Star-studded field is set for inaugural Longines Masters of New York
2017 and 2018 US World Cup Final winners, Olympic medallists, and young talents slated to go head to head with three Europeans ranked in the world’s top five.
New York, NY – April 18, 2018 – It’s all in place for a stunning weekend of elite show jumping sport as the world’s best riders, including the two most recent U.S. winners of the Longines FEI World Cup Final, will come together at the NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in New York on April 26-29. This is the debut of the innovative Longines Masters Series in New York as the third leg joins Paris and Hong Kong on the calendar with four days of thrilling jumping sport showcasing the best riders and horses from around the world, including multiple World Cup Final winners and Olympic medallists.
The action includes the exciting Longines Speed Challenge (Friday evening), the sheer power of the Masters Power Six-Bar (Saturday afternoon), and the thrilling conclusion of the Longines Masters Grand Prix of New York on Sunday afternoon. In addition, Riders USA will take on the Riders Europe challengers in a transatlantic battle with the two-round Riders Masters Cup team competition, which puts a priority on speed and Is slated Saturday evening feature.
Blazing the way for the U.S. contingent are the stalwarts of the U.S. team, McLain Ward, ranked #8 in the World Rankings, and Beezie Madden, #21 in the World Rankings, who both hail from New York State. Entering New York recent success, Madden brought home a win at the Longines FEI World Cup Final on April 16 in Paris while Ward finished fourth. Both Ward and Madden have two team gold and one team silver medals from Olympic Games and both have won FEI World Cup Finals (Ward in 2017), but neither has topped a Longines Masters Grand Prix, so they’ll be hungry to add that title to their resume. Devin Ryan, a young U.S. rider who turned in an amazing second-place result at the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup Final behind Madden, is also set to compete at the Longines Masters of New York.
Lauren Hough and Laura Kraut, both Olympians, FEI World Equestrian Games, and FEI World Cup Finals veterans, will also jump in New York for the U.S. aboard their exciting stars like Ohlala and Confu, respectively. New York’s reigning hometown hero, Georgina Bloomberg, will be joining them in the ring. The U.S. veterans will be joined by a U.S. roster brimming with young talent, including Jessica Springsteen, Kristen Vanderveen, Andrew Ramsay, Quentin Judge, Lucy Deslauriers, and Adrienne Sternlicht.
The World #2 rider, Harrie Smolders (NED), will spearhead the European riders at the Longines Masters of New York and he’ll be joined by an impressive cadre of European riders. Smolders is on a hot streak, having won the Longines Global Champions Tour series in 2017. The World #3 rider, Peder Fredricson of Sweden, and the World #4, Kevin Staut of France, will join Smolders when the European stars arrive in New York. Also, lining out for the European veteran riders will be Patrice Delaveau, who won the Longines Masters of Hong Kong Grand Prix this past February and will look to continue his road to the Grand Slam Bonus, while Philippe Rozier of France and Gregory Wathelet of Belgium compete to reign supreme. Joining them are the under-25 contingent of Edward Levy of France and Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium.
The 5* division will be full of action with the Longines Speed Challenge, the Masters Power Six-Bar, and the Longines Grand Prix of New York, with the exciting Riders Masters Cup taking place on the evening of Saturday, April 28. But junior and amateur riders get to compete against the professional stars with time in the spotlight as well with the Masters One and Two classes. Riders like veterans Olympic gold medalist Peter Wylde (USA) and FEI World Cup Finals winner Mario Deslauriers (CAN), join up-and-comers Hannah Selleck (USA), Coco Fath (USA), Callie Seaman (USA), and Daniel Coyle (IRL) in the 2* division.