Daniel Deusser of Germany and Equita van’t Zorgvliet emerged as champions of the Longines Masters of Los Angeles’ main event, the Longines Grand Prix, which took place at the Long Beach Convention Center over the weekend.
The duo completed the course with an impressive time of 37.67 seconds, and were followed by Friday’s Longines Speed Challenge winner, Nayel Nassar and The Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders, who took second and third place, respectively. Deusser, who in the last two months captured the Longines Masters Grand Prix title and an Olympic medal, now looks to make history by winning the Grand Prix in Paris and Hong Kong, and earning the brand new Super Grand Slam Bonus of 2.25 million euros.
At a press conference following the prize giving ceremony, Deusser told reporters and fans what it took to win atop his 12-year-old mare. “I knew I had to try everything to beat [the time] and I took all the risks. She played the game today and she was amazing,” he said crediting his horse.
With the German’s Grand Prix win at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles, Duesser is now in the running for the Super Grand Slam Bonus, which he will achieve if he wins the Grand Prix in both Paris and Hong Kong this season. When asked about his plans for attending the Longines Masters of Paris, Duesser shared his vision. “That was the plan in the beginning. Paris and Hong Kong have two amazing shows there.”
The final day of the Longines Masters of Los Angeles also featured the EEM Grand Prix, which was won by French rider and actor Guillaume Canet, the partner of Oscar winner Marion Cottilard.Hilary McNerney, riding Z Acodate DDL, won the all-female Sam Edelman Grand Prix class as well as a bevy of high-fashion riding boots and ballerina flats.
Photo Credit: Bernstein Associates/Getty ImagesOver the course of the past four days, fans experienced electrifying show jumping, fast-paced polo presented by La Martina, beautiful dressage performances, live music, masterfully created cuisine, special meet-and-greets with riders and horses, as well as, an active kids corner for the full family experience. In a special session on Friday evening, Longines, the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the event, facilitated a conversation between elite equestrian and daughter of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Georgina Bloomberg and reigning Olympic slalom gold medal winner Mikaela Shiffrin. The two athletes discussed the importance of timekeeping and precision in show jumping and alpine skiing.
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With the close of the 2016 Longines Masters of Los Angeles, the event and its participants now look to Paris where the Longines Masters will take place Dec. 1-4 of this year, before arriving in Hong Kong for the grand finale of the season Feb. 10-12, 2017.
Equestrians and those that love them including Kaley Cuoco, Iggy Azalea, Melissa Rivers, William Shatner, James Caan, Nick Bateman, James Maslow, Jessica Springsteen, Georgina Bloomberg, Hannah Selleck, Destry Spielberg, Ariana Rockerfeller and Michael Maan sipped Barons de Rothschild champagne while also watching French singer JAIN perform.