Longines EEF Series - Gorla (Qualifier 1)
The very first qualifier of the Longines EEF Series took place on Saturday 24 April 2021 in Gorla Minore, Italy. Launched in 2021, this 3* level jumping team contest is connected to the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM Division 1, providing the winning team of the Series a ticket to compete in the Division 1 season the following year.
As Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of this first Italian leg, Longines was proud to time the victory of Team France, composed of Marie Demonte, Aurelien Leroy, Sebastien Duplant and Olivier Robert, ahead of Team Great Britain and Team Czech Republic. To celebrate their victory, the winners were presented with elegant Longines timepiece.
This new Nations Cup circuit opens its doors to the next generation of riders, officials and sporting professionals from the continent. The format is applied for the first time to the 2021 outdoor season and will see the different teams competing in eight regionally organized qualifiers, two semi-finals and a final, taking place in July in Warsaw (Poland).
The next qualifier of the Longines EEF Series will take place in Athens (Greece) from 3 to 6 June, 2021.
The partnership between Longines and the European Equestrian Federation, which started in 2015, contributes to developing the sport across Europe, while strengthening the watchmaker’s long-lasting commitment to equestrian sports.
Longines and Equestrian Sports
Longines’ involvement in equestrian world dates back to the 19th century, when it started producing pocket watches engraved with equine subject. In 1912, the Swiss watch brand first collaborated with an international Show Jumping competition in Portugal. Today Longines’ engagement in equestrian sports worldwide includes competitions in the disciplines of show jumping, flat racing, dressage, driving and eventing.