HOLLYWOOD was out in force this past weekend for the world’s most glamourous equestrian event, the Longines Masters, on the first-leg of its road to Hong Kong.
A star-studded gallery of celebrities cheered the world’s top show-jumpers at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles – from director Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates and Bo Derek to rock and roll legend Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa, action star Jean Claude Van Damme, “Veep” Emmy winner Tony Hale, actor Kaley Cuoco and James Bond girl Denise Richards.
The prestigious event combines international competition among the world’s best show jumping riders with a fabulous entertainment programme including dressage, riding Master Classes, Michelin-star cuisine, catwalk fashion shows, art exhibition, champagne tasting and luxury shopping.
The three-leg series continues to Paris in December and culminates in Hong Kong from February 19-21 for the fourth edition of the Longines Masters of Hong Kong at the AsiaWorld Expo.
Marco Kutcsher is the new Longines Masters of Los Angeles champion.
“Once again, the Longines Masters is living up to its fame as the world’s premier 5-star equestrian competition”, said Christophe Ameeuw, CEO and Founder of Belgium-based EEM, the creator and organizer of this global event.
“The Longines Masters Series continues to grow with record-breaking attendances of sports fans, families and celebrities – with the February finale of the 2015-2016 season in Hong Kong firmly established as a major “must-go” sporting and social event in Asia.”
The Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2016 once again promises to deliver three extraordinary days filled with exhilarating sporting experiences with the world’s best show jumping riders and horses competing for US$1 million in prize money. The Hong Kong event will also, for the first time, feature exhibition matches of indoor polo, as well as offering guests a prestigious social event where the spotlight shines equally on sport, fashion and art, and where the air of luxury, lifestyle and sophistication is always apparent.
Tickets for the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2016 will go on sale in early November and meanwhile, corporate hospitality will be available through Fast Track. For more details on Fast Track, interested parties should visit:www.fasttrackagency.hk.
Director Steven Spielberg, Christophe Ameeuw, Founder of Les Ecuries d’Ecaussinnes and actress Kate Capshaw are seen here at the Longines Masters Opening Gala in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, at the first Los Angeles leg from October 1-4, 58 of the world’s top riders and horses competed over four action-packed days for prize money of US$1 million.
World Number 1 Scott Brash, U.S. Number 1 Beezie Madden, U.S. Number 2 Kent Farrington, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Guerdat and British riding legend John Whitaker joined the opening gala.
Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh, beat world number one Scott Brash in a thrilling jump off to claim the new Longines Masters Series Trophy in the Sunday Longines Grand Prix.
The inaugural Gucci Gold Cup showcased the power and glamour of the sport as French rider Patrice Delaveau and Carinjo HDC claimed top prize.
Young Irish prodigy Bertram Allen and Quiet Easy 4 won the Longines Speed Challenge, the only speed competition of its kind in the world, and a fixture on all three Longines Masters events in Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong.
John Whitaker rode to victory on Argento in the Prix Airbus, adding to success in the series as the winner of the Gucci Gold Cup and Longines Grand Prix at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong.
Quentin Judge and HH Fyloe rode to victory in the first 5* level class of the event, the Hollywood Reporter Grand Prix.
Kaley Cuoco and teammate Tracy Wade were crowned the Charity Pro-Am Style & Competition winners, dressed as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
In amateur competitions, Eve Jobs, daughter of the late Steve Jobs, and Quickley 3 won the Écuries d’ Écaussinnes Trophy. Michelle Kerivan and Colin won the Écuries d’Écaussinnes Grand Prix. Hannah Selleck and Barla were victorious in the Canadian Pacific Grand Prix.
Kaley Cuoco and teammate Tracy Wade were crowned the Charity Pro-Am Style & Competition winners, dressed as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Jennifer Gates and Jack Towell embodied Wizard of Oz characters. Hannah Selleck and Jane Richard Philips were Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts on behalf of Longines and Just World International.