Behind the scenes at Asia Horse Week and the Hong Kong Longines Masters

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Thursday 14 February - 12h21 | Ian Clayton

Behind the scenes at Asia Horse Week and the Hong Kong Longines Masters

27 sea containers, 1,200 metric tons of equestrian footing, 23 tons of shavings and equine nutrition, 22 km of cables…

 - Behind the scenes at Asia Horse Week and the Hong Kong Longines Masters

Christophe Ameeuw, the man behind the Longines Masters and Asia Horse Week

Those are just some of the logistical details involved in setting up for Asia Horse Week and the Longines Masters of Hong Kong, with the former now underway and the latter set to swing into action Friday for the second of three legs (after Paris and ahead of New York) in the international CSI5* show jumping series. 

Speaking at the launch of Asia Horse Week – a major international forum for actors in the equestrian field – Thursday, Fédération Équestre Internationale Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said, “There’s clearly a buzz here in Asia and we’re here to ensure it is well-managed and enhanced.” Indeed, seminars and panel discussions at the event are looking at everything from the growth of Olympic equestrian sports in Asia to horse welfare, and from breeding to drug testing. 

Both the conference and the Longines Masters can be watched live and on replay with a simple registration at the web site of organizers EEM (at the login section).

See here for a glimpse of the preparations of the AsiaWorld-Expo site, where the horse inspection was scheduled to begin 10:30 a.m. local time on Thursday. Prior to that, some of the riders in town this weekend, including France’s Simon Delestre and Hong Kong’s own Jacqueline Lai, visited the city’s well-known Happy Valley racetrack.

The 1.50 m Hong Kong Jocky Club trophy class is scheduled for the Masters at 21:00 Friday evening, with the Longines Speed Challenge Saturday and the USD $400,000 Grand Prix Sunday. Hong Kong is 13 hours ahead of EST in North America.

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