After three years in Los Angeles, California, USA, the Longines Masters is relocating its North American leg to New York, New York, EEM CEO Christophe Ameeuw announced today.
The Wednesday, May 17, 2017 bombshell announcement took place during a cocktail reception at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City, and was attended by equestrian stars Georgina Bloomberg, Mclain Ward, and Ariana Rockefeller.
“I’m used to traveling around the U.S. and Europe for show jumping competitions. With the Longines Masters Series coming to New York, I am excited to be able to compete in my own backyard and to welcome the world’s top riders to my hometown,” Bloomberg commented. “Every year I enjoy competing at the Longines Masters with its high-level competition and overall luxury and prestige. I am looking forward to seeing how the event will grow and adapt in its new location.”
2017 Longines FEI World Cup Champion and World. No. 2 rider Ward is a native of New York, with his Castle Hill Farm located less than two hours outside New York City.
“The Longines Masters Series has always provided highly competitive, world-class events in Paris, Hong Kong, and most recently Los Angeles,” he said. “As a local New Yorker, I am thrilled this event is moving to New York! It is a great opportunity to showcase the best in Show Jumping in one of the best cities in the world!”
The NYCB LIVE Nassau Coliseum will welcome the first edition of the Masters of New York CSI5* April 26-29, 2018. The series will now see its first leg take place with the Longines Masters of Paris CSI5*, November 30 – December 3, 2017. The Masters of Hong Kong CSI5* will follow February 8-11, 2018, before the final stage of the series arrives at its new, East Coast home with the Masters of New York.