Longines Ladies Awards (Chantilly, France)
Held for the second consecutive year, the Longines Ladies Awards ceremony took place on Saturday evening in the Grand Stables of the Princes of Condé, on the sumptuous Chantilly Domain. In front of an audience of prestigious guests, the jury, including Longines Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet, rewarded four leading women in the equestrian world: Sylvie Robert, Criquette Head-Maarek, Jing Li and Bo Derek.
On Saturday evening, on the eve of the Prix de Diane Longines, the second edition of the Longines Ladies Awards took place in the Grand Stables of the Chantilly Chateau. This ceremony, meant to pay tribute to careers dedicated to the equine cause, illustrates the passion for horses shared by both Longines and the prize-winners. These awards honor the positive influence and exceptional commitment of eminent women in the world of equestrian sports.
This year, the exceptional jury brought together Louis Romanet, President of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, Nathalie Bélinguier, President of the International Federation of Gentlemen and Ladies Riders, Ingmar de Vos, General Secretary of the International Equestrian Federation and Kate Winslet, Longines Ambassador of Elegance. They presented the Longines Ladies Awards 2014 to Sylvie Robert, Criquette Head-Maarek, Jing Li and Bo Derek.
In front of a prestigious audience, Sylvie Robert received an award for her contribution to the development of equestrian sport in Europe. She was in charge of the organization of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping last April in Lyon, an exceptional event that attracted the best riders of the world. Criquette Head-Maarek’s prize was as sign of recognition for her contribution to developing the art of training and looking after a racehorse. Indeed, she is the only woman to have won the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe twice, and the Prix de Diane Longines three times. Last year, her filly Treve was named World’s Best Racehorse and ranked first in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings at the end of the season.
Jing Li was honored for her contribution to the development of equestrian sports in Asia, and especially in China. She organized in the Olympic Stadium of Beijing the Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters, the first show jumping competitions with international riders in China. Last but not least, Bo Derek was rewarded for her efforts to promote and protect equine welfare and safety in the United States. She has worked closely with the Animal Welfare Institute, is an ambassador for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and serves as a member of the California Horse Racing Board.
Longines' involvement in equestrian sports dates back to 1878, when the brand created a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his horse. For the Prix de Diane Longines 2014, the brand promoted a ladies' watch in steel from its Conquest Classic collection. Set with 30 diamonds, this magnificent timepiece with its white mother-of-pearl dial and diamond hour symbols is a perfect example of the elegance of this unique race meeting.