By leaps and bounds

The Longines Hong Kong Masters re­turns for its fifth 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 from Fe­bru­ary 10-12, the fi­nale of a pres­ti­gious tri-con­ti­nen­tal showjump­ing se­ries that has en­thralled crowds in Los An­ge­les and Paris.

The three-day Longines Hong Kong Masters fea­tures six showjump­ing classes and a rich purse—2.25 mil­lion eu­ros is up for grabs for the winner of the Su­per Grand Slam. Hong Kong’s Jac­que­line Lai will be com­pet­ing af­ter her im­pres­sive de­but last year. “It’s an honour to be back rep­re­sent­ing Hong Kong among the world’s top rid­ers,” she said. 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 over­see a menu of lob­ster, oys­ters, truf­fles and caviar ac­com­pa­nied by fine wines and lash­ings of cham­pagne. An ex­clu­sive new VIP Ter­race is be­ing added this year, ideal for en­ter­tain­ing up to 50 guests, busi­ness part­ners or clients.

The Pres­tige Vil­lage is an ideal place to pe­ruse a mul­ti­tude of lux­ury la­bels and en­joy live DJ en­ter­tain­ment once the showjump­ing ends. New to the vil­lage this year is the Eques­trian Ex­pe­ri­ence zone, show­cas­ing the lat­est sad­dles, rid­ing ap­parel and kit, and a new chil­dren’s area with mini jump­ing cour­ses and eques­tri­anthemed games. And Span­ish eques­trian sen­sa­tion Santi Serra’s chore­ographed per­for­mance will show off the nat­u­ral beauty and in­nate grace of horses. The Masters is not to be missed.

Fe­bru­ary 10-12; 1pm Fri­day, 9am Satur­day and Sun­day; $200–980; VIP Masters Club ta­bles for eight, $50,000–$70,000; Asi­a­world-expo. longi­neshk­mas­ters.com

horses for cour­ses Ber­tram Allen (left) com­petes in the Longines Speed Chal­lenge at last year’s Masters, and jockey Joao Mor­eira (be­low), who with Ger­many’s Daniel Deusser won the Jockey Club Race of the Rid­ers

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