The last international show jumping event in France in 2017, the Longines Masters of Paris, the pioneering European leg of season 3 of the Longines Masters series, promises to be outstanding. From November 30th to December 3rd, the city of light will host the best riders in the world for four days of great sport and festivities. It is an unmissable fixture on the Parisian calendar and audiences will once again have the opportunity to experience the best of sports and lifestyle.
The Longines Masters of Paris is one of the absolute must-sees on the world indoor circuit. Featuring top-level sport, shows, culture and lifestyle events, its reputation and sheer magnetism for riders who return again and again is indisputable. Every year, they all meet up here again in the hope of adding one of the most exciting competitions to their list of victories and to experience the huge buzz of sharing this event with a home crowd during the festive period.
Starting with the winner of the 2016 Longines Grand Prix of Paris, Belgium’s Grégory Wathelet (World No.7), and that of Hong-Kong in 2017, Germany’s Christian Ahlmann (World No.14). Two prestigious names in addition to best riders in the World Top 10 are America’s Kent Farrington (No.1), France’s Kevin Staut (No.3), Italy’s Lorenzo De Luca (No.4), Canada’s Eric Lamaze (No.9) and the Netherland’s Maikel van der Vleuten (No.10).
The rest of the team who were Olympic champions in Rio, Philippe Rozier, Roger-Yves Bost and Pénélope Leprévost, will also benefit from the warmth of French spectators, as will the recent winner of the World Cup leg in Lyon, Simon Delestre. The French delegation will be completed by one of the riders of the Laiterie de Montaigu, Julien Epaillard, Grégory Cottard, Nicolas Delmotte and the young riders Alexandra Paillot and Edward Levy.
Also honored at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, the Olympic champion, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat, the winner of the Longines Grand Prix of Los Angeles, Germany’s Daniel Deusser, Belgium’s Jérôme Guéry, Niels Bruynseels and Pieter Devos, America’s Lauren Hough and Laura Kraut, Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander.
The Longines Masters of Paris is also an opportunity for amateur riders to make their mark alongside the stars of the discipline or to discover the champions of yesterday and tomorrow in the Masters Two (2*) and Masters Three (1*). Marc Dilasser, Timothée Anciaume, Clément Boulanger, Baptiste Coupérie, Guillaume Foutrier, Jérôme Hurel and Nina Mallevaey will all be competing in the Master Two category. Others riders to watch closely include Eden Leprévost, Guillaume Canet, Louise Rochefort, Kara Chad and young Zoé Conter.
This 9th edition of the Longines Masters of Paris promises to be highly emotional. Every day of competition will highlight one of the greatest aspects of equestrian sports. Starting with the first classes Masters One, Two and Three on Thursday followed by the gala in the night which will be open to the public this year. On Friday evening, speed will be the center of attention with the Longines Speed Challenge, when this season's new circuit will be unveiled. An equally spectacular class, the brand-new Masters Power Presented by the Lido de Paris, will highlight the strength of each combination competing in this puissance class, while the historic first edition of the Riders Masters Cup will see the two powerhouses of international show jumping, Europe and the United States, battling it out in the arena. Lastly, the weekend will end in style with the class that is the most coveted by the best riders in the world, the Longines Grand Prix of Paris where victory gives them the opportunity to try their luck at winning the Super Grand Slam Bonus of 2,250,000 euros.
With sport, culture and lifestyle all featuring during the four days of the Longines Masters of Paris, the first leg in the series is definitely the end-of-year fixture that’s not to be missed in 2017. The teams at EEM promise you outstanding moments and plenty of festivities from November 30th at the Paris Nord-Villepinte Exhibition Center.