THE EQUESTRIAN SPORTS
The Longines Masters series attracts the best riders and horses on the planet every year in Paris, Hong Kong and New York. This exceptional concept celebrates the best of equestrian sports and the art of living and brings together all public, passionate about equestrian sports, as well as all those who wish to live an extraordinary event!
LONGINES SPEED CHALLENGE
The "fastest class in the World" : the Longines Speed Challenge, with prize money of €100,000 takes place over a 1.45m course. An event which is full of emotion and suspense, it has become something that the audience really looks forward to.
Created in Paris in 2010 by EEM, this class requires perfect timing and infinite precision, two values which are dear to the Longines brand, a passionate supporter of equestrian sports. It differs slightly from traditional speed classes because a fault only leads to a two second penalty, instead of the usual four. A fallen rail needn’t be crippling, therefore, and riders can still hope to catch up these two penalty seconds by going just that little bit faster. This modification has given this high-flying sporting class an even more spectacular dimension. For this new season of the Longines Masters, a new course will be designed which will remain unchanged for each of the three legs: from Los Angeles to Hong-Kong via Paris, there will be the same line and the same number of obstacles, at the same height (1.45m). So the riders will be able to improve their speed skills from one continent to the other!
RIDERS MASTERS CUP
A new innovative show jumping competition between the United States and Europe in a never before seen transatlantic battle.
Created by EEM and organized in partnership with the European Equestrian Federation (EEF), this transatlantic confrontation will see two teams composed of the best riders and horses on the planet square off in competition. The competition will alternate locations between Europe and the United States each season.
The first edition will take place on Saturday, December 2, during the Longines Masters of Paris and will continue on to the United Stats on April 28, 2018 at the Longines Masters of New York.
POWER, STRENGTH, AGILITY and SCOPE define the MASTERS POWER!
Be sure not to miss this new class that will be the highlight of Saturday 2nd December day session at the Longines Masters of Paris. The Masters Power is a class open to all riders and will be the ultimate test for riders to demonstrate strength, power and agility of their four-legged athletes.
This will without a doubt be a perfect occasion for riders to reach new world records!
LONGINES GRAND PRIX
The Longines Grand Prix is the grand finale of each leg of the Longines Masters series. It is the key class, support of the Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping.
A technical, Olympic-level course, with approximately twelve obstacles and fifteen demanding jumps, – up to 1.60m in height at most – with tough sequences and double and triple combinations, requiring horses that are perfectly trained and focused and experienced riders who must not make even the slightest error of judgement. To determine the winner, riders who jump clear (or have the same number of penalties), take part in a jump off, a shorter version of the initial course where time is of the essence.
The prize money of $350K is just the beginning. The Longines Grand Prix offers the winner an opportunity to vie for the Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping, the ultimate equestrian challenge across continents. A chance to enter the legend and win an unprecedented bonus of 2.25 million Euros for the rider who can succeed in claiming the top spot in the Longines Masters Grand Prix in Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong.
MASTERS TWO / MASTERS THREE CLASSES
The Longines Masters legs open their magnificent rings to riders who are less accustomed to such grandeur. In the Masters TWO and Masters THREE classes, young and amateur riders can compete on the same sand, over the same obstacles, in the same conditions, on the courses built by the same course designer as the best riders in the world!
For the riders, it is an incredible opportunity to be able to compete against former (or who knows perhaps future) World Champions or Olympic medallists in “five-star” conditions, as was the case last December in Paris.