Recognized for its innovations every year, the Longines Masters Series has not failed to rule by unveiling 2 major novelties during this Season IV.
A new leg: the Longines Masters of Lausanne!
In the spring of 2019, EEM and Longines announced the creation of a new leg in the Longines Masters Series. After Paris, Hong Kong and New York, the Series will settle on the pristine shores of Lake Leman, in Lausanne.
The first edition of the Longines Masters of Lausanne has been held from June 20 to 23, 2019 and celebrated the beauty of the sport as the best show jumping riders and horses in the world will compete in Lausanne, home of no less than 50 sports related organisms, including the Fédération équestre internationale (FEI).
The unique Longines Masters’ signature concept combining top of sport and lifestyle goes outdoor for the first time and will showcase four days of competition including the iconic Longines Speed Challenge, the Masters Power and the Longines Grand Prix. With prestigious partner brands, celebrity guests, unique shopping experiences, fine dining and family activities, the Longines Masters of Lausanne is set to become a unique rendezvous on the sporting and social calendar.
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A driving force on the international equestrian scene, EEM’s long standing ambition has been to bring show jumping into the spotlight and create new fans around the world. The future of the sport lies in creating new icons for a new generation of horse lovers.
EEM presents “Riders Lab” to support, groom and allow young talented riders to compete at the top of the sport. In Lausanne, a selection of young talents has been invited to compete, alongside the best riders and horses of the world ranking, at the Longines Masters of Lausanne. Switzerland's Bryan Balsinger, France's Edward Levy, Alexandra Paillot and Agathe Vacher, Italian Filipo Marco Bologni, Belgium's Pieter Clemens and Arnaud Doem, Germany's Marcel Marschall, Dutchman Jurre Van Bommel and Japan's Hikari Yoshizawa will all wear the banner of this "Riders Lab" in the Masters One category.
Christophe Ameeuw, founder and president of EEM, explains this innovative concept during the first edition of the Longines Masters of Lausanne:
Power and agility are combined in this thrilling competition where the aim is to jump higher than any other combination. The height of the obstacles is increased after each clear round – and there is a bonus prize on offer to the rider who can break the 2m barrier. The world record dates back to 1949 when the Chilean thoroughbred Huaso cleared 2.47m. Gravity-defying leaps into the unknown will keep you on the edge of your seat.
To push the riders to surpass themselves, an exceptional bonus of € 10,000 has been put in place since the Paris edition of Season IV, to win once the 2m crossed without fail.