The rebirth of Lausanne International Jumping last year at the initiative of EEM World, organizer of the prestigious Longines Masters World Series (Hong Kong, Lausanne, Paris), had caused quite a stir. In the idyllic setting of Place Bellerive, in the heart of the world’s capital of sport, the stars of international show jumping and the best in entertainment are once again meeting on the shores of Lake Leman, from 18 to 21 June 2020, for the second edition of the Longines Masters of Lausanne.
When show jumping at its highest level reinvents itself: the visionary Longines Masters Series!
Created by EEM World with Longines as Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch, the Longines Masters series unquestionably stands out from other competitions on the international show jumping circuit. “I have always wanted to promote equestrian sports and make them known to as many people as possible with the exceptional values they represent”, explained Christophe Ameeuw, EEM World CEO and Founder. “It was then necessary to stage the sport, to make it spectacular, readable, understandable, exciting. In one word: open it up.”
This opening-up means a change in formats and adapting, as has happened in all other sports. The spectators at the Longines Masters of Lausanne will discover the rhythmic, often exclusive events that have made the event a world success for more than ten years. These include the Masters Power on Saturday noon, a puissance or high jump competition (the final jump horse and rider pairs will be 2.05m!), the famous Longines Speed Challenge on Saturday evening, known as the fastest event in the world, and the Longines Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, which is undoubtedly the highlight of any Longines Masters. A total of eighteen other events will take place in front of Lake Leman: there are events reserved for amateurs (but also for international professional riders riding aspiring horses) and Swiss national riders, and of course other events dedicated to the stars of the discipline. Last year, for its first edition, the Longines Masters of Lausanne attracted the biggest names: the then World No. 1 (who still is today), the Swiss Steve Guerdat, his young compatriot Bryan Balsiger, winner of the Longines FEI World Cup in Oslo (last October), and the French champions Pénélope Leprévost and Philippe Rozier, for example, stepped up to the start of the Longines Grand Prix.
The show... around the arena as well
Since its launch last year, and like every event in the world series, the Longines Masters of Lausanne has shaken up show jumping competitions by placing as much importance on the top-level sport in the arena, as the entertainment offered around it.
Totally free and accessible to all, and in its ideal location at the heart of the event, the Prestige Village offers a wide range of activities for children (signing sessions, large drawing wall, make-up workshops or even making paper horse hobbies). It offers the opportunity to discover horse riding with your family thanks to an unobstructed view of the paddock where the world's greatest horsemen and women warm up before the events. Pop-up stores selling partner brands in the fields of luxury, fashion, horse riding, gastronomy, wines and champagne make the Prestige Village the ideal place to stroll in an idyllic setting. At the end of the day, visitors can enjoy fine cuisine in one of the Prestige Village restaurants, or have a nightcap with friends while enjoying musical performances on Friday evening. Worthy of note: the comeback of Spanish star Santi Serra! Six horses, two dogs, two falcons and an eagle make up the team accompanying the Catalan rider during his performances in the Longines Masters of Lausanne arena. The showman relies on communication to let his horses wander in complete freedom and complicity. Each of Santi's shows is an enchanting diversion, and an unforgettable moment of grace and humor.