New York, New York, USA – April 22, 2019 – The Longines Masters of New York, Act III of Season IV, is quite rich in titles and medals. Headlining the event is the defending champion of the Longines Grand Prix of New York, World Champion, Olympic Champion, World Cup winner and former world number one – still number two today – the New Yorker McLain Ward (USA). Many medalists of all types will accompany him. The audience at the NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum – a place truly dedicated to sport since it is also the headquarters of the New York Islanders hockey team – is guaranteed thrills from April 25 to 28.
What do McLain Ward (USA), Beezie Madden (USA) and Leslie Howard (USA), Mario Deslauriers (Canada), Beat Mändli (Switzerland) and Rodrigo Pessoa (Brazil), all present in New York this week, have in common? They all won the World Cup! And the six riders actually have nine titles between them, since Beezie Madden won it twice (and was again the best American representative at the recent final in Gothenburg 10 days ago), while Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) scored a hat-trick in his time with the great Baloubet du Rouet. The coach of the Irish team, motivated by the prospect of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo – a title he won in 2004 in Athens – has chosen the Masters Two of New York for his return to the top level.
McLain Ward (USA)
Other Olympic Champions or medalists who will be at the start in New York: we are talking again of Beezie Madden and McLain Ward, but we can also mention the Pius Schwizer (SUI), a former team bronze medalist, his compatriot Beat Mändli (silver medalist) or Kent Farrington (USA) and Lucy Davis, team silver medalists at the last Olympic Games in Rio (with McLain Ward and Beezie Madden again). We can also name the current world No. 4, former long No. 1 and European runner-up Harrie Smolders (NED) of the Netherlands, or Devin Ryan (USA) and Adrienne Sternlicht (USA), reigning FEI Jumping Team World Champions (with McLain Ward again, definitely everywhere) in Tryon last September.
Not to be forgotten is the young guard, namely the Riders Masters Cup ‘‘U25’’ riders, Lillie Keenan (USA) and Edward Levy (France), whose multiple invitations to the Longines Masters have allowed him to boost his progress towards the top level, finishing sixth in the Grand Prix of the Longines Masters of Paris last December. In the context of a ‘‘Young Guard’’, we must also mention the Belgian Olivier Philippaerts (BEL), who, at 25 years old, is already one of the big names on the international circuit, as was recently shown by his seventh place in the final of the Longines FEI World Cup in Gothenburg. These three riders will not be the only representatives of this ‘‘rising’’ generation of world show jumping: Jennifer Gates (USA), Nayel Nassar (Egypt), Pieter Clemens (Belgium), and Karen Polle (Japan) will all be keen to consolidate their place among the best in the world.
Source: Press release by Solenn Rispail / Agence R&B Presse for Longines Masters / EEM
Photos: © Sportfot / Christophe Tanière for Longines Masters / EEM