58 of the world’s best equine athletes, 2 dressage horses and the 2 Arabian horses who will be performing with equestrian artist Santi Serra, arrived in Hong Kong last night on a specially chartered Emirates Boeing 777F flight from Liège Airport, Belgium.
62 of the World’s Most Elite Show Jumping Horses Touch Down in Hong Kong, three Days before The Longines Hong Kong Masters
During their 13-hour journey the horses were accompanied by a professional flying jockey, a vet and 7 groomers to ensure that they arrived in the best physical condition possible during the 10,000km flight from Europe.
This year’s current World Number 1 rider Scott Brash from the UK will be competing at the Longines Hong Kong Masters. His two horses Hello My Lady and Hello Annie were accompanied on the long journey by 22-year-old groomer Hannah Colman.
She said traveling with both horses went well and she is looking forward to being involved in her first competition experience in Hong Kong. “I am so excited to be here, I have been looking forward to this trip all year,” Colman said.
The horses along with their riders will compete in 6 competitions for a share of a total prize money pool of $1 million USD (approximately HKD7.8 million).
Christophe Ameeuw, founder and organizer of the Masters Grand Slam Indoor, commented: “We are delighted to say that all horses have arrived safely in Hong Kong and are resting comfortably in the stables at Asia World Expo ready to compete in the third edition of the Longines Hong Kong Masters. The world’s best horses now fly with us across continents to participate in the Masters Grand Slam Series taking place in Los Angeles and Paris in addition to Hong Kong which kicks off the series.”
This, the third edition of the Longines Hong Kong Masters will take place from February 13-15, 2015 at AsiaWorld-Expo. This year the experience has a unique ‘sports meets-social’ feel, not only bringing the highest level of show jumping to Asia but also combining iconic luxury with VIP entertainment and hospitality by offering guests a variety of memorable experiences including:
- An equestrian inspired fashion show from Shanghai Tang
- Limited edition Longines Hong Kong Masters designed clothing from Massimo Dutti
- A selection of contemporary artworks by Opera Gallery
- Luxury shopping experience in the Prestige Village
- Cuisine from two Michelin star Chef Yves Mattagne
- Shows by equestrian artist Santi Serra and dressage demonstration
- Live sessions from international DJ Jeremie Charlier
- Champagne tastings from Barons de Rothschild
- A dedicated kids corners with educational activities
Press release from Longines Hong Kong Masters by Edelman Public Relations Worldwide (HK) Limited