For its first edition, which will take place from June 20 to 23, no less than forty-five riders and twelve nations will make the trip to the Longines Masters in Lausanne to run the Masters One (CSI5*). The unique appeal of this sports city, seat of the FEI, and the delightful setting of this final stage of the Season IV of the Longines Masters series have had the desired effect! It is an exceptional weekend that is prepared on the place Bellerive, with the best of sport, but also many celebrations such as the‘‘Fête de la Musique’’.
With a line-up equally rich in diversity and the quality of the champions it comprises, this Season IV will undoubtedly end on a high note, with a firework display along the lake, exceptional riders from four continents –Europe, the two Americas, and the Middle and Far East– and, as headliner of this prestigious cast, none other than the world’s No. 1, three-time Longines FEI World Cup™ winner and Olympic Champion in London: Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, who feels that ‘‘Christophe (Ameeuw) can be trusted to make it a very beautiful event.’’
The Jura native will be based at this time in western Canada, in Calgary, but for this Longines Masters in Lausanne, he has decided to cross the North American continent and the Atlantic to gather some victories on Place Bellerive. That’s his way of supporting this new event which, in Lausanne, will welcome two other gold medalists, the winners from Rio, Pénélope Leprévost and Philippe Rozier of France. The French love Swiss competitions and generally come in large numbers: thus Thierry Rozier, Philippe’s younger brother, now a permanent member of the French team, especially since his fourth place in the Longines Masters of Paris’ Longines Grand Prix, and Simon Delestre, former world No.1, will be travelling with three other French riders from the Riders Lab, dear to EEM, always keen to boost the careers of young riders like Edward Levy, among the most faithful participants in the series.
Switzerland will also be massively present, with eight representatives including a few big international stars, all wearing the red jacket at the Nations Cup, such as Paul Estermann, Niklaus Rutschi, Alain Jufer and Beat Mändli, also a former Longines FEI World Cup™ winner (a Swiss specialty). Six other Swiss riders will participate in the Masters Two events, including Florence Schwizer, a high-performance CSI4* athlete, and above all the protégée of the city of Lausanne (which also sponsors her): the 20-year-old Mathilde Cruchet.
The United States will have eight representatives for both categories, including Kristen Vanderveen, who was particularly successful at the Longines Masters ofNew York, notably in the Longines Speed Challenge, the fastest event in the world, where she finished second. In Lausanne, the Italian Emanuele Gaudiano could be a serious competitor in the Swiss version of this event. Two northern stars will also be lining up at the start, the Swedes Henrik von Eckermann, a regular on the Longines FEI World Cup™ podiums, and Douglas Lindelow, not to mention the Belgians Nicola Philippaerts and Gudrun Patteet.
A festival of nations and great champions in celebration of the horse, music and summer, featuring a pleasant and skillful cocktail of top-level sport (with an original program) and lifestyle. The Longines Masters of Lausanne is the Swiss summer equestrian event not to be missed in a magical setting of sails and mountains in the background. It’s going to be unique...