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The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final
2018 – Paris
The FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final 2018 took place in Paris, France, from 10 to 15 April 2018. The City of Light welcomed the best riders from the various leagues around the world for the season’s final showdown.
­Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™
The Jewel in
the Crown:
Longines takes up title partnership of the prestigious FEI Jumping Nations Cup™
It represents all the oldest and proudest traditions of international equestrian sport and, following an historic partnership agreement signed last summer, the Swiss watchmaking brand is ready to lead the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series into a new and exciting future.
The Longines Masters Series: An extraordinary, world-class show jumping across three continents
In the world of equestrian sport, the Longines Masters Series offers an unparalleled cultural experience. Astounding audiences in the world’s greatest cultural capitals – Paris, Hong Kong and New York – the Longines Masters showcases the host cities’ art, music and gastronomic creativity. This is combined with four days of intense competition featuring the best riders in the world and includes the Longines Speed Challenge and Longines Grand Prix. This season, the Longines Masters of Paris saw two new events added to the bill: the Riders Masters Cup, an innovative show jumping competition between the two major equestrian nations, the United States and Europe, and the Masters Power, a breathtakingly thrilling test of power.
The Longines Masters
Paris, Hong Kong and New York
Longines Masters of Paris
Returning to the season’s opening stage, the Longines Masters of Paris is the European gem in the series spanning three continents. It was held from 30 November to 3 December 2017 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.

The four-day competition was rounded off by a remarkable win from German rider Daniel Deusser on Cornet d’Amour in the Longines Grand Prix.

Julien Epaillard and Cristallo A LM also gave an incredible performance, winning the much-anticipated Longines Speed Challenge ahead of Kevin Staut (FRA) and Lorenzo de Luca (ITA).

In a new move for this series, Longines was the Founding Partner of the Riders Masters Cup, an innovative showjumping competition where the two major equestrian powers, the United States and Europe, both vie for victory in a previously unseen duel. In the first edition, the European team claimed the crown.
Longines Masters of Hong Kong
The vibrant city of Hong Kong welcomed the Asian leg of the Longines Masters series from February 9 to 11, 2018. Gathering some of the world’s best riders and horses for the delight of the numerous spectators in attendance, this three-day event perfectly combined remarkable sports performance with spectacular entertainment.

The Longines Masters of Hong Kong was rounded off by the remarkable win of Patrice Delaveau on Aquila HDC in the much-anticipated Longines Grand Prix. On Saturday, the Longines Speed Challenge was marked by the victory of German rider Philipp Weishaupt riding Chacon.

Longines Masters de New York
After a particularly successful start to the season in Paris and Hong Kong, the Longines Masters ended – for the first time in their history – in New York on April 29th. The Longines Masters of New York reached climax after four days of thrilling competition at the newly renovated NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum. USA’s McLain Ward riding Clinta reigned supreme at the Longines Grand Prix in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. Peder Fredricson (SWE) on Hansson WL secured second place, while Erynn Ballard (CAN) and Fantast slotted into third place.

As the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of this glamorous event, Longines was also proud to witness the Canadian rider claim the Longines Speed Challenge on Friday night. She shared the podium with Brianne Goutal-Marteau on Fineman and

Kristen Vanderveen on Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili who landed at second and third place respectively. It was an all-female podium finish as the women outran the men in one of the only major disciplines where the sexes compete as equals.

In addition, Longines was proud to be the Founding Partner of the Riders Masters Cup, an innovative show-jumping competition that pits the two major equestrian powers, the United States and Europe, against each other in a never before seen transatlantic battle. The first edition of this event took place during the Longines Masters of Paris and was won by the European team. The scenario was repeated in New York as Kevin Staut, Harrie Smolders, Olivier Philippaerts, Gregory Wathelet and Peder Fredricson took the win in the second trial of the 2017/2018 Longines Masters Series.
Longines Masters – firmly committed to supporting others
The winged hourglass brand has long supported a number of charitable causes. The brand’s fundamental values of excellence and elegance have always led it to pursue and promote the highest social ideas. Longines has therefore forged various partnerships over the year to channel its support for a multitude of charitable organisations.

This year, through the Longines Masters Series, EEM and Longines give focus to a common cause across the three continents: autism. With the help of horses, they are aiming to promote the message of inclusion and help dreams come true.
In Paris, EEM and Longines chose to support a programme called “Un Pied à l’Étrier” set up by the organisation “Sur les Bancs de l’École”. This programme encourages interactions between children and horses, who are the real facilitators and have proven success in this area. They enable the children to literally put one foot in the stirrup (Un Pied à l’Étrier) of a normal life and thus achieve their dreams.

As part of the Longines Masters of Paris, the winged hourglass brand also lent its support to JustWorld International through the Longines Clear the Jump event held at the Longines Grand Prix. On this occasion, the equivalent of 200 meals were donated each time a horse and rider cleared the Longines obstacle. Thanks to this pledge, Longines contributed towards 5,000 meals to those who benefit from JustWorld International. Since the beginning of the partnership, donations from Longines have funded more than 140,000 meals for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

In Hong Kong, EEM and Longines had chosen to commit to the cause alongside the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs) which supports services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

As the Sole Beneficiary Charity Partner, donations offered during the Longines Masters of Hong Kong will be used for the TWGHs Ho Yuk Ching Educational Psychology Service Centre’s provision of support services for students with ASD.

Support and service are the driving forces at the TWGHs Ho Yuk Ching Educational Psychology Service Centre. Through the provisions of multidisciplinary professionals – from Educational Psychologists, to Clinical Psychologists, Counseling Psychologist, registered Social Workers, registered Play Therapists, as well as registered Arts Therapists – staff are devoted to the needs of those in the community who require help the most.

Through providing emotional support services and parental education, the centre fosters the students’ interests in learning, while nurturing their talents and empowering them with both the skills and positive attitude required for leading a rich and fulfilling life.
Thanks to training related to ASD in mainstream primary and secondary schools – and through the publication of instruction materials – it ensured evidence-based practices are on hand to enhance the social skills of youths with ASD.

New York
For the last leg of the series, the Swiss watch brand Longines had the pleasure to welcome its Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet for the conclusion of a common charity project for the benefit of the Golden Hat Foundation.

Kate Winslet attended the Longines Masters of New York, where she received, together with Golden Hat Foundation’s President Margret D. Ericsdottir, a cheque comprising the benefit of the auction of the three exclusive “Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet” timepieces. This presentation took place in presence of guest attendees wearing a symbolic golden hat, as autistic individuals and their families were invited by local equine therapy centers to enjoy the event.

The Golden Hat Foundation is a charity co-founded by the British actress Kate Winslet. It focuses on distribution of information about autism and autism awareness, encouraging a different approach and view of the condition. It has a special focus on those autistic individuals that are either non-verbal or otherwise on the more severe end of the autism spectrum. These individuals that are often thought less capable or less intelligent are indeed very gifted in many cases and possess normal intelligence but just lack the means of communication that allows them to express their intellect. Key message of the Foundation is to shine a light on the abilities of those that are autistic and advocating for increased opportunities for this part of the autistic population.

Isabelle Sepulchre, Director of JustWorld Europe – a charitable organisation aiming to raise funds to fight against malnutrition – receives a cheque from Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, with Fernanda Ameeuw, Ambassadress of the Longines Masters.
Patrice Delaveau on Aquila HDC, winner of the Longines Grand Prix at the 2018 Longines Masters of Hong Kong.
McLain Ward on Clinta, winner of the Longines Grand Prix at the 2018 Longines Masters of New York.
Daniel Deusser on Cornet d’Amour, winner of the Longines Grand Prix at the 2017 Longines Masters of Paris.
Philipp Weishaupt on Chacon, winner of the Longines Speed Challenge at the 2018 Longines Masters of Hong Kong.
Julien Epaillard, winner of the Longines Speed Challenge at the 2017 Longines Masters of Paris.
Erynn Ballard on Fantast, winner of the Longines Speed Challenge at the 2018 Longines Masters of New York.
Winning team of the Riders Masters Cup, Europe comprising of Philippe Guerdat (coach), Peder Fredricson, Harrie Smolders, Kevin Staut, Olivier Philippaerts and Grégory Wathelet.
Retrospective images
from the Longines Masters Series
Paris, Hong Kong,
New York
The all-female podium finish of the Longines Speed Challenge at the 2018 Longines Masters of New York:
Erynn Ballard wins ahead of Brianne Goutal-Marteau, second and Kristen Vanderveen, third.
Longines and EEM presented a cheque worth 200,000 HKD to Sole Beneficiary Charity Partner Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs).
On the occasion of the Longines Masters of New York, Longines handled a cheque to its Ambassador of Elegance Kate Winslet and Margret D. Ericsdottir for the benefit of The Golden Hat Foundation, an association co-founded by the British actress.
Kate Winslet
an Ambassador of Elegance and a Lady
with a big heart
She is one of the world’s best-known and loved actresses. She built her career on a succession of film performances that go against classic stereotypes, creating in each a new character that moves with ease from drama to passionate romance and eccentric individualism.

