Top 10 Reasons to go to the Longines Masters of Los Angeles
Tuesday 01st September 2015 Los Angeles
Whether you are a horse lover, a fan of great sporting performances, a social butterfly or a simply happy to be part of amazing and prestigious international events, you cannot be left untouched by the excitement and magic of the Longines Masters events, the iconic Show Jumping Series on three continents.
The upcoming Masters of Los Angeles, October 1-4, 2015, at the LA Convention Center will launch the new Season of the Longines Masters. Here is why we think it is not to be missed:
REASON #1 The Best of Show Jumping: the only 5* CSI Show Jumping competition on the West Coast, the Masters of Los Angeles attracts the best riders and horse in the world competing at the highest level of competition, with jumps at maximum height of 1.60 meters or 5 feet and 3 inches.
REASON #2 The Best Riders and Horses in the World: Reigning Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat from Switzerland; World number 1 Scott Brash from the UK; World number 2, Olympic multi-medalist and US leading rider Beezie Madden; World Cup Final winner Daniel Deusser from Germany, Silver World Champion medalists Kevin Staut and Patrice Delaveau from France will all be competing at the next Masters of Los Angeles. In total 20 of the World’s top 30 have confirmed their participation and will compete for a total prize money of 1 million dollars over 4 days of breathtaking sporting action.
REASON #3 PanAm Bronze winning Team USA will be there! You can cheer for McLain Ward, Georgina Bloomberg, Lauren Hough and Kent Farrington who won team Bronze at this summer PanAm Games in Toronto qualifying team US for a spot in the next Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
REASON #4 Fine Dining in unusual place: Maybe you have tried dining under water, in a Bedouin tent in the middle of the Moroccan desert or 100 feet above the ground. But have you ever experienced the fine cuisine of Two Michelin Star Yves Mattagne at the side of the main competition ring? “Duck Foie Gras ‘au torchon’- Curry Agrums Chutney » ; « Roasted Black Cod,Teriyaki, Asparagus, Coriander, Fried Onions & Basmati Rice » ; or « Spice Infused Pineapple, ‘Fleur de sel’, Butterscotch & Madagascar Vanilla Ice » are just a few of the refined cuisine you can taste as you hold your breath whislt your favorite horse-rider combinations speed over a 1,60 m course. A selection of fine wines and Champagne by Domaine Antoine Moueix and Champagne Barons de Rothschild are paired with the menus. Only at the VIP Masters Club. We promised you, the Longines Masters of Los Angeles is more than Show Jumping !
REASON # 5 Jumping for a good cause : Whether in Paris, Hong Kong or Los Angeles, EEM, founder and organizer of the Longines Masters, believes in the importance of charity engagement. Our iconic competition Pro-Am Style & Competition for Charity involves 10 teams, representing 10 charities and supported by 10 generous sponsors. The teams of two, a professional and an amateur rider, swap their formal riding gear for more far-fetched costumes, turning their sporting performance into a entertaining show, over a music theme of their choice. Equestrian celebrities such as Jessica Springsteen, Charlotte Casiraghi, Jennifer Gates, French actor Guillaume Canet, Hannah Selleck and Kaley Cuoco have put on the greatest show for this unique and fun class. Be there Saturday October 3 evening to discover this year’s amazing costumes!
REASON #6 Fabulous Shopping: Hard to resist to a little shopping in between competitions. In the Prestige Village, Masters partner’s will present their latest collections including Longines new Dolce Vita watches; Gucci’s latest collection by new Creative director sensation Alessandro Michele; Hermes Sellier handcrafted saddles and elegant riding gear; the finest equestrian equipment by Dy’on, Kingsland and… Do we need to say more?
REASON #7 Art at the heart of the Masters: We talked about shopping but the Masters is also about Art. World famous art sensation Opera Gallery, travels the world over with the Masters to showcase the finest pieces of contemporary Art in their collection. Works by Dali, Chagall, Botero, David Mach, Richard Orlinski, Yves Klein and also Ji Yong Ho? Xiong Lijun and Xiao Bai have been exhibited at previous editions of the Masters in Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.  Can’t wait to discover this year’s new collection!
REASON #8 Chasing the Masters Grand Slam on Three Continents : Inspired by tennis, the Longines Masters of Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong offer to the riders a unique sporting challenge : the winner of the three Longines Grands Prix wins a super bonus of one million euros. Two consecutive wins offer a reward of 500 000 euros and two Grands Prix victory in the same year a 250 000 euros bonus.  Equestrian legend John Whitaker from the UK was the winner of the Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong last February. He will be in Los Angeles with his gorgeous stallion Argento trying to conquer another leg of the Masters Grand Slam. Can he do it ?  The stakes will be high on Sunday October 4 on the main competition ring!
REASON #9 It is FUN ! The Longines Masters of Los Angeles, unlike any other sporting event, has someting to offer for everyone.  For families, groups of friend, or even a romantic evening out, there is also plenty of action off the main competition ring. During the day, many activities will take place in the Prestige Village including unique dressage demonstations by US dressage superstar Steffen Peters, signature sessions with the world best riders etc…In the Lounge, live music and DJ set will take place every evening whilst visitors enjoy the wineing and dining.  It is not because we’re talking serious Show jumping competition that you are not there to have fun !
REASON #10 Downtown Los Angeles : the sports and entertainment mecca.  For four days, the Los Angeles Convention Center will be transformed into the most beautiful Show grounds you have ever seen. Minutes away from the Staples Centers, the Nokia Theater, host to the Oscars, and ten miles away from the pristine California Coastline, the Longines Masters of Los Angeles will welcome more than 25,000 visitors from all over the world. And guess what, it is Indoor so rain or shine the competition goes on in the best possible conditions. Will you make the trip downtown LA this year ?
REASON #11: Do you really need another reason?