7th Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters to open in October

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/18 18:33:39


Guests and representatives of Longines Beijing Masters take a group photo together during the press conference for the upcoming competition. Photo: Shi Haohong/GT


The 7th Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters will take place at the National Stadium (Bird's Nest) in Beijing from October 13 to15.

One of the grandest international equestrian events in China, the Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters has been hosted by Dashing Equestrian for seven years and is jointly organized by the Chinese Equestrian Association, the Bird's Nest, and the world top equestrian operation team CHIO Aachen. Longines will act as the title sponsor and official timekeeper of the event, while diamond sponsor BMW will provide transport.

The announcement was made during a press conference at the Longines World Equestrian Academy, home of the Dashing Stable. A record of 170 pairs of horses and riders, including German rider Christian Ahlmann, Swedish Olympic Games show jumping rider Henrik von Eckermann, and Spanish rider Sergio Moya, will participate in the competition. It will be the biggest and most spectacular event of its kind since the inaugural event in 2011, according to its organizers.

This year will feature competitions such as the Longines Grand Prix, BMW Elite Class, Team Championship, Dashing Challenge, and a Jump and Drive Contest.

Zhang Kai, deputy director of Modern Pentathlon and Equestrian Training at the General Administration of Sport; Dennis Li, vice president of Longines China; Olaf Kastner, president and CEO of BMW Group China; Yao Ge, chairman of the Beijing Equestrian Association; and Michael Mronz and Li Jing, executive vice president and president of Dashing Equestrian respectively attended the press conference. Top Chinese rider Liang Ruiji, winner of four gold medals at the last National Games in Tianjin was also present.

"Events like this create opportunities for us to compete with top international riders and at the same time help China's equestrian competitors become more professional. I can't wait to get back to the Bird's Nest to meet old friends, and I thank all the organizers for hosting this event," said Liang.

The iconic Bird's Nest, first made famous in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will be transformed into another spectacular stage to showcase man's historically close relationship with the noble horse. Its symbolic night opening ceremony, show-jumping competition and other yearly activities have made the competition a high-end social platform.

There will also be many stalls and promotions highlighting the relationship between man and horses for spectators to enjoy and learn about the motif of "elegance" in the equine world. With just 10 meters separating the crowd from competitors, spectators will feel the beat of the horses' hooves reverberating through their seats and hear every grunt and strain as riders and mounts tackle the tricky course. Held in the evening, the must-see competition promises a wonderful atmosphere that combines sound, light, shadow and horsemanship for an unforgettable experience.

Horseback riding in China has grown from strength-to-strength in recent years with the Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters at the forefront of the sport's development. Li said the ultimate goal of the competition is to prepare China's riders for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "This is the most-mentioned topic and wish by all who care about the development of Chinese equestrian sports," Li said.


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