The Longines #HKMasters line up is out !
Friday 06th February 2015
OVER 25 OF THE WORLD’S ELITE RIDERS ARE HEADING TO HONG KONG FOR THE FIRST LEG OF THE MASTERS GRAND SALM SERIES, ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENT OF THE EQUESTRIAN SHOW JUMPING CALENDAER
Over 25 of the world’s elite riders from 12 nations, will gather at the third edition of the Longines Hong Kong Masters (LHKM), Asia’s largest five-star international indoor show jumping event, taking place over three days; February 13 – 15.
With an impressive total prize money of USD 1 million across six (CSI 5*) competitions, it’s unsurprising the Hong Kong event has attracted a star-studded list including; Scott Brash, currently world number 1 on the Longines Ranking; equestrian legend and world number 2, Ludger Beerbaum; Winner of the 2014 Longines Hong Kong Masters, Henrik von Eckermann; Team Silver medallist at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, and world number 6 of the Longines Rankings Kevin Staut; Olympic silver medallist and member of World Champion Dutch team, Maikel Van Der Vleuten; and Longines Ambassador of Elegance Jane Richard Philips.winner of the Longines Speed Challenge at the Longines Los Angeles Masters 2014,
Representing Hong Kong is our very own Raena Leung who will get a chance to compete against the world’s best in front of her home crowd with her horses Orphee du Granit and Lalik 2.
The Longines Hong Kong Masters kicks off the 2015 Masters Grand Slam Indoor Series, officially approved by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) in December 2014.
Followed by Los Angeles in October and Paris in December, the competitions form a challenging series across three major continents with a generous bonus of one million euros to the winner of all CSI5* Grand Prix in addition to the three million US dollars in prize money already at stake.
“I am thrilled to be competing against the world’s best riders and horses on my home soil and am making use of my experiences in previous international competitions,” said Raena. “I strive to achieve my personal best with Orphee and Lalik 2 and that is what I am focused on”.
Hong Kong was the equestrian home for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and since then, equestrian sports has been steadily increasing in popularity in Hong Kong, especially among the younger generation. Perhaps due to a higher exposure to the sport and an opportunity to interact and get a glimpse of the best riders in action at premium events such as the Longines Hong Kong Masters.