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The Longines Masters series, created by Christophe Ameeuw and his EEM World teams, stands out from the other competitions on the international show jumping circuit. "My creed," explains the Belgian organizer, "is to offer the public a more enjoyable and accessible vision of show jumping while ensuring the quality and values of a discipline that I care about: we’re reinventing show jumping." He has successfully taken this vision across multiple continents; from Paris, to Hong Kong and then to New York. The Longines Masters will now be hosted on the shores of Lake Léman.
Thus, during this brand new Longines Masters of Lausanne, the Swiss public will discover pulsing events; some exclusive to this series, with a deliberately limited number of starters who inevitably dazzle the three continent’s audiences.
Four days of the best this sport has to offer, including three exceptional events. The first, on Friday, will be dedicated to Olympism, where the International Equestrian Federation will welcome 250 International Olympic Committee members "at home" in Lausanne, to attend an event modelled on a Grand Prix jump-off, that expresses the purity and very essence of this sport.
Our demonstration sport that day will be vaulting, with competition of the highest level. Objective? To convince the IOC members that this young discipline fully deserves its place in the program of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), the next edition of which will be held in Senegal in 2022.
On Saturday evening, the Lausanne public will discover the now famous Longines Speed Challenge, considered to be the fastest event in the world. Here, downed poles are only penalized by 2 seconds, which gives the riders who dropped a pole a chance to catch up if they ride fast! This happened to Egyptian rider Nayel Nassar and Lucifer V, his amazing 13-year-old Westphalian bay gelding, in New York last month... but that didn't prevent them from winning the Longines Grand Prix two days later as well.
The Longines Grand Prix is certainly the highlight of a Longines Masters and the Lausanne event will be no exception. Running from 3:45 p.m. on Sunday in two rounds, it’s an Olympic-level event (1.60m) that has featured great champions such as Australian Edwina Tops-Alexander in Paris, Irish Denis Lynch in Hong Kong and Egyptian Nayel Nassar in New York, all from just the fourth season! Three riders from three different continents: this is the "We Ride the World" spirit, which is integral to this fabulous series.
Beyond these three major events, no less than 21 events will be held on Place Bellerive, an idyllic setting facing Lake Léman. Among them, events reserved for amateurs (and also for international professional riders developing young horses) and Swiss national riders with the Masters Two and Masters Three classes. This is a unique opportunity for these riders to meet the stars of the Masters One events, to exchange ideas or to be inspired by them. Each of these categories will be highlighted on Sunday with a fun "Accumulator with joker" event.
"Lifestyle" is also a trademark of the Longines Masters. In Lausanne, this will be reflected in a Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) celebration on June 21 during the famous Longines Masters after-party: DJs and concerts are on the program throughout the area. The warm-up arena is accessible to the public and surrounded by a friendly village of exhibitors dedicated to equestrian equipment. A second area will be dedicated to culture (including an equestrian bookshop), art and the art of living, as well as daily after-parties; celebrations that begin as soon as the last event of the evening is over. It’s an experience like none other and is open to all.
These are just a few of the ingredients needed for a new kind of equestrian event that the Swiss audience will discover at Place Bellerive in Lausanne from June 20 to 23.
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