A resounding end to the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019
The second and Asian leg of the Masters series, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong was held from 15-17 February 2019 (Friday to Sunday) at AsiaWorld-Expo. Organized by the EEM and co-organized by the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation, this world class prestigious equestrian event featured 32 top riders around the world and 5 Asian junior riders to compete in a series of challenging and powerful competitions. After the previous two days of events, the last day came with three competitions happening at the arena, including the HKJC Asian Junior Grand Prix, DBS Trophy and the Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong. Our Hong Kong representatives at the Masters were Jacqueline Lai, Raena Leung, Vincent Zi-Xiang Capol and Edgar Fung who competed at the competition.
HKJC Asian Junior Grand Prix
The final day of the Masters this year started with the HKJC Asian Junior Grand Prix, where 5 top Asian junior riders from China Guangdong, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Indonesia competed over two rounds at fence height of 1.1m. In this class, the classification was determined by the total penalties from two rounds and the time taken of the second round if there are equal penalties. In the first round, our Hong Kong representative Vincent Zi-Xiang Capol, riding “It’s A Gamble” took the lead by being the only rider who finished a clear round. Meanwhile, both Hong Kong’s Edgar Fung and Taiwanese Tzu-Yen Lin finished the course with only 1 time fault and placed the equal second for the moment. Competition became keener at the second round when our Hong Kong junior rider Vincent achieved another clear round and finally took home the first place for Hong Kong. At the same time, Tzu Yen from Chinese Taipei got the second place with 1 penalty and Hong Kong’s Edgar Fung was awarded the third place with only 2 penalties from two rounds, followed by Jiaxian Cao from China Guangdong and Muhammad Akbar Kurniawan from Indonesia. Vincent broke the record by being the first Hong Kong rider who won an international competition at the arena of Longines Masters of Hong Kong.
The second competition of the day was the DBS Trophy. It was a competition with one round only, running on Table A format against the clock at 1.45m. The placing was classified in terms of penalties and its time taken. A total of 22 horse-rider combinations competed in the event, including our Hong Kong representative, Raena Leung riding “Folinde van het Slagershof”. At the end, French rider Roger Yves Bost with “Castleforbes Talitha” achieved a clear round with shortest time of 57.35 seconds and topped the competition with prize money of US$11,781. Besides, Belgium’s Pieter Clemens with “Caldero” got the second place and the third place was awarded to another French rider, Patrice Delaveau on “Vestale de Mazure HDC”. Our Hong Kong rider Raena Leung finished the course with only 8 penalties and ranked 17th.
Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong
Approaching the end of the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019, the Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong finally arrived to the arena. There were two rounds in this class at fence height of 1.6m with 26 horse-rider combinations, aiming for a total grand prize of US$400,000. Our Hong Kong representatives, Jacqueline Lai with “Basta” and Raena Leung with “Folinde van het Slagershof” were two of the competitors. Taking into account the penalties and time taken in the first round, the top 12 combinations shall proceed to the second round and the final ranking were classified by the aggregate penalties over both rounds and the time to finish the second round. Eventually, under the supporting cheers from the spectators, Denis Lynch from Republic of Ireland on “Chablis” crowned the final winner of Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong 2019, followed by French Simon Delestre and Swiss Pius Schwizer respectively. Hong Kong’s Jacqueline Lai with “Basta” finished the first round with 12 faults and placed 18th, while Raena Leung with “Folinde van het Slagershof” finished the first round with 13 faults and placed 20th.
Between the two rounds, Mrs. Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region visited the Masters with the accompany of our HKEF President, Mr. Michael Lee and met with our Hong Kong representatives including Jacqueline Siu, Jacqueline Lai, Raena Leung, Vincent Zi-Xiang Capol and Edgar Fung, showing her appreciation to their efforts and to the event.
This year, a record high of over 250 volunteers were managed and trained by the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation (HKEF). They attended the Prize Presentation Ceremony of the Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong to share the joy and honour of the winning riders. Our HKEF President, Mr. Michael Lee and Mr. Christophe Ameeuw, the Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Horse Week and EEM showed their appreciation to our volunteer team. The Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 concluded with the lap of honour by the winner of Longines Grand Prix of Hong Kong, Denis Lynch and the wonderful cheers from the HKEF Volunteer Team.
HKEF would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our Hong Kong representatives including Jacqueline Lai, Raena Leung, Vincent Zi-Xiang Capol, Edgar Fung and Jacqueline Siu for their efforts at the competitions and performances. We are also grateful to all our volunteers and officials for their great contribution to the event. We look forward to seeing you again at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2020.
Hong Kong Equestrian Federation