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The Longines Masters Of Hong Kong Returns In February 2019

The Longines Masters Of Hong Kong Returns In February 2019
By Juliana Loh
December 11, 2018
The annual international show jumping series returns to Hong Kong on February 15-17 at AsiaWorld Expo, with an exciting three-day line up, including the popular Longines Speed Challenge and for the first time the Hong Kong Jockey Club Asian Challenge and a dressage performance by Asian Games Gold medallist Jacqueline Siu
Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters
Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters

On home turf, Hong Kong riders Jacqueline Lai and Raena Leung will be at the arena to compete against a group of world-class riders from all over the world.

The best of showjumping

The Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019, now in its seventh year, is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. It attracts the crème de la crème of riders and horses, with a range of intense and diverse competitions over three days. 

This year, a selection of show jumping talents from Asia will compete with international riders for the very first time.

Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters
Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters

Friday, February 15, 2019

The AsiaWorld-Expo Trophy opens the show on February 15, followed by an adrenaline pumping segment with Hong Kong star jockeys and international Showjumping riders at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Race of the Riders.

Taking power and technique up a notch, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy showcases the best in class: a two-round competition with fences set at a height of 1,50m and the winner will win a prize of US$84,000.

HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB ASIAN JUNIOR CHALLENGE

The new Hong Kong Jockey Club Asian Challenge pitches hopeful showjumpers to the international circuit as part of a partnership effort between EEM and the Hong Kong Jockey Club to help nurture the sport in the region.

It will reward the top three performing Asian riders with a prize money of USD$32,000. Participants hail from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and China.

Keep a lookout for local star, Jacqueline Siu of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Equestrian Team who will be presenting a unique dressage-performance at the event—her first public performance on home ground since winning Hong Kong’s first-ever individual equestrian gold medal in the Asian Games dressage competition.

Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters
Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Picking up the speed at the Masters Power Maserati Trophy, competitors show off their power and agility in a gravity-defying high jump competition. The rider that can break the +2m barrier will be awarded a bonus prize.

The Longines Speed Challenge is another audience favourite: a lightning spectacle of speed, agility and technique for both the horses and their riders.

Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters
Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The final day of the Longines Masters will showcase the best 5-star riders face off. The DBS Trophy rewards the unique combination of strength and speed on a tricky course, before the grand finale: the Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong.

The Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong is the classic grand dame of show jumping events, with Olympic heights of up to 1.60m. It is the ultimate test of technicality, sporting performance, agility and bravery and requires perfect harmony between the rider and mount. The rider who wins all three legs of the Series, (Paris, Hong Kong and New York), wins the Super Grand Slam Bonus of €2.25 million.

Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters
Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters

Asia Horse Week February 14-16

Alongside the flurry of world-class show jumping competitions, the second edition of Asia Horse Week will include conferences, networking workshops and pop-up equestrian boutiques to exchange knowledge and expertise in the equine industry.

This year, they will be addressing “Horse’s Welfare”, an important and key subject on a global scale. World-renowned scientist Dr. Cesare Galli joins Mr. Roly Owens, chief executive of the World Horse Welfare, to share their thoughts on different horses' cultures and breeding horses.

Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters
Photo: Courtesy of Longines Masters

Save The Children

EEM has partnered with Save The Children Hong Kong, the local branch of the global charity, committed to resolving ongoing struggles children face every day.

Part of the funds raised at a charity lunch on Saturday at EEM Society will go to the deprived and marginalised children's ongoing education, health, protection and emergency relief programmes internationally, especially in Hong Kong and China. 

Learn more about the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019

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