AsiaWorld-Expo and will also host the second edition of the Asia Horse Week.
Now an essential event on the international show-jumping circuit, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong will once again welcome the best riders and horses in the world, and for the first time will put the spotlight on Asian riders.
Among the highlights of the weekend, do not miss Friday’s evening in honour of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Founding Partner of the Longines Masters of Hong Kong since its creation. This year, it will once again present the famous HKJC Race of the Riders, in which the best riders in the world and the best jockeys in Hong Kong will compete on a team course in an atmosphere of heated excitement. Following this, the 5* riders of the Masters One will meet in the HKJC Trophy, a two-round knockout event at 1.50m. This will be followed by the HKJC Asian Challenge, a first for the Longines Masters and for Asia, which will reward the three most successful Asian riders of the HKJC Trophy.
On Saturday during the day, the Masters Power MASERATI will offer the Asian audience a real demonstration of power, with horses and riders aiming to reach the top. In the evening, the audience will attend the second of the three stages of the Longines Speed Challenge, a real world speed championship on three continents, run over the same course as in Paris, designed by course designer Frank Rothenberger, on which Kevin Staut won in 62.29 seconds.
Finally, the weekend will culminate with the Master One DBS trophy, a 1.45m event at timed scale A, and of course with the premier event: the Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong.
Winner of the Longines Grand Prix of Paris, Edwina Tops-Alexander is now in competition to win the Grand Slam Indoor, with a bonus of €2,250,000 if she manages to win the Hong Kong and New York Grand Prix during the same season IV. In very good shape throughout this indoor season, the Australian rider will be a tough opponent on the Asian track.
Again with the ambition to promote equestrian sports internationally and to develop them specifically in Asia, this year EEM, in conjunction with its Founding Partner the Hong Kong Jockey Club, is offering a new event specially for young Asian riders: the HKJC Asian Junior Challenge. This challenge, restricted to Asian riders under eighteen, offers a unique opportunity for the younger generation to compete at the highest level and to get a taste of the Longines Masters "experience".
In addition to top-level sport, Asian audiences will enjoy the Prestige Village built and exported by EEM to Paris, Hong Kong and New York. It’s an unmissable opportunity to discover the pop-up boutiques of prestigious partner brands such as Longines, Maserati, Baccarat, and Robert Mark Safaris, or the best in equestrian expertise from Kingsland and Hermès Sellier, as well as contemporary art exhibitions, the chance to meet the best riders during autograph sessions, and not forgetting the ideal end to days rich in emotions – the traditional "afterparties", with concerts and DJ sets, which have made the Longines Masters the success it is today on all three continents. After a fabulous performance in Paris, Henri PFR will also be on the Asian stage.
From high-end saddlery with Butet, CWD or Ikonik, to outfitters such as Horse Pilot, Harcour or Lamicell, the biggest brands will be represented on the exhibitors side. Belgium and France will even be in the spotlight: each will be present in a pavilion of its own colors where visitors will find the emblematic equestrian companies of both countries in this exhibitors village.
For the seventh edition of the Longines Masters in Hong Kong, EEM is calling in Frédéric Pignon and Magali Delgado to offer the Asian audience an extraordinary equestrian show. Accompanied by their Iberian horses, they will perform both mounted and free-running acts, showing all the harmony and understanding they share with their charges. Frédéric and Magali create a show that combines equestrianism, music, dance and multimedia. Through this project, they wish to invite the public on a new journey full of poetry, sensitivity, energy and humour. A dream in which horses freely express their talents and become fully-fledged artists.
The second edition of the Asia Horse Week will be part of the Longines Masters of Hong Kong in 2019. Many conferences are on the agenda to discuss different themes such as breeding, sport, horse education and welfare. The Asia Horse Week will be the venue for the FEI Clean Sport seminar, but also the very first embryo auction from The Auction, the new collaboration between EEM and ARQANA.
Each stage of the Longines Masters is one of the most popular equestrian sports events in the world, and Hong Kong lives up to this high standard. All the ingredients specific to the Longines Masters – sport, lifestyle, and entertainment – come together to continue this fourth season on a high note.
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