EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk enjoyed attending the prestigious Longines Masters Grand Slam in Los Angeles.
This year’s competition took place again at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located next to the Staples Center. During the four days of the event, guests had the chance to experience exceptional, and exhilarating, show jumping competitions while also enjoying various social events that celebrate the glamorous Los Angeles lifestyle.
Recognized by both the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) as a CSI 5* event, the American leg of the Longines Masters established Los Angeles as a prominent location for the international equestrian scene, a first since the 1984 LA Olympic Games. This year, 30 of the best riders in the world and the top US Show athletes competed for a total prize money of $1 million USD.
Last year’s inaugural event was a tremendous success and immediately rated as the number one indoor show jumping competition according to the North American Riders Group. The Longines Masters of Los Angeles brought together 30,000 spectators for four unforgettable days of top-level equestrian sport, heart-pounding emotion, and an unparalleled class of entertainment and glamour.
Established in three of the most important cities of the world — Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong — this unique circuit is internationally renowned.
The events bring together Olympic-level sport, entertainment, lifestyle and glamour. The best Show Jumping horses and riders in the world compete during four days for a total prize money of 1 million US Dollars at each stage of the Masters.
The Longines Masters are now a Series recognized by the FEI and propose a unique challenge in the international indoor circuit: the Masters Grand Slam. The main goal is to consecutively win the Longines Grand Prix of Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. This international achievement will be rewarded by an additional prize of 1 million Euros. Two consecutive victories will correspond to a bonus of 500,000 Euros, while 250,000 Euros will crown two non-consecutive victories in two of the three cities.
With a TV broadcast reaching 550 million households in over 120 countries and a huge media exposure, the Masters seduce a wider audience each year. The events gather nearly 50.000 visitors onsite, with people coming from all over the world.
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Image Credit: Vivian Van Dijk
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