Combining fun, humour, relaxation, sport and generosity, the Style & Competition for Charity class is unique event on the Longines Masters program. Riders wear costumes, let themselves go, have fun and share their enjoyment with the spectators. Each team consists of two riders, one from among the world's best professional riders and an “amateur”: celebrities from the world of show business, cinema, television, business, etc.
The obstacles are lower (1.10m for amateurs, 1.30m for professionals) and the riders swap their formal riding gear for more far-fetched costumes, turning their sporting performance into an entertaining show. As for the results, the “Competition” part is judged under Table A; the “Style” part is judged by a jury of international personalities on the quality of the costumes and choreography. And it's all for a good cause: the “Charity” part refers to the fact that the Style & Competition class raises money for charitable organisations in a glamorous atmosphere, where the stars are, of course, welcomed on the famous Red Carpet, one of the trademarks of the Longines Masters.
Each team is sponsored by a company and all profits raised are donated to AMADE, a charitable organisation presided over by HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover.