The FEI Awards Gala 2021: Longines celebrates outstanding achievements of today’s promising equestrian talents
On Wednesday November 17, Longines took part in the 2021 FEI Awards Ceremony in Antwerp, Belgium as the FEI’s Top Partner – an event that acknowledges since 2009 the contributions of personalities and organizations in their progress in equestrian sports both indoor and outdoor. To recognize the extraordinary success of promising young talents in equestrian sports between the ages of 14 and 21, Longines presented the German Eventing rider Greta Busacker the 2021 Longines FEI Rising Star Award on this occasion. As Longines is committed relentlessly to fostering excellence and elegance in the equestrian world, the young rider was rewarded with a refined timepiece by Longines’ Vice President Marketing, Matthieu Baumgartner. At 19 years of age, Greta Busacker has already been crowned individual and team European Champion in the Eventing Young Riders category.%break% As the daughter of the Eventing legend Ingrid Klimke, she is making a name for herself in the sport. The young athlete started the season on a high note with her European title and achieved greater success by winning several international events this year and taking bronze at the German national championships for young riders. Besides being a highly successful young Eventing athlete, Greta also competes in Dressage tests, taking wins up to Prix St. Georg level. Over the years, Longines has been striving to promote the exacting standards of excellence and elegance shared with distinguished equestrian talents at the Longines FEI Awards ceremonies alongside the FEI. This includes the brand’s support for the FEI’s commitment to recognizing the contributions of a wide range of talents in the equestrian community - this year again awards in a number of other categories were given out to further highlight outstanding individuals’ accomplishments. The evening saw Peder Fredricson (SWE) take home the Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete. In addition, the Cavalor FEI Best Groom was presented to Marie Johansson (SWE) for her unparalleled contribution. To acknowledge the achievement of an individual who has pursued his or her equestrian ambitions despite a physical handicap or extremely difficult personal circumstances, the FEI Against All Odds award was granted to Beatrice de Lavalette (USA) to recognize her excellence. These winners received elegant Longines timepieces for their inspiration and exceptional contribution. The Equulus Charity - "Pursuit of Dreams" (CHN) received the FEI Solidarity award for its equestrian development project that plays a vital role in expanding equestrian sports.
On Sunday, November 29, the iconic Tokyo Racecourse hosted the 40th Japan Cup in association with Longines. As the Official Partner and Official Timekeeper of this thrilling sports event, Longines was proud to time the victory of Almond Eye, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, in the feature race, and to present the winning team with elegant timepieces. The champion Japanese mare, who won the race for the second time, was followed by Contrail and Daring Tact. Established in Tokyo since 1981, the Japan Cup in association with Longines is a 2400 meters international Group 1 turf race for horses aged 3 years or older. The event is the biggest race in the country and belongs to the most prestigious ones in the world. Longines Spirit: The Official Watch of the 40th Japan Cup in association with Longines The Longines Spirit collection is designed in the same manner as the timepieces of the famous pioneers as they conquered the air, land and sea. Today, Longines presents new timepieces that are a testimony to their pioneering spirit. A glowing tribute to these exceptional men and women who, by a record, an accomplishment or a display of courage, have left their mark on history - encouraging new generations to push the boundaries. All models from the Longines Spirit collection come with state-of-the-art technology, resulting in highly accurate movements that are all Chronometer-certified.
Breeders' Cup World Championships - Longines Breeders' Cup Classic/Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff/Longines Breeders' Cup Turf
In keeping with current health guidelines, the 2020 Breeders Cup World Championships were watched by thousands at home via the television and live streaming apps and were even able to experience the races through virtual reality, a first-time offering for the event. In anticipation of the race, The Breeders Cup alongside its Official Partner Longines hosted a virtual fashion contest, the Longines Prize for Elegance, where hopeful equestrian fans and overall fashionistas shared their most stylish outfits via social media. The distinguished panel of judges included U.S. Longines President Pascal Savoy, storied television personality Carson Kressley, model and sportscaster Bonnie-Jill Laflin and sportscaster Julie Stewart-Binks. To award both male and female contestants, Longines gifted a Longines Spirit L3.810.4.73.2 and a PrimaLuna L188.8.131.52.6 respectively. The Official Watch of the 37th Breeders Cup World Championships, the Longines Spirit collection is designed in the same manner as the timepieces of the famous pioneers as they conquered the air, land and sea relying on their Longines time instruments. Legendary aviators and explorers such as Amelia Earhart, Paul-Emile Victor, Elinor Smith and Howard Hughes put their trust in the winged hourglass brand on their incredible journeys. Today, Longines presents new timepieces that are a testimony to their pioneering spirit. A glowing tribute to these exceptional men and women who, by a record, an accomplishment or a display of courage, have left their mark on history - encouraging new generations to push the boundaries. All models from the Longines Spirit collection come with state-of-the-art technology, resulting in highly accurate movements that are all Chronometer-certified and come with a 5-year warranty.