Need for Speed

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces -

The glam­our and ex­cite­ment of the in­ter­na­tional showjump­ing cir­cuit re­turned to the city with the fifth edi­tion of the Longines Hong Kong Masters. To make the most of the three days of com­pe­ti­tion and so­cial­is­ing, Hong Kong Tatler hosted VIPS to watch the com­pe­ti­tion. The high point of Satur­day’s pro­gramme, held at Asi­a­world-expo, was the Longines Speed Chal­lenge. Ger­man rider Daniel Deusser proved vic­to­ri­ous, beat­ing Pius Sch­wizer of Switzer­land and Ber­tram Allen of Ire­land. An­other Ger­man rider, Chris­tian Ahlmann, claimed the championship crown in Sun­day’s main event, the Longines Grand Prix, an Olympic-level course of 12 ob­sta­cles and 15 jumps. In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned horse-whis­perer Santi Serra and his trio of per­form­ing horses mes­merised the crowd with chore­ographed rou­tines of nat­u­ral dres­sage, and guests also en­joyed a range of non-equine entertainment, in­clud­ing a lively per­for­mance by Bel­gian mu­si­cian Alice on the Roof.

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