HKJC Asian Challenge Press Conference (22 January 2019, Tuesday)
Organized by the EEM, co-organized by the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation, the seventh edition of Longines Masters of Hong Kong will be held on 15 – 17 February 2019 (Friday to Sunday) at AsiaWorld-Expo. And for the second year, the Asia Horse Week will complement the Masters from 14 February (Thursday) to 16 February (Saturday). Today, a HKJC Asian Challenge Press Conference was held at the Happy Valley Racecourse to announce the first HKJC Asian Challenge during the Masters and to draw for the HKJC Race of the Riders Team pair-up. Ms. Scarlette Leung, Hong Kong Jockey Club Executive Director for Corporate Planning, Branding & Membership; Mr. Michael Lee, President of Hong Kong Equestrian Federation and Mr. Raphael le Masne de Chermont, Chairman of Asia Horse Week delivered speeches at the press conference.
For the first time, the HKJC Asian Challenge, HKJC Asian Junior Challenge and HKJC Asian Junior Grand Prix will be presented at the Masters to promote equestrian development in the region and give some of Asian most promising young riders a chance to experience top-level international competition. The HKJC Asian Challenge is part of the HKJC Trophy competition on 15 February 2019 (Friday). All Asian riders competing in this class will contest the HKJC Asian Challenge for a total prize money of HK$250,000. Among all 8 Asian riders at the HKJC Asian Challenge, Jacqueline Lai and Raena Leung will be representing Hong Kong to compete at the competition, as well as other classes during the Masters.
Mr. Michael Lee said in his speech, “The Hong Kong Equestrian Federation is dedicated to advancing the equestrian sport and it is a great honour to support the event by providing local judges, stewards and volunteers. At the same time, as part of the community engagement programme, we will organize educational tours for students and less privileged members of the society nominated by schools, charities and NGOs.” For the seventh consecutive year, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong is awarded with the “M” Mark Status by the Major Sports Events Committee of Home Affairs Bureau, highlighting its place as one of the major sports events in Hong Kong.
Besides the above mentioned contributions by HKEF since 2013, for the first time, a HKJC Asian Junior Challenge and HKJC Asian Junior Grand Prix will be co-organized by the HKEF and EEM, subvented by the Home Affairs Bureau, supported by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club on 16 February 2019 (Saturday) and 17 February 2019 (Sunday) respectively. Six top Asian junior riders aged from 14 to 18 from Guangdong China, Chinese Taipei, Iran, Indonesia and Hong Kong were invited to compete at this exciting event on borrowed horses. Edgar Fung and Vincent Zi-Xiang Capol who are Hong Kong representative to the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Argentina and the winner of CSIJ Hong Kong 2018 respectively, will represent Hong Kong to compete at the captioned competitions. They showed up at the press conference today to share their experiences on competing in overseas shows last year and their feelings on their upcoming challenges at the Masters. They will be heading to Belgium in early February for a training prior to the competitions.
Furthermore, as the Asian Leg of the Masters series, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 will continue its presentation of the HKJC Race of the Riders competition this year in the evening of 15 February (Friday). In this competition, four Hong Kong-based jockeys, namely Vincent Ho, Neil Callan, Keith Yeung and Chad Scholfield will pair up with four equestrian riders, namely Hong Kong’s Jacqueline Lai and Raena Leung, France’s Simon Delestre and Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts, to compete in a relay. At the press conference, a draw was conducted to determine the pairs. After the draw, Vincent Ho was paired with Jacqueline Lai to form the Team HKJC; Neil Callan was paired with Simon Delestre to form the Team Fantastic; Keith Yeung was paired with Olivier Philippaertsto form the Team Treasure and Chad Scholfield was paired with Raena Leung to form the Team Rattan.
With the arrival of Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 within a month, the HKEF is getting prepared for the grand event. Let’s get your tickets now to support Jacqueline, Raena, Edgar and Vincent at the competitions!
Please find the private link to purchase discounted tickets for HKEF members: http://event.cityline.com/utsvInternet/enrollment/action/login.do?activityCode=LHKM
Discount code: HKEF
The Hong Kong Equestrian Federation would like to wish all riders the best of luck at the Masters!
Hong Kong Equestrian Federation