Hong Kong / Soymia, Switzerland) As the rider and the foal calmly crossed the last obstacle, the first ‘Longines Hong Kong Equestrian Masters’ ended gracefully on March 2, 2013. More than 25 top international riders gathered at the AsiaWorld-Expo, competing in this Asia’s only indoor equestrian obstacle course with CSI5 * (five-star) qualification, competing for a huge prize amounting to US $ 1 million. The famous Swiss watchmaker Longines is honored as the title partner and the official timekeeper of the first race. Longines Global President Walter von Känel and Longines Ambassador Guo Fucheng attended the event with representatives of the race organizer and the winning riders. The post-match press conference ended the event perfectly.
Longines Hong Kong Equestrian Masters ‘first day race’ Longines Speed Challenge ‘champion Ukrainian rider Katharina Offel and mount Olivia De Nantuel
‘Longines Hong Kong Equestrian Masters’ was founded and hosted by EEM Asia and co-organized by the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation. This event is the first international equestrian obstacle course in Asia and the only one in Asia to receive CSI5 *
(Five-star) Qualifying equestrian obstacle course. Six races competed in sequence over a three-day schedule. The most noticeable ‘Longines Equestrian Grand Prix’ was staged on March 2nd.
1.6-meter-high railings, eventually French rider Patrice Delaveau and mount Lacrimoso 3
HDC won the championship with a final result of 43.06 seconds. Ukrainian rider Katharina Offel with mount Olivia De
Nantuel won the championship in the “Longines Speed Challenge”, which was held on February 28. This competition requires participants to cross all obstacles in the shortest time, and each time a railing is dropped, a penalty will be imposed.
At 2 seconds, its real-time results were presented to the audience through the official timing provided by Longines.
The press conference of the “Longines Equestrian Masters” puts a perfect end to the consecutive days: (left to right) Dr. Ye Xian, Chairman of the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation, Mr. Hokenau, President of Longines, and Patrice Delaveau, champion of “Longines Equestrian Grand Prix” Mr. Guo Fucheng, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Michael Whitaker, British rider runner-up at Longines Equestrian Grand Prix, Kevin Staut, French rider third place at Longines Equestrian Grand Prix, Christophe Ameeuw, President of EEM World and Matthieu Gheysen, Vice President of EEM Asia.
As the title partner of the “Longines Hong Kong Equestrian Masters”, Longines has provided a wealth of experience and excellent technology in timing for this event. Longines’ passion for equestrian sports can be traced back to 1878. A chronograph produced at that time was engraved with the pattern of the jockey and his horse, and allows users to time in seconds, winning the jockeys and lovers By 1886, it had been adopted by most referees in Marseille, New York. In addition, Longines was the first timepiece holder at the Concours Hippique International Officiel de Genève in 1926. To date, Longines has been involved in a number of equestrian sports, in addition to the obstacle course, including flat races and endurance races. At the end of last year, Longines signed a 10-year historic agreement with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), became the top partner of the International Equestrian Federation, and served as the official sponsor of timekeeping and timepieces at the conference.
Longines watches and equestrian sports share common values, just like Longines brand philosophy ‘elegant attitude, true personality’. At the same time, the focus on accuracy, the pursuit of excellence and a long tradition of watchmaking has made Longines and equestrian sports continue to spark wonderful sparks. Longines’ new Conquest Classic combines the elegant attitude of Longines classics with the spirit of movement. In these three days, the ‘Longines Hong Kong Equestrian Masters’ has an exciting sports beauty.