In 2010, the actress became involved for a good cause by creating the Golden Hat Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising funds for persons with autism.

The same year, she joined the Longines family. In 2016, during her visit at the Headquarters of the Swiss watchmaking brand in Saint-Imier she had the opportunity to see for herself the production and assembly processes of watchmaking. She truly fell in love with a timepiece from the “Flagship Heritage” collection. Longines decided then to produce a limited series of exclusive timepieces to be auctioned for the benefit of the Golden Hat Foundation.

During a private event organised by Longines in New York, these exceptional “Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet” timepieces were presented in person by the Ambassador of Elegance herself to the generous donators, coming from Australia and China. This was the opportunity for them to be told in person by Kate Winslet about the history behind the timepiece, the reasons why this specific model pulled at her heartstrings and her commitment to the Golden Hat Foundation.
The exclusive
Flagship Heritage
by Kate Winslet timepiece
The Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet watch is the result of a common project for the benefit of the Golden Hat Foundation, a charity co-founded by Kate Winslet, which is dedicated to changing the way autism spectrum is perceived. During a visit to the Longines’ headquarters in Switzerland, the actress chose the dial, the case and strap of the watch. Five gold pieces have been produced and named after the brand ambassador.

Limited to five pieces, the models numbered 2/5, 3/5 and 4/5 have been auctioned online for the Foundation. The first remaining timepiece was presented to Kate Winslet and the second is kept in the Longines museum, located at the company’s headquarters, in Saint-Imier, Switzerland.
The award-winning actress shared her enthusiasm about their common initiative for the Golden Hat Foundation: “I was given the permission to choose a watch, which was designed specifically for the Golden Hat Foundation. The style of the model really appealed to me and I instantly fell in love with it. All the profits of the selling of the model are going directly to the Foundation. This project with Longines is helping raise awareness about a particular cause dear to my heart. Thanks to Longines’ involvement and the generosity of the donators, the Foundation will keep on working towards achieving its goals”.

Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, stated: “Longines is honoured to have been given the opportunity to help the Golden Hat Foundation. We sincerely hope that the generous purchasers of the Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet timepieces will be proud to own an exclusive Longines watch as well as contribute to the charity’s cause. The values of our brand have always led us to serve philanthropic purposes. Social responsibility remains today one of our priorities. Kate Winslet’s inspiring commitment truly translates our motto and philosophy of ‘Elegance is an Attitude’”.
Longines Global Champions Tour
2018 will see a formidable line up of 17 events across continents as the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League circuit expands to bring top-level show jumping to new venues.

This summer, the sophisticated Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez joins the international parade of unique destinations, including some of the world’s foremost capital cities. And now, each of the 16 events of the regular season will be part of a thrilling countdown to the spectacular new Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix in Prague, the magical Czech capital city.
This year’s Championship race promises to be unmissable, so here’s a whistle-stop guide to the full season calendar from start to finish:

Mexico City (22nd–25th March) hosts the electric season opener, with the world’s best jumping at 2,000 metres above sea level. In Mexico, revamped public spaces are springing back to life, the culinary scene is exploding and a cultural renaissance is flourishing. A stroll through the buzzing downtown area reveals the capital’s storied history, from pre-Hispanic and colonial-era splendour to its contemporary edge.

Breathtaking destination, Miami Beach (5th–7th April) welcomes participants for the fourth consecutive year; only metres from the Atlantic Ocean shoreline.

The globe-trotting journey sees the Championship head to Shanghai (20th–22nd April) in China where the ground-breaking event continues to attract an ever-increasing Asian fan base. Whether you fancy a night in one of the world’s highest hotels, or a stroll through streamlined Art Deco apartment blocks or the home-grown Lòngtáng housing, Shanghai has something for everyone. Though it’s most alive at the end of the day when the local population pour out of offices, food is the centre of social life and the culinary scene is wide-ranging and engaging.

First of the European events, Madrid (4th–6th May) is a remarkable venue bringing together elite level competition and the glamour of world-class show jumping within the heart of the historic Spanish capital. The show ground is only a few kilometres from the famous monuments, including the Plaza de Cibeles, with its stunning fountain.

The Longines Global Champions Tour leads then to Germany to the hugely popular Hamburg (10th–12th May), where over 90,000 fans celebrated top stallion Casall’s final Grand Prix win and retirement last year..

The spectacular new destination of Saint-Tropez (31st May–2nd June) joins the global line up to kick-start the charge along the French Riviera, and sees riders head to the legendary Pampelonne Beach with its turquoise waters and enviable blue skies.

