Need For Equestrian Speed

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Longines Masters Series Announces American Schedule

The Longines Masters of Los Angeles will host the world’s top riders and horses to compete this year September 29 through October 2. Events will include the Longines Speed Challenge, Gold Cup, Pro-Am Style and Competition for Charity, and more, building up to Saturday’s Longines Grand Prix.

The courses will be personally designed by Uliano Vezzani, official course designed of the Longines Masters Series’ second season across Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong.

Starting off the weekend, Friday will focus on speed with the Longines Speed Challenge. The course takes place over 1.45m and combines speed, agility, power and precision of the riders and their horses. The event is full of emotion and suspense as riders are less heavily penalized for faults and more focused on speed.

Saturday will be the Pro-Am Style and Competition for Charity and the Gold Cup. The Pro-Am Style and Competition for Charity has both amateur and professional riders who dress up and compete to raise money for charity. Last year’s competition featured celebrity riders Kaley Cuoco, Jennifer Gates, Hannah Selleck, Kent Farrington and Edwina Tops-Alexander. The Gold Cup follows a technical 1.55m class of two rounds with no jump-off.

Finally, Sunday closes the competition with the Longines Grand Prix. An Olympic-level class with a difficult course featuring 1.60m high jumps, the Longines Grand Prix riders will be the first in the world to compete for the new Super Grand Slam Bonus of 2.25 Million Euros.

Spectators will have the pleasure of meeting the riders through various autograph sessions, meet-and-greets, and more throughout the weekend. Event passes are on sale at


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