Jubilation returned to the “City of Light” with the Longines Masters lifting spirits in Paris, which from 3rd-6th December played host to the world’s most glamourous equestrian event on the second leg of its road to Hong Kong.
With 50,000 spectators this year, the Longines Masters of Paris was delighted to see French riders taking the top two honours in the headline Longines Grand Prix, with local hero Patrice Delaveau powering Lacrimoso 3 HDC home for the winner’s purse ahead of compatriot Simon Delestre riding Hermes Ryan.
With Germany’s Marco Kutscherand Van Gogh having won the American leg of the Longines Masters Series in Los Angeles, who knows who will rise to the occasion and win against the world’s top riders for the Asian leg in Hong Kong from 19th-21st February, 2016 at AsiaWorld-Expo.
The prestigious international competition continued to live up its 6-star high society reputation in Paris, gathering the best of equestrian sport, entertainment and glamour under one roof from 3rd-6th December.
As is tradition, the opening gala of the Longines Masters was held on Thursday night. Presented this year by MIASUKI, the exciting night began with the innovative Italian brand’s much-anticipated fashion show. Founded by Macanese businesswoman, Mia S. Lei, MIASUKI tailor-designs for female equestrian riders. The label showcased some 40 fashion-forward outfits on a catwalk erected within the confines of the paddock making for a highly modern ambiance bathed in music and light.
Simon Delestre,Patrice Delaveau and Maikel Van Der Vleuten at the Gucci Gold Cup podium.(©Laurent Vu for EEM)
The smart and the stylish who make up showjumping’s extended family were welcomed in the heart of thePrestige Village. The evening continued with a musical theme with an amazing live concert by L.E.J., a young French trio who got their big break this summer when they put their cover songs on YouTube. They now have more than 600,000 Facebook fans and their videos have received over 30 million views.
A party mood shone through as equestrian fans, celebrities and royalty celebrated in the unique atmosphere that make up the Prestige Village, which featured luxury boutiques, galleries and saddleries along with bars, lounges and food outlets where star riders lingered late into the night at wild after-parties with famous DJs. Entertainment also included The Bluebell Girls from Le Lido de Paris presenting their cabaret, Paris Merveilles, which was directed by the famous Belgian Franco Dragone.
The showjumping showdown in the French capital was even more enthralling, with France not only victorious in the Longines Grand Prix, but also the Gucci Gold Cup – where first and second places were amazingly reversed, with Simon Delestre and Chesall dethroning Patrice Delaveau, riding the young Léontine Ledimar Z *HDC.
The thrilling Longines Speed Challenge, which is uniquely contested over the same course in Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong, was this time won by Belgian rider Grégory Wathelet with Egano van het Slogenhof – following Bertram Allen and Quiet Easy 4’s win in Los Angeles.
Christophe Ameeuw,Founder and CEO of Belgium-based EEM, creator of the Longines Masters Series comments: “The 6-star series continues to grow with record-breaking attendances of sports fans, families and celebrities – with the finale in Hong Kong firmly established as a major “must-go” sporting and social event for the equestrian community in Asia.”
The MIASUKI catwalk at the Longines Masters of Paris 2015. (©Laurent Vu for EEM)
Tickets are now on sale for the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2016, which will be held from19th-21st Februaryat AsiaWorld-Expo.
For equestrian enthusiasts looking to watch the competition in style, the VIP Masters Club by 2 Michelin-starred Chef Yves Mattagne offers the most exclusive high society seats in the arena with gourmet fine dining tables serving gastronomic menus with complimentary wine & Champagne for Friday dinner, Saturday lunch & dinner and Sunday lunch priced from HK$50,000-70,000 – with all four sessions from HK$160,000-200,000.
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