Video: Lamaze, Farrington, Hough, Kraut lead North Americans at this weekend’s Longines Masters of Paris

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Wednesday 29 November - 12h27 | In Paris, Ian Clayton

Video: Lamaze, Farrington, Hough, Kraut lead North Americans at this weekend’s Longines Masters of Paris

This weekend, the CSI5* Longines Masters of Paris will launch the 2017/18 Grand Slam Indoor of Show Jumping with a star-studded line-up of North American riders set to do battle at the Parc des Expositions Exhibition Center. The show will also feature the inaugural team-based Riders Masters Cup, pitting the United States versus Europe in an athletic war of strategy and talent. See video below.

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Lauren Hough riding OHLALA in Aachen
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Created by Christophe Ameeuw's EEM and inspired by tennis’ Grand Slam series of major competitions — the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open — the elite equestrian circuit begins in Paris (November 30-December 3rd, as the culmination of the Paris Horse Show) and is followed by the Hong Kong leg from February 9-11, 2018 at AsiaWorld-Expo and New York from April 26-29, 2018 at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. The American stage was previously held in Los Angeles. 

Taking place northeast of the French capital at Paris-Nord Villepinte, the Longines Masters of Paris has established itself as one of the most prestigious events on the international competition calendar, offering massive prize money which draws in the world’s best riders. There are two levels of prizes for the overall series, including the Grand Slam: a bonus of €1 million for three successive victories in the Longines Grand Prix from one season to the next (e.g.: Hong Kong > New York > Paris, or New York > Paris > Hong Kong). The ultimate reward is the Super Grand Slam, a bonus of €2.25 million for winning 3 consecutive Longines Grand Prix in the same season: Paris, followed by Hong Kong and then New York.

And among those with their eyes on those big paycheques at the CSI5* level are World No.1 Kent Farrington — the Chicago native will be accompanied by Creedance, his “sensitive” and “crazy” chestnut gelding. Article continues below.

From Europe, Deusser, De Luca, Staut and more ready to go

From Europe, Deusser, De Luca, Staut and more ready to go - Video: Lamaze, Farrington, Hough, Kraut lead North Americans at this weekend’s Longines Masters of Paris

Fellow American Lauren Hough is bringing three mounts with her to Paris, including the appropriately French-sounding 13-year-old mare Ohlala. And for her part, Laura Kraut is makign her way across the English Channel from the British home she shares with Nick Skelton with partners Confu and Curious George. Canada’s Eric Lamaze, who overcame a painful rib injury in Doha to help his Hamburg Diamonds team win the Global Champions League circuit earlier this month, will be in town with Coco Bongo and the lovely Fine Lady 5.

They will be facing many of the world’s best in the French capital, including 11 riders from the home nation (Kevin Staut, Simon Delestre and more), Germany’s Daniel Deusser and Christian Ahlmann and Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca. The full list of 38 riders and 89 horses from 13 nations at the 5* level is here, as well as the 2* group including Canada’s Kara Chad and the United States’ Spencer Smith. Stay tuned to Grand Prix for more coverage from the competition here in France.  

Also debuting this year in Paris will be the Riders Masters Cup competition. Inspired by the Ryder Cup in golf, two teams — Europe and the United States —of 5 riders with a captain will face off on the course. The format will not only rely upon the pure talent of the horse-and-rider combinations, but also the strategic decisions as the competition unfolds. Longines Masters video below.

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