Jump for Joy

The Longines Hong Kong Masters re­turns for its fourth year with even more treats in store

Hong Kong Tatler - - Concierge -

he showjump­ing world’s finest horses and rid­ers will con­verge on Hong Kong to com­pete in the dis­ci­pline’s largest in­ter­na­tional in­door com­pe­ti­tion in Asia. The three-day event fea­tures six showjump­ing classes and a rich purse; last year’s win­ners rode off with a to­tal of US$1 mil­lion. New this year is the In­door Polo Ex­hi­bi­tion Tour­na­ment, which brings the ex­cit­ing sport back to Hong Kong af­ter a 30-year ab­sence. The Masters cul­mi­nates on the Sun­day with the Longines Grand Prix. If you’re keen for some gas­tro­nomic in­dul­gence to match the eques­trian drama, be sure to book a ta­ble at the ring­side VIP Masters Club. Here, renowned French chef Yves Mattagne (whose Sea Grill restau­rant in Brus­sels boasts two Miche­lin stars) will be serv­ing up a top-notch menu in­clud­ing lob­ster, oys­ters, truf­fles and caviar ac­com­pa­nied by Barons de Roth­schild Cham­pagne. Other en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes an open­ing gala, live con­certs, mas­ter classes by in­ter­na­tional rid­ers and fash­ion show­cases by spon­sors Massimo Dutti and Shang­hai Tang. For more eques­trian ca­pers read our pro­file on Hong Kong Polo Team’s Raphael le Masne de Cher­mont on page 136. Fe­bru­ary 19–21; 3pm Fri­day, 9am Satur­day and Sun­day; $330–980; VIP Masters Club ta­bles for eight, $50,000–$70,000; Asi­a­world-expo; longi­neshk­mas­ters.com

horse­play Pier­gior­gio Bucci urges his mount over a jump and graf­fiti artist Fouad Ceet works his magic at last year’s Masters

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