Swiss watchmaker Longines will return to LA this October for the second annual Longines Masters of Los Angeles.
Last year’s inaugural event in the City of Angels was immediately rated as the number one indoor show jumping competition according to the North American Riders Group, so big things are to be expected of the second annual event.
The Longines Masters of Los Angeles will once again bring together 30,000 spectators for three unforgettable days of top-level equestrian sport as the world’s top show jumpers and equine athletes compete for $1 million in prize money at the Los Angeles Convention Center October 1st to 4th.
Friday showcases speed with the Longines Speed Challenge, considered to be the world’s fastest class. Created in 2010 by EEM, it puts the speed, agility, power and precision of the riders and horses center stage. Faults are less heavily penalized than usual, giving free rein to speed, and resulting in an intense and highly entertaining race against the clock.
Saturday is the day of glamour, entertainment and generosity with the Gucci Gold Cup and the Charity Pro-Am Style and Competition, in which riders and celebrities dress up to raise money for charity partners. Each team will be judged on the number of penalties over the fences, the team’s style and elegance, as well as the horse’s style. Last year, the competition featured celebrity riders including Kaley Cuoco, Jessica Springsteen, Jennifer Gates and Hannah Selleck, as well as Olympic champions such as Laura Kraut, Rodrigo Pessoa, Beezie Madden and Los Angeles rider Will Simpson.
Sunday is about elite performances with the Longines Grand Prix, an Olympic-level class with a course featuring jumps up to 1.60m in height, rounding off the second edition of the Longines Masters of Los Angeles. This Grand Prix will be particularly important for legendary British rider John Whitaker, who won the Asian leg of the circuit, the Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong, and now has the chance of going home with the €500,000 Grand Slam bonus if he wins the Los Angeles Grand Prix as well.
Alongside the major classes, the Masters will also welcome the USA’s best junior, amateur and professional riders for the Prestige Trophy and Invitational Trophy classes, where the stars of tomorrow will rub shoulders with world champions of today.
In addition to the competition, spectators can attend a magnificent dressage exhibition and Master Classes given by the best international riders, dine on refined cuisine from two Michelin-star chef Yves Mattagne, and enjoy live music in the exquisite lounge; additionally, they can explore the Prestige Village with its Kids Corner and shops from exclusive international partner brands.
With this Los Angeles event comes the news that Longines has officially become the title partner of the Longines Masters series on three continents, with upscale equestrian events in Europe, Asia and America. The Longines Masters of Los Angeles will kick off the 2015/2016 series
Established in three of the biggest cities—Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong—the Longines Masters series is recognized by the FEI Fédération Equestre Internationale and is one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions worldwide. Created by EEM, the concept of the Masters was born in 2009 with the first edition of the Gucci Paris Masters, now renamed the Longines Masters of Paris. Inspired by the Grand Slam tournaments in tennis, the circuit rapidly developed abroad, with the Longines Masters of Hong Kong in 2013 and the Longines Masters of Los Angeles in 2014.
The world’s best riders and horses will compete for one million dollars in prize money at each leg of the series. In addition, any rider who consecutively wins the Longines Grand Prix in Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles will be rewarded with one million euros Master Grand Slam Bonus. In addition to Los Angeles, the Masters of Paris will run from December 3 to 6 2015 and the Masters of Hong Kong February 19 to 21, 2016.