Daniel Deusser and Happiness van T Paradijs in Hong Kong in 2017Credit : Scoopdyga
Friday 09 February - 12h00 | Ian Clayton
Paris – Hong Kong – New York.
1st and 2nd legs (in fact, the horses normally fly from Belgium or Holland)
Part two of the CSI5* Longines Masters series moves to Asia this weekend, as Hong Kong hosts the middle leg of the Indoor Grand Slam Show Jumping trilogy. Germany's Daniel Deusser will be chasing one of the lucrative bonuses up for grabs after his Grand Prix victory with Cornet D'Amour in Paris in December. Indeed, after the duo's win in France, World No.23 Deusser has a shot at the Super Grand Slam bonus in the series: €2.25 million for consecutive Longines Grand Prix victories in Paris, then Hong Kong and New York in the same season. Failing that, he and the other 27 riders at the 5* level could still set themselves up for the Grand Slam pay-off: one million euros for three consecutive Grand Prix wins from one season to the next – for example, Hong Kong, then New York, then Paris.Cornet, a 15-year-old grey gelding, was one of the 52 elite sport horses who arrived last Sunday at the Hong Kong International Airport on an Etihad Cargo Boeing 777 Freighter, accompanied by veterinarians and grooms. In total, 28 riders and 45 horses from 14 nations are on the entries list for the 5*-level competition in Hong Kong, including another former World No.1 and current World No.4 Kevin Staut of France. The United States will be represented by 2012 Olympian Reed Kessler, who is bringing Tradition de la Roque and KS Stakki to town. The full list is here.The Longines Masters is part of Asia Horse Week, from February 8-11, which features forums, workshops and speakers, including 'Horsemanship: well-being of horses and riders – the perspective from coaches & riders' with Ludger Beerbaum and others, and 'Hong Kong, Asian Equestrian Hub' with Christophe Ameeuw, CEO and Founder of the Asia Horse Week & EEM, which organizes the Longines Masters. Program details are here. And for those wishing to watch the competition live with a free registration, more details are here. Video below the break.
Wednesday 07 February - 16h23
Friday 09 February - 08h40
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