4 days to go – Hong Kong talents appearing at Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 and Asia Horse Week soon!

2019/02/11

Dear members,

Organized by the EEM, co-organized by the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 will be held from 15-17 February 2019, Friday to Sunday at AsiaWorld-Expo. Alongside the Masters, the second Asia Horse Week will also be held from 14-16 February 2019 (Thursday to Saturday) at the same venue. As the host region of the second and Asian leg of the Masters series for the seventh consecutive year, Hong Kong equestrian professionals will surely be the highlights in this prestigious equestrian event. Before the show kicks off in less than a week, let’s take a glimpse of our Hong Kong stars appearing at the event soon!

Hong Kong senior riders at Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019

This year, two experienced Hong Kong riders, Jacqueline Lai and Raena Leung will be representing Hong Kong to compete at the Masters. This is the fourth consecutive year since 2016 that Jacqueline competes for Hong Kong with her good partner Basta at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong. Besides, this is the third time for Raena to compete at the event after her participation in the 2013 and 2015 edition. She will be bringing two horses, Folinde van het Slagerahof and Orphee Du Granit to the competition this time. Both riders will be participating in various world-class showjumping competitions during three days of event, such as the HKJC Race of the Riders and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy on first day’s evening (15 February 2019, Friday), competing against over 20 top riders around the world. As two of the participating Asian riders, Jacqueline and Raena will also be competing for the HKJC Asian Challenge, aiming at the prize money of HK$250,000.

Both Jacqueline and Raena are active Hong Kong riders at the international equestrian stage. Jacqueline earned the first place at CSI2* Grand Prix of Sheerwood, Beijing in 2015 and she was the Individual Showjumping Silver medalist at the 12th China National Games in Shenyang. Raena was placed the third at the CSI2* Equifirst Grand Prix in 2018 and she was the overall winner of FEI World Cup Jumping China League in 2012.

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Hong Kong junior riders at Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019

Besides our senior riders, two of our Hong Kong junior riders will give their debut shows at the Masters’ stage at the HKJC Asian Junior Challenge (100cm) and HKJC Asian Junior Grand Prix (110cm) on 16 February 2019 (Saturday) and 17 February 2019 (Sunday) respectively. These two competitions are presented by the EEM and Hong Kong Equestrian Federation, sub-vented by the Home Affairs Bureau (Arts and Sport Development Fund), supported by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Our Hong Kong junior riders participating in the event are Vincent Zi-Xiang Capol and Edgar Fung. Vincent and Edgar will compete against 4 top junior riders from China Guangdong, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and Iran on a borrowed horse basis. They completed an intensive training in Belgium for the upcoming Asian Junior Challenge at the beginning of this month.

Both Vincent and Edgar are current members of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Junior Equestrian Training Squad. They achieved outstanding results at recent competitions, in which Vincent and Edgar took home the first and second places of the CSIJ Hong Kong 2018 in November last year. In 2018, Edgar also represented Hong Kong at the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Argentina while Vincent was the Hong Kong representative at the 3rd AEF Junior Jumping Championships in Chinese Taipei.

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Hong Kong Individual Dressage Gold medalist back to hometown

Besides exciting competitions at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019, our Individual Dressage Gold medalist at 18th Jakarta Asian Games, Jacqueline Siu will return to Hong Kong with her stallion Jockey Club Furest on Tour at the Games and perform their Gold-winning Dressage test in a completely new way every day during the Masters. The performance will be a perfect opportunity for audiences to witness the beauty of Dressage movements. Jackie with Jockey Club Furest on Tour made their debut at the 13th National Games, winning an individual Dressage Silver medal for Hong Kong. The same pair competed again at the 18th Jakarta Asian Games and were awarded the first ever Individual Dressage Gold medal in Hong Kong equestrianism history.

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Presentation on Equestrian Sport in Asia by HKEF President  at the Asia Horse Week

Along with the prestigious five star equestrian event, the second edition of the Asia Horse Week will take place at AsiaWorld-Expo from 14-16 February 2019 (Thursday to Saturday). During this annual meeting, equestrian professionals will gather in Hong Kong for a series of conferences and networking workshops for knowledge exchange. The theme of this event in 2019 is “Horse’s Welfare”. Besides other key speakers at the conferences, our HKEF President, Mr. Michael Lee will speak at Session 7.1 on the second day (15 February 2019, Friday) about Youth Development in Hong Kong under the session’s topic “Equestrian Sport in Asia”.

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As the co-organizer for the seventh consecutive year, the HKEF is honoured to support one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world by providing local judges, stewards and volunteers. Moreover, in order to promote equestrian sports to the general public, educational tours to the Masters will be offered to students and less privileged members of the society nominated by schools, charities and NGOs. Once again, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong is awarded with the “M” Mark Status by the Major Sports Events Committee of Home Affairs Bureau, being one of the largest sports events in Hong Kong.

Do not miss the last chance to watch and support our Hong Kong talents at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 and Asia Horse Week! Purchase your tickets now before it is too late!

Same with last year, all HKEF members shall enjoy an exclusive 20% discount on standard tickets. Please find the private link to get discounted tickets:

http://event.cityline.com/utsvInternet/enrollment/action/login.do?activityCode=LHKM.

Discount code: HKEF

 

Please also find the broadcasting programme details of Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 on TVB Pearl as follows:

LONGINES Presents: The Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 – Prologue:

Feb 1-14 (Mon -Sun) 9:30pm and after news roundup

LONGINES Presents: The Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 – Live:

Feb 15 (Fri) 8:50pm – 10:40pm;

Feb 16 (Sat) 8:25pm – 9:50pm;

Feb 17 (Sun) 2:50pm – 5:05pm

Remarks: Professional commentary in both Cantonese and English are provided.

 

Best regards,

Hong Kong Equestrian Federation

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