A major sporting event organised every four years, the FEI World Equestrian Games™ brings together eight equestrian World Championships on a single site. The FEI disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining – are all included on the competition schedule, while equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions will also be hosted throughout the duration of the event. The 2018 edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ will be held in Mill Spring, North Carolina (USA), over thirteen days from September 11th to 23rd, 2018 at Tryon International Equestrian Center.
The 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ are preceded by Test Events for each discipline. It is an important part of preparations for such a big event, providing organizers with the opportunity to check that preparations are on track while riders can check out the venue first hand. Longines is very proud to be the Official Timekeeper of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ which is expected to provide an extraordinary two weeks of outstanding sport.
The Tryon International Equestrian Center boasts 12 all-weather arenas including a floodlit international ring with a potential spectator seating capacity of up to 12,000 and VIP seating for up to 1,500, a covered arena with 5,000 seats, and a world-class cross country course that will be used for both Eventing and Driving.
Dubai hosted another successful edition of the
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup presented by Longines
"Renowned Swiss watchmaker Longines presented another successful edition of the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Endurance Cup, which took place on the 6th of January at the Dubai International Endurance City. The international event featured some of the top names from the world of endurance riding competing over a distance of 160 km. It began at dawn on Saturday and consisted of five stages of decreasing length at the purpose-built Dubai International Endurance City course. The eventual winner, Saif Almazrouei, who won aboard Nopoli Del Ma, was granted an elegant Longines timepiece in recognition of his remarkable performance”.
The Final of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage
2018 – Paris
As the Official Partner and Timekeeper of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final, Longines was honoured to reward German rider Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD, who claimed the final on Saturday 14 of April 2018 in Paris. Laura Graves (USA) and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER) who took respectively second and third place were also presented with a Longines timepiece.
Longines becomes the Official Partner of the
FEI European Championships for Young Riders, Juniors and Children
Fontainebleau in France will host the Longines FEI European Championships for Young Riders, Juniors and Children from 9 to 15 July 2018. For the first time, Longines steps in as Title Partner for this important event that highlights the skills and potential of future stars from all across the continent. These Championships have marked the rise of many of today’s big names.
Youth development is very much in everyone’s mind these days. From Olympic level right down to grass roots, every sport is more aware than ever that engaging, energising and supporting young people is the very best way forward. This summer, the Longines FEI European Championships for Young Riders, Juniors and Children will attract a huge entry of emerging equestrian talent, each with their own hopes and dreams of making it to the very top. Longines is delighted to support them through title partnership of the event which will be staged in the lovely surroundings of Le Grand Parquet, the iconic 26-hectare venue located in the heart of the forest of Fontainebleau in France.
The Championships embrace the three disciplines of Dressage, Jumping and Eventing. In Dressage and Jumping there are individual and team medals on offer in three different categories of competition – Children, Juniors and Young Riders – while Eventing is confined to Junior and Young Rider level. The age-range for Children’s competitions is between 12 and 14 years, Juniors are between 14 and 18 years and Young Riders range from 16 to 21. All competitors must comply with qualification criteria that ensures the most experienced and competent young people are the ones who take on the challenge.
The oldest of the Championships is Junior Jumping which dates all the way back to 1952 when only two nations turned up at the inaugural event in Ostende, Belgium and the hosts won the team competition. In 1953 four nations lined out, six in 1955, eight in 1958 and ten in 1959. By 1973 the Junior European Jumping Championships were well-established and a total of 16 nations took part.
From the outset they threw up names that would become some of the most famous over the coming years. The legendary Graziano Mancinelli was just 15 years of age when competing for Italy in 1952 and was on the gold medal winning team in Rotterdam, Netherlands, two years later. Great Britain’s Ann Moore was champion in 1968, Switzerland’s Markus Fuchs in 1970 and Rio 2016 Olympic individual champion Nick Skelton from Great Britain dominated in 1975. At last year’s Junior Championships in Samorin, Slovakia, it was the Netherlands’ Rowen van de Mheen who took the individual Junior title ahead of Britain’s Harry Charles, son of London 2012 Olympic team gold medallist Peter Charles.
Junior European Eventing first took place at Eridge in Great Britain in 1967 where only 10 riders, seven British and three French, competed. The French claimed all gold and over subsequent years the fixture would pin-point lots of rising talent, including Britain’s Richard Walker, Virginia Holgate and Karen Straker and Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon and Stefano
Brecciaroli. At last year’s fixture in Millstreet, Ireland, Great Britain’s Isabelle Upton claimed individual gold while Germany claimed the team title.