Just a short cruise along the Côte d’Azur is the 7th round of action in Cannes (7th–9th June), the City of Stars, as the spotlight shines on the first of the evening events.

The long-standing destination of Cascais, Estoril (14th–16th June) welcomes the Championship with typical Portuguese warmth and flair. Cascais has grown into a renowned international destination for world-class sport, hosting major event in sailing, golf, tennis, surfing and motorsports. With its warm climate, visitors flock to the coast to soak up the sun and enjoy the great landscape, including the beautiful sandy bay of Praia de Tamariz.

The series returns to Monaco (28th–30th June), where horses compete in the same space as the Formula 1 pit lane, next to the famous Port Hercule yacht harbour.

Fans and guests are treated to breathtaking views as the Championship heads to the French capital, Paris (5th–7th July) where show jumping is set against the backdrop of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Paris is a fusion of top sport, gastronomy, art and culture for an all-encompassing lifestyle experience.

The 11th round of action takes place in the fairy-tale setting of Chantilly (13th–15th July), where the Château and Grand Stables provide another head-turning backdrop to the explosive sporting action. Visitors can enjoy the Musée Vivant du Cheval (Living Horse Museum), created by Yves Bienaimé in 1982, where the equestrian world of the past and present is brought to life in visually stunning equestrian shows and dressage demonstrations. Then it’s back to the picturesque arena for a stunning display of horsemanship from the world’s best riders.

Germany’s capital city Berlin (27th–29th July) welcomes back thousands of passionate fans following last year’s debut when a sold-out audience witnessed their home heroes take an emphatic 1-2 on the podium.

The British capital builds on the success of last year’s stunning debut at the beautiful Royal Hospital Chelsea, in the heart of London (3rd–5th August). The sought-after location next to the River Thames, with historic connections to the British Royal Family and close to Knightsbridge and London’s West End, is famously home to the Chelsea Pensioners and is also the site of the world famous Chelsea Flower Show.

The premium facility of Tops International Arena in Valkenswaard (10th–12th August), The Netherlands, brings top class show jumping to the epicentre of equestrianism in Europe. One of the foremost equestrian destinations in the world, the venue also hosts events for young riders and young horses in May and July, and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
The Italian capital Rome (6th–9th September), welcomes back the world’s best for the 15th event in the Championship battle, with fans filling the Stadio dei Marmi and making the most of the natural amphitheatre – the classic marble statues watching over the gladiatorial fight.

The grand finale of the regular season unfolds once more in Doha (8th–10th November), Qatar, where AL SHAQAB plays host to nail-biting action, the last chance for riders to secure their positions on the Championship ranking, as well as earn a place in the all-important Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix.

With the top 16 Global Champions League teams qualifying for the final weekend of the season, the magical city of Prague, Czech Republic, will see a high-stakes showdown. On top of edge-of-the-seat team competition, the winners of each Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix event from the 2018 season will be invited to compete in the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix; the ultimate individual showdown for the world’s best horses and riders.

With more events, bigger prize money and the world’s best athletes fighting for every valuable ranking point, the 2018 season promises to be a blockbuster.

Global Champions
Super Grand Prix
The ultimate individual final showdown
Take 16 world-beating riders, teamed up with some of the most talented horses on the planet, and pit them against each other for the ultimate high-stakes showdown in the magical city of Prague, Czech Republic, and what do you have? The Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix – brand new to the equestrian calendar and set to take the sport of show jumping to dizzying new heights of excellence.
All roads on the 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour lead ultimately to the new Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix and the O2 Arena in the Czech capital, Prague from 13–16 December and this addition to the portfolio looks set to provide the ultimate showdown for the individual riders. The 1.25 million euro Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix will also provide the perfect complement to the Global Champions League Super Cup on the final weekend of the season, providing an edge-of-the-seat curtain closer to this year’s circuit.

In a revolutionary new concept in show jumping, the winners of each Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix on the circuit will be invited to compete in the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix on Saturday 15 December to decide who will come out on top of the world’s best athletes.
And, with this year’s circuit taking riders all across the world – The Americas, Europe, The Middle East and Asia – and stopping off at iconic locations such as Shanghai, Paris, Rome, London, Miami Beach, Mexico City, Madrid and a new destination on the Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez, the Longines Global Champions Tour Super Grand Prix will be a truly global experience, testing the best of the best at the highest level.

The 16 (or less if one rider achieves more than one win throughout the season) gold medallists from the 2018 season will face a formidable track with jumping heights up to 1.6 meters, set to test those who have looked on phenomenal form throughout the year.