Prestigious ringside VIP tables are the ‘place to see and be seen’ at Asia’s most glamorous equestrian event, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2016.
The VIP Masters Club by 2 Michelin-starred Chef Yves Mattagne offers the most exclusive seats in the arena along with gourmet fine dining when the international series returns to AsiaWorld-Expo from February 19-21.
Exclusive tables for 8 guests offer full-service gastronomic menus including fine wine & Champagne Barons de Rothschild 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.
Yves Mattagne is a famous television chef who has starred in shows like ‘Masterchef France’ and Chef Patron of one of the best restaurants in Belgium, the 2 Michelin star ‘Sea Grill’ in the centre of Brussels. The gastronomic flagship at the Radisson Blu Royal hotel is famed for premium seafood complemented by classic rich French sauces and exotic ingredients.
He replicates his much-lauded gourmet cuisine at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2016, presenting top notch delicacies and freshest seafood from caviar and lobster to oysters, crab, foie gras and truffle on four different menus over the 3 days.
Champagne Barons de Rothschild, fine Bordeaux wines and souvenir photos are also included in the VIP packages. But space is limited to just 90 tables in the exclusive VIP Masters Club, available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so early reservation is essential at [email protected].
The 4th edition of the Longines Masters of Hong Kong is the last leg of an intercontinental series which opened in Los Angeles in October and continued to Paris in December – contested by top international showjumpers including World Number 1 Scott Brash, British riding legend John Whitaker, U.S. Number 1 Beezie Madden, U.S. Number 2 Kent Farrington and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Guerdat.
Alongside world-class showjumping is a jamboree of entertaining riding competitions among local jockeys, artistic equestrian performances, with a ‘Prestige Village’ entertainment hub of catwalk fashion shows, Champagne and wine tastings, contemporary art exhibition and live DJ entertainment. Designed to appeal to the entire family, there are also Master Classes in riding, autograph sessions and a ‘Kids Club’ to occupy the young ones.
Event founder Christophe Ameeuw of Belgium-based EEM is on a mission to ‘reinvent showjumping’, gathering under one roof the best of the sport, entertainment and glamour in three iconic cities. This glamour is the key and VIP Masters Club is the prestigious pinnacle of the glamour,’ he said.
No better example of the event’s ‘glamour factor’ was the celebrity turnout on the first-leg of its road to Hong Kong, with Hollywood out in force in a star-studded VIP gallery including director Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, Bo Derek, rock and roll legend Bruce Springsteen and action star Jean Claude Van Damme.
Another distinguishing factor is the competition format adopting the ‘Grand Slam’ concept of tennis, challenging riders to win the three consecutive Grands Prix events in Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong. The ultimate prize for all three is a million euros, while two successive wins earn 500,000 euros and two wins out of three earn 250,000 euros.
The signature ‘Longines Grand Prix’ competition is on Sunday, the final day.
The action starts on Friday evening with two events presented by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which partners the series. Hong Kong’s top jockeys face the unfamiliar challenge of a showjumping course for the ‘Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy’, while ‘The HKJC Race of the Riders’ is an entertaining relay.
Saturday is headlined by speed & skill with the ‘Longines Speed Challenge’, the only speed competition of its kind in the world, and the Laiterie de Montaigu Trophy.
In between the main events are elegant dressage performances, and for the first time in Hong Kong, 4-a-side polo exhibition matches between four international teams, sponsored by Shanghai Tang.
Previous editions attracted more than 20,000 visitors, as the event enhances Hong Kong’s reputation as Asia’s ’Equestrian Capital’.
Mr Ameeuw added: ‘The Longines Masters of Hong Kong is firmly established as a major ‘must-go’ sporting and social event in Asia. As the series continues to attract record-breaking attendances of sports fans, families and celebrities, it is living up to its fame as the world’s premier 6-star equestrian competition.’