Watch the CSI5* Paris Longines Masters live

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Friday 30 November - 10h53 | Ian Clayton

Watch the CSI5* Paris Longines Masters live

This weekend, the CSI5* Longines Masters of Paris takes place just outside the French capital, bringing together many of the world’s best riders for the launch of the 2018–19 Indoor Grand Slam series, which will be followed by stages in Hong Kong and New York. The competition also features the Longines Speed Challenge and Riders Masters Cup, pitting the United States against Europe. To watch the event live and/or see ongoing highlights over the weekend, see below. 

 - Watch the CSI5* Paris Longines Masters live

Of course, the weekend will culminate with the €300,000 Longines Grand Prix – not only a highlight of the event, but also an opportunity for elite riders to set themselves up for one of two potential bonuses in this series modelled on tennis’ Grand Slam, golf’s Ryder Cup and sailing’s America’s Cup: the Grand Slam, €1 million (roughly £890,000 or US $1.14 million) for three consecutive series victories in Longines Grand Prix from one season to the next, and the Super Grand Slam, €2.25 million (£2 million or US $2.6 million) for three consecutive Longines Grand Prix victories in Paris, Hong Kong then New York in the same season.

The host nation for the kick-off leg, France, has a long history with show jumping – even the terminology used today for a competition like the Longines Masters, 'a CSI5*', is short for the French term concours de saut d’obstacles. And after Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin brought back the modern Olympics in Athens in 1896, it was in Paris four years later that equestrian events including jumping were included for the first time in the program. 

Speaking of Olympians, there is no shortage of them this week at the Parc des expositions site for the event created by Christophe Ameeuw of EEM, including Americans McLain Ward and Laura Kraut. 

Click here to watch the Paris Longines Masters live. If necessary, registration is free and rapid with an e-mail address and password. The schedule is here, all times local (Paris is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in North America). Highlights of the ongoing competition are also available. Photo below (l-r): Christophe Ameeuw, Juan Carlos Capelli and Louis Romanet at the 2016 Longines Masters of Paris. (Scoopdyga) 

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