Jump­ing for Joy LONGINES HONG KONG MASTERS

Hong Kong Tatler - - Soiree | Faces -

It was an ex­hil­a­rat­ing three days for spec­ta­tors at the Longines Hong Kong Masters. As well as the ex­cit­ing showjump­ing, which drew top-class rid­ers from around the world, the event in­cluded lots of non-eques­trian en­ter­tain­ment. VIPS en­joyed a four-course meal by Bel­gian chef Yves Mattagne, whose Brussels restau­rant boasts two Miche­lin stars, and in­dulged in luxury shop­ping in the Pres­tige Vil­lage. The at­mos­phere was elec­tric among the sell-out crowd on the open­ing night, which saw French rider Julien Epail­lard win the Longines Speed Chal­lenge. The next evening for­tune smiled on the Bri­tish con­tin­gent with a 1-2-3 win in the pres­ti­gious Gucci Gold Cup; leg­endary rider John Whi­taker was fol­lowed closely by Jes­sica Men­doza and the cur­rent Longines world num­ber one, Scott Brash. On the last day, Whi­taker again jumped to victory, claim­ing the Longines Grand Prix ti­tle and US$700,000. VIPS were treated to ex­clu­sive sta­bles vis­its over the week­end, which saw so­cialites such as An­drew Ki­noshita, Yumi Honda, Jimmy Tang and Lianne Lam among the spec­ta­tors.

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