One of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world, the Longines Masters Series attracts each year the best horses and riders on the planet. The unique event concept is a celebration of the best of the sport of Show Jumping and entertainment for passionate equestrians, horse lovers and all those who enjoy a unique lifestyle experience.
EEM, creator, owner and organizer of this prestigious series, continue their quest for excellence, innovation and the reinvention of Show Jumping. Christophe Ameeuw, Founder and CEO of EEM “I have always had an obsession with wanting to communicate my passion for this sport. With this new Season, thanks to Title Partner and Official Timekeeper Swiss watch-maker Longines, we begin our intercontinental journey to meet new audiences around the world, a step closer in the realization of my dream to “Ride The World” and bring Show Jumping into the international spotlight”.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said, “The Longines Masters of Los Angeles is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world, and the City of Long Beach is proud to host the American leg of the series. Long Beach offers a unique blend of urban sophistication and beach city charm. Our downtown waterfront Arena is a perfect setting for both riders and spectators, with hotels, shopping, entertainment and 125 quality restaurants just steps away.”
After a very successful initial season, equestrian excellence, elegance and entertainment will reach new heights for season two.
Introducing a NEW 2.25 Million Euros Grand Slam Indoor Bonus
with a 4.5 Million Euros Intercontinental Series
SHOW JUMPING’S ULTIMATE CHALLENGE
A driving force behind the sport, EEM raises the bar even higher and announces a NEW unprecedented bonus for its Grand Slam Indoor, Show jumping’s ultimate sporting challenge.
The new Super Grand Slam Bonus awards a 2.25 Million Euros for a triple consecutive Longines Grand Prix victory starting in Los Angeles, then Paris and Hong Kong in the same season.
The Grand Slam Bonus of 1 Million Euros will be awarded for three successive victories in the Longines Grand Prix (ex: Paris > Hong Kong > Los Angeles, or Hong Kong > Los Angeles > Paris.)
Inspired by the famous Grand Slam in tennis, and officially recognized by the FEI, the new “Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping” reaches new heights as the best horses and riders of the planet will attempt to win the American, European and Asian legs of the Longines Masters. These are accomplishments that will mark the life of an athlete; and the rider who achieves this will be not only enter into legend of the Longines Masters but also the entire sport.
With total potential prize earnings of up to 4,500,000€, this new intercontinental challenge thus raises EEM and its “Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping” to the ranks of legendary sporting events such as the Ryder Cup for golf, the Grand Slam for tennis and the America’s Cup for sailing.
EEM presents « We Ride the World »™ – The Journey to Excellence
The international signature of the Longines Masters “We Ride The World” was introduced last season by EEM, notably featured along with the documentary series “The Ride of My Life,” both of which echo the philosophy developed by EEM for the Longines Masters:
Said Christophe Ameeuw, “If equestrian sports are a matter of taste, there is still a consensus that no one can question: the beauty of the horse transcends the sportive exploit, and beyond the extraordinary performance of the riders, conveys a feeling of wonder.
And this is doubtlessly what makes show jumping universal, transcending countries, cultures and populations. Its treasured values do not need rules to exist. They are shared without effort as a testimonial. There is something profoundly captivating in the competition, like a theatrical play that mesmerises and transports you.
In a world that is becoming more and more digital, the experience of the live spectacle is a rare and enviable commodity. All over the world sports events gather the crowds and unlock passions, inspired by social networks as symbols of a generation that is eager to share. This emotion, this dream, this enchantment that we bring to our “Masters” is our mission at EEM. Each new season of Longines Masters Series, “Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping”, across three continents, three cultures, three emblematic cities, Los Angeles, Paris, and Hong Kong, we carry the values of our sport as an antidote to the difficulties of our time.”
A New Artist for the Season Two
For the 2nd season in a row, Bruno Danto, EEM’s Creative Director, entrusted the image for this season to young and talented Italian artist Riccardo Guasco. Danto comments, “I wanted to present a distinctive image and identifiable style for the Longines Masters and initiated the collaboration with up and coming artist to interpret each Season Posters. With a bit of nostalgia, these images remind me of the covers of The New Yorker, where the best illustrators of the world capture life with a rare eye and elegance.” Guasco, who works as both painter and illustrator and now resides in Wales, created the new collection adding touches of cubism and hints at each urban setting. The posters speak to the reputation of each individual Longines Masters while also illustrating its core concept, “We Ride The World.”
To take part in the Longines Masters “We Ride The World” journey, register online for all three events at www.longinesmasters.com/en.
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ABOUT THE LONGINES MASTERS
Established in three of the world’s most iconic cities — Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong — the Longines Masters series, “Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping” is renowned as one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. Created by EEM and inspired by the Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the Series rapidly developed abroad, with the Longines Masters of Hong Kong in 2013 and the Longines Masters of Los Angeles in 2014. In 2015, the intercontinental trilogy became the Longines Masters. Presented by EEM and recognized by the FEI, the “Grand Slam of Indoor Show Jumping” is the ultimate challenge, with two levels of prizes:
The Super Grand Slam, a bonus of 2.25 million Euros for winning 3 consecutive Longines Grand Prix in the same season: Los Angeles, followed by Paris and then Hong Kong.
The Grand Slam: a bonus of 1 million Euros for three successive victories in the Longines Grand Prix from one season to the next, (ex: Paris > Hong Kong > Los Angeles, or Hong Kong > Los Angeles > Paris.)
These events are broadcast in more than 120 countries and reach up to 550 million households. Every edition of the Longines Masters is a must-attend event bringing together top-level athletes and amateurs alike, celebrities and corporate decision-makers from around the world, all who come to enjoy a unique experience created by exceptional moments in sport, entertainment, glamour, gastronomy and contemporary art.
Save the dates for the season two
· Longines Masters of Los Angeles: 29 sept-2oct, 2016
· Longines Masters of Paris: 1-4 December, 2016
· Longines Masters of Hong Kong: 10-12 February, 2017
EEM CEO and Founder Christophe Ameeuw and his team have set no less a goal than to reinvent the sport of show jumping. For over ten years they have been dedicated to bringing equestrian sports to the international front stage. Inspired by the legendary tournaments of the tennis Grand Slam, EEM gathers under one roof the best of show jumping, entertainment and lifestyle experience. 2009 was a crucial milestone for EEM with its revival of the “Jumping de Paris” and the creation of the Gucci Paris Masters. EEM then set off to conquer new continents, with an Asian edition which took place in Hong Kong in 2013, followed in 2014 by the first American stage of the Longines Masters in Los Angeles. In 2015 the intercontinental trilogy of which EEM is the creator, owner and organizer, became the Longines Masters “Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping”.
Based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland since 1832, the watchmaking expertise of Longines reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. Longines has generations of experience as the official timekeeper for world championships and as a partner of international sports federations. Over the years, Longines has forged solid and lasting ties with the sports world. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of the Swatch Group Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of timekeeping products. Featuring the winged hourglass as its emblem, the brand operates in more than 150 countries.
Informations : www.longines.com