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.
This Sunday afternoon, 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 (USA) 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.
Erynn Ballard (CAN) & Fantast
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 (USA) on Fineman and Kristen Vanderveen (USA) on Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili who landed at second and third place respectively.
Juan Juan Carlos Capelli, Margret E. Ericsdottir and Kate Winslet
On Friday, the brand had the pleasure to welcome at the event Longines Ambassador of Elegance and co-founder of the Golden Hat Foundation Kate Winslet, as well as the President of the Golden Hat Foundation Margret E. Ericsdottir, who were presented with a cheque for the benefit of the charity organisation, which is dedicated to changing the way people on the autism spectrum are perceived. The funds came from last year’s online auction of three exclusive timepieces, the “Flagship Heritage by Kate Winslet”. On this occasion, the generous bidders were invited to the Longines Masters of New York, in order to receive their watches from Kate Winslet herself.
On that day, the brand had the pleasure to count some prestigious personalities amongst its guests, such as American riders Jessica Springsteen (USA), Ariana Rockefeller (USA) and Georgina Bloomberg (USA). Last but not least, as per the two first legs of the Longines Masters series in Paris and Hong Kong, digital influencers Ali Gordon, Matt Harnacke, Andrea Denver, Marcus Chan and Leonie Hanne from ohcouture, were in attendance, together with Spain’s Marta González Tarruella, who joined the event for the first time.
Team Europe Riders Masters Cup Winners: Chef d’Équipe Philippe Guerdat, Peder Fredricson, Harrie Smolders (NED), Kevin Staut (FRA) & Gregory Wathelet (BEL)
In addition, on Saturday, 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 (FRA), Harrie Smolders (NED), Olivier Philippaerts (BEL), Gregory Wathelet (BEL) and Peder Fredricson (SWE) took the win in the second trial of the 2017/2018 Longines Masters series.
Source: News Release by Longines Timing / Longines Watch Co. Francillon Ltd
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