The 7th Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters concludes Sunday

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/18 19:28:39

Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters presents viewers with remarkable games and a splendid awards ceremony. Photos: Courtesy of Longines

Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters (LEBM) concluded Sunday, October 15 at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing. 

The event, which is CSI 3* of FEI and also one of the grandest international equestrian events in China, has been hosted for seven consecutive years by Dashing Equestrian and jointly organized by Chinese Equestrian Association, the National Stadium, world top equestrian operation company A.R.T of CHIO-AACHEN and Ludger Beerbaum, who is known as the "father of the German equestrian sport."

Longines acts as the title sponsor and official timekeeper of the event, while BMW is the diamond partner and mobility partner.  

The most eye-catching elements of LEBM include the BMW Elite Class Competition (130-135cm) and the Longines Grand Prix (145-150 cm). 

Longines Grand Prix (145-150 cm) was the last event and definitely the hardest level of the competition. The top 23 Chinese riders with 11 well-known international riders took part in the Grand Prix. The four-time gold medal winner of the national games Liang Ruiji from Guangdong Province led the Chinese riders to the competition. Among the international riders, Ludger Beerbaum, once again led great international horsemen.

Swedish rider Henrik Von Eckermann won the Longines Grand Prix with proficient skills and unbelievable speed. American rider Lauren Hough and German rider Christian Ahlmann took second and the third place respectively. Chinese riders Da Rima and Zhang Bin ranked the fourth and fifth respectively.  

There were a total of 15 jumps with 12 obstacles at the Longines Grand Prix, among which the Place Gate and Chinese Totem Pillars were the elements with the most Chinese style. As professional equestrian viewers might have expected, 7A and 7B at the seventh obstacles of the triple jump were the most challenging and became the ones which caused the most errors. 

At the awards ceremony following the event, Longines Ambassador of Elegance Lin Zhiling with the Vice President and International Marketing Director of Longines Juan-Carlos Capelli, the Vice President of Longines China Dennis Li and President of Dashing Equestrian Li Jing awarded the prizes to the top eight performers along with Longines Master Collection watches. 

There were two new awards set up for the Beijing Masters - the Annual Rookies Award and the MVP Award. The first Annual Rookies Award was awarded to Zhang Yifan, a post-2000 rider. This year she took part in three competitions including the Team Championships Competition, Longines Grand Prix and BMW Drive & Jump Competition.

The MVP Award went to rider Da Rima from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, who demonstrated his proficient skills and steady mentality. He ranked fourth place among all riders while being the top of all the Chinese riders. 

Global Times


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