Jumping for Joy LONGINES HONG KONG MASTERS
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.